Fall Forum News

The most up-to-date program schedule for the ATA Fall Forum is available below. Please note: times and speakers are subject to change.

 September 7

7:00 am - 6:00 pm
On-Site Registration Open
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Santa Rosa Room

US-China Telemedicine Summit
Separate Registration Required 
Luncheon Sponsored by Vesalius Ventures

A joint meeting with high-level administrators from China hospitals, this will be a day of learning best practices for the delivery of healthcare and the use of telemedicine in an interesting cross cultural exchange. Also, the meeting will highlight potential partnerships between medical institutions across the globe.

See the complete detailed agenda here.

Jonathan Linkous

American Telemedicine Association

Jay H. Sanders, MD, FACP, FACAAI
President & CEO
The Global Telemedicine Group
Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Adjunct)

Honglu Han  
American International Telemedicine Center

Bernard A. Harris Jr., MD, MBA
President & CEO
Vesalius Ventures

Song Zhao 
Second Affiliated Hospital
Zhejiang University

Wei Ming Wang
Vice President
Affiliated Hospital
Dalian University 
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
JW Pavilion

Joint Meeting of the Industry and Institutional Councils
Members Only

Members of the ATA Industry Council and Institutional Council will meet separately at 1:00 p.m. and convene a joint session at 1:30 p.m. Agendas will be posted on the ATA Council HUB sites. This session is open to council members only.
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
JW Pavilion

Hot Topic Roundtables 
FREE and Open to All 

The ATA Institutional Council is sponsoring an afternoon of free, informal roundtables on topics that everyone is talking about.  Join the leadership of the Institutional Council and ATA staff who will facilitate the discussion.

1: Internal Awareness and Adoption 
What are the successful approaches used to gain participation and support by provider groups, administrators, Boards of Directors and others when starting up or expanding telemedicine services? What works? What does not?

  Mary DeVany
   Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center

  Nancy Vorhees, MSN

   COO, Northwest Health Partners
   Inland Northwest Health Services

  Sarah N. Pletcher, MD
   Medical Director for the Center for Telehealth
   Dartmouth - Hitchcock

2: Telehealth and Network Deployment
Hospitals and health systems throughout the United States are in the midst of developing networks, affiliations, partnerships, acquisitions and mergers. Driving this movement is an effort to gain efficiencies and market share. What role does telehealth play in bringing this about?


  Wendy Deibert, RN, BSN
 Vice President, Telehealth Services 

  Rachel Mutrux
   Director of Telehealth
   University of Missouri Telehealth Network

3: Business Models and Sustainability
Institutions need to develop business models that produce sustainability and eturn on investment for telemedicine applications. These models vary from non-profit to for-profit systems and from system-wide approaches to initiatives by small or specialized provider groups. What can we learn from one another about what works and what doesn’t in the growing number of diverse settings? 

  Win Vaughan, MBA
   VP, Business Development and Financial Planning
   CHI Virtual Health
   Catholic Health Initiatives 

  Kristi Henderson, DNP, NP-BC, FAEN
   Chief Adv. Practice Officer / Director of Telehealth
   University of Mississippi Medical Center

4: State Policy 
ATA staff will lead this session aimed at providing the current state of state legislative and regulatory policy related to the use of telemedicine. Best practices, Identification of gaps in state policy, areas for legislative and regulatory action will all be covered with opportunities for participants to share ideas and learn from others.

  Gary Capistrant
   Senior Director of Public Policy
   American Telemedicine Association

  Latoya Thomas
   Director of State Telehealth Policy 
   American Telemedicine Association

Organizational Forums
FREE and Open to All 

Forum 1: Surgical Telementoring
This is an introductory roundtable and organizational meeting led by several leaders in the use of telementoring to provide ongoing instruction in minimally invasive surgery.

  James “Butch” Rosser, MD, FACS
   General Surgeon
   Celebration Health

  Perry S. Bechtle, DO
  Consultant in Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic Chair, Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology
  Mayo Clinic in Florida
  Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
  Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Forum 2: Telemedicine Service Provider Forum 

The establishment of the ATA Telemedicine Service Provider recognizes the rapid growth and special needs and concerns of for-profit companies employing health care professionals to deliver telemedicine services to patients and consumers. Companies providing remote specialist services, online-based consultations and related forms of telemedicine will have the opportunity to come together, learn from each other and provide a collective voice.  

