Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy
In July 2018, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr announced the establishment of the “Connected Care Pilot Program” to support the development of telehealth services and delivery for low-income Americans, especially among rural and veteran populations. At that time the FCC issued a Notice of Inquiry requesting comments regarding their authority to establish this program and supporting information to assist with the program’s design. Recently, Commissioner Carr announced at an event hosted by the Virginia Telehealth Network on June 19th, 2019 that the FCC will hold a vote on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the program during its July 10th meeting.
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking being voted on July 10th will request comments on various aspects of the proposed Connected Care Pilot Program. The program would provide $100 million in support for health care providers to offset the costs of telehealth services for low-income patients.
Additionally, the pilot program would provide for the following:
- Targeted support for pilot projects responding to a variety of specific health challenges, including, but not limited to, diabetes management, opioid dependency, and high-risk pregnancies.
- 85% discounts on qualifying services for a three-year period with controls to measure and verify the benefits, costs, and savings associated with connected care technologies
Collection of data to inform stakeholders of the impact of telehealth and consider broader reforms that can support the trend toward connected care.
Commissioner Carr commented that the Connected Care Pilot Program would grant health care providers access to the broadband necessary for remote patient monitoring and similar telehealth services.