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Telehealth Programs

$452,535,376

Total Assistance, FY 2008 to Present
Agency: HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF
Assistance Type: PROJECT GRANTS
Popular Name: There are eight telehealth programs as follows: Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP) Telehealth Resource Centers Program (TRC) (national and regional) Licensure Portability Grant Program (LPGP) Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program (EB-THNP) Evidence-Based Telehealth Network Program (EB TNP) Telehealth Center of Excellence (COE) Telehealth Technology-Enabled Learning Program (TTELP) Telehealth Broadband Pilot (TBP) Program
CFDA Number
93.211

Objectives: The purpose of the Telehealth Network Program (TNGP) is to fund programs that demonstrate how telehealth networks improve healthcare services in rural communities. The current cohort is aimed towards promoting rural Tele-emergency services by enhancing telehealth networks to deliver 24-hour Emergency Department (ED) consultation services via telehealth to rural providers without emergency care specialists.. The National Telehealth Resource Center Program (NTRC) and the Regional Telehealth Resource Center Program (RTRC) are designed to expand the availability of technical assistance in the development of telehealth services, leveraging the experience of mature programs with expertise in providing and implementing telehealth services. In Fiscal Year 2020, additional funds were allocated to the program to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts include promoting the use of telehealth to reduce the risk of COVID-19, enhancing readiness and training to respond to COVID-19 through telehealth, and providing access to telehealth to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Licensure Portability Program (LPP) supports state professional licensing boards to carry out programs under which licensing boards of various states cooperate to develop and implement state laws and related policies that will reduce statutory and regulatory barriers to the provision of health care services through telemedicine technology. In Fiscal Year 2020, additional funds were allocated to the program to increase the ability to address the COVID 19 pandemic. Efforts include adding new capacity to aid in helping a range of clinicians working with different boards (e.g., nurses, psychologists) develop and implement strategies that will encourage a streamlined process for multi-state licensure procedure(s). The Evidence-Based Telehealth Network Program (EB-TNP) The current cohort supports the use of telehealth networks to increase access to behavioral health care services in rural and frontier communities. While the Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program seeks to expand access to services for rural patients, its primary goal is to significantly contribute to the evidence base for assessing the effectiveness of tele-behavioral health care services for patients, providers, and payers. Funding for this cohort will end August 31, 2021. The program will start a new project period on September 1, 2021 and the primary aims of the program will be the following: demonstrating how healthcare systems can increase access to healthcare services utilizing Direct to Consumer technologies and conducting evaluations of those efforts to establish an evidence base for assessing the effectiveness of Direct to Patient telehealth care for patients, providers, and payers. The Telehealth Center of Excellence (COEs) assess specific telehealth uses, operate as incubators to pilot, track and refine telehealth, examine the efficacy of telehealth services in rural and urban areas and explore new telehealth applications for telehealth research and resources. The programs focus on the delivery and impact of telehealth across diagnosis based projects, numerous care settings and telehealth education and incorporate wide ranging technology and modalities to advance telehealth. Telehealth Technology-Enabled Learning Program (TTELP) purpose is to connect specialists at academic medical centers with primary care providers in rural and underserved areas, providing evidence-based training and support to help them treat patients with complex conditions in their communities. TTELP recipients will develop telehealth technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models (such as Project ECHO, ECHO-like models, distance learning, tele-mentoring, clinical decision support, and other emerging models in the field), and share freely accessible tools and resources that are adaptable to culturally and regionally diverse populations to provide trainin

 
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