Mercadien to serve as subcontractor on U.S. HHS $15M contract 

The Mercadien Group on Friday announced it entered into a subcontract agreement with Kingstonville LLC, who was recently awarded a five-year $15 million contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide administrative and technical support in risk, compliance and program management to support reconsideration of Provider Relief Fund Allocations and support in response to COVID-19.

The contract, effective immediately, is the third consecutive award that Princeton-based Mercadien has participated in for risk management and compliance oversight of a federal entity.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPHCEA), and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act provide the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services $178 billion under the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to administer a Provider Relief Fund (PRF).

Responsibility for administering PRF has been delegated to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The American Rescue Plan Act provided an additional $8.5 billion for PRF payments for providers serving rural areas. HRSA’s Office of Provider Support (OPS) distributes the authorized funding through the Provider Relief Fund (PRF).

Digesh Patel managing director and co-chair of Mercadien’s Government and Compliance Oversight Services Groups, stated, “Mercadien has partnered with Kingstonville in the past on projects for other federal agencies, such as the SBA, and has a very good relationship with them from managing these large engagements, leveraging each other’s resources and ensuring that the federal government receives the best-in-class service that both our companies have to offer.