Sessions & Speakers

From clinical quality and standards of care to changes in state and federal regulations, the ATA Fall Forum explores the pressing issues of telemedicine. This includes important topics facing the telemedicine industry that will be addressed in interactive presentations and panel discussion by top policymakers, health care experts and industry practitioners.  
ATA Fall Forum hotel: JW Marriott 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004. 

Wednesday, September 16
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Advocacy Sessions
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM Congressional Visits
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Opening Reception

 

Thursday, September 17
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM All Sessions
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Reception

Friday, September 18
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM All Sessions


Welcome & Introduction



Reed Tuckson

President, American Telemedicine Association & Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections, LLC

Dr. Tuckson is the former Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group where he was responsible for working with all of the Company’s business units to improve the quality and efficiency of health services. Previously, Dr. Tuckson served as Senior Vice President, Professional Standards, for the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Tuckson is an active member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and served as the Chairperson of its Quality Chasm Summit Committee and a member on their Committee on the Consequences of the Uninsured. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society.

Additionally, he recently served as a Commissioner, Certification Commission on Health Information Technology (CCHIT); and is currently a member of the Performance Measurement Workgroup, Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA); and the Quality Workgroup, American Health Information Community (AHIC). Dr. Tuckson has also held other federal appointments, including cabinet level advisory committees on health reform, infant mortality, children’s health, violence, and radiation testing. Recently, Dr. Tuckson participated in United Health’s establishment of a national telehealth network aimed at serving rural, difficult to access and underserved patient populations.


The State of the Telemedicine Industry

ATA will provide a brief on the current state of telemedicine including market forces and barriers that are shaping various components of telemedicine.

Jonathan Linkous

CEO, American Telemedicine Association

As the chief staff executive of ATA since its inception in 1993, Mr. Linkous has lectured and written extensively on healthcare modernization, technology issues, emerging applications and market trends in the U.S. and around the world. He has served on a variety of national and international advisory bodies including the Hurricane Katrina Advisory Panel, the HHS Chronic Care Workgroup and the joint FCC-NTIA Advisory Committee on Communications Capabilities of Emergency Medical and Public Health Care Facilities.  Mr. Linkous has 30 years of experience in public policy related to healthcare, telecommunications and aging in both the corporate and public sectors.  In the private sector he served as a senior telecommunications consultant at Issue Dynamics and provided consulting services for many of the nation’s leading telecommunications, technology and healthcare companies. 




State Regulation: Changes Will Continue – How to Impact Change 

Some state medical and other health professional licensing boards have chosen or are exploring practice rules for services provided by telemedicine means that are different from or in addition to those applied to in-person services.  The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission leaves many currently constituted boards liable for anticompetitive rulemaking.  This session will explore, from diverse perspectives, such contentious issues, such as:

  • Are there appropriate clinical or legal differences for regulating between telemedicine and in-person?
  • What need is there for evidence-based rulemaking?
  • What are the needs for telemedicine providers to inform boards about the current state of telemedicine practices and patient safety protections.



Julian Rivera

Moderator: Julian Rivera

Partner, Healthcare, Husch Blackwell

Julian is a partner in Husch Blackwell’s Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education business unit in Austin, Texas. His practice involves the representation of healthcare providers in business and litigation matters. His experience includes representation of clients in a wide variety of regulatory matters before state and federal agencies. Julian also has extensive experience representing clients on medical staff, credentialing and other healthcare enterprise operational issues.

Before attending law school at the Texas Tech University School of Law, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Houston and did research in immunology, cell biology and genetics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Baylor College of Medicine. After receiving his law degree, Julian clerked for the Texas Court of Appeals Amarillo and then worked for the Texas Medical Board before entering private practice. His professional work has been published in scientific, medical and legal periodicals and books. He is also a frequent speaker on a broad range of medical-legal topics.

Leah Brannon

Counsel for Teladoc, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Ms. Brannon’s practice focuses on antitrust matters, including litigation, mergers, and government investigations. Ms. Brannon’s work has involved cases in both federal and state courts, and she has advised clients in investigations by the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, state agencies, and the European Commission.  Ms. Brannon has taught antitrust as a teaching fellow at Harvard University and as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. She is currently a Senior Editor for the Antitrust Law Journal. Ms. Brannon was a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt.




