ATA Federal Telehealth Policy Summit :: June 27-28, 2013 in Washington, DC

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Program Schedule
The most up-to-date program schedule for the ATA Federal Telemedicine Policy Summit is available below. Please note: times and speakers are subject to change.

All sessions for the ATA Federal Policy Summit meet in at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Regency Ballroom B. 

Thursday, June 27

On-Site Registration Open
1:00pm - 1:05pm

Welcome & Introductions

Edward M. Brown, MD
Ed Brown, MD

American Telemedicine Association
Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Telemedicine Network

1:05pm - 1:30pm

Healthcare Reform, Telemedicine and You

Major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are due to take effect later this year. The changes brought by health reform will create many new opportunities for the use (and reimbursement) of telemedicine. ATA's Public Policy team will review the new rules, regulations and programs within the PPACA and discuss how healthcare reform will impact telemedicine and telehealth providers.

Jonathan D. Linkous
Jonathan Linkous

Chief Executive Officer
American Telemedicine Association

Gary Capistrant
Gary Capistrant

Senior Director, Public Policy
American Telemedicine Association 

1:30pm - 2:00pm


Healthcare Providers: Pushing for the Expansion of Telemedicine

Many medical societies have embraced telemedicine as a tool for increasing the reach of providers and improving patient care. A panel of leading healthcare provider associations will share their telemedicine-related legislative goals and discuss what they are doing independently (and in conjunction with ATA) to advance the use of telemedicine.

Michael J. Amery, Esq.
Michael J. Amery, Esq.

Legislative Counsel
American Academy of Neurology

No Photo AvailableJanice A. Brannon, MA
Deputy Director, State Affairs
American Psychiatric Association

Nick SchilligoNick Schilligo
Director, State Government Affairs
American Osteopathic Association

2:00pm - 2:30pm

The FCC's Healthcare Connect Fund

On December 12, 2012 the FCC created the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCCF) to expand access by health care providers to robust broadband networks. Building on lessons learned from 50 Pilot projects testing how to most effectively use broadband to improve the quality and reduce costs of health care in rural areas, the HCCF reforms modernize the FCC’s existing universal service Rural Health Care Program to expand the benefits of telemedicine nationwide.

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Trent Harkrader

Associate Bureau Chief
Wireline Competition Bureau
Federal Communications Commission

Jeffrey A. MitchellJeffrey A. Mitchell
Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:15pm

Funding the Infrastructure of Telemedicine: Personnel, Networks, Resource Centers and Safety Net Providers

The Health Resource and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a key federal player influencing the use of telemedicine. HRSA plays an important role in the infrastructure of telemedicine, providing funding for personnel, networks, telehealth resource centers and safety net providers.

Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN
Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN

Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

3:15pm - 3:45pm

Patient/Consumer Advocacy Groups: Expanding Telemedicine For Better Patient Care

The views of patient advocates about how telemedicine policy can best be aligned to serve their patient populations.

Amy Comstock Rick, JDAmy Comstock Rick, JD
Chief Executive Officer
Parkinson's Action Network

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Stephanie Mohl

Government Relations Manager
American Heart Association /
American Stroke Association

No Photo AvailableMaggie Elehwany

Government Affairs and Policy Vice President
National Rural Health Association
3:45pm - 4:15pm

mHealth and the Cybersecurity of Remote Patient Data

In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama identified cybersecurity as on of the administration's priority areas.  The security of digital health information is a major component of this effort and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) is one of the lead agencies developing new security guidelines. 

Gavin W. O'Brien
Gavin W. O’Brien

Project Manager
National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE)
National Institutes of Standards and Technology
4:15pm - 4:30pm
4:30pm - 5:00pm


Expanding Provider Outreach & Increasing Patient Access Through Licensure Reform

Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) has been a strong congressional supporter of telemedicine and has led efforts to expand interstate telehealth services. In 2011 he introduced the "Service Members Telemedicine & E-Health Portability Act” (STEP Act) (H.R. 1832), which expanded DOD’s state licensure exemption to allow credentialed healthcare professionals to work across state lines without the need to obtain new state licenses. The STEP Act passed without a single objection. In 2013, Rep. Thompson co-authored the "Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act" (VETS Act) (H.R. 2001) to provider a similar licensure exemption to VA healthcare personnel. 
Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson
Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson

Pennsylvania, 5th District 
U.S. House of Representatives
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday, June 28

8:00am - 8:30am
8:30am - 9:00am


Congressional Support for Telemedicine: Past, Present and Future

Over the years, the U.S. Congress has considered different proposals on how to support the use of telemedicine. Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) is the author of one of the most wide-reaching federal telemedicine bills ever proposed, the Telehealth Promotion Act of 2012 (H.R. 6719.)

Congressman Mike ThompsonCongressman Mike Thompson
California, 5th District
U.S. House of Representatives
9:00am - 9:30am

Real Opportunities for Telemedicine Expansion in Medicare and Medicaid in 2013

Congressman Gregg Harper is working on a series of incremental key administrative reforms that would significantly expand the role of telemedicine in Medicare and Medicaid.  His goal is to develop a bipartisan, budget sensitive package of telehealth improvements as a component of Medicare physician payment reform. 

Rep. Gregg Harper
Congressman Gregg Harper

Mississippi, 3rd District
U.S. House of Representatives
9:30am - 10:00am

FCC Broadband Investments for Healthcare

The Federal Communications Commission plays a key role in regulating the telecommunications infrastructure of telemedicine, and fund several programs that fund broadband access for healthcare.  Jessica Rosenworcel is a FCC Commissioner with a progressive vision for using broadband for telehealth, mHealth and the Universal Service Fund.

Jessica Rosenworcel
Jessica Rosenworcel

Federal Communications Commission
10:00am - 10:15am
10:15am - 10:45am

Scaling-up Telemedicine: VA Telehealth Programs

Veterans Affairs is the largest single provider and innovator of telehealth services in the United States. Adam Darkins has been instrumental in building the VA's telehealth networks and maximizing the impact of remote healthcare technologies with the VA's wide-spread patient population.

Adam Darkins, MD
Adam Darkins, MD, MPHM, FRCS

Chief Consultant for Telehealth Services
Veterans Health Administration
10:45am - 11:15am

Federal Regulation of Telemedicine and mHealth Devices

The Food and Drug Administration plays an important role in determining what constitutes a medical device (and related extensions) and establishing appropriate regulation of such devices.  

Jeffrey Shuren, MD, JD
Jeffrey Shuren, MD, JD
Director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
11:15am - 11:45am

Telecommunications Industry Views on Telemedicine

Jot CarpenterJot Carpenter
Vice President, Government Affairs
CTIA - The Wireless Association

Satyanarayana ParimiSatyanarayana Parimi
Vice President, Product Management & Vertical Markets
Time Warner Cable