Telehealth Task Force

Mission:

The Telehealth Task Force will examine a range of topics, including how current models and practices work; exploring how different physician specialties can use telehealth services; reimbursement issues; licensure and regulatory oversight of telehealth; and the quality of care standards and practices.

Objectives:

The MMA Policy Council authorized the formation of a Telehealth Task Force at its October 8, 2014 meeting. The purpose of the Task Force is to develop a comprehensive set of policy recommendations regarding telehealth.

 

The scope of work for the Task Force includes the following topics:

 
  • General understanding of telehealth activity in Minnesota, including current models, practices, and technologies.
  • Exploration of the implications of telehealth expansion for differently situated physicians, such as primary and non-primary care physicians, and rural and urban physicians.
  • Telehealth reimbursement policies and practices.
  • Licensure and regulatory oversight of telehealth and telehealth practitioners.
  • Quality of care standards and practices.


Task Force Deliverables:
 

  1. A summary report describing the status of telehealth in Minnesota and and telehealth implications for Minnesota physicians. Completed by December 31, 2015.
  2. A set of policy recommendations with respect to telehealth quality, practice, regulation, payment, and patient/physician relationship.


Membership in the Telehealth Workgroup will consist of the following:
 

  1. Chairperson appointed by the Policy Council Chair
  2. Members from the Policy Council and outside of the Policy Council
    • Target number of members is 12
    • ad hoc attendance based on content expertise and other needs.

Minutes

Members

David Agerter, M.D.
Robert Anderson, M.D.
Elisabeth Bilden, M.D.
Charles Bruen, M.D.
Peter Dehnel, M.D.
Michael Farnsworth, M.D.
Rebecca Hafner-Fogarty, M.D.
Kathleen Hall, M.D.
Kenneth Kephart, M.D.
Bradford Landry, M.D.
Kathryn Lombardo. M.D. - Chair
Steve Ommen, M.D.
Neil Shah, M.D.
Gregory Sherr, M.D.
Theresa Smith, M.D.
Gary Starr, M.D.
Robert Widmer, M.D.
Linda Williams, M.D.
Andrew Zinkel, M.D.
Janet Silversmith - Staff
Theresa Knoedler - Staff