Leah Brannon


Marina Lao

Marina Lao

Director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Marina Lao has been the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the FTC since February 2015. She is on leave from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she is a professor of law. Professor Lao joined the Seton Hall law faculty in 1994 after over a decade of practice experience in government and in the private sector. Her scholarly work focuses on various aspects of antitrust enforcement. She was a member of the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute, and was Chair of the Section of Antitrust and Economic Regulation of the Association of American Law Schools. In 2007 Professor Lao received a Fulbright Fellowship to the University of Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich, where she taught U.S. Antitrust Law. Professor Law began her legal career with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, as a trial attorney under the Honors Program.

 

Cybil Roehrenbeck

Cybil Roehrenbeck provides government relations counsel at the federal level on health care, technology, and life sciences issues. Ms. Roehrenbeck counsels clients on federal legislative and regulatory opportunities in the areas of health information technology (including mHealth and telehealth), precision medicine / genomics, and innovative health care reimbursement and delivery models. She also provides counsel on perennial regulatory issues, including fraud and abuse (Stark and anti-kickback) compliance, competition matters, and audits.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Roehrenbeck was a lobbyist and attorney in the American Medical Association’s Washington, DC office. Ms. Roehrenbeck also served as Legislative Assistant and Counsel in the office of U.S. Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC). She also worked as a government affairs Associate for U.S. Representative J.C. Watts, Jr. (R-OK) in his government affairs firm Watts Partners LLC.



Cybil Roehrenbeck


Kristin Schleiter

Kristin Schleiter, JD, LLM

Senior Legislative Attorney, American Medical Association (AMA)

As a Senior Legislative Attorney for the American Medical Association’s Advocacy Resource Center, Kristin provides legislative and legal support to state and national medical specialty societies on issues including telemedicine, medical liability reform, health care teams, scope of practice, truth in advertising, workforce, licensure and other medical board issues. Prior to joining the AMA, Kristin worked as a legislative analyst for the American Academy of Pediatrics, focusing on child health and pediatric practice issues involving state health care programs and implementation of federal health care reform, medical home projects, health care financing, and Medicaid/CHIP.  Before working for organized medicine, Kristin was a litigator concentrating in areas of insurance defense, personal injury, and commercial litigation. Kristin received her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, a Master of Laws in Health Law from Loyola, and her undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.


Telehealth in Congress - Lunch Keynote Speaker

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS-3)

Sponsor of the Telehealth Enhancement Act, H.R. 2066
Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Gregg Harper is currently serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives after having been first elected to Congress in November of 2008. 

In Congress, Gregg serves on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he is a member of three subcommittees: Environment and the Economy; Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade; and Energy and Power. Gregg serves as the vice-chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.

The state’s senior House Republican also sits on the select Committee on House Administration, a special appointment made by House Speaker John Boehner. Additionally, Gregg serves on the Joint Committees on the Library of Congress and Printing.

Gregg has also championed laws removing burdensome and unneeded federal mandates, helping to ensure that safe and affordable public drinking water is available to small and rural communities, promoting innovative drug developments for neurodevelopmental disorders, and honoring public servants. He has also authored legislation that would end taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and shut down an obsolete federal election agency.



Rep. Gregg Harper (R-3rd MS)

New Frontiers: Disruptors Transforming Health Care

Telemedicine enables existing providers to extend their reach to serve patients in new ways.  However, quickly entering the field of healthcare delivery are technological innovations that may serve to supplant the roles of traditional providers.  From home-based technology to automated decision and delivery systems a number of groups are developing amazing new innovations that may soon enter the healthcare delivery space.  Leaders in this emerging field will identify several examples of such innovations and their potential role in transforming healthcare in the near future.



Don Jones

Moderator: Don Jones

CEO, Trial Fusion

Mr. Jones helps companies apply principles of mobility, connectivity and network effect to healthcare, wellness and fitness products, diagnostics and medical therapies. He focuses specifically on new technologies. He leverages his experience in mobile healthcare delivery, emergency medical services, physician practice management, wireless technologies and consumer electronic products to establish objective commercialization strategies. Jones also works with Scripps Translational Science Institute at the Scripps Research Institute and the Alliance Healthcare Foundation.

Steven Lee, O.D.

