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About EDGE: Policy

The purpose of Edge: Policy is to help you innovate, think bigger and learn from each other. Attendees will walk away inspired with new ideas, learn what their competitive Edge is and gain insight on how to optimize it. Our goal is to change the story around virtual care and our events reflect that. We curate content and experiences designed to shed new light on timely topics in virtual care with a focus on the why. 

EDGE: Policy 2019 will take place November 20-22 at The Watergate Hotel Washington. Hear from White House officials, Congressional leaders and staff, and policy experts on the telehealth topics driving the day. Learn from leaders and join the discussion around Medicare reimbursement, Medicare Advantage changes, and CMMI innovative payment models; the role of AI in improving care quality and access; the need for connectivity via broadband and 5G; progress in the states; and the ways that patient-initiated telehealth can fill gaps in care.

More information is coming soon, including a list of speakers and a full schedule. Be sure to sign up for updates!



Schedule Overview

Wednesday, November 20

1:00 p.m. Registration opens
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. On the Cutting Edge: Welcome Reception & Show and Tell
Meet fellow EDGE attendees and ATA member companies that are providing direct to consumer asynchronous services as they “show and tell” their services at what is sure to be an interactive and lively reception!
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner with Congressional Keynote

Thursday, November 21

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Wake Up Washington - Welcome Breakfast & Keynote
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 p.m.

Heard on the Hill
This session will be a moderated panel with current and/or recent staff on Capitol Hill. We’ll explore the issues that Congress is hearing about most in digital health, learn staff’s perspective on what they consider the good and bad of telehealth advocacy, and discuss their prognostications for telehealth legislation in 2019 and 2020.

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Making Telehealth Great
Expect to hear from agency officials on how the Administration is prioritizing telehealth and their coordinated effort to expand it across sectors. Panelists will discuss recent administrative actions and rulemaking and provide an update on anticipated 2020 activities in telehealth.

11:05 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Technology and Telehealth – Expanding telehealth through Broadband, Artificial Intelligence, and 5G
Members will hear from a top-level Administration official on the intersection of technology and health care. The health care landscape will continue to undergo changes as technology and connectivity capacities advance in the coming years. During this session, we will look to the future to identify connectivity barriers, upcoming technological advances, and how the Trump Administration prioritizes innovation that can promote telehealth.
11:50 – 12:10 p.m. Outside the Beltway Reaction
ATA members with cutting edge technology will share how they see technology changing telehealth in the future and will respond to how government is helping—or hindering—these advancements.
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch and Fireside Chat with Administration Official
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. What is the Direction of Direct-to-Consumer Health?
Panelists will include senior leaders from patient-initiated platforms, and discussion will focus on how DTC telehealth is filling care gaps. We’ll also explore what the biggest policy challenges are in the industry and how we can educate state and federal regulators to better understand DTC telehealth.

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Audience Q&A / Discussion
2:20 – 3:05 p.m.

Medicare Telehealth Payment - Past, Present, and Future
Guests will hear from representatives from Medicare Advantage, Medicare Fee for Service, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Topics of discussion will include regulatory barriers in place and how CMS is addressing them, the role of telehealth in Innovation Center models, and the evolution of telehealth in both Medicare Advantage and Fee for Service.

3:05 – 3:15 p.m. Outside the Beltway Reaction
ATA members who have participated in CMS innovation models and members who have identified service expansion opportunities within federal programs are encouraged to provide their reaction.
3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 – 4:15 p.m. A Reflection on the State of the States Report - Pain and Progress
Select ATA members will share how they successfully advanced specific pro-telehealth policies in their states, providing tips to attendees on how to engage with state leaders.
4:15 – 4:15 p.m. Outside the Beltway Reaction from State Insurance Commissioner
4:45 – 5:00 p.m.

On the Leading Edge: Closing Remarks

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Closing Reception
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. ATA Policy Committee Dinner by invitation only

Friday, November 20 (optional)

ATA Members and EDGE participants are encouraged to schedule Capitol Hill meetings on the third day of the conference.
The purpose will be to brief officials on ATA’s work, next steps, and seek feedback on their priorities,
including on data/research needs and policy objectives.

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Inside the Beltway Meeting Prep
Breakout sessions to prepare for Capitol Hill and Agency meetings on ATA Initiatives.

10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Government Meetings to Brief on ATA Initiatives

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