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News by Topic: Access

Jun 19, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received approval for 3 years for an information collection associated with the rules for the Telecommunications Program and the Healthcare Connect Fund Program contained in the FCC's Promoting Telehealth in Rural America Report and Order, FCC 19-78.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 19, 2020 - The State Director of USDA Rural Development in Maine discusses how the agency utilized telecommunications to provide education and healthcare services to remote island residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Describes how USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program helped make this type of connectivity possible.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jun 18, 2020 - Summarizes research that found stroke patients in rural areas are less likely to get advanced treatments and more likely to die before leaving the hospital than urban patients. Describes how these disparities had no improvement between 2012 and 2017 and includes recommended steps for rural residents to take to protect themselves.
Source: American Heart Association
Jun 18, 2020 - Final rule from the Federal Communications Commission summarizing procedures for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I Auction (Auction 904). Includes details on the program, such as application procedures, conditions, and deadlines.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 17, 2020 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander recommended the federal government permanently extend policy changes that allow physicians to be reimbursed for a telehealth appointment wherever the patient is located as well as policy changes that doubled the number of telehealth services that could be reimbursed by Medicare. Explains that 29 other temporary federal policy changes should also be considered for being made permanent.
Source: U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Jun 17, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau approved an additional 62 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Rural and urban healthcare providers will utilize the $23.25 million of funding to provide telehealth services during the pandemic.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jun 17, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau and Office of Economics and Analytics are seeking comment on adjustment factor values for purposes of bidding in the 5G Fund auction. They are specifically looking to determine if the values help achieve the goal of distributing 5G Funds to geographically and economically diverse locations across the country. Comments are due by July 7, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 16, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on an information collection for the Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers, COVID-19 Telehealth Program. This report and order established the COVID-19 Telehealth Program and the Connected Care Pilot Program to help healthcare professionals provide connected care services to their patients. Comments are due by August 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 16, 2020 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is extending the comment period through June 25, 2020 for comments to inform the development of an implementation plan for the National Strategy to Secure 5G.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 15, 2020 - The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Workforce Studies team and Health Equity Research and Policy team are seeking health equity-focused research proposals with research questions that can be answered using data from the AAMC Consumer Survey of Health Care Access. Applicants must be participants in AAMC Collaborative for Health Equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence (CHARGE). Research proposals are due July 24, 2020.
Source: Association of American Medical Colleges