  Bryan Ludwig, MBA
   Executive Vice President
   NuView Health

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 
Springs Ballroom
Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
FREE and Open to All
Monday September 8

7:00 am - 6:00 pm
On-Site Registration Open
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Springs Ballroom
Coffee and Pastries in Exhibit Hall
FREE and Open to All
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Desert Ballroom

Opening Plenary


  Yulun Wang, PhD
   President, American Telemedicine Association
   CEO, InTouch Health

The Key to Reducing Hospital Readmissions with Telehealth

A majority of hospitals are looking for ways to reduce readmissions in order to avoid possible penalties as well as control costs for captivated health plans. Learn how to succeed and emulate the approach.

Jonathan Linkous, CEO, American Telemedicine Association

  Alan (Al) Greene
   Executive Vice President
   Alana Healthcare

  Mark Aspenson
   Avery Telehealth         

  John Richardson, MD
   Plenus Health Foundation

10:00 am - 10:45 am
Springs Ballroom
Exhibit Hall Break 
Sponsored by Carena
FREE and Open to All
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Desert Ballroom 

Telemedicine & Chronic Care – What Does the Evidence Show?
A Review of Findings from Scientific Studies

Every day there are proposed new services and products that promise incredible results                 regarding lower utilization, improved outcomes and significant return on investment. Dr. Bashshur will present the results of a thorough examination of the results from hundreds of such activities. A panel of experts from industry, providers and academia will respond.

  Rashid Bashshur, PhD
   Professor Emeritus, Department of Health Management and Policy
   Executive Director, University of Michigan Health System eHealth Center                                         

Discussant Panel:
  Elizabeth Krupinski, PhD
   Assistant Director, Program Evaluation
   Department of Radiology – Research
   University of Arizona

  Amnon Gavish, PhD
   Senior Vice President, Vertical Solutions

   Jay H. Sanders, MD, FACP, FACAAI
   President & CEO
   The Global Telemedicine Group
   Professor of Medicine
   Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Adjunct)
11:45 pm - 1:00 pm
Desert Ballroom

Luncheon Keynote
(PLEASE NOTE: The Exhibit Hall is closed during lunch)

Home Telehealth: The Care Business of a Game Changing Technology

Dr. Adam Darkins has been responsible for the enormous progress by the Veterans Administration in improving care for patients through home telehealth. Many thousands of Veteran patients are regularly using remote telehealth including mobile and video devices to connect with their care coordinator for acute and chronic care management and health promotion/disease prevention. Standardized business processes are in place with systematic coding of activity and routine outcomes data available at a national, regional and local level.

  Adam Darkins, MD, MPHM
  Chief Consultant for Telehealth Services
  Senior Fellow
  VA Center for Innovation
  U.S. Veterans Administration

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Desert Ballroom

Building a Chronic Care Management Program—Perspectives on State-Specific Legal Considerations

Legislative requirements placed on healthcare providers can make it difficult to design compliant chronic care programs. This panel will provide a high-level overview of legal and regulatory considerations specific to chronic care management programs.

Moderator: Natasa Sokolovich, JD, MSHCPM, Executive Director of Telemedicine, UPMC; Senior Director of Affiliated Physician Services, UPMC Physician Services

   Alexis Gilroy, JD
   Partner, Jones Day

  Terrence (Terry) Lewis, JD
   Associate Counsel
   University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

  Nathaniel (Nate) Lacktman, JD
   Foley & Lardner

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm 
Desert Ballroom

Care Coordination and Telehealth: Making the Trains Run On Time

Care coordination involves the deliberate organization of patient-care activities between two or more participants involved in a patient’s care to facilitate the appropriate delivery of healthcare services. Payers and providers are starting to focus on various ways to coordinate care in order to improve outcomes and reduce costs. In 2015, Medicare will begin paying physicians a monthly fee to coordinate the care of beneficiaries with chronic diseases.

Moderator: Jay H. Sanders, MD, FACP, FACAAI, President & CEO, The Global Telemedicine Group; Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Adjunct)

  Stacy Drew, MSN, RN 
   Diabetes Disease Manager
   Population Health
   Sharp Rees-Steely Medical Group

   Steven Buslovich, MD,MSHCPM    
   American Geriatrics Society

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Springs Ballroom
Exhibit Hall Break 
Sponsored by InTouch Health
FREE and Open to All
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm 
Desert Ballroom

Emerging Technologies and Innovations for Chronic Disease  Management

The latest developments and future trends in the use of technology for chronic disease management.

