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Telehealth Resource Centers Get COVID-19 Funding From CARES Act

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The consortium of 12 regional and 2 national telehealth resource centers is getting funding from last month's CARES Act to help healthcare providers and other organizations ramp up their telehealth and mHealth programs.

The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers has received additional funding to help healthcare providers and other groups use connected health platforms to take on the Coronavirus pandemic.

Couched in last month’s CARES (Coronavirus Aid, relief and Economic Security) Act, the 12 regional and two national centers are each receiving $828,571. The money, doled out by the Health and Human Services Department’s Health Resources and Services Administration, will be used to provide technical support in areas that include technology acquisition, payment policy, system design and licensing and credentialing.

“As the nation combats COVID-19, telehealth is increasingly instrumental and effective as a tool to provide healthcare for patients across the country, especially the most vulnerable,” HRSA Administrator Tom Engels said in a press release. “Providing the TRCs with this additional funding enables them to expand their ability to provide technical assistance to communities in need.”

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