FCC Approves Eighth Set of COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications

NY State Government: Week in Review

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved its eighth set of COVID-19 telehealth program applications, totaling $18.84 million, for 53 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, the FCC has spent $68.96 million to date in support of 185 providers.

Below are the recent awards for New York organizations.

The Arc Madison Cortland in Oneida, New York, was awarded $49,455 for laptops and headsets to provide remote consultations and treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic for psychological services, counseling, and occupational and physical therapy for people with developmental and other disabilities.

Central New York Services in Syracuse, New York, was awarded $546,009 for laptops, desktop monitors, tablets and other telehealth equipment to conduct video consultations and remote monitoring and treatment to maintain the existing patient level of care while adhering to COVID-19 mitigation guidelines.

The Chautauqua Center Medical Center in Jamestown, New York, was awarded $164,634 for servers, tablets, desktop computers, laptops and diagnostic equipment to provide remote diagnostic services and treatment for COVID-19 patients and other patients in need of care.

Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, New York, was awarded $131,261 for a telehealth platform, laptops and telehealth equipment to provide COVID-19 symptom monitoring and testing referrals, to treat and monitor COVID-19 patients with a remote care treatment plan and to treat other at-risk patients with chronic conditions.

Elmwood Health Center in Buffalo, New York, was awarded $128,789 for a remote patient monitoring platform, remote diagnostic and monitoring equipment, and tablets to provide telehealth video consultations and remote diagnosis, treatment and monitoring during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Family Counseling Center in Gloversville, New York, was awarded $43,667 for laptops and related equipment so mental health professionals can provide telehealth services, such as psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapy services, through a remote platform during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Housing Works Health Services in Brooklyn, New York, was awarded $857,750 for a telehealth platform, phones, tablets, laptops and internet service to provide remote telehealth services to COVID-19 patients. These services will also be used to meet the needs of clients without COVID-19 who need treatment for chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma and HIV/AIDS.

Insight House Chemical Dependency Services in Utica, New York, was awarded $78,528 for laptops, connected devices and other telehealth equipment for telehealth services to ensure continued patient care for substance use and behavioral health treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic and to adhere to safety precautions for patients and the healthcare workforce.

Long Island Select Healthcare in Central Islip, New York, was awarded $480,854 for laptops, tablets, remote monitoring equipment and mobile hotspots to maintain continuity of care for high-risk patients. The organization has launched a virtual care platform with COVID-19-specific functions such as Bluetooth stethoscopes and thermometers, and wearable pulse oximeters that track patient oxygen levels in the home.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, New York, was awarded $1 million for telemedicine carts, tablets, a virtual triage platform and remote monitoring equipment to provide an electronic ICU program to better support patients in intensive care. The program allows clinicians to access real-time data for multiple patients at the same time and physicians to prioritize care for patients at high risk for COVID-19.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center in Niagara Falls, New York, was awarded $35,640 for laptops to use telehealth systems to provide a wide range of services in the areas of primary care, obstetrics and gynecology, and mental health. They also permit providers to communicate with patients in real time regarding symptoms, mental health issues and other medical conditions while practicing social distancing and slowing the spread of COVID-19.

SUNY Upstate Cancer Center at Seneca Hill in Syracuse, New York, was awarded $373,731 for a telehealth platform subscription and tablets to deploy for COVID-19 patients and suspected COVID-19 patients. They allow for virtual visits by nurses and physicians and for group consultations with specialists and family members (since visitors are not allowed in the hospital).

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 or Danielle Sokolov at dsokolov@manatt.com or 518.431.6712.

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