Find your EDGE in virtual care
policy, strategy, and action
Tuesdays, January 12 - February 2
Special Insights and Preview November 19
Cementing the Gains for Telehealth:
Where Do We Go From Here?
The ATA EDGE Conference tackles the latest state and federal telehealth policies and outlines the actions necessary to make the temporary waivers put in place in response to COVID-19 permanent to ensure access to telehealth continues uninterrupted following the public health emergency. This four-week series of two-hour sessions will convene thought leaders, policy makers, and pundits to discuss post-election perspectives, explore the implications for telehealth, and highlight the modalities that can bridge the gap for vulnerable populations, rural communities, and deliver quality care when and where it’s needed.
As a telehealth stakeholder, you cannot afford to miss these virtual sessions on four consecutive Telehealth Tuesdays: January 12, 19, 26 and February 2.
EDGE will bring together a diverse group of changemakers, including representatives of government, healthcare delivery systems, academic medical centers, payers, innovators, and solution providers. Registration is Open!
Join a special preview of EDGE during ATA’s next Policy Update Webinar – November 19!
Our speaker lineup features Congressional leaders and staff, policy experts and healthcare who are influencing the future of care delivery. This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from the decision-makers as they share thought-leading insights and best practices that will guide the next phase of telehealth implementation in a new hybrid healthcare system.
Foley & Lardner LLP
HealthTech for Medicaid
Public Opinion Strategies
Tusk Strategies | Tusk Ventures
Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA)
hims & hers
Faegre Drinker Consulting
Faegre Drinker Consulting
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
The Keckley Report
Connected Health Policy
Federal Communications Commission
Senator William Frist, MD
Senator William Frist, MD, is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, founding partner of Frist Cressey Ventures and chairman of the Executives Council of the health service investment firm Cressey & Company. He is actively engaged in the business as well as the medical, humanitarian, and philanthropic communities.
As a U.S. Senator representing Tennessee from 1994 -2006 (the first practicing physician elected to the Senate since 1928), Dr. Frist was elected Majority Leader of the Senate, having served fewer total years in Congress than any person chosen to lead that body in history. His leadership was instrumental in the passage of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act that established Medicare Advantage and the historic PEPFAR legislation that provided life-saving treatment globally to 20 million people.
Senator Frist graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, and completed surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford. As the founder of the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center, he performed over 150 heart and lung transplants, authored over 100 peer-reviewed medical articles, and published seven books on topics such as bioterrorism, transplantation, and leadership. He is board certified in both general and heart surgery. He continues to serve as an adjunct professor of surgery at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
As a leading authority on healthcare, Senator Frist speaks nationally on health reform, government policy, global health, and education reform. In 2019, he launched “A Second Opinion” podcast, which addresses challenging healthcare issues of today from three distinct vantage points: policy, medicine, and innovation.
He is Co-Chair of the Health Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and co-founder of Aspire Health, the nation’s largest non-hospice community-based palliative care company. His board service includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and publicly-traded companies Select Medical, Teladoc Health, Accolade, Smile Direct Club, and GS Acquisitions Holdings Corp II. Senator Frist is one of only two individuals to rank in the top ten of each of the five inaugural Modern Healthcare Magazine annual surveys of the most influential people in healthcare in the United States.
Dr. Frist and his wife Tracy live on a farm in Franklin, Tennessee.
Nathaniel Lacktman, Esq.
Nathaniel (Nate) Lacktman is a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP and Chair of the law firm’s national Telemedicine & Digital Health Industry Team. He advises entrepreneurial health care providers and technology companies on business arrangements, compliance, and corporate matters, with particular attention to telehealth, digital health, and health innovation. Working with hospitals, health systems, providers, and start-ups to build telemedicine arrangements across the United States and internationally, his practice emphasizes strategic counseling, creative business modeling, and fresh approaches to realize clients’ ambitious and innovative goals.
