COVID-19 Telehealth Program

$200 Million in funding to help healthcare providers provide connected care services

The FCC through USAC (Universal Service Administrative Company) began accepting applications for Telehealth funding. Each applicant can receive up to $1m in funding. The attached application instructions has a good brief overview of the program and more detailed information is available at this link: https://www.fcc.gov/covid-19-telehealth-program. This link has FAQs, step by step application instructions, and other guidance/support contacts. There is a lot of information to go through.  We have highlighted some info below.

  • This is NOT a grant program
  • COVID-19 Telehealth Program funding is available for eligible services and devices purchased on or after March 13, 2020
  • Funding is through the CARES Act and BOTH rural and non-rural health clinics are eligible to receive funding.  A full list is in the FAQ: https://www.fcc.gov/covid-19-telehealth-program-frequently-asked-questions-faqs
    • Teaching hospitals and medical schools
    • Skilled nursing facilities
    • Local health departments or agencies
    • Rural health clinics
    • Not-for-profit hospitals
    • Community mental health centers
    • Providers of care to migrants
    • Consortia of providers with one or more eligible facilities
  • If you are already eligible to participate in the FCC’s Rural Health Care (RHC) program, you do not need to obtain a new eligibility for Covid-19
  • Language on the FCC Form 460 referencing a rural or consortium requirement does not apply to the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.
  • Temporary or mobile (field) hospitals are eligible for funding
  • COVID-19 Telehealth Program does not have any competitive bidding requirements
  • If a selected health care provider exhausts its funding commitment, the health care provider can submit another application
  • Examples of eligible equipment include but are not limited to:
    • Telecommunications Services and Broadband Connectivity Services:  Voice services, and Internet connectivity services for health care provider or their patients.
    • Information Services:  Remote patient monitoring platforms and services; patient-reported outcome platforms; store and forward services, such as asynchronous transfer of patient images and data for interpretation by a physician; platforms and services to provide synchronous video consultation.
    • Internet Connected Devices/Equipment:  tablets, smartphones, or connected devices to receive connected care services at home (e.g, broadband-enabled blood pressure monitors; pulse-ox) for patient or health care provider use; telemedicine kiosks/carts for health care provider site

TeleHealth PDF Application Instructions_April2020

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