Executive Vice President & Co-Founder, Opternative

In addition to his formal training in eye care, Dr. Steven Lee has a background in engineering, as well as a keen interest in optics. Before starting Opternative, he was previously in clinical practice from 2007-2013.  During that time, he focused on the areas of difficult contact lens fittings, ocular disease treatment, and dry eye management. In addition to seeing patients in the past, Steven has also taught ophthalmology students the basics of clinical refraction and the systematic approach to contact lens fittings.  He has managed numerous surgical cases and was previously a reviewer for the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education, as well as a researcher and clinical investigator for the Global Revitalens Experience and Acceptance Trial. He recently gave a TEDx talk outlining his journey to make vision care accessible to the entire world, which can be seen here. Dr. Lee loves thinking outside of the box, and enjoys creating solutions to problems that people never thought were possible to solve. 



Steven Lee


Anna McCollister-Slipp

Co-Founder, Galileo Analytics; Chief Advocate for Participatory Research, Scripps Translational Science Institute

Anna McCollister-Slipp is co-founder of Galileo Analytics, a Visual Data Exploration and advanced data analytics company focused on democratizing access to and understanding of complex health data. In addition, she serves as Chief Advocate for Participatory Research at the Scripps Translational Science Institute, working with STSI researchers to develop new ways of involving patients, caregivers and physicians in the design of clinical research using digital and genomic health tools.

Anna’s passion for innovation in health data analytics, participatory research and digital health tools is rooted in her personal experiences living with type 1 diabetes. In her professional and personal activities, Anna seeks to build platforms for better understanding of and engagement with the needs of patients. She speaks frequently about the need for innovation in medical device data and technology, promoting data standards, device interoperability and user platforms aimed at empowering patients to better manage their health.

Eric Meyer

Interim Chief Marketing Officer, Tyto Care, Ltd.

Mr. Meyer is interim Chief Marketing Officer to TytoCare, a telehealth company, and Principal of Eric Meyer Consulting, LLC, which advises emerging-stage companies launching novel consumer medical, health and wellness products. Mr. Meyer creates go-to-market strategies that integrate branding, consumer direct response (online and offline), professional recommendation and retail. Mr. Meyer’s consulting practice includes clients across a broad range of prescription and OTC products in telehealth, sleep medicine, respiratory, diabetes, hypertension, hearing, fitness, skin care and aesthetics. Mr. Meyer has served his clients as adviser, board member, consultant or interim executive.

Prior to his consulting practice, Mr. Meyer served as CEO of TrafficGauge Inc., which developed and brought to market the first real-time hand-held traffic map. TrafficGauge was sold to Networks In Motion in early 2009.  Prior to TrafficGauge Mr. Meyer served in senior executive roles in marketing, sales, business development, and R&D for Optiva Corporation, makers of the Sonicare® sonic toothbrush over a nine year period from pre-launch through successful sale of the company to Philips Electronics. Mr. Meyer holds B.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering and Bachelor of General Studies degrees from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Stanford University.

 





Clinical Quality and Standards of Care: Consumer and Provider Perspectives 

Technology has brought forward new approaches to diagnosing and treating illness supplanting the traditional office visit using a variety of technologies from online questionnaires to telephone interviews to video consults.  These innovations have fueled a debate among regulators, medical societies, clinicians and entrepreneurs about what is safe and what is not safe.  This moderated session will address the spectrum of critical issues related to clinical quality and standards of care from medical, nursing and consumer perspectives. Attendees will be invited to join the discussion. 



Reed Tuckson

President, American Telemedicine Association & Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections, LLC

Dr. Tuckson is the former Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group where he was responsible for working with all of the Company’s business units to improve the quality and efficiency of health services. Previously, Dr. Tuckson served as Senior Vice President, Professional Standards, for the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Tuckson is an active member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and served as the Chairperson of its Quality Chasm Summit Committee and a member on their Committee on the Consequences of the Uninsured. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society.

Additionally, he recently served as a Commissioner, Certification Commission on Health Information Technology (CCHIT); and is currently a member of the Performance Measurement Workgroup, Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA); and the Quality Workgroup, American Health Information Community (AHIC). Dr. Tuckson has also held other federal appointments, including cabinet level advisory committees on health reform, infant mortality, children’s health, violence, and radiation testing. Recently, Dr. Tuckson participated in United Health’s establishment of a national telehealth network aimed at serving rural, difficult to access and underserved patient populations.

