INSIDE ATA, a mid-week update for ATA members, provides an insider view of telemedicine news and featured ATA activities

TELEMEDICINE COMPANIES GRAPPLE OVER PATENTS

In the latest development of a fight over patent rights, American Well filed a lawsuit against Teladoc, alleging that the Texas-based company is infringing on American Well’s intellectual property rights.

“While a transparent and competitive landscape is an imperative for innovation, Teladoc has unfairly disregarded American Well’s ownership rights to advance its business,” Ido Schoenberg, CEO of American Well said in a statement. “We developed and patented these innovations and we owe it to our clients, partners and shareholders to protect them.”

Teladoc plans to fight the suit claiming that they and others were providing these telemedicine services before American Well was founded. Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic said in a statement to MobiHealthNews that “the patents in question are impermissibly broad and cover matters that are too obvious to be patented.”

To read more on the matter visit: http://mobihealthnews.com/44163/american-well-sues-teladoc-for-alleged-patent-infringement/#more-44163

AMA TABLES VOTE ON GUIDELINES FOR TELEMEDICINE

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates voted to table the resolution on new guidelines for the use and practice of telemedicine. Until further clarification is presented by the Council of Judicial and Ethical Affairs (CEJA), the House of Delegates will postpone the telemedicine guideline vote. The current recommendations are aimed at addressing the patient-physician relationship, or how AMA sees a lack thereof, how physicians practicing telemedicine ensure patient privacy, and encouraging these physicians to coordinate follow-up care with patients and their primary-care physicians. During the reference committee hearing, there was concern over the recommendations for informed consent.

“There are scenarios particularly in teleradiology and telepathology where informed consent processes are not in place and/or less specified,” said Todd M. Hertzberg, MD, an American College of Radiology (ACR) delegate. “Patients should have a basic understanding of how telemedicine technology will be used in their care.”

To read more on this hearing visit: http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/AMA/52020

ATA SUBMITS COMMENTS TO U.S. BROADBAND OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL

Yesterday, ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous addressed the U.S. Broadband Opportunity Council suggesting the expansion of broadband connectivity to aid in the delivery of healthcare through telemedicine services.  In order to improve the costs, speeds and capacity of broadband services, ATA proposed three priority areas for federal broadband policy as it pertains to healthcare service delivery:

  •           coordinate federal funding for sustainable local broadband applications,
  •           foster broadband-based health service networks, and
  •           enable broadband investment by reimbursing for broadband delivered services.

In the comments, ATA urges the Council to aid in the removal of artificial federal barriers to telemedicine.

To read the full comments visit: http://www.americantelemed.org/docs/default-source/policy/ata-2-broadband-council.pdf?sfvrsn=2

CMS LEFT IN THE DUST AS STATES, PRIVATE PAYERS, OTHERS INNOVATE IN HEALTHCARE PAYMENT AND DELIVERY

ATA recently expressed disappointment towards the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recent final ruling on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The rule severely restricts the use of telemedicine services to serve millions of patients, while Medicaid, private payers and others are making significant strides to improve the quality of care and health outcomes by reimbursing telehealth care delivery in these innovative care models.

“Medicare has done so much to lead and advance innovation in care delivery, and as such, it is disappointing that they would deny the benefits of telemedicine services to so many seniors and their physicians,” said Reed Tuckson, MD, President of ATA and Managing Director of Tuckson Health Connections. “ATA will continue to provide the supportive evidence to encourage CMS and Congress to advance innovation in this critical area that affects a key segment of the American population and their caregivers.”

To read more visit: http://www.americantelemed.org/news-landing/2015/06/08/ata-cms-left-in-the-dust-as-states-private-payers-others-innovate-in-healthcare-payment-and-delivery#.VXbsUNJVhHw

THE NEW ATA HUB RELEASED TODAY: NEW LOOK, BETTER FUNCTIONALITY, SAME GREAT NETWORKING FEATURES

Yesterday, ATA’s members’ only social networking platform, the HUB, launched a fresh, sleek design that introduces better functionality while keeping the same great networking features. The layout is optimized for mobile devices and allows you to import your LinkedIn profile information and picture in just one click. Connecting and communicating with ATA Member Groups and State Forums, posting blogs and discussing trending subjects is now more user-friendly than ever!

To log in to the HUB visit: http://hub.americantelemed.org/Home/

ATA MEETING RECORDINGS DISCOUNT ENDS MONDAY

ATA 2015 was a record-breaking meeting for attendance and the number and quality of industry presentations. Whether you were unable to attend, missed a session or course, or just want a refresher, you do not want to miss another opportunity to educate yourself in the different tracks of the telemedicine industry. Order the ATA 2015 recordings by this Monday, June 15 and receive not only access to full, high-definition audio, synced with the presenter’s PowerPoint slides, but also a discounted attendee price.

Purchase and view recordings here: http://learn.americantelemed.org/diweb/catalog/t/4818/c/96

EDUCATION CALENDAR

  • Thursday, June 25, 2-3 p.m. EDT – Telemedicine in 2015 – State Legislative and Regulatory Update – Webinar
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2-3 p.m. EDT – This Month in Telemedicine – Videocast
  • Sept. 16-18, 2015 – Washington, DC – ATA Fall Forum
  • Oct. 30-31 – ATA China
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