Getting Started

A Participating Provider Agreement (PPA) is a legal and binding agreement used by the Refugee Health Program to pay for refugee health assessment/screening services based on a fee schedule. 
 
By signing a PPA, the provider agrees to deliver services as set forth in the PPA.  Services are reimbursed based on the Reimbursement Rates identified on the  fee for service schedule which delineates the approved procedure and the maximum allowable fee.  

To be reimbursed for services provided, the provider must have a current PPA and serve newly arriving refugees.  A refugee is defined in international law and in the Refugee Act of 1980 (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/policy/refact1.htm) as a person who is outside his or her country of nationality and who is unable or unwilling to return to that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution, based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Refugees legally enter the U.S. in search of freedom, peace, and opportunity for themselves and their families.
This website contains all of the necessary information for a provider to enter into an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide refugee health assessment/screening services.

Existing Providers
Go to Completing PPA Forms.

New Providers
All service providers wishing to do business with the Commonwealth must be registered with the Central Vendor Management Unit (CVMU) and the Department of State (DOS). If you are not already registered, you must do this before you can enter into an agreement with the Refugee Health Program. 

Step 1.  Central Vendor Management Unit (CVMU): Register as a Non-Procurement Vendor and complete the W-9 form, which is located at the bottom of the registration form before you click SUBMIT.
 
Step 2.  Department of State (DOS):  Assure that the entity organization name you registered with under DOS matches how you registered in CVMU. If your entity name has changed, this information should be updated with DOS before you proceed.
 
Step 3.  After you register with CVMU and DOS, return to this page.  Once registered, new Providers should contact the Refugee Health Program Administrator, who is responsible for providing you with your new PPA number and your effective and termination dates.  You will need this information to complete the PPA signature page.
 
These dates indicate the period that the Department will reimburse for services rendered.

Step 4. Completing PPA Forms