Nate was awarded the American Telemedicine Association’s 2019 Champion Award, which recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to ATA’s strategy of advocating for public policy changes that open payment support and provide regulatory pathways for telemedicine and digital health.
He speaks and writes frequently on issues at the forefront of telehealth and is often quoted for his insight about legal and business developments in this area. He has written telehealth legislation, regulations, comments, and policy input to lawmakers, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Congressional Research Service, state Medicaid Agencies, and state boards of medicine across several states.
Neil Newhouse is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm which has been described by the New York Times as “the leading Republican polling company” in the country. Neil has been named “Pollster of the Year” by the American Association of Political Consultants a record-tying three times for his work on political and public affairs campaigns.
Neil has worked in public opinion research for more than 35 years and has helped elect dozens of Members of Congress, U.S. Senators, and Governors. He has served as the Republican partner in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, and he has twice been named as one of the “Money 20″ political consultants in the country who make a difference.
Neil has polled for four Presidential campaigns – Senator Robert Dole, President George W. Bush, Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and he was the lead pollster for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign.
In the 2018 elections, Neil was involved in Senate and Gubernatorial races in eight states and in nearly two dozen Congressional races. Neil has won praise from both sides of the political aisle, having been described by Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Ed Rendell as “one of the most respected pollsters in the country,” and he was recruited by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) to provide polling and strategic guidance in his successful 2006 Independent bid for U.S. Senate in Connecticut. Neil has also worked extensively in learning more about swing voter groups like “Walmart Moms” – a constituency critical to winning elections. He’s also explored how technology has changed video viewing habits of Americans, focusing on those Americans who are “off-the- grid.”
In addition to Neil’s political work, he has also been sought after by major corporations and trade associations, having completed work for organizations as diverse as Procter and Gamble, Walmart, PhRMA, The American Medical Association, Stanford University, American Water Company, Duke University and the American Trucking Association.
Neil is often quoted in major national publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to The New York Times and The Washington Post, and he has appeared as a frequent “talking head” on the nightly news regarding politics and campaigns. He also appeared on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.”
Neil also has extensive international experience, having completed various research projects in Australia, Jamaica, Kuwait, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine and Venezuela.
Quinn Shean leads the virtual care and digital health engagements for Tusk Strategies and Tusk Ventures, the first venture capital fund and political strategy firm dedicated to working with and investing in promising startups operating in regulated industries. Her experience includes strategic regulatory counsel on issues concerning telehealth, mobile medical applications, medical device requirements, privacy, marketing, and consumer protection, as well as crafting cohesive. messaging, building strategic partnerships, and facilitating grassroots outreach. Her varied background in the healthcare– from advising on policy during political campaigns to serving as legal counsel to major pharma companies to working as a strategist to innovative startups – has shaped a unique perspective of both the priorities and the challenges and opportunities confronting stakeholders as they consider emerging healthcare technologies. She recently was appointed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), which researches, drafts and enacts uniform and model laws on subjects for which uniformity of law among the states is necessary or useful, and serves on the Telehealth Committee.
Prior to joining Tusk, Quinn was a litigation associate at two major international law firms, where she represented pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer products clients in several multi-jurisdictional mass tort actions, consumer fraud class actions, and internal and regulatory investigations. Quinn began her career at Hart Research Associates in Washington D.C., where she conducted public opinion research on behalf of political and advocacy campaigns.
Crozer is the senior legislative assistant for Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA), handling tax, economic and health care policy. In that capacity, Crozer has overseen the process of crafting the CONNECT Act 2.0 and additional telehealth legislation for the 116th Congress, and has worked to advance substantial green energy and disaster-related tax legislation. Crozer has worked for Rep. Thompson since graduating from Colgate University in 2015.
Megan Herber, MPH
Megan serves a range of clients on digital health issues, including telehealth and digital therapeutics policy. Prior to joining Faegre Drinker, Megan was Legislative Director for U.S.
Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA), handling her health care portfolio on the prominent House Energy & Commerce Committee. In that role, she was a leader on the Energy and
Commerce Committee’s Telehealth Working Group and assisted the Congresswoman in leading multiple pieces of bipartisan telehealth legislation, including provisions around
telehealth for substance use disorder that became law. Megan has a particular interest in issues affecting health care providers as she started her career in health care financial
consulting for hospital clients.
Sarah-Lloyd Stevenson, MPH
Sarah-Lloyd comes to Faegre Drinker with nearly a decade of experience in the federal government. During her seven years serving as the chief health policy advisor to Senator
Roger Wicker (R-MS), Sarah-Lloyd focused on federal health policy with a large focus on telehealth. During this time, she helped author and ultimately enact parts of the CONNECT
for Health Act, a telehealth reform bill aimed at expanding telehealth reimbursement in Medicare. After her time on Capitol Hill, Sarah-Lloyd served as an advisor to the Secretary
of Health and Human Services before heading to the White House where she focused on technology and telehealth policies among other issues.
Kyle Zebley is Director of Public Policy at ATA, working with and on behalf of ATA members and like-minded organizations to eliminate barriers to the expansion of telehealth and ensure patients, providers, and payers can realize the benefits of virtual care. Previously, Kyle was the Chief of Staff in the Office of Global Affairs (OGA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Kyle collaborated with senior leadership from HHS, the White House and other cabinet departments to develop, advise, and promote U.S. global health policy, including in such policy areas as drug pricing, global health security, and non-communicable diseases. Prior to HHS, Kyle worked in Congress as a Legislative Director, leading a legislative team in developing policy and drafting legislation, particularly on matters concerning the House Committee on Ways and Means, the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Adam Greenberg is General Counsel of Ro, the telehealth company behind Roman, Rory, and Zero. Adam is responsible for Ro’s legal, regulatory, government affairs, and risk management functions. Prior to Ro, Adam was Head of Legal and Public Policy at Warby Parker, where he contributed to the development of the company’s ocular telemedicine products. Before moving in-house, Adam worked in the litigation, IP/technology, and real estate groups at Skadden Arps. Prior to Skadden, Adam completed a judicial clerkship with The Honorable Ferdinand F. Fernandez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Adam attended law school at the University of Southern California and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Ann Mond Johnson
Ann Mond Johnson joined the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) as CEO in 2018. Her experience includes building, launching and leading client driven companies that have been innovators in healthcare technology and data to support consumers using healthcare.
Prior to joining the ATA, Ann served as CEO of Zest Health, a technology-enabled service; as Board Chair and Advisor to ConnectedHealth, a leading provider of private insurance exchanges; and as co-founder and CEO of Subimo, a pioneer in healthcare cost and quality decision support tools for consumers. Ann began her career in healthcare data and information as Senior Vice President at Sachs Group (now part of IBM Watson/Truven Health). She also worked at a multi-hospital system in Minneapolis which is now part of Allina.
Ann’s ability to inspire and lead diverse teams has helped build both profitable organizations and innovation in the industry. Widely acknowledged as a thought leader, she presents at a range of professional meetings and conferences. She also maintains an active professional network and affiliations, including membership in the Healthcare Executive Leadership Network and Women Business Leaders of US Healthcare. Ann served on the Healthcare Advisory Council for UMB Bank and as an advisor to several start-ups. She was inducted in the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2016.
Ann’s involvement also extends to non-profit service organizations, including serving on the board of Round Earth Media, a non-profit organization focused on journalism (now part of the International Women’s Media Foundation). She is a member of the Ambassadors Council for N Street Village in Washington, DC and currently serves on the board of Pathfinder International, a non-profit organization committed to country-led solutions to achieve universal sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Joseph Kvedar, MD
At Mass General Brigham (Partners HealthCare), Dr. Joe Kvedar has focused on driving innovation, creating the market, and gaining acceptance for connected health for nearly three decades. He is now applying his expertise, insights, and influence to advancing adoption of telehealth and virtual care technologies at the national level. Dr. Kvedar continues to guide the transformation of healthcare delivery as a respected thought leader, author, and convener.
