Sunday, February 13, 2011

Spotlight on Rural Health

The 2011 Virginia Telehealth Summit co-sponsored by the Virginia Telehealth Network will be held April 5, 2011 at the Wintergreen Resort in Central Virginia. A variety of topics important to the leaders and executives in the rural health field will be presented for a full day of non-stop rural health information.

Karen Rheuban, MD., President and Chairman of the Virginia Telehealth Network will give an overview of the issues confronting today’s rural health field. This will be followed by Karen Jackson, Deputy Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia who will present the results of the Virginia Healthcare Broadband, HIT, and Telehealth Survey.

Funding in the telehealth field is a very important issue and the attendees will have the fortune to hear top speakers with expertise in this area. The presenters will include Sherilyn Pruitt, Director, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Office of Rural Health Policy at HRSA, Eugene Sullivan, Program Manager, for the Office of Telemedicine, at the University of Virginia, and from Ellen Matthews Davis, Virginia State Director for Rural Development at USDA.

Telehealth projects can only proceed so far without sustainable programs. Presenters on this topic will be:

• Patrick M. Hamilton, Health Insurance Specialist/Rural Health Coordination for CMS in their Philadelphia Regional Office
• Gregg A. Pane, MD, MPA, Director of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
• David Selig, CEO, for the Community Care Network of Virginia, Inc.
• Karen Rheuban M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean for External Affairs and Continuing Medical Education and Medical Director for the Office of Telemedicine, at the University of Virginia
• Keven L. Barger, CEBS, FAHM, CPC Network Management Director, Provider Engagement and Contracting Central Virginia, Anthem

Understanding and dealing with legal and regulatory issues will be discussed by Brian W. Murray, Attorney with Latham & Watkins, LLP, Washington D.C. Gary Capistrant, Senior Director, Public Policy, ATA, plus two speakers from the Center for Telehealth & E-Health Law (CTeL) to include Greg Billings, Executive Director and Senior Government Relations Director, Drinker, Biddle & Reath along with Rene Quashie, Regulatory Attorney for CTeL, and Government Relations Director/Regulatory Attorney for Drinker, Biddle & Reath.

Other topics to be discussed include a “View from the North” to be presented by Edward Brown M.D., CEO Ontario Telemedicine Network in Canada. Additional presentations will help the attendees have a better understanding of the topic “HIE, HIT and Meaningful Use” to be presented speakers Patrick M. Hamilton, and Michael Matthews, CEO, MedVirginia.

The day will conclude with a discussion on the Virginia Health Reform Initiative will be discussed by Geoffrey Brown, Senior VP and CIO for INOVA, Karen Rheuban, MD, and Stephen Bowman, Senior Staff Attorney/Methodologist for the Joint Commission on Health Care.

In addition, several concurrent sessions will be held on topics involving telemental health, mHealth, social media, and high risk OB.

Kathy H. Wibberly, Ph.D., Director, for the Division of Primary Care and Rural Health at the VDH Office of Minority Health and Health Equity will present the wrap up for the day.

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