Some health systems reaped millions in COVID relief funds. Others? Not so much.

by Richard Scott on May 29, 2020
The series of economic stimulus packages launched in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency has funneled billions of dollars to health systems and provider groups. Are you wondering where the money went?
Under the first wave of the HHS Provider Relief Fund, which allocated $50 billion, many health systems received substantial dollars. At the top was the New York-Presbyterian Hospital system, which took home more than $567 million. Other New York-based hospital systems, including NYU Langone ($403 million) and Long Island Jewish Medical Center ($326 million), received massive funds.
As part of the first round of Medicare fee-based payments, HHS franted 18 hospitals and health systems at least $100 million. Another 5,314 clinics, physician groups, hospitals and post-acute centers received between $1 million and $99 million.
All told, exactly 194,712 providers, health systems or clinics received at least some federal relief funds as part of the initial $50 billion outlay.
That includes many on the low end of the relief spectrum. Some 450 providers gained $10 or less, with 10 providers, including Our Family Medical Clinic in Garland, Texas, in receipt of a single dollar from HHS. Nearly 10,000 providers received less than $250.
The $50 billion general distribution fund based the relief payments on fee-for-service payments made during the 2019 calendar year. Providers could expect to gain roughly 6% of their 2019 Medicare fees as a one-time cash infusion.
25 health systems in receipt of most general distribution relief funds
Provider Name State City Payment
The New York And Presbyterian Hospital NY NEW YORK $567,285,060
Nyu Langone Hospitals NY NEW YORK $403,339,290
Long Island Jewish Medical Center NY WESTBURY $326,631,509
Dignity Health NV HENDERSON $180,264,488
William Beaumont Hospital MI SOUTHFIELD $179,686,440
North Shore University Hospital NY MANHASSET $175,200,130
Advocate Health And Hospitals Corporation IL Downers Grove $160,977,911
Ochsner Clinic Foundation LA NEW ORLEANS $124,854,422
Regents Of The University Of Michigan MI ANN ARBOR $116,857,156
University Hospital At Stony Brook NY STONY BROOK $112,581,243
Staten Island University Hospital NY STATEN ISLAND $106,912,606
Bronxcare Health System NY BRONX $105,345,390
New York-Presbyterian/Brooklyn Methodist NY BROOKLYN $104,187,532
County Of Los Angeles CA COMMERCE $103,853,772
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center CA LOS ANGELES $103,347,125
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation OH INDEPENDENCE $103,289,897
St Josephs Hospital And Medical Center NJ CEDAR GROVE $102,568,689
Stanford Health Care CA PALO ALTO $102,405,229
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Inc NJ SOMERVILLE $99,144,974
Ihc Health Services Inc UT Salt Lake City $97,906,212
Oakwood Healthcare Inc MI SOUTHFIELD $94,481,946
Memorial Hermann Health System TX HOUSTON $92,422,556
Lenox Hill Hospital NY WESTBURY $87,744,414
Sutter Bay Hospitals CA ROSEVILLE $87,609,101
Saint Barnabas Medical Center NJ LIVINGSTON $86,720,848
Source: HHS CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: Data
The most common payment amount was $9. That's what 77 providers received, according to the data set housed on the CDC's website.
You can view the data in full here.
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