Peter Antall, MD

President & Chief Medical Officer, American Well

 Dr. Antall has expertise as a physician, health care entrepreneur and physician manager. He has a track record of disruptive innovation in the areas of care delivery, medical management, telemedicine and telehealth. Dr. Antall has built a thriving pediatric practice, a hospitalist company, written software for mobile apps and is currently President and Chief Medical Officer of a national telehealth physician organization, where he manages over 200 physicians, has developed a credentialing program, and has developed tools to measure and manage clinical quality in telehealth. Dr. Antall's strengths are strategic planning, program development, clinical quality and credentialing, sales support, and physician management.



Peter Antall


Tay Kopanos

Tay Kopanos

Vice President, Health Policy, State Government Affairs, American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

Dr. Tay Kopanos serves as Vice President of State Government Affairs for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  Dr. Kopanos oversees AANP’s state policy and advocacy programs. Prior to coming to AANP, Dr. Kopanos served on several state and national public policy committees focusing on improving patient’s healthcare access, removing barriers to effective care delivery and working with multiple stakeholders on health workforce development and utilization. Dr. Kopanos draws on over a decade of primary and urgent care clinical experience, and previous role as faculty at the University of Colorado. 

Ilene Henshaw

Ilene Henshaw

Director of State Health and Family Advocacy, AARP

Ilene Henshaw directs AARP’s State Health and Family Team within the Government Affairs, State Advocacy and Strategy Integration (SASI) Department at AARP’s National Office in Washington, DC. In this position, she develops and provides strategic guidance to AARP’s 53 state offices on AARP’s expansive state health and long term care advocacy agenda. Ilene has a highly successful record in moving forward advocacy agendas on key Association priorities, including critical policies to support family caregivers. Prior to becoming Director of State Health in March 2012, Ilene served on the same team as Senior Legislative Representative. 

Before coming to AARP in 2001, Ilene directed policy and legislative affairs for two statewide consumer advocacy organizations working to ensure quality long term care. Earlier, as Legislative Counsel to the National Association of Attorneys General, she supported the states’ chief legal officers in their advocacy on consumer and antitrust issues. And, for three years, working for a food and health policy advocacy organization, she developed and managed a successful national campaign to raise public awareness of food safety and pesticide issues, mobilizing a grassroots coalition of celebrity chefs.  



Ilene Henshaw

New Allies among Disease and Cohort Stakeholders

A growing number of stakeholder groups are looking to use telemedicine to increase access, improve care and reduce the costs of providing services to their patients.  This session will discuss the specific interests of participating groups; ways they are working to expand telemedicine access; and how they successfully search for and create alliances or partnerships. 



Gary Capistrant

Moderator: Gary Capistrant

Chief Policy Officer, American Telemedicine Association

Gary Capistrant's expertise in health policy is based on over 30 years experience with Medicare, Medicaid, and national health reforms. Mr. Capistrant's knowledge of health policy has lead him to become a trusted advisor to associations, innovative health providers and Wall Street investment analysts.  He is also the former Director of Congressional Relations for the American Health Care Association, Staff Director of the State Medicaid Directors Association and Health Legislative Assistant for former Rep. Jim Corman. 

Mr. Capistrant earned a MA in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and he also earned a BA from the same University.

Annette Guarisco Fildes

President & CEO, The ERISA Industry Committee

Annette Guarisco Fildes is President and CEO of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), where she leads the association's legislative, regulatory, and educational mission. ERIC is the only national association advocating solely for the employee benefit and compensation interests of America’s largest employers.

Annette was a member of the senior executive team at General Motors performing key roles over more than ten years, including responsibility for federal legislative affairs and political and grassroots advocacy at the federal, state and international levels. Annette served as risk officer for GM Global Public Policy and advised the GM Board of Directors on global public policy.

Annette has a B.B.A. in Finance and a law degree from Hofstra University, as well as a Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. She authored “Employer’s Guide to Fringe Benefits” with Mary B. Hevener and numerous articles in legal and policy publications.




