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COVID-19 Telehealth Program

Grants to USA Nonprofit and Public Health Care Providers for
Connected Care Services for Patients During the Coronavirus

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Federal Communications Commission

Deadline Date:

05/06/21 12:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and Territories nonprofit and public health care providers for connected care services and equipment to patients during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applicants are advised that pre-registrations are required prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support the provision of telecommunications, information services, and connected devices necessary to provide telehealth services to patients at their homes or mobile locations.

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.

Devices for which funding is requested must be integral to patient care. Examples of eligible services and connected devices that COVID-19 Telehealth Program applicants may seek funding for include:

  • Telecommunications Services and Broadband Connectivity Services: Voice services, for health care providers or their patients.
  • Information Services: Internet connectivity services for health care providers or their patients; remote patient monitoring platforms and services; patient reported outcome platforms; store and forward services, such as asynchronous transfer of patient images and data for interpretation by a physician; platforms and services to provide synchronous video consultation.
  • Connected Devices/Equipment: Tablets, smart phones, or connected devices to receive connected care services at home (e.g., broadband-enabled blood pressure monitors; pulse oximetry monitors) for patient or health care provider use; or telemedicine kiosks/carts for health care provider sites. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189204

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$249,950,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Commission did not set a per-unit funding cap for eligible services or devices, but does not anticipate awarding more than $1 million to any single applicant.

Term of Contract:

Services or devices purchased or implemented prior to March 13, 2020 are ineligible for funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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. (Both rural and non-rural health clinics are eligible to receive funding.) 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:
(1) Post-secondary educational institutions offering health care instruction, teaching hospitals, and medical schools;
(2) Community health centers or health centers providing health care to migrants;
(3) Local health departments or agencies;
(4) Community mental health centers;
(5) Not-for-profit hospitals;
(6) Rural health clinics;
(7) Skilled nursing facilities; or
(8) Consortia of health care providers consisting of one or more entities falling into the first seven categories.

Funding recipients will be selected based on specific criteria, including the geographic area and population served by the applicant, and taking into account whether that geographic area has been under any pre-existing strain as well as the health care providers’ targeting of funding to high-risk and vulnerable patients. Priority may be given to hardest hit applicants, low-income and underserved areas/populations, previously unfunded applicants, tribal communities, critical access hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Center / Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike /Disproportionate Share Hospitals, health care provider shortage areas, rural counties and rural hospital closures, limited broadband access and/or Internet adoption, and first-time applicants.

The Commission will only require applicants to obtain an approved eligibility determination for the lead health care provider listed on the application. Applicants requesting funding for multiple eligible health care provider sites in a single application do not need to receive eligibility determinations for every site that will receive funding during Round 2 of the Program, but instead will be required only to certify under penalty of perjury that all other health care sites that would receive Program funding are eligible for Program funding.

Private and for-profit entities, are not eligible to receive funding through the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. For example, a private physicians’ practice would not be eligible for support through this program. Vendors of eligible services and devices are not eligible for funding.

The Program does not support funding for personnel costs, marketing costs, administrative expenses, training costs, or indirect costs. Program funds are to support the purchase of telecommunications services, information services, and connected devices to provide telehealth services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and are not intended to fund the development of new websites, systems, or platforms. For further information on ineligible costs, see https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-21-39A1.pdf#page=44.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A webinar on the Telehealth Application Process will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 1:00 PM ET.
To register, see: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5578115372247462415

Pre-Application Information:

The Round 2 Application Filing Window will open at 12:00pm, ET, on Thursday, April 29, 2021 and will close at 12:00pm, ET, on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Applications for the Program may be filed through a dedicated application portal. Applications will be accepted once the application filing window opens, and all applications will be reviewed after the application filing window has closed.

Applicants will be required to include their FCC Registration Number (FRN), FCC Commission Registration System (CORES) ID, and DUNS number. In addition, applicants must be registered with the federal System for Award Management. The Bureau strongly recommends unregistered health care providers to start the SAM registration process now because it may take up to 10 business days for your registration to become active and an additional 24 hours before that registration information is available in other government systems.

Funding will be provided on a reimbursement basis.

Round 1 applicants that were not funded will need to submit a new application.

For more information about the program: https://www.usac.org/about/covid-19-telehealth-program/

For eligibility, application resources, and informational webinar recordings, see: https://www.usac.org/about/covid-19-telehealth-program/covid-19-telehealth-program-application-resources/

For application information, see https://www.fcc.gov/covid-19-telehealth-program-invoices-reimbursements.

Program FAQs: https://www.fcc.gov/covid-19-telehealth-program-frequently-asked-questions-faqs

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Questions specific to the application process should be directed to Round2TelehealthApplicationSupport@usac.org.

For further information regarding the Public Notice, please contact:
Connor Ferraro, Attorney Advisor
Competition Policy Division
Wireline Competition Bureau
Connor.Ferraro@fcc.gov
(202) 418-1322

Federal Communications Commission
45 L Street NE
Washington, DC 20554
1-888-225-5322

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