Pre-Conference Workshops

Saturday, April 28, 2018

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Five Hot Topics That Will Define the Future of Telemental Health

Telemedicine (TM; video; synchronous) is effective, well received and a standard way to practice. Guidelines and some best practices for TM clinical care, but educational standards or their desired outcomes, have not been put forward except for telepsychiatry. This workshop outlines telepsychiatry, social media " an asynchronous set" and dermatology competencies for trainees and clinicians, with an emphasis on skills, measurable behaviors and outcomes as a starting place for this discussion. ATA leaders and clinical, educational, evaluation, research and policy experts from intermediate to advanced level programs will share tips on preliminary implementation and initial outcomes.

Price: $235 Member / $295 Non-Member

Telehealth 101

Join this content-rich course that illuminates key foundational elements to building a successful telehealth program. Hear from experts on areas to assess when developing a telehealth program, the pearls and pitfalls of implementation, the policy and regulatory environment associated with telehealth, and receive answers to questions that commonly arise throughout the various stages of program development. Administrators, clinicians, IT specialists, and operation managers in the beginning or early stages of program development are encouraged to attend.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss how telehealth can be applied across the care continuum
  • State the value of outreach and partnerships
  • Identify key clinical, operational and technical factors important in the development and implementation of a telehealth program
  • Identify important legal and regulatory factors in telehealth

Price: $235 Member / $295 Non-Member

Telemedicine New Employee Orientation (Train the Trainer Course)

This course will provide the resources and guidance to develop your own New Employee Orientation into Telemedicine.  The course will review the available resources and provide a template to customize the content to your specific requirements.  The course will include presentation material like a PowerPoint slide deck, Facilitator and Learner handouts as well as some examples of best practices.

Price: $450 Member / $510 Non Member


Sunday, April 29, 2018

7:00 am – 11:00 am

Physician in Management: Leadership & Organizational Performance

Hosted by the ATA and AAPL (American Association for Physician Leadership), the purpose of this interactive, introspective 4-hour course is give the participants the opportunity to gain insights into their interpersonal effectiveness as a leader. 

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the relationship between interpersonal effectiveness as a leader and group as well as organizational performance.
  • Explore styles, values and motivation related to leadership using the CPI 260.
  • Identify key leadership strengths and blind spots using the CPI 260.
  • Describe how leadership style and behaviors may differ when leading a face to face team, a virtual team, and a hybrid team.

Price: $575 Member / $635 Non-Member


Sunday, April 29, 2018

7:45 am – 10:45 am

Insights into Key Operational Issues Encountered by Growing Telemedicine Programs

This interactive session will provide background and resolution of common operational issues encountered when organizations scale telemedicine programs.  Operational issues to be discussed will include provider staffing, provider compensation, EMR integration, build-or-buy technology decisions, and integration with population health initiatives.  Attendees will have the opportunity to submit their case studies or issues for review during the session, and interactive polling by audience participants will help guide decisions using input from telehealth thought leaders from around the country. 

Price: $450 Member / $510 Non-Member 

How to Get Paid in Telemedicine

This course is a comprehensive look at how to receive payment when implementing Telehealth will include the following topics.

  • Common Billing Issues for Fee-for-Service Medicare and Medicaid Billing.
  • An overview of Value Based Payments
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers and Telehealth Reimbursement
  • Billing and Coding
  • Private Payers
  • MACRA and MIPS
  • Innovation

Price: $450 Member / $510 Non-Member


How to Build an Online Primary and Urgent Care Service

This half-day course is for healthcare systems or provider groups who are generally familiar with telemedicine and its principals and are ready to take the next steps. The focus is on decision making in terms of practical clinical, technical and legal considerations in building an Internet-Based videoconferencing, direct-to-consumer primary or urgent care telehealth delivery model. Implementation next steps are covered including care model components, clinical best practice requirements, necessary legal due diligence and operational steps. The course brings together the expert advice and real-world experience of a clinician, operator, and attorney, all active in managing various approaches to delivering primary and urgent care using telemedicine. ATA’s primary and urgent care practice guidelines will be provided to course participants.


Price: $235 Member / $295 Non-Member


Telemedicine Law and Contracting: What Providers Need to Know

This 3-hour pre-conference workshop, presented by the ATA Business and Finance SIG, will feature two nationally-recognized telemedicine lawyers, both of whom hold leadership positions with ATA and have been speakers at previous ATA conferences. 

The course is deliberately designed to serve as a single-stop for the legal and regulatory issues facing ATA attendees when delivering telemedicine services. In covering the landscape, the presenters will review contract structures, business models, compensation methodologies, fraud and abuse, billing and coding compliance, and patient-facing service lines. The presenters will offer advice and examples from their real-world experiences advising telemedicine companies and hospital systems on these issues. The presenters will also offer strategic legal perspectives on financing and investment options for telemedicine entrepreneurs. The goal of this course is to educate and empower attendees on the complex nuances of telemedicine legal issues, multistate contracting, and network development, and give them strategies for successful pathways to understand and apply these laws.  The session format will dedicate a significant block of time for audience Q&A and open discussion among the attendees and presenters.


Price: $235 Member / $295 Non-Member