Annette Guarisco Fildes



Stacy Garrity

Stacy Garrity

Director, National Telehealth Nursing Center, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Network

Stacy Garrity is the Director of the National Sexual Assault TeleNursing Center (NTC), an innovative pilot project, funded by the National Institute of Justice and the Office for Victims of Crime.  NTC works to increase access to trauma-informed care and best-practice forensic evidence collection for health care providers caring for victims of sexual assault in high risk and under-served populations across the United States.

Ms. Garrity is a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and a professional nurse with more than 20 years of clinical experience and is an Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) in the Massachusetts SANE Program. Prior to joining the TeleNursing Center project, Ms. Garrity was a Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston College where she taught for 11 years at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is an active member of several professional nursing organizations, and has been most involved with the International Association of Forensic Nurses. 

Pamela Greenberg, MPP

President & CEO, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW)

Pamela joined ABHW in 1998 when the organization was known as AMBHA. She is Past-President of ACMHA:  The College for Behavioral Health Leadership and is a member of the Editorial Board for both Bloomberg BNA’s Health Insurance Report and Behavioral Healthcare magazine. She was the Chair of the Coalition for Fairness in Mental Illness Coverage, one of the leading Coalitions that helped develop and successfully advocate for the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Ms. Greenberg is a member of the Mental Health Liaison Group Steering Committee and the Washington Circle Group Policy Committee. She is also a liaison to the National Committee on Quality Assurance’s Standards Committee and a member of Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation.

Prior to joining ABHW Pamela was the Deputy Director of Federal Affairs for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Before joining AHIP Ms. Greenberg was a Legislative Assistant at Capitol Associates, a healthcare consulting firm.



Pamela Greenberg


Stephanie Mohl

Stephanie Mohl

Senior Government Relations Advisor, Department of Advocacy
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Stephanie Mohl joined the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Office of Federal Advocacy in October, 2005, and she now works as a Senior Government Relations Advisor.  Her federal advocacy responsibilities include expanding coverage and access, improving the treatment and prevention of stroke, and the elimination of cardiovascular disease disparities in women and minorities.  She is the American Heart Association’s lead lobbyist in Washington, DC on health care reform and coordinates the AHA’s health reform implementation activities. She serves on behalf of the Heart Association as a Consumer Representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, which is playing a key role in implementation of health insurance reform.

Prior to joining the Heart Association, Stephanie worked as a senior legislative assistant in the office of U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) for nearly 12 years.  Her legislative portfolio for Senator Dorgan included health care, education, and human services, with a particular emphasis on prescription drug and rural health issues.  In April, 2005, she was named one of National Journal’s “Hill 100” for her work on prescription drug issues for Congress. Stephanie graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a concentration in journalism.  


The Changing Face of Health Care Delivery

Retail clinics, mobile applications, mergers and acquisitions and direct to consumer consultations are but a few of the new approaches to delivering health care.  Many of these are enabled through the use of telecommunications technology.  What effect will these innovations have on traditional health care institutions?  What effect will they have on established telemedicine networks?  This session will explore the dynamics of health care delivery and identify some important issues that should be on the top of the list.

Moderator: LTG (Ret.) James Peake, MD

Senior Vice President, CGI Federal, Former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, President-Elect, American Telemedicine Association

LTG (Ret.) James Peake, MD was nominated by President George W. Bush to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on October 30, 2007. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on December 14, 2007, and served from December 2007 through January 2009.

Dr. Peake was the principal advocate for veterans in the U.S. government and directed the nation's second largest cabinet department, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America's veterans and dependents. During his tenure VA employed more than 280,000 people at hundreds of medical centers, nursing homes, benefits offices, and national cemeteries throughout the country. VA's budget for fiscal year 2009 was $97.5 billion.

A St. Louis, MO native, Peake received his Bachelor of Science degree from U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1966 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. Following service in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division where he was awarded the Silver Star, a Bronze Star with "V" device and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Peake entered medical school at Cornell University in New York. He was awarded a medical doctorate in 1972.

Dr. Peake served U.S. Army Surgeon General from 2000 to 2004. As Army Surgeon General, he commanded 50,000 medical personnel and 187 army medical facilities worldwide. Prior to that, he served as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, one of the largest medical training facilities in the world with 30,000 students annually.


