René Quashie Quoted in “Cato Institute Forum Explores Telemedicine, Burdens on Use of Remote Medical Systems”

Health Care Daily Report

René Y. Quashie, Senior Counsel in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm's Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report in “Cato Institute Forum Explores Telemedicine, Burdens on Use of Remote Medical Systems,” by Mary Anne Pazanowski.

Following is an excerpt:

Rene Quashie, senior counsel at Epstein, Becker & Green, Washington, began the program by defining telehealth and discussing the barriers that, so far, may have stymied the practice. …

In the last two years, telehealth has emerged as a viable, less expensive way of providing medical care, Quashie said. While there is no general definition of telehealth, he considers the term to encompass the “delivery of health-related care through telecommunications technology.”

This could include audio-only or two-way video communications, he said. It also includes real-time interactions, as well as “store-and-forward” arrangements, in which a patient's information is stored electronically for later review by a health-care professional, and remote monitoring, in which professionals monitor patients from remote locations.

In whatever form used, telehealth potentially could save payers up to $5 million by 2016, according to one study Quashie cited. The barriers, however, may be formidable, with the biggest being physician licensure and reimbursement issues.

This article refers to “Removing Barriers to Online Medical Care,” a Policy Forum at the CATO Institute for which Mr. Quashie presented. Mr. Quashie was also quoted in Federal Telemedicine News, in "Crossing Borders with Telemedicine" in regards to this event.