TQ TeleConnection- February 2018

CHIME wants the FCC to double rural broadband funding to advance telehealth, prevent opioid overdoses

The College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) wants twice as much funding for a federal program to expand broadband access for rural providers and identify ways to curb opioid abuse through telehealth.

After approving a short-term funding boost for the Rural Health Care Program (RHCP) in fiscal year 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) called for industry comments regarding proposed changes to the program, including how to raise the current annual cap of $400 million. RHCP provides funding for rural providers to improve access to high-speed internet which support health IT initiatives involving telemedicine and remote monitoring.

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Evan Sweeney