WASHINGTON, DC – The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is holding its bi-monthly Telehealth Capitol Connection (TCC) briefing on September 13, 2017, sponsored by InSight Telepsychiatry.

TCC was launched by ATA and their Senior Policy Consultant Neal Neuberger as a result of “growing interest in using telemedicine to improve health care delivery.” The briefing series is open to Congress, federal agencies, national organizations and other interested stakeholders.

This month’s briefing, titled “Bridging the Gap: Connecting Rural Communities to Care” will focus on the topics of major gaps in rural telehealth coverage and rural health broadband needs. Attendees will learn about the role of Medicare in rural areas, and how legislation like the HEART Act (H.R. 2291) can affect access among the occupying populations.

Health Care access covered to the rural residents

Residents of rural areas are often restricted in health care coverage and access including provider shortages, limited insurance and increased distance to quality care. Medicare plays a critical role in reducing these challenges and increasing access and convenience for underserved populations.

Speakers include:

  • Kathy Wynn, Vice President of Strategic Marketing & Telehealth at LifePoint Hospitals
  • Tim Koxlien, Chief Executive Officer of TeleQuality Communications
  • Diane Calmus, Government Affairs and Policy Manager at National Rural Health Association
  • A member of InSight’s managerial team

The briefing will be moderated by Chrystal A. Riley, PharmaD, MHA, MBA, Senior Manager of Healthcare Policy & Reimbursement, Baxter International, Inc.

The briefing will take place at the Top of the Hill Banquet & Conference Center in Washington, D.C. from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm.