Telehealth Implementation with COVID-19 Telehealth Program Funding

The COVID-19 Telehealth Program created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides grants to qualifying health care providers in order to help them fund the telecommunications, information, and device resources needed to deliver remote care during the COVID-19 global pandemic. As a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the program provided a total of $200 million in funding to qualified applicants. The first round of funding provided financial support to over 500 health care facilities.

The program allows providers to get additional funding that can help make telehealth more accessible to patients living in rural areas, senior citizens, and other underserved communities that can benefit from telehealth. The funding can help cover the cost of creating needed infrastructure to support increased use of broadband for telehealth interactions, costs of devices used to provide remote care, and costs of telehealth tools and implementation.

In December of 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) provided the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with additional funding for this program. The FCC is currently preparing to re-open applications and is working on creating appropriate criteria for evaluating and allocating funding to the applicants to come.

Round 2 date for applications has not been officially announced yet. For more information and updates please visit https://www.usac.org/about/covid-19-telehealth-program/

At Vivadox, we provide affordable telemedicine software that is fully HIPAA compliant and can help make telehealth more accessible to patients living in rural areas, senior citizens, and other underserved communities. Both providers and patients can use the smartphones, tablets, and computers they already own to connect, without the need to download an app. Onboarding takes minutes, and there are no hidden setup costs. All of our plans have unlimited HD video that allows you to provide better care to your patients. Start with our FREE plan or choose one of our paid plans starting at $25/month per provider. Visit us at https://vivadox.life

Sources:

https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/fcc-sets-new-guidelines-for-covid-19-telehealth-program-relaunch

https://www.fcc.gov/covid-19-telehealth-program-invoices-reimbursements

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