Dr. Kvedar is President of the ATA and served as Program Chair of the ATA2020 annual conference. As Editor-in-Chief of npj Digital Medicine, a Nature Research journal, he is working to establish the evidence base needed to guide innovation and the implementation of digital health.
He is co-chair the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group (DMPAG), which works to ensure widespread coverage of telehealth and remote patient monitoring, and successfully established several new provider codes for telehealth reimbursement through the CPT process. Dr. Kvedar is also a member of the AAMC’s (Association of American Medical Colleges) telehealth committee, creating tools that will enable medical schools and residency programs to integrate telehealth into the training of future practitioners.
Dr. Kvedar is the author of two books: The Internet of Healthy Things (2015) and The New Mobile Age: How Technology Will Extend the Healthspan and Optimize the Lifespan (2017). The cHealth Blog provides his insights and vision for connected health.
Dr. Kvedar is a Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School.
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Meghan O’Toole is the health policy advisor for Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). Prior to joining Senator Schatz’s staff, she worked on Medicare policy and legislation at the Office of Legislation at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and on the health policy team at the Center for American Progress. She also has experience working in the Chicago city government, at an education nonprofit, and in policy research at Mathematica Policy Research. Meghan has an undergraduate degree in public policy from Duke University and a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.
Elliot Vice serves as Director of Government Affairs for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. He directs, administers, and manages all aspects of NCSBN’s federal government affairs program, including legislative and regulatory outreach, promotion of NCSBN’s public policy agenda, and the development of strategic relationships. Elliot represents NCSBN as a member of the Nursing Community Coalition Steering Committee and serves on the American Telemedicine Association’s Policy Council.
Prior to joining NCSBN, Elliot was a member of the health care policy team at Prime Policy Group, where he advised clients on congressional and regulatory activity with a focus on the Affordable Care Act. Elliot also worked on Capitol Hill, where he served on the legislative and executive staff of former Senator Evan Bayh. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Elliot traveled around the country working on political campaigns.
Paul H. Keckley is Managing Editor of The Keckley Report, a healthcare policy analyst and widely known industry expert. He is a frequent speaker and advisor to healthcare organizations focused on long-term growth, sustainability and advocacy strategies. In addition to weekly Keckley Report, he has published three books and 250 articles. During the period preceding the passage of the Affordable Care Act, he facilitated sessions between White House Office of Health Reform and major health industry trade groups as private sector input was sought in the legislation. He is an advisor to Erdman, Sullivan Cotter, Lumeris, Western Governors University and the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. He is a member of the Health Executive Network and Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Previously, he served as Managing Director of the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis (2014-2015), Executive Director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions (2006-2013), executive administration at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (1998-2006), Chief Executive Officer of PhyCor Management Corporation-the IPA Subsidiary of PhyCor Inc. (1994-1998) and Managing Partner of The Keckley Group, a health care research and policy analysis firm (1974-1994). He also served as Independent Chairman of Interdent, a California dental practice management company (1992-1996) and as an Adjunct Professor in the Schools of Medicine, Business and Health Policy at Georgetown University and Vanderbilt University.
He completed his B.A. at Lipscomb University, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University, and a fellowship in economic policy at Oxford University. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee, and enjoys golf, jogging, and the search for great coffee.
Molly Joel Coye, MD, MPH
A global leader in healthcare innovation, Dr. Molly Coye’s career has spanned executive leadership in government, academic and private health systems, with fourteen years of board service at Aetna, Inc. and at the largest nonprofit global innovator in health sciences, PATH.org. Dr. Coye advises investors, national health systems and policy makers about disruptive technologies and business models.
Dr. Coye also undertakes international consultancies with WHO and the ministries of health of European, Asian and Latin American nations, and speaks Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Most recently, Dr. Coye has been assessing the potential contributions of artificial intelligence and deep learning to healthcare with representatives from the People’s Republic of China as a member of the National Committee for US China Relations Track II Dialog on Healthcare.