Moderator: Herb Rogove, DO, FCCM, FACP, President & CEO, C3O Telemedicine

  Hector Rodriguez 
   National Director
   HLS Industry Technology Unit
   Microsoft U.S. Public Sector Health & Life Sciences

  David Sachs, EdD, MA
   Professor, Information Technology
   Pace University
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm 
Springs Ballroom
Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by eceptionist
FREE and Open to All
4:15pm - 4:45pm
Desert Ballroom

NEW SESSION - Medicare, Medicaid & the Use of Telemedicine for Chronic Care

For the first time, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are planning Medicare reimbursement for chronic care management. If approved, the plans will go into effect Jan.1, 2015.  In addition, several state Medicaid programs are starting to reimburse for remote monitoring. Hear the latest inside information on this late-breaking development!

  Gary Capistrant

   Senior Director, Public Policy
   American Telemedicine Association

Tuesday September 9

7:00 am - 3:00 pm 
On-Site Registration Open
8:30 am - 9:30 am 
Springs Ballroom
Coffee and Pastries in Exhibit Hall
FREE and Open to All
9:30 am - 10:15 am 
Desert Ballroom

Opening Plenary

Taming the Tsunami: Managing Patient Data Streams and Using Big Data

The proliferation of technologies that can be used in remote monitoring creates a tsunami of data for physicians and care managers. Learn about proven automated processes and management tools that can be used to handle the flow of data and improve the quality of care.

  Nina Antoniotti, RN, MBA, PhD
   Director of Telehealth Business
   Marshfield Clinic

  Katherine A Konitzer
  Chief Information Architect, Marshfield Clinic Information Systems (MCIS)
  SSO Architecture and Terminology
  Marshfield Health System
10:15 am -11:00 am
Springs Ballroom
Exhibit Hall Break
Sponsored by Global Partnership for Telehealth
FREE and Open to All
11:00 am -11:45 am
Desert Ballroom

How to Make the ROI Case for Managing Chronic Care with Telemedicine

Successful business models and the associated value proposition for using telehealth applications for chronic illness management will be explored. Critical elements such as start-up costs, revenue options and managing accelerating demand will be reviewed.

Moderator: Steven Normandin, President, AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc.

  Luke Webster, MD
   VP and Chief Medical Information Officer
   CHRISTUS Health

  Don Graf
   Director of Telemedicine
   UnitedHealthcare Community Plan

  Boris Rachev
   Sr. Principle
   Global Health Economist
   Global Healthcare Group

11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Desert Ballroom

Luncheon Keynote

Sponsored by vitaphone e-Health solutions

The California Chronic Care Coalition & Telemedicine: Success Stories

The California Chronic Care Coalition (CCCC) is a unique alliance of more than 30 leading consumer health organizations and provider groups that promote the collaborative work of policy makers, industry leaders, providers, and consumers to improve the health of Californians with chronic conditions. They envision a system of care that is accessible, affordable, and of a high-quality that emphasizes prevention, coordinated care, and the patient’s wellness and longevity. Features of the CCCC include the early diagnosis of chronic conditions, access to effective and appropriate treatment and improved chronic care management.

  Liz Helms
   President & CEO
   California Chronic Care Coalition

11:45 pm
Exhibit Hall Closed
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Desert Ballroom

Using Telehealth to Engage Consumers in Chronic Disease Management             

Documented, proven approaches that result in long-term consumer and caregiver buy-in for telemedicine, and the impact of using telecommunications technologies to help with chronic disease management will be addressed.

Moderator: Gigi Sorenson RN, MSN, Director, Telehealth, Northern Arizona Healthcare

  Gnanagurudasan “Prakash” Prakasam, MD, DCH, MRCP, MHA 
   Medical Director
   Pediatric Endocrine and Diabetes
   Sutter Medical Center

  Laurie Poole, BScN, MHSA
   Vice President
   Telemedicine Solutions
   Ontario Telemedicine Network

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 
Desert Ballroom

Chronic Disease Management: Case Studies                          

Proven, widely-scalable approaches using telehealth to meet the needs of specific chronic illnesses including the approach, cost and technology used will be reviewed.

Moderator: Mark VanderWerf, Vice President, Nonin Medical

  Jens Espeland, MD
   Specialist in Primary Care
   Palliative Care and Social Medicine

  Murray Zucker, MD
   Senior Medical Director
   Optum Behavioral Health

  Joshua L. Cohen, MD
   Professor of Medicine
   Interim Director
   Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism
   The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates

  Mark VanderWerf
   Vice President
   Nonin Medical

  David Doolan, MD, MBA
   Chief Health Information Officer
   Telstra Health