René Quashie’s Analysis Cited in “AHRQ ‘Evidence Map’ Pinpoints Chronic Condition Telehealth, Telemental Health (US)”

Telehealth & Telecare Aware

René Y. Quashie, Senior Counsel in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was cited in Telehealth & Telecare Aware, in “AHRQ ‘Evidence Map’ Pinpoints Chronic Condition Telehealth, Telemental Health (US).”

Following is an excerpt:

POLITICO’s Morning eHealth has additional and most interesting background. The AHRQ was tasked by two Senators, John Thune (R-SD) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) to analyze telehealth for effectiveness through a literature review and “to give a government’s view – not an industry-funded study or a poorly-conducted academic study – on what the technology could do if, for instance, Medicare paid for more of it.” The December draft seemed to be ambiguous on telehealth studies to date, citing uneven quality and the poor definition of telehealth. (For more on this, see Rene Quashie’s 10 Dec 2015 summary on the Epstein Becker Green TechHealthPerspectives blog.) The final report is far more affirmative on where positive outcomes were found (and encouraging to those who wish to broaden Medicare’s coverage of telehealth.)

The article referenced an Epstein Becker Green blog post by Mr. Quashie, which discussed the December 2015 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report that helps clarify existing telehealth research.