Speakers and presenters
Conference speakers and presentersKaren S. Rheuban, MD
The Office of Telemedicine of the University of Virginia serves as the hub of a 128-site telemedicine network, funded in part by federal grants from the USDA, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and HRSA, by state grants in partnership with VDH and the Governor’s office, funding from the Federal Communications Commission, and with corporate and foundation grants. The UVA Office of Telemedicine has supported more than 41,000 direct patient encounters in Virginia, and thousands of hours of health professional and patient education. UVA Telemedicine is engaged in additional global health outreach.
Dr. Rheuban is a past president of the American Telemedicine Association, a board member of the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law, and she is the board chair of the Virginia Telehealth Network. She is a trustee of the Swinfen Charitable Trust, an international telemedicine charity. She is a member of the Virginia Board of Medicine ad-hoc working group on telemedicine.
Dr. Rheuban has previously presented congressional testimony regarding telehealth to five committees within the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2010, her efforts led to the passage of a sweeping telemedicine reimbursement bill in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, she worked collaboratively with CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to change CMS regulations regarding the credentialing and privileging of telehealth practitioners and to redefine rural for purposes of Medicare reimbursement of telehealth.
Dr. Rheuban is the PI on the HRSA funded Mid Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center grant serving eight states and the District of Columbia. In 2012, she chaired the Institute of Medicine Workshop on Telehealth. She was nominated by the Medical Society of Virginia and appointed to serve on the Virginia Board of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid), which she currently chairs.
Shauna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Wesley College and a Master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management information systems from Wilmington University.
Under her leadership, DHSS has provided a wide range of services — from health care to child care to benefits assistance — to help families weather the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, all while helping to coordinate the state’s response to health care reform efforts and to the needs of Delaware’s fast-growing older population.
She co-chairs the Governor’s Commission on Building Access to Community-Based Services, chairs the Health Fund Advisory Council, and is a member of the Delaware Hispanic Commission’s Health and Social Services Subcommittee, the Delaware Health Care Commission, and the Delaware Center for Health Innovation Board. In January 2015, she was selected to serve on the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.
She is a former executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Delaware and of The Arc of Delaware, which advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also a former president of AARP Delaware.
Kathy is also an assistant professor of public health sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, faculty member at the Healthy Appalachia Institute and adjunct faculty member in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU. Prior to her position with the MATRC, Kathy was director of the Division of Primary Care and Rural Health in the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE). The OMHHE serves as the State Office of Rural Health, Primary Care Office and Office of Minority Health for Virginia. Kathy’s public service career reflects over 20 years of experience in public health, public policy, program development, program evaluation and strategic planning at the federal, state and local government levels.
Kathy received her B.A in psychology with minors in pre-medicine and youth services from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She went on to receive her M.S. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. Kathy also has a certificate from the Management Academy for Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill.
His outpatient practice covers general pulmonary and sleep medicine disorders and includes a strong interest in asthma, COPD, pulmonary rehabilitation, lung cancer and obstructive sleep apnea. His administrative duties include his section chief role as well as directing the “virtual,” tele-ICU for the health system medical, cardiovascular and neuro-intensive care units.
Dr. Rizzo has been a volunteer with the American Lung Association (ALA) since 1984 at both the local, regional and national level. In July 2011, he became chairman of the national board of directors of the American Lung Association and continues to serve as the senior medical advisor to the national office.
As a result of his involvement with the ALA, Dr. Rizzo has had the opportunity to educate both patients and the public as well as fellow professionals about the importance of preventive care and healthy lifestyles (particularly the role of cigarette smoking cessation) with regard to preserving lung function over the years. In his volunteer leadership roles he has testified before Congress on behalf of advancing lung disease research through funding of NIH and has lectured at American Lung Association meetings throughout the country. In addition to smoking cessation, tobacco control and air quality, his topics include specific disease states such as COPD, asthma, sleep apnea, and lung cancer. The importance of recognizing and trying to eliminate some of the health care disparities that often involve these diseases is one of his concerns.
In March 2014, Dr. Pretzer-Aboff, working with nurse practitioners at the University of Delaware Nurse Managed Health Center, opened an innovative multidisciplinary telemedicine clinic for people living with Parkinson’s disease and their families.
Prior to arriving at LVHN in February 2006, Joe was the executive director of telehealth at the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine. He directed the statewide Missouri Telehealth Network (MTN) for 12 years.
