Dec
06
2021

Commissioner Carr's Telehealth Roundtable

10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
Online Only

On December 6, Commissioner Brendan Carr is virtually hosting a roundtable discussion that will be open to the public via live feed from the FCC’s web page at www.fcc.gov/live and on the FCC’s YouTube channel. While the roundtable is open to all attendees, applicants to the FCC’s Connected Care Pilot and COVID-19 Telehealth Programs are especially encouraged to join. Registration is not required.

During the virtual roundtable, two sets of panelists, including recipients of funding from the FCC’s Connected Care Pilot Program and COVID-19 Telehealth initiatives, will discuss the opportunities and lessons they have learned from setting up, expanding, and sustaining their telehealth programs. Topics will include the delivery of devices to patients, navigating patient privacy and insurance issues, motivating use of telehealth devices, connectivity challenges, and overcoming technical or other barriers to use, as well as other ancillary issues, such as licensing issues faced in the provision of cross-state services, waivers provided by Health and Human Services during the pandemic, and long-term funding of these types of programs.

Expanding Americans’ access to telehealth services has been a top priority for Commissioner Carr. While the FCC has long-supported the buildout of high-speed Internet services to health care facilities through the Universal Service Fund, Commissioner Carr began work several years ago to support a new trend in healthcare: the delivery of affordable, high-quality care directly to patients outside the confines of connected, brick-and-mortar facilities. Commissioner Carr’s work resulted in the FCC standing up a nationwide, $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program that builds on a program pioneered by the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The FCC stood that program up in April of 2020, and to-date, the FCC has awarded a total of $70 million to more than 50 entities in 30 states and the District of Columbia. At the same time, the FCC stood up an emergency COVID-19 Telehealth initiative with $200 million in CARES Act funding, and Congress subsequently added another $250 million to that program. So far, the agency has committed $165 million of that Round 2 funding.

The FCC has already provided numerous health care providers with funding from these programs, though there are millions of dollars that remain available. This makes it an opportune moment for both recipients and potential future awardees to convene at this virtual roundtable to discuss their experiences with these telehealth initiatives.

Agenda


10:00 AM – 10:20 AM
Opening Remarks and Introductions

  • Opening Remarks by Commissioner Brendan Carr, Federal Communications Commission
  • Remarks by Other FCC Leadership


10:25 AM – 11:05 AM
Panel 1: Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Telehealth Services through FCC Programs

  • Stuart Clarry, Director of Telehealth Services for University of Florida Health
  • Dr. Robert Donnell, Chief Medical Information Officer for University of Florida Health
  • Dr. Ricardo Munoz, Executive Director of Telemedicine at Children’s National Hospital
  • Dr. Karen S. Rheuban, Co-Founder and Director of the University of Virginia Center for Telehealth


11:10 AM – 11:50 AM
Panel 2: Broader Telehealth Landscape, Funding, and Ancillary Issues

  • Dr. Tearsanee Carlisle Davis, Director of Clinical and Advanced Practice Operations, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Center for Telehealth
  • Dr. David Houghton, System Chair of Telehealth and Medical Director of Digital Medicine, Ochsner Health
  • Dr. Moraima Trujillo, Chief Medical Officer, Banyan Community Health Center
  • Joel White, Executive Director, Health Innovation Alliance


11:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Closing Remarks from Commissioner Carr


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Contact

Danielle Thumann, Legal Advisor
Office of Commissioner Brendan Carr