Category: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Alert: FCC Offers Guidance to Healthcare Providers Seeking Funding for Telehealth Services

The Federal Communications Commission released a public notice to help eligible healthcare providers apply for funding through the FCC’s Connected Care Pilot Program. The $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program is designed to offset eligible healthcare providers’ costs for connected care services, particularly to low-income Americans and veterans. Applications are expected to...

Taskforce on Telehealth Policy Issues Final Report

Remote healthcare recommendations set guidelines for policymakers Twenty-three of the nation’s leading healthcare experts released their much-anticipated final report on Tuesday, September 15, identifying challenges and opportunities for telehealth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Taskforce on Telehealth Policy, convened by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the Alliance...

Telehealth Providers May Get a Financial Boost Under the FCC’s Connected Care Pilot Program

The FCC’s Connected Care Pilot Program is poised to defray eligible health care providers’ costs of providing certain telehealth services. On September 3, 2020, the FCC issued additional information and guidance for potential applicants. On April 2, 2020, the FCC adopted final rules to establish the Connected Care Pilot Program with...

HHS, FCC and USDA launch joint rural telehealth initiative: 3 details

HHS, FCC and USDA on Sept. 1 signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on efforts to improve telehealth services and address health disparities in rural areas. The Rural Telehealth Initiative ultimately aims to use telehealth to supplement gaps in the healthcare system for rural Americans, who have been impacted by...

HHS partners with FCC and USDA on rural telehealth initiative

Telehealth plays an increasingly critical part in treating patients, improving health outcomes and lowering costs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work together on the Rural Telehealth Initiative, a joint effort to collaborate...

Telecare for All

Physician shortages, socioeconomic barriers, and high uninsured rates—these challenges perpetuate the lack of access to health care for the 60 million residents of rural communities across the United States. To combat the scarcity of medical services in rural areas, federal and state governments are implementing regulations that promote the use of...

Federal Government Announces Rural Telehealth Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on the Rural Telehealth Initiative, a joint effort to collaborate and share information to address health disparities,...

How to make telehealth more permanent after COVID-19

The coronavirus outbreak, or COVID-19, has fundamentally transformed our lives and communities, contributing to economic declines, disruptions in schooling, and distressed hospital systems. However, the pandemic has generated some silver linings, including the widespread adoption of telehealth that has helped to mitigate the risk of community spread by reducing...

HHS focuses on telehealth and tech innovations in Rural Action Plan

The roadmap released this week includes a four-point strategy to address the challenges facing rural healthcare. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday released an 82-page Rural Action Plan aimed at evaluating and engaging challenges facing rural healthcare in the country. The plan lays out a four-point strategy...

America’s Race for Universal Telehealth May Rely on Making Medicare Payments Permanent

Kimberly Sanders was recovering from a heroin addiction when the coronavirus struck. She had been homeless before and struggled to commute long distances for treatments. But because of her failure to attend several appointments, her previous doctors stopped seeing her. Years later, in a bid to get clean, she moved to...

Senators claim FCC failed to manage funding for COVID-19, rural telehealth programs

A group of 14 Democratic senators penned a letter to FCC chairman Ajit Pai on Aug. 20 detailing what they say is the agency’s failure to manage the Rural Health Care Program and COVID-19 Telehealth Program.  In the letter, the senators said that FCC “has not made sufficient funding available, has...

Senators Charge FCC With Mismanaging Telehealth Funding Programs

A letter signed by 14 Democratic Senators charges the FCC and Chairman Ajit Pai with failing to properly manage the Rural Health Care Program and the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, thus hindering attempts to expand telehealth access in rural America. A group of lawmakers is taking the Federal Communications Commission...

Hospitals eye permanent telehealth expansion with FCC funds

Physicians say pandemic has shown not only the utility but also the effectiveness of remote health care delivery Hundreds of hospitals and health care centers from Washington state to Louisiana are expanding telehealth infrastructure thanks to $200 million that Congress appropriated for the Federal Communications Commission in emergency legislation. In some...
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