Published: 11 May 2020 11 May 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorized $200 million in grants for telehealth.  On April 2, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, and invited applications from nonprofit health care entities to fund Telehealth services.  As health care providers deal with rapidly expanding numbers of COVID-19 patients, telehealth can help to:

As of May 6, 2020, the FCC has awarded almost $25 million in grants under the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.  Grants have been awarded to 56 entities in five tranches.  Recipients include health centers, hospitals, health systems and health departments.  The FCC has stated that in order to allow a large number of applicants to receive funding under the program, it did not anticipate awarding more than $1 million to any applicant.  Grants of $1 million have been awarded to the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  Other substantial grants (in excess of $700,000) were awarded to the following:

Many recipients serve medically underserved populations, and anticipate using telehealth to provide care to high risk and vulnerable patients with chronic conditions.  Funding will be used for connected devices, remote patient monitoring and equipment for video telemedicine visits.