Payer Panel on Telehealth

Round Table Discussion

April 14, 2019 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. CDT

Payers are entering risk-based contracts with health systems and physician groups, which are leveraging telemedicine to expand the engagement opportunities with their patients. Adding telemedicine to their covered benefits also allows payers to enhance the customer experience of their members.

In 2020, Medicare Advantage plans will be able to offer seniors expanded telehealth services as a new test benefit. CMS wants to move beneficiaries into lower-cost, higher value health care services as a part of its value-based insurance design model. Telehealth can be an additional option to in-person visits. More than one third of seniors are now in MA plan and by 2025, it is estimated that nearly 50% of those eligible for Medicare will be enrolled in MA plans.


  • Cathy Eddy, Founder and Former CEO, Health Plan Alliance Group
  • Vindell Washington, MD, Chief Medical Officer & SVP, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Latoya Thomas, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Doctor on Demand
  • Todd Soderquiest, Vice President of Clinical Technology, Humana