Rob Jenkins, Colorado Telehealth Network
CTN Receives $7.3 Million Funding Commitment Letter
Date Feb. 14, 2014
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. (Feb. 14, 2014) — The Colorado Telehealth Network (CTN) received a funding commitment letter this week from the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), the administrative arm of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The letter essentially guarantees $7.3 million will be available over the next three years to fund the 65 percent flat-rate subsidy available to CTN member hospitals, rural health clinics and behavioral health centers through the Healthcare Connect Fund. The program was approved by the FCC in December 2012, but due to delays with rulemaking, implementation and issuing documentation, funding for the program was also delayed.
CTN has been working closely with USAC for several months to gain clarification and to secure the funding. “The time and resources the rural health care team at USAC devoted to our cause was absolutely instrumental in this process,” said Rob Jenkins, CTN program manager. “The extra effort they expended on our behalf was critical to the success of this effort, and we’re very appreciative to everyone at USAC who provided their assistance.” As a result, CTN is now the first network in the Healthcare Connect Fund to secure a funding commitment letter. The funds will enable CTN to begin invoicing in March and continue moving forward with network expansion plans.
About the Colorado Hospital Association
The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) represents 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. CHA partners with its members to work towards health reform and performance improvement, and provides advocacy and representation at the state and federal level. Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to providing coverage and access to safe, high-quality and affordable health care. In addition, Colorado hospitals have a tremendous impact on the state’s economic stability and growth, contributing to nearly every community across the state with 72,000 employees statewide.
About the Colorado Telehealth Network
The Colorado Telehealth Network (CTN) provides broadband connections for Colorado’s health care delivery systems. CTN is committed to achieving fully integrated health care communities by providing a dedicated, secured network with essential connection capabilities for health care data, medical images, electronic health records and more. CTN is already working with more than 200 health care facilities across Colorado to improve health care for both patients and providers.For more information, visit www.cotelehealth.com.