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FCC Proceeds with $100 Million Telehealth Initiative, Seeks Comments on Proposed Program Rules


Posted on August 6, 2019 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

On July 10, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) voted unanimously to move forward with its new $100 million telehealth initiative, which seeks to bring telehealth services to low-income Americans, veterans and medically underserved communities. In its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC detailed its proposed telehealth initiative rules and anticipated program requirements. As currently... READ MORE

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Seventh Circuit: E-Rate Suit Survives Public Disclosure Bar


Posted on July 29, 2014 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: Drew B. Howk

The Seventh Circuit reversed a district court’s decision finding that it lacked jurisdiction over a whistleblower’s claim under the False Claim Act’s public disclosure bar. In U.S. ex rel. Heath v. Wisconsin Bell, Inc., the Court held that even though the Complaint relied in part upon publicly available information, the Relator’s allegations rested upon... READ MORE

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Issue of Eligible “Urban Health Clinic” Under Healthcare Connect Fund Appealed to the FCC


Posted on December 2, 2013 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Michael T. Batt

The Oregon Health Network (“OHN”) has appealed to the FCC an adverse ruling by USAC regarding whether health care provider service locations that are urban, but are not licensed bed hospitals (or other eligible entities), will qualify for funding under the Healthcare Connect Fund (“HCF”). The determination of this issue will clarify whether the scope... READ MORE

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Court Hears Arguments in Net Neutrality Case


Posted on September 10, 2013 in Health Information Technology

Written by: William A. Dummett

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is set to hear oral arguments this week in Verizon v. FCC. At issue is “net neutrality” and to what extent the FCC is allowed to regulate Internet traffic. The case is the latest stage in a long-running legal battle over the idea that Internet... READ MORE


New FTC Guidance Addresses Social Media Advertising; Could FDA Be Next?


Posted on March 28, 2013 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Mark R. Dahlby

On March 12, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) published new guidance detailing how advertising disclosures should be made online.  Disclosures are necessary to qualify or limit advertising claims that would otherwise be deceptive, unfair or give misleading impressions. READ MORE

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The FCC’s Rural Health Care Program Funding Year 2013 Application Window Opens April 8


Posted on March 18, 2013 in Health Information Technology

Written by: William A. Dummett

Governmental and nonprofit health care providers may begin applying for funding under the Federal Communications Commission Rural Health Care Program on Monday, April 8 for funding year 2013 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). The Rural Health Care program provides funding to governmental and nonprofit eligible health care providers for telecommunications services, including broadband, necessary... READ MORE

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The FCC Releases Rules for Healthcare Connect Fund and Announces Pilot to Expand Infrastructure Funding to Skilled Nursing Facilities


Posted on January 8, 2013 in Health Information Technology

Written by: William A. Dummett

The Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”) released rules governing how it will distribute $150 million annually out of the Healthcare Connect Fund to qualifying health care providers to support the provision of health care services to the rural population.  The Healthcare Connect Fund grows on the experience and lessons learned by the FCC through its... READ MORE

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FCC Revises Universal Service Fund to Create Healthcare Connect Fund and Expand Access to Broadband


Posted on December 17, 2012 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Michael T. Batt

On December 12, 2012 the FCC approved a report and order expanding the scope of the Universal Service Fund (“USF”).  The $400 million annual fund exists to bring telecommunication services to health care providers for the benefit of persons who reside in rural areas.  The FCC acted to revise the existing USF program by: READ MORE

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FCC to Promote Expansion of High-Bandwidth Capacity to SNFs


Posted on December 13, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just issued a release detailing the establishment of the Healthcare Connect Fund (the “Fund”) to reform and modernize its universal service program for health care.  Recognizing the importance of high-speed data connectedness for quality patient care and burgeoning  health care practices such as telemedicine, the FCC is expanding and reforming its existing Rural Health... READ MORE

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FCC Seeks Additional Comment on Rural Health Care Connectivity Program


Posted on August 6, 2012 in Health Information Technology

Written by: William A. Dummett

In a recent Public Notice the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) seeks to develop a more robust record in the pending Rural Health Care reform rulemaking, particularly with regard to the proposed Broadband Service Program (“BSP”). Through the FCC’s Universal Service Fund Program (“USFP”), the FCC has funded (on an eighty-five percent (85%) basis) infrastructure... READ MORE

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