James Peake, MD


Dan Mendelson

Dan Mendelson

CEO, Avalere Health

Dan Mendelson is CEO of Avalere Health. He leads the firm’s operations, and engages in strategic advisory work for major clients in life sciences, managed care, and the provider segments. Prior to founding Avalere in 2000, Dan served as Associate Director for Health at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Dan presently serves on the board of directors of two public companies: HMS Holdings and Champions Oncology. He is also on faculty at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served on the boards of Coventry Healthcare (2005-2013) and Pharmerica (2007-2011), and was on the faculty of the Fuqua School of Business (2000-2014).

Dan speaks frequently and is often quoted in the media on business strategy and public policy matters – typically highlighting the outstanding analytic work of the Avalere staff. He has a BA in Economics and Viola Performance from Oberlin College, and a MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Building Effective Alliances

ATA’s members in each state consist of a wide range of providers, health systems, vendors and members of patient groups.  On both the national and state levels, many have started to come together to develop a coalition of allies that have effectively worked to increase the opportunities to expand the use of telemedicine.  Come hear the lessons learned from veterans of several such groups that have worked together to create change. Learn how to join or start your own coalition for change.

Moderator: LTG (Ret.) James Peake, MD

Senior Vice President, CGI Federal, Former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, President-Elect, American Telemedicine Association

LTG (Ret.) James Peake, MD was nominated by President George W. Bush to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on October 30, 2007. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on December 14, 2007, and served from December 2007 through January 2009.

Dr. Peake was the principal advocate for veterans in the U.S. government and directed the nation's second largest cabinet department, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America's veterans and dependents. During his tenure VA employed more than 280,000 people at hundreds of medical centers, nursing homes, benefits offices, and national cemeteries throughout the country. VA's budget for fiscal year 2009 was $97.5 billion.

A St. Louis, MO native, Peake received his Bachelor of Science degree from U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1966 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. Following service in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division where he was awarded the Silver Star, a Bronze Star with "V" device and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Peake entered medical school at Cornell University in New York. He was awarded a medical doctorate in 1972.

Dr. Peake served U.S. Army Surgeon General from 2000 to 2004. As Army Surgeon General, he commanded 50,000 medical personnel and 187 army medical facilities worldwide. Prior to that, he served as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, one of the largest medical training facilities in the world with 30,000 students annually.


James Peake, MD


Alice Borrelli

Alice Borrelli

Director Global Health Policy, Intel Corporation

Alice Borrelli, Director of Global Healthcare Policy for Intel Corporation, works with U.S. and international policymakers on healthcare reform and Health IT issues with offices in Washington, DC, Mexico, Belgium, and Australia. During the US healthcare reform debate, she focused on reforms that would  include innovative technologies for care delivery including e-Care, remote patient monitoring and telehealth. She also interfaces with government agencies worldwide to promote the adoption of viable electronic health records.  

As former Vice President of Congressional Affairs for AT&T, she represented the company on telecommunications, environment, benefits and labor issues. For over a decade she interacted with Congress on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Broadband issues, Medicare and Pension Reform, Internet Tax, and Telework initiatives.

 

Kate Audette

Director of State Government Affairs, Boston Children's Hospital

Kate Audette is the Director of State Government Relations at Boston Children's Hospital where she provides strategic oversight and leadership of the hospital's state policy advocacy agenda on child health priorities as well as hospital financial and regulatory affairs. In this role, Kate is currently working to spearhead the formation of a broad based state wide coalition to advance telemedicine policies.  Kate is also adjunct faculty at the Simmons College and Boston University Graduate Schools of Social work where she teaches and develops experiential, policy courses for social workers in a traditional classroom setting and online learning programs.

Prior to joining Boston Children’s Hospital, Kate worked as the Senior Policy Analyst at Harbor Health Services in Boston and prior to that as the Government Relations and Political Action Associate at the National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter.  In both of these roles Kate advocated for policies to improve the landscape for telemedicine in the Commonwealth, with a special focus on mental and behavioral health services.

Kate obtained her Bachelor of Science from Worcester State University and her Masters in Social Work from Salem State University.  



Kate Audette


Randy Schubring

Randy Schubring

Director, State Government Relations and Health Policy Development, Mayo Clinic

Randy Schubring is Director of State Government Relations and Health Policy Development at Mayo Clinic. In this role, Randy leads overall strategic planning for government relations advocacy and policy development for telehealth issues at the state and federal levels. Randy is currently an active leader in a coalition of Midwest state health providers and associations working for licensure compact and telehealth reimbursement legislation. 

Randy has over 18 years of experience in government affairs, public policy, and communications—working for business associations, health care providers, and public officials.  Prior to joining Mayo Clinic in 2008, Randy worked as Manager of Public Policy Communications for Allina Health System, and as Political Director for the Mayor of Minneapolis.  Randy received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and his Masters in Public Administration from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Brooke Yeager

Program Coordinator, Emergency and Inpatient Telemedicine Services, Medical University of South Carolina, Center for Telehealth 

Brooke Yeager, MSc, RRT, is the Program Coordinator for Inpatient and Emergency Teleconsultation at MUSC Health.  She is responsible for directly supporting and managing the daily operations of hospital based telemedicine services, leading telehealth training activities, and designing and implementing online education for telehealth presenters.  She is also actively involved in governmental efforts to regulate the practice of telemedicine and advocate for telehealth payment parity. 

Before joining the Center for Telehealth, Brooke worked as an Exercise Physiologist coordinating the Medical Fitness and Employee Wellness programs at the University of Tennessee Medical Center; and as a critical care Respiratory Therapist, and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Director at MUSC.  In 2013, she was awarded Best National Respiratory Therapy Practitioner, by Advance Health Care’s Network for Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine, for her establishment of an online RT research education and mentorship program, and her leadership in patient advocacy at both the state and national levels.




Brooke Yeager

Retail Enters the Market

Over the past 24 months a host of new players have entered the market by deploying direct to consumer telemedicine services.  One of the most interesting new entrants, and one that could have the greatest impact are companies in the retail sector.  Representatives from several leading players in this space will discuss their strategies and plans and where there might be an interface with existing healthcare providers.



Jonathan Linkous

Moderator: Jonathan Linkous

CEO, American Telemedicine Association

As the chief staff executive of ATA since its inception in 1993, Mr. Linkous has lectured and written extensively on healthcare modernization, technology issues, emerging applications and market trends in the U.S. and around the world. He has served on a variety of national and international advisory bodies including the Hurricane Katrina Advisory Panel, the HHS Chronic Care Workgroup and the joint FCC-NTIA Advisory Committee on Communications Capabilities of Emergency Medical and Public Health Care Facilities.  Mr. Linkous has 30 years of experience in public policy related to healthcare, telecommunications and aging in both the corporate and public sectors.  In the private sector he served as a senior telecommunications consultant at Issue Dynamics and provided consulting services for many of the nation’s leading telecommunications, technology and healthcare companies. 

Adam Pellegrini

Divisional VP, Digital Health, Walgreens Co.

Adam started his early career as an aviation combat medic and surgical technician in the US Army. After leaving the military he worked in the Occupational Medicine space running clinics for both the Sisters of Providence and PeaceHealth before starting his own mobile employer worksite services startup.  After selling his first startup, he was brought on to create the first employer health and wellness solution service for the American Cancer Society, then later promoted to lead global online strategy to include www.cancer.org.   After ACS, Adam spent a short time leading individual plans for Regence BlueCross/Blueshield before being recruited by Microsoft health to manage both HealthVault and create MyHealthInfo (a consumer health dashboard on MSN.com).  From Microsoft Adam was employee number two at HealthyCircles where he spent his time designing and building the HealthyCircles product strategy and leading the Go To Market execution with Dr. James Mault.   

Adam's last role was with a sister company to HealthyCircles named SocialWellth (formerly WorldDoc) a payor focused, eHealth social engagement platform, where Adam was the Chief Marketing Officer overseeing both product strategy and corporate marketing. 



Adam Pellegrini

Investors Weigh in on Telemedicine’s Future

Investments in telemedicine are at a record high and payers have turned to telemedicine as a beneficiary service as well.  During the second quarter of 2015 alone, companies in the telehealth and mobile health areas raised $366 million according to Mercom Capital.  Similarly, mergers and acquisitions in the space have rapidly accelerated as both clinical consumer services grow and as new entrants, including traditional health systems, payers and retail companies enter the field.  Representatives from several leading firms will discuss factors driving this trend and expectations for the future.


