The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau recently approved an additional 33 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Healthcare providers in both urban and rural areas of the country will use this $8.36 million in funding to provide telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic. To date, the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which was authorized by the CARES Act, has funded 82 healthcare providers in 30 states for a total of $33.26 million in funding.
Below is a list of health care providers that were awarded funding:
- Bee Busy Wellness Center, Houston, Texas, was awarded $182,854 to purchase video monitors and connected devices to provide primary and preventive medical services, including remote monitoring, diagnosis and treatment, to COVID-19 vulnerable populations in Houston and surrounding areas.
- Behavioral Health Services North in Plattsburgh, New York was awarded $39,181 for connected devices, monitors, and software licenses to provide therapy, medication management, health monitoring and rehabilitation services via remote patient monitoring and telehealth to patients at risk for COVID-19.
- Bethesda Community Clinic in Canton, Georgia was awarded $5,886 for connected devices and telecommunications services to use telemedicine to assess patient health, provide full-service office visits with professional providers, refill prescriptions, and determine if a patient requires COVID-19 testing.
- Chicago Family Health Center in Chicago, Illinois was awarded $292,000 to implement a telemedicine/telehealth platform to treat patients without COVID-19 symptoms or conditions, which will improve patient flow, decrease cycle time, decrease financial costs, and free up staff time, enabling resources to be devoted to patients that need a face-to-face visit while reducing the risk of exposure to coronavirus for all patients.
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio was awarded $719,098 to provide telehealth services to the highest risk pediatric patients with complex health care needs, including tracheostomy and ventilator dependence, and gastrostomy and tube feeding dependence, to limit their potential exposure to COVID-19 by keeping them out of the hospital and safely at home which improves their health prognosis and frees up resources to care for children with COVID-19.