AMA flagging FCC COVID-19 funding opportunities

The American Medical Association (AMA) has issued an alert to ensure that physicians are aware of two Federal Communications Commission (FCC) funding opportunities that are related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including FCC’s Telehealth Program and FCC’s Connected Care Pilot Program.

COVID-19 Telehealth Program

AMA says that, “This $200 million program supports health care providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing eligible health care providers support to purchase telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to enable the provision of telemedicine services during this emergency period. It will provide selected applicants with full funding for these eligible telehealth services and devices. In order to receive funding, eligible health care providers must submit an application to [FCC] for this program, and [FCC] would award funds to selected applicants on a rolling basis until the funds are exhausted or until the current pandemic has ended.”

Connected Care Pilot Program

AMA explains that, “This three-year program will provide universal service support to help defray health care providers’ qualifying costs of providing connected care services. It will target funding to eligible health care providers, with a primary focus on pilot projects that primarily benefit low-income or veteran patients. The program will make available up to $100 million, which is separate from the budgets of the existing Universal Service Fund (USF) programs and the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. The program will provide funding for selected pilot projects to cover 85 percent of the eligible costs of broadband connectivity, network equipment, and information services necessary to provide connected care services to the intended patient population. In order to participate, eligible health care providers must submit an application to [the FCC] for the program, and [FCC] will announce the selected pilot projects.”

AMA notes that “only select ‘health care providers’ are eligible for funding.

Connected Health Initiative FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program Summary

Connected Health Initiative FCC Connected Care Pilot Summary

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