In October 2013, Joe, in addition to two other LVHN representatives, accepted the American Nursing Credentialing Center’s Magnet Prize for “Telehealth Services – Cutting Edge Programs that have Transformed Interprofessional Practice and Enhanced Patient Care Outcomes.” Additionally, in May 2006 Joe received the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) Leadership Award for the advancement of telehealth and in May 2003 he accepted the ATA President’s Award for MTN’s advancement of telehealth worldwide.
Joe is currently the immediate past president of the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL). His past leadership roles also include chair of the ATA Institutional Council; chair of the Legislation and Regulation Review Taskforce for the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS); vice chair of ATA’s Policy Committee; membership on the HIMSS Advocacy and Public Policy Committee; advisor to the Pennsylvania Senate Communications and Technology Committee; and a representative for Missouri on the Southern Governors’ Association Telehealth – Homeland Security Initiative.
Mr. Tracy drafted the Medicare reimbursement language for the Southern Governors’ Association in 1999 and U.S. Senate Bill 2505. Most of the language in S.2505 became law under U.S. House Bill 5661, requiring Medicare to begin paying for many telehealth services on October 1, 2001.
Additionally, Mr. Tracy has consulted on the development of a scoring methodology used by the Congressional Budget Office in the scoring (pricing) of S.2505 and for future telehealth bills. He was a lead author on a response to the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making on the Universal Service Mechanism for Healthcare. That response was endorsed by, and became the official position of both CTeL and ATA. Mr. Tracy has also testified before Congress on issues related to Medicare reimbursement for telehealth and before the Federal Communications Commission on issues related to the Universal Service Mechanism for Healthcare.
Joe is the editor of a Guide to Getting Started in Telemedicine published by the Federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT), a contributing editor for the Telehealth Technical Guidelines published by OAT, and co-author of several peer reviewed articles on telehealth. He speaks at many local, state and national meetings on issues related to telehealth. Joe has presented nationally at annual meetings for: ATA, CTeL, HIMSS, National Rural Health Association, American Medical Informatics Association, National Association for Home Care and Hospice, and the federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth.
Mr. Tracy currently serves as an advisor to the University of Pittsburgh’s Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation and the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center. He has also served as an advisor to the Center for Information Technology Leadership, Charlestown, MA; HealthTech, San Francisco, CA; AT Still University, Kirksville, MO; and the Advanced Technology Institute, Charleston, SC.
Bonnie has provided expertise to the United Nations Human Settlement Programme, the Ontario Telehomecare Project, Continua Health Alliance: Blueprint for ACA Pilots in Washington, DC, and the Senate Sub-committee for Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in Washington, DC. She has presented at numerous industry conferences, roundtables, and summits. Bonnie has published a variety of articles and written over 20 successful grant applications.
Under Bonnie’s leadership, Vidant Health implemented a post-discharge remote patient monitoring program at 7 hospitals. In 2 years, the health system experienced a 67% reduction in hospitalizations and a 68% reduction in bed days. Prior to this Bonnie implemented the first Remote Patient Monitoring program at a Federally Qualified Health Center which in 5 years demonstrated statistically significant reductions in hospitalizations and bed days. Bonnie has extensive experience consulting with various organizations. Through her work with MATRAC, she has provided successful consultation services to University of Pittsburg Medical Center, Sentara Health System, Broadaxe, DaVita Dialysis, Leigh Valley Health System, BasisHealth, the Center for Telemedicine Law, and Alliance Coal Health Plan.
Terry also worked as the clinical lead in the Rochester General telemedicine program where she assisted with program development and telepresentation for patients at a rural health system including a skilled nursing/rehab facility, inpatient medical and intensive care units, and outpatient departments.
She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Rochester with a master of science in nursing and is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She has extensive background in management, public health, migrant and community health, and emergency medicine, including completion of a fellowship in Leadership and Education for Neurodevelopmental Disability.
Towey directs the National Center for Telepractice Training, the only telepractice training program in the United States accredited by the American Telemedicine Association. He directs Speech Language Pathology and the Voice and Swallowing Center of Maine and makes national and international presentations and has written journal articles about telepractice.
Towey teaches classes in voice and swallowing disorders and speech therapy telepractice at the University of Maine and at Northern Arizona University.
His credentials include Licensed Professional Counselor (MI and SC), Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (SC), National Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, Distance Certified Counselor and Certified Telemedicine Clinical Presenter. He is a frequent presenter on distance counseling and teletherapy at conferences and meetings. He is president of the International Society for Mental Health Online (2013-present), and serves as a consultant or on the boards of several other advisory boards and organizations.