Californians, regardless of where they live, deserve the best possible access to necessary medical care, but in communities throughout the state, many are unable to get the care they need. Care delivered via telehealth overcomes access and cost barriers by using technology to better harness clinician time and expertise. It connects patients to their providers more quickly, efficiently, and conveniently. Hospitals and health systems continue to invest in technology, training, and patient education to ensure this innovative mode of care is available to expand access to care throughout the state.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced it will begin accepting applications for Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program on April 29. The application portal will be open for seven calendar days, closing on May 6.
Californians, regardless of where they live, deserve convenient and rapid access to necessary medical care. But in communities throughout the state, many are unable to get the care they need. In the attached issue brief, we outline ways to ensure all Californians are able to access the care they rely on.
CHA has developed the attached key messaging document to share the principles that guide our strategy related to telehealth.