Francesca Ozinal Quoted in “Strategic Perspectives: States Fail to Fully Use Telemedicine to Fight Public Health Crises”

Wolters Kluwer Health Law Daily

Francesca R. Ozinal, Associate in the Health Care & Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Wolters Kluwer Health Law Daily, in “Strategic Perspectives: States Fail to Fully Use Telemedicine to Fight Public Health Crises.” (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

Francesca Ozinal, an associate from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., believes that this act has "significantly hampered" providers’ ability to treat SUD via telemedicine. She pointed out that physicians often lack expertise in opioid-use treatment, and may be deterred from working with such patients due to a stigma—as well as the DEA’s scrutiny in this area of medicine. Such deterrents are multiplied by the lack of behavioral health care providers, especially in rural areas. Access barriers like these result in untreated patients and overworked providers, highlighting the need for telemedicine.