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Telehealth Funding and Grants

Explore available grants, resources, and best practices 

Grant Opportunities for RPM Projects


 

Explore these available opportunities to help launch or expand telehealth and RPM programs.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide $500 million in grant funding to expand access to COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, rural health services, and food assistance.

Funding will be available through two tracks:

Track One Recovery Grants will provide immediate relief from the economic conditions related to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).

Track Two Impact Grants will advance ideas and solutions that confront rural health care challenges and support the long-term sustainability of rural health services.

Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants include public bodies; community-based non-profits; and federally-recognized tribes. Facilities must be located in, and primarily serve, rural areas with no more than 20,000 residents as determined by the latest US Census Data.

How can funds be used?

Grant funds must be used to support health care and nutritional assistance in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Increasing telehealth capabilities, including underlying healthcare information systems, is one of the eligible categories for track one.

How will recipients be selected?

For Track One applicants, the USDA will use a priority point system that weighs: distressed communities, median household income, population, COVID-19 impact, and socioeconomic equity.

For Track Two applicants, the USDA will use the indicators in Track One, with the addition of organizational capacity and strength of consortium, work plan and proposed budget, ability to replicate, and socioeconomic equity.

How to apply?

Contact your local Rural Development office to discuss and submit your application. The application is due October 12, 2021.

 

Download the Rural Development Grant Overview

The FCC COVID-19 Telehealth applications were due May 6th.  The FCC/ USAC is now starting to reach out to some applicants for clarification on budgets or supporting documentation.  FCC is only allowing 48 hours to respond to these requests, unless an extension is requested.

HRS is happy to assist with fulfilling these requests for more information, whether HRS assisted with the original application or not.  HRS can assist with providing quotes, adjusting quotes to meet FCC needs, and assisting with descriptions of HRS equipment and services.

On August 26, 2021, the FCC announced the first round of awards for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. These 62 awards, totaling $41.98 million is funding, were distributed geographically to the highest scoring applications in each state or territory.

According to the official FCC press release, additional awards will be made to the highest scoring applications, regardless of geographic location, until $150 million is funding has been distributed. After that point, the FCC will announce an opportunity for all remaining applicants to supplement their applications, as required by Congress. After all remaining applicants have had the opportunity to supplement their applications, the remaining program funding, approximately $100 million in additional funds, will be awarded.

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The Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation (RHCCTM) Program supports 4,600 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) across the country in

  • Maintaining and increasing COVID-19 testing efforts;
  • Expanding access to testing in rural communities; and
  • Expanding the range of mitigation activities in local communities.

Projects related to testing and mitigation activities are eligible.  Mitigation activities can include RPM expenses.  Funds can be used to cover testing and mitigation costs from January 2021 through December 2022.

Who is Eligible?

RHC’s only.  The funding has already been distributed ($100,000 each) to over 4,200 RHC’s and about 300 more will receive funding over the summer. 

How to Apply?

This is non-competitive funding.  There is no application process.  RHC’s have to accept funding and provide monthly reporting.

For more information on allowable expenses and payment details, go to https://www.hrsa.gov/coronavirus/rural-health-clinics/testing

 

Download the HRSA RHC Overview

How HRS Helps


 

Over 100 HRS partners launched their telehealth and remote patient monitoring programs with funds received from grants.

These programs are accomplishing many important goals including:

  • Diverting patients from the emergency department
  • Shortening hospital length of stay
  • Decreasing readmissions
  • Screening and monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Offering access to specialists
  • Reducing the barrier of geography
  • Decreasing total cost of care

HRS partners embraced, and continue to leverage telehealth tools included in the HRS platform such as virtual visits, text and chat features, bluetooth biometric monitoring, symptom surveys, medication reminders, education modules, wound imaging, and more, to achieve the goals outlined above.

Grant and Public Funding, Reimbursement, and Clinical Support


 

HRS Client Services Team helps clients pursue funding, deploy and expand telehealth services, and pursue reimbursement. Recently, Shelly Davis joined HRS’ Client Services team as a Grant Consultant bringing over 20 years of experience across grant research, proposal writing, and grant management.

To discuss the expansion of your Telehealth Program, contact our team.

 

Contact HRS' Client Services

Best Practices


 

These 5 suggestions will help you improve your grant process and save time when applying for grants and public funding.

Registrations can take several weeks to complete the required confirmations and validations.  Registering in advance will save time and stress when you decide to pursue a federal grant.  If you are already registered, check to ensure that all registrations are up to date and active.

Ensure that registrations (individual and organization) are complete in www.sam.gov   and www.grants.gov

If you plan to apply for some SAMHSA or any research-related grants, register at https://era.nih.gov/reg-accounts/register-commons.htm.  

Invest time in researching the following:

  • Grant opportunities
  • Recent grants awarded
  • Other recent information on funding available for telehealth or RPM
Review trends in what types of funding have been available or will be available soon.

Identify potential projects that would pilot new strategies, expand a successful service or program, or initiate services in a new area or with a new population.  Secure demographics and data to demonstrate a need for this project.  Examples include:

  • Census data
  • Aggregate patient data from your organization
  • Information from Community Health Needs Assessments or other public health assessments
  • Surveys your organizations have conducted.

Research and review similar projects other organizations and communities have implemented including any information available on populations served, strategies utilized, and impact of the project.  

Review the HRS Resource Library for case studies and impact information specific to RPM.

Grant funds are typically given for new projects or ideas, or expansions of existing successful programs.  One of the main questions that will need to be addressed in the proposal is how the organization will continue to support the program once grant funds are all spent.  Invest time and effort to provide a reasonable sustainability strategy in the proposal.  Using a multi-faceted approach with a combination of support strategies is usually a good idea. Some examples include

  • Billing/patient revenue
  • Cost-savings in other areas such as staffing
  • Other operational efficiencies
  • Partnerships that produce cost-savings

What HRS Clients Are Saying

This type of Technology gives you eyes on that patient on a more consistent basis with the ability to really intervene. You can use it for a myriad of different opportunities, but as we look at it on a day-to-day basis identifying patients that may be at risk for hospitalization readmission.

Cindy Vunovich
Health Care at Home

Telehealth data increases communication with patients. It also increases the communication with the home care team, engages the physician, and produces a result.

Patrick Forget
Telehealth Analyst, Physical Thearpist

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