Are the funds limited to allowable costs for WIC?
If we are working as a consortium that spans four Telehealth Resource Centers, should we pick one center to work with or should each state coordinate with their own center?
Would additional TRC technical assistance be an allowable cost for the grant?
HIPAA doesn't apply to WIC but WIC confidentiality is similar. Will USDA accept “HIPAA compliant” for solutions?
It sounds like the emphasis is on the development of the technology, versus being a study, is that correct? I understand there is an evaluation component?
WIC is HIPAA exempt because we don’t bill but confidentiality/privacy issues still apply and can vary based on County Health Department legal opinions as well. Business associate doesn't apply here. But that leaves a lot questions to be answered about telehealth within much less between State WIC programs?
If the 3rd party vendors doesn’t have a Business Associate Agreement (BAA), how do we ensure WIC privacy?
So the solution can be used by paraprofessionals and not just RDs and IBCLCs?
With certifications, what is USDA FNS stance regarding the presence requirement if telehealth used for certs?
If we apply as a consortium do all the states need to be trying the same approach, vs. different states trying different solutions?
Will funds be provided to only one state if applying as a consortium or can they be divided among states?
Will grantees be required to ensure telehealth services are limited to WIC participants and not available to non-WIC participants?
How will you handle different indirect cost rates for a consortium?
Will we need to enlist local universities to help with the evaluation?
Do you provide a list of platforms/vendors for grantees to review?
Connectivity is a big issue in some areas, can these funds be used to help with that?
For the brief proposal, many of the details such as platform vendor, exact staffing will not be available. To what level of detail are you requiring for the brief proposal?
Would two-way texting for appointment reminders be ok?