Alexis Gilroy

Moderator: Alexis Gilroy, JD

Partner, Jones Day

Alexis Gilroy advises health care and technology companies on health care and corporate matters with an emphasis on e-health topics (telemedicine, telehealth, and mobile health). She counsels and directs transactions involving venture capital, private equity, debt financing, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, management arrangements, physician engagement, hospital affiliation, and other general and complex contractual needs.

Alexis has broad experience with the practical and legal needs of health care companies, especially the unique legal issues faced by e-health companies. Prior to joining Jones Day, she managed more than 20 strategic M&A transactions for a publicly traded health care company that involved cyberknife, imaging centers, teleradiology companies, and radiation oncology centers. In addition, she advised on business strategy and implementation matters specific to e-health programs, business models, devices, and products; counseled on regulations regarding e-consults, online prescribing, patient consents, credentialing by proxy, corporate practice of medicine, physician supervision, reimbursement, anti-kickback, and licensure matters specific to e-health providers and businesses; developed and negotiated e-health specific customer, vendor, and affiliation contracts and documentation; structured research arrangements involving HIT (health information technology); and led strategy and communications with medical boards and other regulators and policy makers on e-health matters.

 

Grant Chamberlain

Managing Director, Raymond James Health Care Investment Banking

Grant Chamberlain leads the firm’s Mobile Health (mHealth) coverage, which covers telehealth, remote monitoring, and wireless health care solutions, and advises companies on mergers and acquisitions, as well as public and private financings. He joined Raymond James in 2012 as part of the firm’s acquisition of Morgan Keegan. Mr. Chamberlain joined Morgan Keegan’s Health Care group in 2007 in conjunction with the acquisition of Shattuck Hammond Partners, where he was a principal and part of the firm since 1995. In his 20 years of health care investment banking, Mr. Chamberlain has advised some of health care’s preeminent health care systems, including Sharp Healthcare, Cedars-Sinai and Baylor Health, and several of the most successful and innovative mHealth companies, including AirStrip, Voalte and MDLive. Mr. Chamberlain received his BBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin.


Grant Chamberlain


Patrick Pilch

Patrick Pilch

Managing Director, BDO Consulting 
National Healthcare Advisory Leader, BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation

Patrick Pilch leads the firm’s Healthcare Advisory practice with more than 30 years of healthcare, financial services, operational management and restructuring experience.  Leading The BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation, Patrick works with BDO’s cadre of accomplished clinical and business advisory professionals to help healthcare organizations thrive in this era of daunting challenge and boundless opportunity.  He is experienced in delivering transformative services that help healthcare organizations comprehensively redefine operations and processes to respond to patient-centric demands.

Patrick has significant experience providing strategy, business transformation, interim management, M&A advisory, restructuring, turnaround, and performance improvement services to organizations and their stakeholders.  Advising nonprofit, for profit and public healthcare organizations, he conducts operational and financial assessments, develops future state models and roadmaps, and implements alignment strategies across the continuum of care to improve quality and delivery.  Patrick has served as a strategic advisor to hospitals, boards, foundations and healthcare systems in matters involving mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, real estate holdings, and other assets and restructurings.

Mark Tomiano

Senior Industry Executive, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe 

Mark Tomaino is a Senior Industry Executive at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a New York City based private equity firm that invests principally in two markets, healthcare and information/business services.  Mark’s focus is exclusively on healthcare technology investment opportunities, including deal generation, due diligence, execution and portfolio company monitoring.   Mark has served on the board of directors of Matrix Medical Network and GetWellNetwork, and participates on the strategic advisory boards of Wiser Together, Conversa Health, AMC Health, Viimed and NextHealth Technologies.  Mark has established the “Healthcare IT Knowledge Network” website as a vehicle to share insights relevant to collaboration in the healthcare technology industry.

Prior to September 2010, Mark served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and M&A at The TriZetto Group, a leading healthcare information technology company to the healthcare payer industry, where he had responsibility for developing and executing its external growth strategies, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, investments and capital raising activities.   Mark initiated the $1.4 billion go-private transaction with Apax Partners in August 2008 ending TriZetto’s tenure as a NASDAQ-listed public company.  Prior to joining TriZetto, Mark worked at Bausch & Lomb Incorporated in a variety of legal, strategy and business development capacities.   



Mark Tomaino