Nursing homes will be offered a cut of a $2 billion federal fund as an “incentive” to get coronavirus rates lower than their local communities, according to a report Thursday.
The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) cash will be split into two pools — with 80% going to those that get below their county’s infection rates, and the rest to those that keep deaths below expected thresholds, officials told Bloomberg Law.
The fund provides “meaningful financial incentives” for nursing homes, which have been widely devastated by the pandemic, HHS senior adviser for health reform Jim Parker told Bloomberg Law.
It will pay out $400 million each month until the end of the year — ending because HHS is “extremely optimistic” a vaccine will be available by early 2021, Paul Mango, the HHS deputy chief of staff for policy, said.
If there is no vaccine, the fund could be kept going, the report said.
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