Last week, Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) CEO Amy Comstock Rick moderated a panel at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Policy Summit. The Summit brought together healthcare providers, industry professionals, regulators, and patient groups to hear and discuss the latest developments affecting telemedicine with leaders from Congress, key federal agencies, and influential policy thinkers. Learn more about telemedicine .
The panel, entitled "Patient/Consumer Advocacy Groups: Telemedicine for Better Patient Care," highlighted the promising area of telemedicine to improve access to care for all patients. Amy was joined by Stephanie Mohl, government relations manager for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Maggie Elehwany, government affairs and policy vice president for the National Rural Health Association on the panel.
Specifically, Amy spoke about the potential telemedicine has for the Parkinson’s community in terms of improving the quality of life and management of disease through expanded access to specialists. PAN strongly supports removing barriers to the practice of telemedicine, such as state medical licensure and reimbursement restrictions, and continues to work with Members of Congress, coalition partners, and fellow disease advocacy organizations to reduce these unnecessary hurdles.
Other speakers at the two-day event included Congressmen Glen “GT” Thompson (PA-5) and Gregg Harper (MS-3),who have been active in facets of moving telemedicine policy forward, as well as agency officials, such as Mary Wakefield, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration and Adam Darkins, chief consultant for Telehealth Services at the Veterans Health Administration.
Date originally posted: July 5, 2013