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The coronavirus pandemic has brought to the forefront
the critical role telehealth can play in care delivery

Telehealth can improve access, enable the healthcare system to scale
and provide the timely and effective treatment of more patients
outside of a hospital or doctor’s office.

As the organization representing the telehealth community, we are working on a number of fronts to support healthcare providers on the front lines, telehealth solution providers and all stakeholders in this fight.  The ATA COVID-19 Response Webinar Series will bring together experts and thought leaders, and those in the trenches, to share practical insights and real-world experiences to help create the right solutions, implement the right technologies and support all of your incredible efforts to leverage telehealth solutions help ensure timely triaging and treatment of patients and help to ‘flatten the curve.’


Schedule of upcoming events

all events are open to the public.  Please click the links to register. all scheduled times are eastern time zone. 

March 20, 2020
1pm ET

Using Telehealth to Stop COVID-19

  Join Joseph Brennan and Michelle Hager as they discuss how to use telehealth to provide excellent and timely care for patients during COVID-19.  This overview will provide a review of how to’s and basic best practices, current uses to provide care to patients affected with COVID-19, and the key components to getting started.

Presenters:
Joseph Brennan, Founder, Moonshot Health Consulting
Michelle Hagar, Managing Partner, Blue Cirrus Consulting
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March 24, 2020
3pm ET
Federal Telehealth Policy Update
  Join Robert Jarrin and Kevin Harper to hear the latest on what Congress, HHS, and CMS are doing to support health care providers using telehealth and RPM in response to the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency.

Presenters:
Robert Jarrin, Strategic Consultant
Kevin Harper, Director of Policy, ATA
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March 26, 2020
12pm ET
Lessons Learned from our EU Partners (In Partnership with ECHAlliance)
 

Join us as we host a discussion with our European partners to share lessons learned, gaps and needs and discuss how responders around the globe can improve the exchange of information and best practices as we face this pandemic. We are pleased to have Brian O’Connor, Chair of the ECHAlliance and a dynamic panel of providers and experts provide their experience first-hand in the response to COVID-19 across Europe.

Presenters:
Brian, O'Connor, Chair, ECHAlliance
Rachel Duscombe, MD, Visiting Professor, Imperial College
Tei Sheraton, MD, Consultant Anaesthetist, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Richard Wadas, MD, EVP Community Emergency Medicine, UPMC
Mary Wisniewski, Director, UPMC Patient Blood Management Program, Wolff Center at UPMC
Ann Mond Johnson, CEO, ATA (Moderator)

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March 31, 2020
1pm ET
COVID-19 and Remote Monitoring
 

Remote Patient Monitoring is a critical tool for managing patient populations during this pandemic.  We welcome Dr. Lyle Berkowitz as he moderates a discussion with Dr. Jennifer Schneider and Dr. Andrew Watson, as they share their extensive experiences from the forefront of remote monitoring.  They'll talk through a number of use cases including RPM for stable, chronic illness, how it can be leveraged to address new medical issues and using remote monitoring for patients in isolation.

Presenters:
Lyle Berkowitz, MD, CEO, Back9 Healthcare Consulting
Jennifer Schneider, MD, President, Livongo
Andrew Watson, MD, Practicing Surgeon, UPMC, Past President ATA

 

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April 1, 2020
1pm ET

Reports From the COVID-19 Front Line – Lessons Learned So Far

 

In a discussion moderated by Dr. Joe Kvedar, Dr. Sylvia Romm and Dr. Todd Czartoski will each provide perspectives as clinicians located in three different 'hotspots' throughout the country. They will cover many topics including the role telehealth has played in helping to keep people out of the ER, how their respective healthcare systems are responding to the pandemic and any "I wish I knew that then" moments of clarity that they've discovered along the way.

Presenters:
Todd Czartoski, MD, Chief Medical Technology Officer, Providence Health System
Joseph Kvedar, MD, Senior Advisor, Virtual Care, Partners HealthCare, President-elect ATA
Sylvia Romm, MD, Chief Innovation Officer, Atlantic Health

 

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April 2, 2020
1pm ET

Incorporating Telehealth in Your Practice – Practical Tips for Clinicians

 

Clinicians are turning to telehealth to manage their patients and interest has accelerated now that we’re practicing social distancing. Hear from Saya Nagori, MD – a physician, entrepreneur and avid proponent of telehealth – on incorporating telemedicine into your practice, as well as an overview of important considerations in this exceptional time of rapidly changing rules and regulations surrounding telemedicine. This is for clinicians who are just starting or need to fine-tune their efforts as well as for clinicians who are managing their private practice or hospital-based practice. Delivery systems will want to know how to support their clinical base as well.

Presenter:
Saya Nagori, MD, CEO, VisionMD, Founding Physician, Simple Health

 

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April 7, 2020
1pm ET

Telemental Health 101

 
The usage of telemental health services has been steadily increasing over the past few years and the COVID-19 pandemic is now compelling even more behavioral health providers and organizations to implement telehealth into their practices to continue delivering care during this crisis. We’re honored to welcome Tania Malik, Co-founder, and CEO of Virtual Medical Group as she leads a comprehensive conversation on the fundamentals and best practices of telemental health. She and her colleagues will cover a range of topics including how to transition your in-person practice to a virtual one, the tools, considerations, and recommendations that providers should evaluate, and how all clinicians during this time can use their virtual visits to help identify potential mental health concerns with patients.
 
April 14, 2020
1pm ET

Opportunities and Risks for Telehealth under HIPAA and State Privacy Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic (Part 1)

 
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights’ HIPAA waivers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic offer opportunities for health providers seeking to rapidly expand access and connectivity for patients on a scale never seen before. Some states, including Medicaid programs, have followed suit. While such waivers of privacy and security laws present new opportunities, they also pose significant immediate and long-term risks for providers that fail to utilize these temporary waivers properly. Providers should consider and remain wary of the waivers’ limitations, particularly given the uneven responses from states, the ongoing risk of common law privacy claims, third party payer contractual terms and coverage requirements, technology vendors’ licensing terms, and the ever-present risk of government investigations and reviews once the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end. This presentation will explore the opportunities that these waivers present and the risks that providers should weigh carefully and mitigate as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for what comes after.

Presenters:
  • Alexis Gilroy, Partner, Jones Day
  • David Kopans, Of Counsel, Jones Day
  • Kristen McDonald, Partner, Jones Day
  • Mauricio Paez, Partner, Jones Day
  • Kevin Harper, Director of Public Policy, ATA
 
April 15, 2020
1pm ET

Federal and State Telehealth Policy Update

 

Join ATA and members of ATA’s Policy Council for an overview of the latest telehealth policy changes at the state and federal level, including recent actions from HHS and CMS to expand access to Medicare beneficiaries and the impact of state licensure waivers on health care providers.

Presenters:

  • Kevin Harper, Director of Public Policy, ATA (moderator)
  • Jordana Bernard, Director, Policy and Public Affairs, InTouch Health
  • David Critchlow, Senior Vice President, LifePoint Health
  • Alexis Gilroy, Partner, Jones Day
  • Claudia Duck Tucker, Vice President, Government Affairs, Teladoc Health
  • Elliot Vice, Director, Government Affairs, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
 

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April 16, 2020
1pm ET

Leveraging AI in Remote Care

 
 
One huge breakthrough during the pandemic has been the use of monitoring tools that incorporate AI to scale operations. These tools have been used to enable delivery systems to scale their response to patients, concerned they have the disease. And they’ve been used to help patients with non-COVID related illnesses to stay home but still monitored by their clinician. Learn from your peers on what they’ve done with remote monitoring to ensure they’re able to respond to their broad community in these challenging times. Learn about tools that appropriately support clinicians – what’s needed and what’s valuable.
 
Presenters:
  • Frances Ayalasomayajula, Head of Population Health, Worldwide Healthcare, Strategy & Solutions, HP
  • Frank Ille, CEO, HealthSaaS
  • Ragini Kaligithi, Special Project Director, Charter Health
 
April 21, 2020
1pm ET

Opportunities and Risks for Telehealth under HIPAA and State Privacy Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic (Part 2)

 
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights’ HIPAA waivers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic offer opportunities for health providers seeking to rapidly expand access and connectivity for patients on a scale never seen before. Some states, including Medicaid programs, have followed suit. While such waivers of privacy and security laws present new opportunities, they also pose significant immediate and long-term risks for providers that fail to utilize these temporary waivers properly. Providers should consider and remain wary of the waivers’ limitations, particularly given the uneven responses from states, the ongoing risk of common law privacy claims, third party payer contractual terms and coverage requirements, technology vendors’ licensing terms, and the ever-present risk of government investigations and reviews once the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end. This presentation will explore the opportunities that these waivers present and the risks that providers should weigh carefully and mitigate as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for what comes after.

