Round 2 of the FCC Covid-19 Telehealth Program makes an additional $249.95M in funding available to healthcare organizations for reimbursement of telecommunications services, information services and connected devices enabling telehealth expansion. The first thing you need to know is that the window to apply for the funding this go-round is a short one. You must apply by May 6, 2021.
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Today in health, it, the story is round to $250 million of FCC. Tele-health funding is available. My name is bill Russell. I’m a former CIO for a 16 hospital system and creator of this week and health it a channel dedicated to keeping health it staff current.
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For this and several other great content pieces. Check out vmware.com/go/healthcare. All right. Here’s today’s story. Round to 250 million FCC tele-health funding is available. Here’s what you need to know. Round two. Of the FCC COVID 19 tele-health program makes an additional 249.95 million in funding available to healthcare organizations for reimbursement of telecommunication services, information services, and connected devices. Enabling telehealth expansion.
The first thing you need to know is that the window to apply for funding. This go round is a short one. It’s already underway and you must apply by May 6th of 2021. So you have to apply this week, quite frankly. Who’s entitled to the funding, the programs open to eligible healthcare providers, sites that treat patients, whether located in rural or non rural areas or us territories, it is limited to non-profit in public eligible healthcare providers that fall within the categories of healthcare providers in section two 54 H seven B of the 1996 act.
, let me just give you some of these rather than you having to figure this out. Post-secondary educational institutions offering. Healthcare instruction, teaching hospitals and medical schools. Community health centers or health centers providing healthcare to migrants, local health departments, or agencies, community health centers, not for profit hospitals, rural health clinics, skilled nursing facilities or consortium of healthcare providers consisting of one or more entities falling into the seven categories. Applicants are eligible for reimbursement on tele-health purchases made after March 13th of 2020, if not already funded through the previous round of federal.
Funds distributed more information about round two of tele-health funding and eligibility can be found on the universal service administration company’s website. Application notice round one, applicants can still apply for round two, but the first time applicants or unfunded applicants from round one.
We’ll receive a competitive advantage. Through the awarding bonus points process. I’m sure it’s really complicated. But in essence, what they’re saying is if you’ve already applied and you have not been granted, the funding that that will get pushed to the front of the line, I guess is what they’re saying. Here’s some example of, , eligible services and connected devices, telecommunication services, and broadband connectivity services, voice services for healthcare providers or their patients.
, information services, internet connectivity services for healthcare providers. Or their patients, remote patient monitoring platforms and services, patient reported outcome platform, store, and forward services such as asynchronous transfer or patient images and data for interpretation by a physician.
Platforms and services to provide synchronous video consultation. Connected devices, equipment, tablets, smartphones, and connected devices to receive connected care services at home broadband enabled blood pressure, monitors, pulse oximeters. You get the picture of for patients or healthcare provider use or telemedicine medicine, kiosks carts for healthcare provider sites. I took a lot of this from an email I got from Cirrus healthcare. Who’s a sponsor of this week in health. It.
And, they offer some services to help organizations to bring all this stuff together. My silhouette for this is this is more of a public service announcement than anything. If you’ve done anything with regard to telehealth, and you’ve all done something around tele-health and you haven’t put in an application for the FCC funding, , you should do that. And even if you have before and you have some additional things that you want funded, you should put this in, take the time. There’s a fair amount of money out there to support these initiatives.
These are important initiatives and you should make the effort to go after this money. I believe. All right. That’s all for today. If you know someone that might benefit from our channel, please forward them a note. They can subscribe on our website this week, health.com or wherever you listen to podcasts, apple, Google, overcast, Spotify, Stitcher.
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