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Federal Register – FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program

AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) takes the next steps in funding the COVID-19 Telehealth Program (Program) by expanding the administrative responsibilities of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The Commission finds it in the public’s interest to direct USAC…

FCC Announces Round 2 COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Portal Will Open on April 29th

Media Contact:
Katie Gorscak
katie.gorscak@fcc.gov

Program Contact:
Round2TelehealthApplicationSupport@usac.org

For Immediate Release

FCC ANNOUNCES ROUND 2 COVID-19 TELEHEALTH PROGRAM APPLICATION PORTAL WILL OPEN ON APRIL 29
Round 2 of Telehealth Program Will Provide an Additional $249 Million to Support Health Care Providers and Patients In All 50 States, DC, and Territories

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2021—The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition…

In the Matter of COVID-19 Telehealth Program Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers – REPORT AND ORDER AND ORDER ON RECONSIDERATION

Federal Communications Commission   FCC 21-39

Before the
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of

COVID-19 Telehealth Program

Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers
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WC Docket No. 20-89

WC Docket No. 18-213

REPORT AND ORDER AND ORDER ON…

FCC ADOPTS REPORT AND ORDER TO IMPLEMENT ROUND 2 OF COVID-19 TELEHEALTH PROGRAM

FCC ADOPTS REPORT AND ORDER TO IMPLEMENT ROUND 2 OF COVID-19 TELEHEALTH PROGRAM

Unanimous Vote Creates Rules and Procedures to Move Forward with Round 2 of Program to Support Health Care Providers During the Pandemic

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WASHINGTON, March 30, 2021—Today, the FCC voted to formally adopt a Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration to establish Round…

What Is Telehealth?

Telehealth is a way to receive healthcare services remotely through various communication technologies. The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) defines telehealth as “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status.”1How and why you use telehealth will depend on your health needs and goals, specific conditions, and physician’s office protocols. You may engage in telehealth using secure video conferencing, live streaming, telephone calls, storing or sending text…

Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act Reintroduced to Congress

This week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced the Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act to the U.S. House of Representatives. Telehealth has expanded both at the individual provider and hospital system levels through support from federal and state emergency measures aimed at increasing access during the pandemic. Without legislative intervention many of these measures will disappear when the public health emergency ends. With this in mind, the Bill’s sponsors are focused on ensuring telehealth’s widespread accessibility for patients across the nation continues after the COVID-19 crisis subsides. 

The Other Shoe Drops: OIG To Audit COVID-19 Telehealth Home Health Services

Monday, February 1, 2021

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency (the “PHE”) first declared on March 13, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued blanket Section 1135 Waivers to expand, albeit on a temporary basis during the PHE, the range of healthcare professionals who can provide Medicare-covered telehealth services to include physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and other non-physician practitioners.  (See also, CMS Fact Sheet, “Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet” (March 17, 2020) and CMS’s “

How RPM Can Reduce Unnecessary Hospitalizations

Keeping eyes on patients at a distanceby Tiffany HornThursday, February 11th, 2021

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) programs are leading the charge to leverage mobile technology and portable digital devices to successfully monitor patients outside of the hospital. At first glance, remote patient monitoring programs offer an inventive, innovative solution to reduce hospital admissions and overall health care costs; however, the role clinicians play by assessing and evaluating patient data to increase patient engagement is essential to yielding better health care outcomes.       

Discovering Opportunities to Improve…

FCC ACTING CHAIRWOMAN CIRCULATES ROUND 2 COVID-19 TELEHEALTH PROGRAM REPORT AND ORDER

Media Contact:
Paloma Perez
Paloma.Perez@fcc.gov

For Immediate Release

FCC ACTING CHAIRWOMAN CIRCULATES ROUND 2 COVID-19 TELEHEALTH PROGRAM REPORT AND ORDER
Congress Tasked the FCC to Create Rules and Procedures for Round 2 of Program to Support Health Care Providers During the Pandemic

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2021—Today, Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel circulated a Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration that, if adopted, would establish Round 2 of…

22 states with reimbursement provisions for telehealth

For its February report, Foley and Lardner examined state telehealth laws such as reimbursement provisions. These include requiring payers to reimburse telehealth services at the same rate as in person, as well as setting instructions on how providers and payers must negotiate rates for…

Twenty-two states have laws that address payment and reimbursement rates for telehealth services, including requiring commercial insurers to pay providers the same rate for services delivered via telehealth as in person, according to a recent report from law firm Foley and Lardner. 

For its February report, Foley and Lardner examined state telehealth laws such as reimbursement provisions. These include requiring payers to reimburse telehealth services at the same rate as in person, as well as setting instructions on how providers and payers must negotiate rates for…

Telehealth and Telemedicine Tech Changes in the COVID-19 Era

Improved access to telehealth and telemedicine is just one of many things that have changed since we all began to navigate the world wrought by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Yes, hopefully things return to a post-new-normal sooner than later, but what does our current situation mean for those of us who might specify, install, and maintain residential tech ecosystems that include digital health and medicine products, as well as those who are consumers? What are the key things to know?

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for…

Three Things to Look for in a Remote Patient Monitoring Solution

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) has proven to be a solid solution for helping seniors age in place without consistent trips to the doctor’s office, clinic, or emergency room. The COVID era has increased demand for the deployment of healthcare technology, as many seniors with chronic conditions do not want to leave their homes for treatment. Instead, doctors are using solutions like RPM to track patients’ vital statistics, including blood pressure,…

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Summary

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Summary
The U.S. House of Representatives on March 10, 2021, passed the Senate-amended H.R. 1319, the
American Rescue Plan (ARP). The ARP provides $1.9 trillion in additional relief to respond to the novel
coronavirus (COVID-19). This follows the enactment of nearly $4 trillion in COVID relief in 2020. President
Joe Biden called for Congress to enact the ARP to provide relief for individuals and business struggling due
to…

COVID 19 and Community Behavioral Health Care

The authors undertook two primary tasks in preparing this report. First, they prepared…

Editor’s Note: In a new report for the California Health Care Foundation, summarized below, Manatt Health discusses the impact of key legal changes that supported the delivery of community behavioral health services in California during the early months of the COVID‑19 pandemic. In addition, the report identifies opportunities for long-term policy reform. Although focused primarily on Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program), the report also addresses legal changes that affected the Medicare program and commercial health plans.

The authors undertook two primary tasks in preparing this report. First, they prepared…

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