Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 116 Part 3.djvu/41

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PUBLIC LAW 107-251—OCT. 26, 2002 116 STAT. 1633 and promote, at a distance, health care, patient and professional health-related education, health administration, and public health. "(b) PROGRAMS.—The Secretary shall establish, under section 301, telehealth network and telehealth resource centers grant programs. " (c) ADMINISTRATION.— "(1) ESTABLISHMENT.— There is established in the Health and Resources and Services Administration an Office for the Advancement of Telehealth. The Office shall be headed by a Director. "(2) DUTIES. —The telehealth network and telehealth resource centers grant programs established under section 301 shall be administered by the Director, in consultation with the State offices of rural health. State offices concerning primary care, or other appropriate State government entities. " (d) GRANTS.— "(1) TELEHEALTH NETWORK GRANTS.—The Director may, in carrying out the telehealth network grant program referred to in subsection (b), award grants to eligible entities for projects to demonstrate how telehealth technologies can be used through telehealth networks in rural areas, frontier communities, and medically underserved areas, and for medically underserved populations, to— "(A) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of health care services; "(B) improve and expand the training of health care providers; and "(C) expand and improve the quality of health information available to health care providers, and patients and their families, for decisionmaking. "(2) TELEHEALTH RESOURCE CENTERS GRANTS.—The Director may, in carrying out the telehealth resource centers grant program referred to in subsection (b), award grants to eligible entities for projects to demonstrate how telehealth technologies can be used in the areas and communities, and for the populations, described in paragraph (1), to establish telehealth resource centers. "(e) GRANT PERIODS. — The Director may award grants under this section for periods of not more than 4 years. "(f) ELIGIBLE ENTITIES.— " (1) TELEHEALTH NETWORK GRANTS.— "(A) GRANT RECIPIENT. —To be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (d)(1), an entity shall be a nonprofit entity. "(B) TELEHEALTH NETWORKS.— "(i) IN GENERAL.—To be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (d)(1), an entity shall demonstrate that the entity will provide services through a telehealth network. "(ii) NATURE OF ENTITIES.— Each entity participating in the telehealth network may be a nonprofit or for-profit entity. "(iii) COMPOSITION OF NETWORK. —The telehealth network shall include at least 2 of the following entities (at least 1 of which shall be a community-based health care provider):