René Quashie Mentioned in “Imagining and Implementing Telehealth”ACHP November 19, 2015
René Y. Quashie, a Senior Counsel in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was mentioned in an Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) news article titled “Imagining and Implementing Telehealth.” The article outlines a telehealth webinar Mr. Quashie joined as a panelist to discuss ACHP’s most recent policy brief, “Telehealth: Helping Patients Access Care When and Where They Need It.”
Following is an excerpt:
Quashie began the discussion by considering telehealth policy in Medicare, explaining that coverage for telehealth in Medicare is limited by both statutory and regulatory requirements. At present, it is available primarily in rural areas for a very small number of covered services. In fact, Medicare spent only $14 million on telehealth services in 2014. ACHP supports policy changes that would allow coverage of telehealth services in the basic Medicare Advantage benefits package; telehealth services can only be offered as part of supplemental MA benefits, which greatly restricts our member plans’ flexibility in incorporating telehealth services for consumers, particularly their ability to offer Medicare members the highest degree of patient-centered care.