Yes, for Provider Relief Fund payments that were held in an interest-bearing account, the provider must return the accrued interest associated with the amount being returned to HHS. However, if the funds were not held in an interest-bearing account, there is no obligation for the provider to return any additional amount other than the Provider Relief fund payment being returned to HHS. HHS reserves the right to audit Provider Relief Fund recipients in the future to ensure that payments that were held in an interest-bearing account were subsequently returned with accrued interest.
To return accrued interest, visit pay.gov. On the webpage, locate “Find an agency,” and select “Health and Human Services (HHS) Program Support Center HQ.” Verify that the description is “PSC HQ Payment” and form number is “HHSHQ,” then click continue. You will then need to complete the following steps:
Step 1: Preview the form, then click “Continue.”
Step 2: Indicate whether you are completing on behalf of an individual or business and enter
the following information.
Business Name Field: Legal name of organization that received the payment
Invoice or Ticket Number Field: “HHS-COVID-Interest”
Contract/Agreement Number Field: Tax Identification Number (TIN) of organization or provider that received the payment
Point of contact: Business contact information
Payment Amount: (The payment amount must match the interest earned on the payment
Step 3: Verify the interest return payment amount and select to pay by ACH or debit/credit card, then select “Continue.”
Step 4: Enter the required information to complete the payment, then select “Review and Submit.”
Step 5: Ensure that all information is correct and select “Submit.”