FCC Approves 12th Set of COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications

NY State COVID-19 Guidance: Week in Review

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved its 12th set of COVID-19 telehealth program applications, totaling $29.41 million for 77 providers. The FCC is approving applications on a rolling basis until it spends a total of $200 million. Since the first set of awards was announced on April 16, 2020, it has spent $157.64 million to date for 444 providers.

Below are the recent awards for New York organizations.

AccessCNY in Syracuse, New York, was awarded $134,286 for telemedicine carts, remote diagnostic kits and mobile hotspots to maintain care of individuals with a mental health diagnosis living in AccessCNY’s residences through telehealth visits with primary care doctors and teletherapy sessions for mental healthcare, which allow frequent and reliable connections to the therapists.

The Bridge in New York, New York, was awarded $440,875 for laptop computers and videoconferencing equipment and software to increase capacity for telehealth services throughout clinical, residential and care coordination programs, as well as phones or tablets for patients so they can participate in calls with providers and in private videoconference sessions with clinical staff.

Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services in Hicksville, New York, was awarded $513,403 for laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, and videoconferencing equipment and software to continue expansion of remote behavioral health treatment options during the COVID-19 crisis and to ensure the safety of staff.

Families First in Elizabethtown, New York, was awarded $26,997 for laptop computers, videoconferencing equipment and software, and smartphones to use telehealth services for home- and community-based services and to treat child and family behavioral health patients also diagnosed with COVID-19.

Family Service League in Huntington, New York, was awarded $239,346 for desktop and laptop computers, tablets, videoconferencing equipment and software, and a telehealth platform to expand remote treatment for behavioral health conditions, including mental health and addictive disorders, and for patients in crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hudson Valley Regional Community Health Center in Brewster, New York, was awarded $342,449 for telemedicine kiosks that will link patients and providers safely and through which, using remotely administered diagnostic equipment, the provider can manage the triage response remotely as an alternative to an emergency department visit; can conduct a patient examination; and, if indicated, can refer the patient to a primary care physician and arrange for patient transport to the hospital without a stop in the waiting room.

Icahn School of Medicine in New York, New York, was awarded $923,487 for tablet computers, network upgrades and a remote monitoring platform license to ensure that vulnerable cancer patients across all New York City boroughs remain connected to oncology clinicians via telehealth services, and that they receive medical care remotely, including help with disease management during the COVID-19 pandemic, without assuming the additional risk of coming into the hospital for routine care.

Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases in New York, New York, was awarded $781,831 for telemedicine carts, tablets, remote monitoring equipment and network upgrades to employ telehealth services (1) to bridge the gap in continuity of care caused by the COVID-19 pandemic for new-patient consultations, follow-up visits and other important appointments that maintain cancer care while decreasing the risk of spread of COVID-19; and (2) to remotely manage cancer patients with COVID-19.

Mental Health Association of Rockland in Valley Cottage, New York, was awarded $69,636 for laptop computers and videoconferencing software to offer behavioral health treatment, such as mental health and substance abuse services, psychiatric assessments, medication management, and counseling.

New York Presbyterian-Queens in Flushing, New York, was awarded $1 million for tablets and telemedicine carts to provide specialty care to a greater number of patients; remote monitoring kits with pulse oximeters and oxygen concentrators to allow safe discharge of patients with continued home monitoring; and telehealth platforms that can connect patients with urgent care, primary care and specialty providers from home, including allowing patients who may have COVID-19 symptoms to first connect with a provider virtually.

Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York, was awarded $966,026 for tablets, smartphones, a telehealth platform subscription, and remote monitoring equipment and a platform to provide remote, ongoing care for high-risk patients; to allow enhanced virtual visits for patients using a telehealth platform; to provide safe and effective hospital triage; to increase the number of remote consults with tablet computers; and to improve access to care by distributing smartphones to patients in need.

Tri County Family Medicine Program in Dansville, New York, was awarded $60,009 for laptop computers, tablets and a telehealth platform subscription to undertake virtual visits for existing and new patients who are unable to visit the clinic because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions or would like assistance with preparing applications, please reach out to Meghan McNamara at mmcnamara@manatt.com or 518.431.6702 and/or Danielle Sokolov at dsokolov@manatt.com or 518.431.6712.

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