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Wards 7 and 8 Telehealth Development and Application Grants

Grants to Washington, DC Organizations to Develop an Electronic
Media Health Care Delivery System in Wards 7 and 8

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District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF)

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12/20/17 4:00 PM ET


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Grants of $50,000 to Washington, DC organizations providing health services in Wards 7 and 8 to implement, measure, enhance, and improve the development of an electronic media health care delivery system. Funding is intended to develop innovative solutions to connect the residents of these eligible wards to necessary health care services.

Funding may be used towards the development of the telehealth system. Telehealth is defined as the delivery of healthcare services through the use of interactive audio, video, or other electronic media used for the purpose of diagnosis, consultation, or treatment, provided, that services delivered through audio-only telephones; electronic mail messages, or facsimile transmissions are not included. For the purposes of this RFA, telehealth and telemedicine are used synonymously.

Applicants may propose a wide range of services and activities to be covered under this grant as long as they demonstrate the impact to either residents or providers in Wards 7 and 8. Funds may be used not only to purchase or implement technology, but also to support the needs of programs to implement telehealth in Wards 7 and 8. Use of funds may include staff, training, subject matter and legal expertise, or other resources necessary to enable the use of telehealth in more efficient and effective ways.

Applicants should consider telehealth opportunities in specialty areas of medicine, including ophthalmology, obstetrics, and endocrinology, as well as approaches to expanding the use of telehealth services in public schools, patient homes, and nursing facilities. Furthermore, applicants should consider how these grant investments can advance the District’s efforts to improve the health and wellness of all District residents.

This grant builds on a strong set of existing policies and programs in the District of Columbia’s Medicaid program and creates new opportunities to design innovative, patient-centered models of telehealth in Wards 7 and 8. Notable policies and programs include the District’s telemedicine reimbursement policy for Medicaid providers; support for health information exchange infrastructure; and new value based purchasing programs such as health homes. Together these efforts create a strong foundation for sustainable approaches to telehealth.

Program Benefits

Telemedicine services are designed to improve access to healthcare services, improve patient compliance with treatment plans, improve health outcomes through timely disease detection and treatment options; and increase capacity and choice for treatment in the District of Columbia’s Medicaid program. This grant will support qualified organizations to develop and implement telehealth services in Wards 7 and 8.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182508

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The anticipated performance period for these grants is February 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must have the authority to enter into an agreement with DHCF and be in compliance with applicable District of Columbia laws and regulations. All applicants must be a registered organization in good standing with the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), Corporation Division, the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR), the Department of Employment Services (DOES), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and demonstrate Clean Hands certification at the time of application.

Applicants must have a demonstrated record of providing health services in Wards 7 and 8 and applications must enhance or expand current programs in Wards 7 and 8. Failure to demonstrate a record of providing health services in wards 7 and 8 may mean the application is ineligible for further review and award.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A pre-application conference is scheduled for:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Department of Health Care Finance
441 4th St. NW,
10th Floor, Main Street Conference Room, #1028
Washington, DC 20001

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Information:

- RFA Release Date (Expected): Monday, November 20, 2017
- Pre-Application Meeting: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
- Deadline to submit written questions :Wednesday, November 29, 2017
- Answers to questions available by: Monday, December 4, 2017; Answers will be available at
- Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 20, 2017, by 4:00 p.m. Eastern
- Award Announcement (Expected): Thursday, February 1, 2018
- Grant Start and End Dates: Award Date to September 30, 2018

Applications must be submitted in person and must be submitted in their entirety, including any supplemental documents as indicated in Section IV.C. Applicants will not be allowed to assemble application material on the premises of DHCF. All applicants will be provided with a hard copy receipt.

Sub-grants are permitted for qualified organizations. Applicants who plan to sub-grant shall submit a sub-grantee plan as part of their response, including a signed letter of commitment from sub-grantees.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Submit applications to:

DHCF c/o Joe Weissfeld
441 4th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001 at the 9th Floor Reception Desk

For further information, please contact:

Joe Weissfeld
Health Care Reform and Innovation Administration
Department of Health Care Finance
(202) 442-5839

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC: Wards 7 and 8