Telehealth Events and Policy Leadership Activities

Senate Special Committee on Aging Hosts Roundtable
On September 16, 2014, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a roundtable titled, "Harnessing the Power of Telehealth: Promises and Challenges." PAN submitted a statement for the record highlighting the importance of telehealth to increasing access to specialists for people living with Parkinson's. Learn more

PAN Sends House Committee Two Letters on Telehealth
On June 16, PAN sent the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee two letters outlining the main policy hurdles facing the natural expansion of telehealth. The first letter was a PAN-led sign-on letter signed by 14 other patient advocacy organizations. The second letter, sent by PAN CEO Amy Comstock Rick, addressed issues faced by the Parkinson's community in increasing access to quality care.

PAN Submits Comments on Federation of State Medical Boards' Draft Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
In a letter sent to the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), PAN commends the organization for their work to address the complex issue of state licensure and addresses specific concerns about how the draft Compact does not fully address the licensure hurdles specifically as they relate to expanding the use of telehealth.

Is There a Doctor in the House? Telehealth and Parkinson’s Disease
On May 6, 2014, PAN brought together advocates, policy experts, and health providers to discuss the implications of using telehealth for people with Parkinson’s disease and the policy hurdles to making it available to more people. Learn more.

PAN Advocate Testifies Before Congress on Telehealth
Delaware State Director Gary Chard testified before the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee on May 1, 2014 about his experience using telehealth. Learn more.

PAN Submits Comments on Federation of State Medical Boards Model Policy on Telemedicine
The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) asked for comments on their model policy for the practice of telemedicine. While PAN applauded FSMB for drafting a model policy, we had three specific issue, which we outlined in a letter. Unfortunately, none of our suggested changes were implemented when the model policy was adopted on April 26, 2014, but PAN will continue to follow this issue to ensure state medical boards are implementing sound telehealth policy.

Congressional Briefing on Telemedicine
On March 13, 2014, the Health IT Now Coalition hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill that highlighted the need for modernized telemedicine regulations and featured PAN's Texas State Director, Israel Robledo. Learn more.
2013 Merinoff Symposium
PAN joined several other Parkinson’s disease and telehealth organizations to host the 2013 Merinoff Symposium on how telehealth could be leveraged to deliver high quality care to people with Parkinson’s. Held at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Garden City, NY, the symposium convened more than two hundred people from medical, scientific, technology, advocacy, and patient communities. Learn more.

Read Delaware State Director Gary Chard’s account of the event, here.