Hot Topic | April 2020



Healthcare entities’ reporting impacts of COVID-19 aid

Implications of government aid on the accounting and financial reporting of healthcare entities.

Joseph Bukzin

Joseph Bukzin

Partner, Audit, KPMG US


Meredith Canady

Meredith Canady

Partner, Dept. of Professional Practice, KPMG US

+1 212-909-5858

Kayla Futch

Kayla Futch

Managing Director, Dept. of Professional Practice, KPMG US

+1 212-954-6455

Jody Love

Jody Love

Partner, KPMG US

+1 410-949-8583

Healthcare entities are receiving COVID-19 government assistance from a number of different sources. KPMG addresses the accounting for this aid. 


  • All non-governmental healthcare entities 

Relevant dates

  • CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020
  • $30 billion of provider relief funding was disbursed in two installments on April 10 and April 17, 2020
  • HHS announced plans to disburse additional provider relief funding on April 22, 2020
  • Effective immediately

Key impacts

  • Payments made to a healthcare entity for services provided to its Medicare patients represent transaction price for the services provided and are accounted for under ASC 606.
  • For payments made from the $50 billion of general allocations of provider relief funding:
    • Not-for-profit healthcare entities will account for funds received as a conditional contribution under ASC 958-605.
    • For-profit healthcare entities will consider their previous accounting policies and analogous accounting guidance to account for funds received. 
    • The funds received from the CARES Act provider relief funding is considered a Type II nonrecognized subsequent event for reporting periods before its disbursement; this is because the Act required subsequent action by the HHS Secretary. 

Report contents

  • Medicare payments
  • Government assistance for COVID-19 response
  • Subsequent events 

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