Presenters:
  • Alexis Gilroy, Partner, Jones Day
  • David Kopans, Of Counsel, Jones Day
  • Kristen McDonald, Partner, Jones Day
  • Mauricio Paez, Partner, Jones Day
  • Kevin Harper, Director of Public Policy, ATA
 
April 28, 2020
1pm ET
Rapidly Converting to Virtual Practices - Outpatient Care During COVID-1
 
As we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more physician practices are turning to telehealth as a means to continue care delivery to their patient populations. Building on a recent article they co-authored for the NEJM Catalyst, Dr. Ateev Mehrotra, & Dr. Diane Brockmeyer, will be joined by Molly Shumway and Dr. Yao Liu to discuss their collective experiences trying to establish “instant virtual practices”, the challenges they faced, their biggest takeaways and their goals for the coming weeks. Their discussion will be moderated by Dr. Joe Kvedar.

Presenters:
  • Diane Brockmeyer, MD, Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Yao Liu, MD, Director Tele-Ophthalmology Program, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • Molly Shumway, MHA, Director Telehealth Services, UW Medicine
  • Joe Kvedar, MD, Professor, Harvard Medical School, Senior Advisor, Virtual Care, Partners HealthCare, President-elect ATA
 
April 30, 2020
1pm ET
ATA Spotlight on COVID-19: Scaling ICU Beds and Capabilities
 
It is projected that there will not be enough ICU beds to meet the surge of COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care unit (ICU) hospitalization. Given the nature of the virus and the risk of infection for healthcare providers (HCPs), there is also a projected shortage of intensivists and critical care nurses to treat these patients. In a survey conducted by the Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), of more than 4,800 critical care providers surveyed, only 29.5% said their ICU is equipped with a telemedicine system that could be used to manage acute COVID patients.

Learn about how health systems have been leveraging telehealth and digital services to scale for the upsurge and unique needs of critically ill patients requiring stays in the ICU.

Key topics to address:
• Expanding ICU bed capacity through virtual ICUs
• Access to aggregated data with algorithms to enable clinical decision making in real time
• Protecting provider staff and addressing staff shortages
• Mitigating patient risk through expansion of specialist and multidisciplinary care through telehealth services
• Which updated ICU services will survive past the pandemic?

This webinar is part of our special resource series "ATA Spotlight on COVID-19 underwritten by Intel".
 
Presenters:
  • Iris Berman, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, VP of Telehealth Services, Northwell Health
  • Atiya Dhala, MD, Virtual ICU Medical Director, Houston Methodist
  • Hargobind Khurana, MD, Medical Director, Telehealth - Acute Care, Providence St. Joseph’s
  • G. Anthony Reina, MD, Chief Architect for Health & Life Sciences, Intel (Moderator)
 
May 5, 2020
1pm ET
 Immunizations and Maintaining Healthy Kids during COVID-19
 
With the national health emergency, pediatricians are particularly challenged to ensure their patients are safeguarded against more than the coronavirus. Well-child exams, with routine immunizations, and management of children with chronic disease and medical complexity can present a challenge. Hear from three leaders in the market and how they’re equipping their facilities, providers, and practices to ensure their young populations stay safe and protected

Presenters:
  • Julie Hall-Barrow, SVP, Network Development and Innovation, Children's Health
  • Sue Kressly, MD, Pediatrician, Kressly Pediatrics, Medical Director, Office Practicum
  • S. David McSwain, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Information Officer, MUSC Health
 
May 12, 2020
1pm ET

Lessons Learned on Billing in the Age of COVID

 
With the rapid increase in volume of telehealth visits during the COVID-19 pandemic, providers are now facing the challenge of managing a multitude of changes to their existing billing workflows. These challenges at best can make an already detailed process even more confusing and lengthy and at worst can result in reimbursement delays and denials for payments.

Join Jennifer Bell and Karen Zupko of Karen Zupko & Associates as they share their experiences, insights, and expertise gleaned over the last 30 years of advising providers on the business side of practicing medicine. They will share best practices, payment successes and problems encountered during this unprecedented time.
 
Presenters:
  • Karen Zupko, President, Karen Zupko & Associates
  • Jennifer Bell, Consultant, Karen Zupko & Associates
 
May 21, 2020
3pm ET

A Conversation with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on the FCC’s Role in Expanding Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Join FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and ATA CEO Ann Mond Johnson for a discussion on the latest FCC efforts to expand telehealth, including investments to support health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the FCC’s role in expanding access to virtual care post-COVID.

 

is there a topic you'd like to see covered?

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