René Quashie, Amy Lerman Quoted in “As Health Plans Change, Here Comes Telemedicine”

Corporate Counsel

René Y. Quashie, Senior Counsel, and Amy F. Lerman, Associate, in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm's Washington, DC, office, were quoted in Corporate Counsel, in “As Health Plans Change, Here Comes Telemedicine,” by Marlisse Silver Sweeney. (Read the full version — subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

Telemedicine isn’t just something out of “The Jetsons”; it’s fully grounded in 21st century health care and, according to Rene Quashie and Amy Lerman of Epstein Becker Green, remote access to health services could save your business big bucks. The authors note that a recent study from Towers Watson concluded employers with at least 1,000 employees could save up to $6 billion per year if they switched to remote health consults when appropriate.

In addition, telemedicine could be the solution to the impending “Cadillac Tax” in the Affordable Care Act, which will start penalizing employers in 2018 for health plans with premiums exceeding $10,200 annually for an individual and $27,500 annually for a family. “Given this impending tax,” say the authors, “employers are looking for efficient ways to cut their employee health care costs.”