FCC Round 2 of funding for the Telehealth program

Open until May 6, 2021

Today is the first day to apply for the second round of FCC funding for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Applications are open only one week, until Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 12 PM ET.

Apr 29, 2021

The FCC has opened the application window for the second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which provides an additional $250M in funding to eligible health care providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to support the telecommunications services, information services, and connected devices needed to provide critical connected care.

The window for applications goes from Thursday, April 29, 2021 until Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET.

Prevvy has adapted its virtual care platform to support providers working with the underserved that will be applying to this program. Specifically, Prevvy offers:

- multichannel communication with patients (via web, app or conversational text messaging)

- multi-language capabilities (the 12th most spoken languages in the US)

- coordination with mental health and other services outside primary care centers, including those on different EMRs

- easy enrollment process that can be facilitated by community health members

Additional Information about the program:

What will the program cover?

The Telehealth Program provides funding to support:

    • telecommunications services and broadband services, for both providers and patients

    • Information services, such as virtual care platforms like Prevvy

    • and connected devices needed to provide critical connected care, including smart phones for patients, tablets for providers and medical devices at home monitoring of patients

How big is the second round of funding?

The first round provided $200M of funding to more than 500 health care facilities. This second round brings an additional $250M of funding.

How do I know if I qualify?

Eligible providers include:

  • 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 (as defined in section 395i–3(a) of title 42)

The first step to fill the application is to submit the FCC Form 460. There is a recorded webinar that helps you go through the process: https://www.usac.org/about/covid-19-telehealth-program/covid-19-telehealth-program-application-resources/

I applied to the first round but did not get selected. Can I still apply?

Yes!!!. Eligible providers that did not receive funding in the first round are encouraged to submit a new application for this second round. Please pay close attention as some of the process has changed

Any important changes with respect to the first round of funding?

  • All applications received during the open window (April 29 to May 6, 2021) will be reviewed at once according to the preselected objective evaluation criteria (see slide 25 of this presentation: https://www.usac.org/wp-content/uploads/about/documents/covid-19-telehealth-program/USAC_Telehealth_Get_Started_Final-for-HCPs.pdf)

  • For multisite applications, only the lead healthcare provided needs to submit the FCC form 460 for eligibility. For all the other sites, eligibility criteria will be proved during the invoicing process.

  • It will award funding in two phases, so that approved projects can be funded quickly, and the rest have an opportunity to provide more information to qualify for the second phase.

Please, reach out for more information and to discuss your Telehealth and Virtual Care projects

How about your organization? Have you implemented a virtual care program for your patients? What has worked? What didn't?

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