René Quashie Quoted in “Telemedicine Inches Closer to Its US Mainstream Debut”


René Y. Quashie, Senior Counsel in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm's Washington, DC, office, was quoted in IDReport, in “Telemedicine Inches Closer to its US Mainstream Debut,” by Nicole Raz.

Following is an excerpt:

“I’ve been practicing law for 17 years, and within the last two years this is the first time where I feel as though telemedicine and telehealth have arrived,” says René Quashie, a health-care lawyer at DC-based law firm Epstein Becker Green. …

The problem here is that you still have to apply, it’s not like a nurse licensure compact where you’re deemed licensed,” Quashie said, adding that the compact is also limited to however many states join.

Seven states have enacted the Compact legislation, and Quashie predicts another five will join by the end of the year. But he says the compact will only be effective if more states, and several of the biggest states, like California, join. The nurse licensure compact has 24 member states, and California is not one of them.

Many enthusiasts make their case for abolishing state medical boards, and creating a national medical board instead. But, that is a “non-starter in Congress,” Quashie said. The intention of state medical boards is to protect the patient, and provide resources for physicians.

“From a philosophical approach I think most important congressmen and senators on this issue just don’t want to take that power away from the states,”Quashie told IDReport. “And I think a lot of conservatives are afraid that national licensure will lead to some bureaucratic nightmares that they’re not willing to live with.”