ATA ACTION LAUNCHES PATIENT VOICES FOR TELEHEALTH COALITION, CONVENING LEADERS IN PATIENT ADVOCACY SUPPORTING TELEHEALTH POLICY AND PERMANENCY
WASHINGTON, DC, SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 – ATA Action, the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) affiliated trade organization focused on ensuring individuals have permanent access to telehealth services across the care continuum, today announced the launch of the Patient Voices for Telehealth Coalition (PVTC). ATA Action invites organizations representing diverse patient communities to provide perspectives on federal and state policies related to virtual care and participate in activities to support the advancement of telehealth.
“To secure access to virtual care, the patient voice must be front and center in the debate for telehealth permanency,” said Kyle Zebley, executive director, ATA Action, and senior vice president, public policy, American Telemedicine Association (ATA). “We are launching the Patient Voices for Telehealth Coalition to ensure patients continue to play a central role in shaping a future of healthcare that provides all Americans with safe, quality care where and when they need it.”
Patient Voices for Telehealth Coalition membership is open to state, regional and national patient organizations and nonprofits that represent constituents who have a vested interest in ensuring access to telehealth services. Initial members of the PVTC include:
- Allergy and Asthma Network
- ALS Association
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Cancer Support Community
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- EveryLife Foundation
- Faces & Voices of Recovery
- Immune Deficiency Foundation
- National Hemophilia Foundation
- National Organization for Rare Disorders
- National Psoriasis Foundation
- Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
- Telehealth Equity Coalition
- The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
PVTC members attend regular policy meetings with ATA Action members, government relations teams and ATA Action staff to cross-share challenges, opportunities, strategies and solutions to advance telehealth policy, and have access to a growing network of partners to collaborate with on specific advocacy actions at the state and national levels.
About ATA Action
ATA Action recognizes that telehealth and virtual care have the potential to transform the healthcare delivery system by improving patient outcomes, enhancing the safety and effectiveness of care, addressing health disparities, and reducing costs. ATA Action is a registered 501c6 company and an affiliated trade organization of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).
About the ATA
As the only organization completely focused on advancing telehealth, the American Telemedicine Association is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to safe, affordable, and appropriate care when and where they need it, enabling the system to do more good for more people. The ATA represents a broad and inclusive member network of leading healthcare delivery systems, academic institutions, technology solution providers and payers, as well as partner organizations and alliances, working to advance industry adoption of telehealth, promote responsible policy, advocate for government and market normalization, and provide education and resources to help integrate virtual care into emerging value-based delivery models. @americantelemed #telehealthishealth #ATApolicy