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Message from CTN President, Eric Brown
FCC Action - Posted December 15, 2017

Dear Participating CTN Sites and Partners:

We are pleased to announce that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took action yesterday to increase funding for the Rural Health Care program for the current funding year which began July 1, 2017 and ends June 30, 2018.  In addition, the FCC will be seeking public comment on potentially increasing the $400 million annual funding allocation for the Rural Health Care Program, which includes the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) that CTN utilizes to lower the cost of broadband service for participating CTN sites.  This is an encouraging development that comes as a result of CTN’s efforts along with other telehealth networks to get the FCC to increase funding for this important program. 

We ask that all CTN sites and stakeholders file comments in support of increasing the current $400 million annual funding level to support continued broadband funding for health care providers in rural and medically underserved communities.  Below is a link to the FCC press release and Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM).  Please feel free to contact CTN President Eric Brown (eric@ochin.org) if you have any questions.

Press Release Link:  https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-acts-strengthen-rural-health-care-program

NPRM Link: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db1122/DOC-347929A1.pdf

Eric P. Brown
President
California Telehealth Network
310-365-1450
browne@ochin.org
 

About California Telehealth Network (CTN)

CTN is California’s leading healthcare consortium focused on using technology to increase access to quality health care focused on California’s rural and medically underserved communities. CTN stakeholders include health care providers, health plans, technology providers, government agencies, and others that are working together to provide health information technology to expand health care access and the quality of care.  As a 501c3 nonprofit company, CTN also operates the California Telehealth Resource Center (CTRC), which is the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded organization focused on expanding telehealth awareness, training, and adoption in California. For more information, please visit www.caltelehealth.org.

About OCHIN

Portland, Oregon, nonprofit OCHIN is one of the largest and most successful health information and innovation networks, serving over 450 organizations comprised of more than 10,000 clinicians across the nation with solutions that improve the integration and delivery of health care services. As a learning organization, OCHIN started with a commitment to deliver health information technology support and services and has continued to provide its expanding community of customers and partners with the innovative tools, knowledge, and voice needed to participate in the national health care landscape. For more information, please visit www.ochin.org.    

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