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COVID-19 Telehealth Delivery Reaps High Patient Satisfaction
April 15, 2021

Almost 80 percent of people who used telehealth during COVID-19 reported patient satisfaction, and over 70 percent expect to access virtual care post-pandemic, according to a new survey from the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition.

The 20-question survey from the American Medical Association, American Telemedicine Association, Change Healthcare, and other healthcare stakeholders collected virtual care perceptions of more than 2,000 patients across the country.

Notably, over 80 percent of respondents (83 percent) reported good overall visit quality, and 78 percent said they felt their health concern could be addressed via telehealth. These findings were consistent across age, insurance type, and urban/rural status.

FCC Announces Round 2 COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Portal Will Open on April 29.
April 15, 2021

On December 27, 2020, Congress enacted the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Consolidated Appropriations Act), providing an additional $249.95 million to the Commission to support Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program (Program). The Program was established in April 2020 to administer an initial $200 million in funding appropriated by Congress in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act “to support efforts of health care providers to address coronavirus by providing telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to enable the provision of telehealth services” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HHS Unveils Telehealth Grants to Address Rural Maternal, Obstetrics Care
April 13, 2021

Federal officials are making $12 million available for three projects that aim to approve maternal and obstetrics care for underserved populations in rural America, and they expect telehealth to be part of the program.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy comes as federal officials kick off Black Maternal Health Week. The HRSA’s Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program, which will offer the three award recipients grants of up to $1 million annually for four years, aims to boost outcomes in rural and underserved population by testing new models of connected care.

CMS Expands Telehealth Coverage for Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists
April 2, 2021

CMS has added a number of CPT codes to the list of audiology and speech-language pathology services provided by telehealth that will be covered by Medicare during the coronavirus pandemic.

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants - Funding Opportunity
April 5, 2021

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. To learn more about recently funded DLT projects, Rural Development has developed a map of recently funded DLT projects  All upcoming events will be posted on the events program tab.

New Bills Target Telehealth Coverage for Substance Abuse, Mental Health Services
March 29, 2021

Lawmakers are once again taking aim at the substance abuse epidemic with a wide-ranging bill that expands access to telehealth – including audio-only phone services – for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs.

The policy changes are part of the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) 3.0 bill, introduced last week by US Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Shelley Moore Caputo (R-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). The bill, which was submitted Last December but failed to make it through the Legislature, aims to boost funding authorization levels established in the original CARA legislation in 2016 and adds connected health measures to tackle the growing opioid abuse crisis.