Source: mHealth Intelligence
– The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded an additional $42.7 million in telehealth funding to be distributed among 68 newly approved healthcare providers as a part of its COVID-19 Telehealth Program.
In March, the agency announced plans to relaunch the program, which originated in 2020 as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The FCC accepted funding applications from April 29 until May 6.
The FCC has dedicated $250 million in funding for this year’s program, and has distributed more than $208 million to providers across the country so far.
The recent round of awards marks the fifth funding phase of the relaunched program.
The COVID-19 Telehealth Program offers reimbursement to healthcare providers for telehealth services, information services, and connected devices that are needed to carry out virtual care delivery during the pandemic.
“As the impact of new variants continue to challenge our healthcare system, the FCC has worked diligently to review and approve funding commitments as part of our COVID-19 Telehealth Program,” FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in the press release. “As we head into 2022, the ability to treat patients and loved ones from the safety of their home is of vital importance.”
The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau announced on November 9 that all remaining applicants that did not receive funding during the initial commitment phase had 10 days to supplement their applications with additional information.
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