In more COVID related news, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be administering the $200 million allocated by the CARES Act to fund telehealth related expenses for providers to furnish connected care for patients. The program will fully fund practices and health systems in telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services. Funding will continue through the national health emergency or until the program funds have been fully spent out.
The application period opened on Monday 13 April. Applicants can download a fillable PDF form linked to the FCC’s program web page, but before they do that, there’s several pre-requirements typical of any Federal program:
- Obtain an FCC Registration Number (FRN) from the Commission Registration System (CORES), as well as a CORES username and password at that link. An FRN is a 10-digit number that is assigned to a business or individual registering with the FCC and is used to identify the registrant’s business dealings with the FCC.
- Obtain an eligibility determination from the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) by filing FCC Form 460 through My Portal on USAC’s webpage. (Filers do not need to be rural health care providers in order to file Form 460 for this program.)
- Register with the federal System for Award Management (SAM)
When approved, the program operates as a reimbursement program where approved providers will have to submit invoices and supporting documentation which are also subject to audit.