Dr. Coye currently serves as Executive in Residence at AVIA, the leading network for health systems deploying digital solutions to innovate and transform healthcare. As a member of the executive leadership team, she is executive sponsor for the Medicaid Transformation Project, which brings together more than 30 large U.S. health systems and health plans to focus on care models and scalable solutions addressing the needs of vulnerable populations.
Mei Kwong, JD
Mei Wa Kwong, JD has over two decades of experience in state and federal policy work. She is the Executive Director for the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP), the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center. She has written numerous policy briefs, crafted state legislation and led several coalition efforts on a variety of issues. Ms. Kwong has published several articles on telehealth and telehealth policy in various peer reviewed journals and is the co-author of CCHP’s 50 State Medicaid Telehealth Reimbursement Survey. She is recognized as an expert on telehealth policy and has been consulted by state and federal lawmakers on telehealth legislation and policy.
Prior to joining CCHP, Ms. Kwong was the Policy Analyst for Children’s Home Society of California where she worked on education and early childhood issues. She was recognized for her work by the Child Development Policy Institute.
Ms. Kwong is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and has a BA in International Affairs.
Evan Hoffman serves as Philips Director of State and Local Government Relations. In this role, he leads Philips state and local government affairs efforts across all fifty states, working closely with mayors, city councilors, state legislators and governors. Evan works to advance an understanding of Philips business priorities among state policymakers, including policies that achieve the quadrupole aim of improving the patient and staff experience, improving patient outcomes, while lowering the cost of care.
Before Philips, Evan stood-up and led the state government affairs operations at the Global Business Alliance (known formerly as OFII), an association of hundreds of U.S. subsidiaries of international-businesses. Evan graduated from the University of Maryland.
Brendan Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump, and he was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in 2017. In 2019, Carr was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to serve a new, five-year term.
He focuses on regulatory reforms that will help create jobs and grow the economy for the benefit of all Americans.
He is leading the FCC’s work to modernize the infrastructure rules governing the buildout of 5G and other next-gen networks. His reforms are predicted to cut billions of dollars in red tape and have already accelerated 5G builds—helping to bring more broadband to more Americans. By updating our country’s infrastructure rules, he’s helped extend U.S. leadership in 5G and ensured that rural America has a fair shot at next generation connectivity.
Carr is also focused on expanding America’s skilled workforce—the tower climbers and construction crews needed to build next-gen networks. His jobs initiative promotes community colleges, technical schools, and apprenticeships as a pipeline for good-paying 5G jobs. And he is recognizing America’s talented and hardworking tower crews through a series of “5G Ready” Hard Hat presentations.
Carr is also leading an FCC telehealth initiative, which is designed to drive down healthcare costs while improving outcomes for veterans, low-income, and rural Americans.
Time outside of Washington has informed Commissioner Carr’s regulatory approach. Nearly every month, he hits the road to hear directly from the construction crews and tower techs who are building our country’s infrastructure. He’s seen firsthand how connectivity is growing the economy—from small-town manufacturing plants to the farmers and ranchers that are using broadband for Smart Ag. Back at the FCC, Commissioner Carr has built on the ideas he’s heard from the community members, public safety officials, and local leaders he’s met at town halls and events in 33 states over the past two years.
Commissioner Carr brings a dozen years of private and public sector experience in communications and tech policy to his role as Commissioner. Previously, he served as General Counsel of the FCC, representing the agency in court and serving as the chief legal advisor to the Commission. He first joined the FCC as a staffer in 2012 and worked on spectrum policy and competition matters for a number of FCC offices.
Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner Carr worked as an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP in the firm’s appellate, litigation, and telecom practices. He litigated cases involving the First Amendment and the Communications Act. A graduate of Georgetown University, Commissioner Carr clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for Judge Dennis W. Shedd. He graduated magna cum laude from law school at the Catholic University of America where he served as an editor of the Catholic University Law Review.
Commissioner Carr grew up in Virginia and now lives in Washington, DC with his wife and three children.