Category: Connected Care

Will FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Boost Telehealth?

A $3.2 billion program spun out of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 aims to help low-income and underserved communities gain access to broadband services – and make it easier to access telehealth. By Eric Wicklund January 29, 2021 – The Federal Communications Commission will hold a round-table discussion next month on...

Relief bill provisions complicate care for homebound patients

The $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill signed into law by President Trump Dec. 27 offers Medicare coverage for telemental health and rural hospitals and funding for broadband connectivity, but criticism of the bill remains. The reason: the bill doesn’t extend the emergency telehealth access and the coverage provisions offered early on during...

Lawmakers Face Pressure to Address Licensure Barriers for Telehealth Adoption

The Alliance for Connected Care has sent an open letter to federal and state policymakers urging them to develop licensure guidelines that would allow providers to treat patients in other states via telehealth. By Eric Wicklund January 14, 2021 – The Alliance for Connected Care is putting pressure on lawmakers at both...

FCC Unveils 14 Initial Projects Selected for $100M Connected Care Pilot Program

FCC announces initial 14 pilot project selected for $100M Connected Care Pilot Program that will support connected care service across the country and focus on low-income and veteran patients. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced an initial set of 14 pilot projects with over 150 treatment sites in 11...

FCC opens $100M connected care telehealth pilot program: 4 things to know

The Federal Communications Commission will open applications Nov. 6 for its $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program, which aims to improve telehealth access for low-income Americans and veterans. The program, which was introduced by the FCC in 2018, will provide up to $100 million from the Universal Service Fund over a three-year period...

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...

FCC nears launch of $100M connected care telehealth pilot program: 5 things to know

Jackie Drees – Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 The Federal Communications Commission recently published application details on its $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program, which aims to enhance telehealth access for low-income Americans and veterans. FCC released the additional details for the program as well as application instructions on Sept. 3. The agency first introduced the...
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