Pre-Conference Certificate Course

Pre-Conference Certificate Course

(PC-01) Addiction Treatment via Telemedicine in the Era of the Ryan Haight Act

Saturday, April 22
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: W224 AB

This course will present an analysis of the array of geographic areas and community settings that present the most promising opportunities for addiction treatment via telemedicine. Telemental health experts in the field will cover clinical and logistical strengths and weaknesses of telemedicine for substance use treatment and provide participants with practical tools to effectively navigate telemedicine counseling and treatment sessions geared to optimize outcomes. A policy update on the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act will provide guidance on the appropriate prescribing of controlled substances for addiction treatment via telemedicine.

Edward Kaftarian

Statewide Chief of Telepsychiatry & CEO, Orbit Health Telepsychiatry
California Correctional Healthcare Services; Orbit Health Telepsychiatry

Edward Kaftarian, M.D., is the Statewide Chief of Telepsychiatry for the California prison system. Under his leadership, the program has become the largest and most comprehensive correctional telepsychiatry program in the world. Dr. Kaftarian is also the CEO of Orbit Health Telepsychiatry, a company which provides a variety of services to the community. Dr. Kaftarian completed his training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. As Senior Psychiatrist and Medical Director of San Quentin State Prison, he helped establish and develop many healthcare programs, including a large Correctional Treatment Center and California's death row mental health program. He served as Chief Psychiatrist of RJD in San Diego, one of the largest and most medically acute correctional facilities in America. Dr. Kaftarian serves as an Ambassador for the American Telemedicine Association and sits on their Educational Committee. He is board-certified in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine.


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Carolyn Turvey

Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Epidemiology
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Dr. Turvey is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She currently specializes in the study and treatment of depression in late-life. Her emphasis is on how functional impairment and chronic illness are risk factors for depression. She became interested in telemedicine as an innovative way to address access to care for homebound elders.
Dr. Turvey developed a telephone-based psychotherapy for older adults with chronic disabling illness. She conducts this psychotherapy as part of an illness management program that uses home monitoring. Dr. Turvey developed home monitoring dialogues for heart failure, diabetes, hypertension and chronic pain that include a screen for depression and assess compliance with antidepressant medications on a bi-weekly basis. This method of depression screening was adopted by the Iowa Medicaid program in their care management program for diabetes and heart failure. Dr. Turvey is also active in the evaluation and implementation of My Healthe Vet, the Department of Veterans Affairs personal health record.
Dr. Turvey has received funding from the American Heart Association, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and the Office of Rural Health within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Turvey is co-editor with Kathleen Myers of the textbook Telemental Health: Clinical, