As many of us are still grappling with COVID-19 and its ripple effects, InTouch Health and Teladoc Health are committed to keeping you informed on COVID-19 initiatives. Recently, the federal government has made available various funding to support the start or expansion of telehealth programs. To date, funding opportunities include:
The Federal government is providing health systems and providers with a funding opportunity to help rural communities tap into the potential of telehealth. The USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program awards up to $1 million to applicants that provide education or healthcare through telecommunications, including state and local governmental entities, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, for-profit businesses, and consortia of eligible entities.
Funds may be used for acquisition of eligible capital assets such as:
Applications are due by July 13, 2020.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund.
$10 BILLION ALLOCATION FOR SAFETY NET HOSPITALS
HHS is announcing the distribution of $10 billion in Provider Relief Funds to safety-net hospitals that serve our most vulnerable citizens, recognizing the incredibly thin margins these hospitals operate on. This payment is being sent directly to these hospitals via direct deposit.
This payment is going to hospitals that serve a disproportionate number of Medicaid patients or provide large amounts of uncompensated care. Qualifying hospitals will have:
It is anticipated that 758 hospitals would be eligible to get the funding.
$15 BILLION TO MEDICAID AND CHIP PROGRAM PROVIDERS
HHS expects to distribute approximately $15 billion to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Allocation.
Clinicians that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and/or Medicaid and CHIP managed care organizations who have not yet received General Distribution funding may submit their annual patient revenue information to the enhanced Provider Relief Fund Portal to receive a distribution equal to at least 2 percent of reported gross revenues from patient care.
Examples of providers, serving Medicaid/CHIP beneficiaries, possibly eligible for this funding include pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists, dentists, opioid treatment and behavioral health providers, assisted living facilities, and other home and community-based service providers.
It is anticipated that approximately one million health care providers may be eligible for this funding.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program will provide immediate relief, up to $1M per application, to cover the cost of telehealth services, devices, and personnel for treatment of COVID-19 or other health conditions during the pandemic. The COVID-19 Telehealth Program is limited to nonprofit and public healthcare providers that treat patients, whether located in rural or non-rural areas or U.S. territories.
Applications are no longer being accepted.
A funding opportunity to expand access to emergency medical services using telehealth to improve the quality of care for patients in rural areas. The HRSA Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP) awards up to $300K for programs bringing tele-emergency services with an emphasis on telestroke and telebehavioral health by enhancing telehealth networks to deliver 24-hour ED consultative services via telehealth to rural providers.
Eligible applicants include rural or urban nonprofit entities that will provide direct clinical services to rural areas through a telehealth network. Each entity participating in the networks may be a nonprofit or for-profit entity.
Applications were due by June 15, 2020.
This is a great opportunity for health systems or their partner sites to pay for new telehealth services or add services to your existing program. As your telehealth partner, InTouch Health is here to help you with the application process and the virtual care solution.
Join Jordana Bernard, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at InTouch Health in a webinar to learn about the various funding opportunities and how to take advantage of them to start or grow your telehealth programs.
With the desire to scale quickly, it’s important to keep in mind that telehealth is more than just video conferencing. While some regulations have been relaxed to help swiftly contain COVID-19, experts predict important safeguards such as patient safety and security will go back into effect down the road. Therefore, providers should consider their long-term virtual care strategies when applying for federal funding opportunities.
Soon to be part of Teladoc Health, we offer turnkey solutions that can be live in as little as 24 hours with the ability to scale and support your organization’s long-term telehealth strategy, post-COVID-19. Together, our combined offering provides the speed and scale you need now as well as the ability to grow and remain compliant in the future.