April 14, 2020

FCC Launches Telehealth Funding for Health Care Providers

On April 13, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched its application process for health care providers to receive funding from the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. The program will provide $200 million in funding, as appropriated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to help health care providers offer services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding would provide for telecommunications services, information services and devices necessary until the program’s funds are expended or the pandemic has ended.

The FCC requires providers to have the following items to apply for the program:

  1. An eligibility determination from the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
    Applicants that do not yet have an eligibility determination from USAC can still file an application with the Commission for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program while their form is pending with USAC;
  2. An FCC Registration Number; and
  3. Registration with the System for Award Management.

Applicants can request funding for any of the following medical services:

  • Patient-Based Internet-Connected Remote Monitoring
  • Other Monitoring
  • Video Consults
  • Voice Consults
  • Imaging Diagnostics
  • Other Diagnostics
  • Remote Treatment
  • Other Services

The application form is available on the FCC website. Additional information on the program, including guidance on the application process, is available on the COVID-19 Telehealth Program website.

The aforementioned information is for educational purposes only.