April 15, 2020 4:09 pm Health Policy | Practice Finances HHS Provides Clarification on CARES Act Provider Relief Fund HHS has updated its website for the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund to clarify that not having treated a suspected or actual COVID-19 patient does not make a practice ineligible to keep these disbursements, as HHS broadly views every patient as a possible case of COVID-19. We are hopeful that HHS will provide additional clarification this week on other questions about the program’s terms and conditions that have been raised by recipients. We have updated our Business Resource Guide to reflect this clarification. SHARE News & Knowledge All Curi recommendations are based on current CDC criteria at the time of publication. CDC guidance for SARS-CoV-2 infection may, or may not, be adopted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. Providers should always check with their local health department to see if the CDC’s guidance on any given topic has been modified (particularly if more restrictive) from the CDC’s recommended guidelines. Follow this link https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/index.html for contact information to your state/local health department. If local recommendations vary from those of the CDC, and you are unsure what recommendations to follow, then it is safer to follow the more restrictive guidelines/recommendations.