COVID-19 Telehealth Program

Federal Communication Commission (FCC)

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $1,000,000

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Telemedicine & Telehealth

Applicant type: Hospital / Clinic, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Capital Project

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

NOTE: The COVID-19 Telehealth Program is not a grant program. To receive disbursements, eligible health care providers that are approved for funding will be required to submit an invoicing form and supporting documentation in order to receive reimbursement for eligible expenses and services.

No deadline has been set for the filing of COVID-19 Telehealth Program applications. Applications may be filed beginning at 12:00 PM (ET) on April 13, 2020, and funding decisions will be made on a rolling basis. The Commission will continue to accept and review applications until the funding is exhausted or the current COVID-19 pandemic has ended. 

Purpose:

The COVID-19 Telehealth Program will provide $200 million in funding, appropriated by Congress as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to help health care providers provide connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the novel Coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The Program will provide immediate support to eligible health care providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by fully funding their telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services until the program’s funds have been expended or the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.

Note that the COVID-19 Telehealth Program is limited to nonprofit and public eligible health care providers that fall within the categories of health care providers in section 254(h)(7)(B) of the 1996 Act.

For more information, see the FAQs.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The COVID-19 Telehealth Program is open to eligible health care provider sites that treat patients, whether located in rural or non-rural areas or U.S. territories.
  • The COVID-19 Telehealth Program is limited to nonprofit and public eligible health care providers that fall within the categories of health care providers in section 254(h)(7)(B) of the 1996 Act:
    • post-secondary educational institutions offering health care instruction, teaching hospitals, and medical schools;
    • community health centers or health centers providing health care to migrants;
    • local health departments or agencies;
    • community mental health centers;
    • not-for-profit hospitals;
    • rural health clinics;
    • skilled nursing facilities; or
    • consortia of health care providers consisting of one or more entities falling into the first seven categories.
  • For purposes of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which is authorized by the CARES Act, and not the 1996 Telecommunications Act, both rural and non-rural health clinics are eligible to receive funding.
  • COVID-19 Telehealth Program funding will provide eligible health care providers support to purchase telecommunications, information services, and connected devices necessary to provide telehealth services to patients in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Devices for which funding is requested must be integral to patient care.
  • The COVID-19 Telehealth Program will only fund devices (e.g., pulse oximetry, blood pressure monitoring devices, etc.), that are themselves 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, for example.
  • Eligible health care providers may apply to receive funding support through the COVID-19 Telehealth Program for eligible services and devices purchased on or after March 13, 2020.

Ineligibility:

  • Vendors of eligible services and devices are not eligible to apply for funding. 
  • Funding will not be provided for personnel costs (including but not limited to costs for IT staff, project managers, or medical professionals), marketing costs, administrative expenses, or training costs. Vendors and service providers can elect to provide training and other IT support at no cost to health care providers participating in the program. Eligible health care providers should not include the cost of ineligible items in their funding application. 
  • Only eligible connected care services and devices may be funding by the COVID-19 Telehealth Program; the program is not intended to fund development of new websites, systems, or platforms.