FCC Announces Round 2 COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Window
Legislation | April 23, 2021 | by Andrea Price-Carter
The Federal Communications Commission will begin accepting applications for the Round 2 COVID-19 Telehealth Program, April 29, 2021 through May 6, 2021.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will begin accepting applications for the second half of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 12 p.m. ET through Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 12 p.m. ET.
The program allows eligible health care providers to be reimbursed for providing telecommunications services, information services, and connected devices necessary to enable telehealth during the pandemic.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, enacted in December 2020, allocated $249 million for the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program on top of the initial $200 million that was established as part of the CARES Act. Round 2 will ensure that each state and territory can be approved for funding. More attention will also be paid to the hardest-hit and low income areas, as well as projects targeted to healthcare provider shortage areas and Tribal communities.
Funding will support providers that treat patients, and it is limited to select nonprofit and public eligible health care providers, which includes skilled nursing facilities. The program only funds devices that are connected, and will not fund unconnected devices that patients can use at home and then manually report the results to their medical professional. Connected devices may include devices with Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity, including devices that connect to a consumer’s phone.
- Interested applicants can participate in a series of trainings before the application window, “COVID-19 Telehealth Eligibility Overview,” Monday, April 26 at 2 p.m. ET, and the “Telehealth Application Process” on Wednesday, April 28 at 1 p.m. ET. Registration for each webinar is available on the FCC’s website, here.
- Details regarding the Round 2 application process are available on the FCC’s website, here.
- More information about the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program is available at: https://www.fcc.gov/covid-19-telehealth-program