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HHS Awards $55 Million for Virtual Health Care Through Community Centers

April 27, 2022

May 2022

Nearly $55 million will flow into 29 federally qualified health centers to bolster access to care for underserved populations by funding virtual care that includes telehealth, remote monitoring, digital patient tools, and health information technology platforms. These one-time funds will assist community-based health care providers in developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based strategies to optimize the use of virtual care.

From 2019 to 2020, health centers reported a 6,000% increase in the use of virtual care for primary care services.

Telehealth has exponentially increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. From 2019 to 2020, health centers reported a 6,000% increase in the use of virtual care for primary care services, from 478,000 in 2019 to 28,550,609 in 2022. The number of health centers offering virtual visits increased by 130% during that same time, from 592 in 2019 to 1,362 in 2020.

A list of the 29 federally qualified health centers can be found at https://bphc.hrsa.gov/program-opportunities/optimizing-virtual-care/fy22-awards.

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, February 14, 2022.

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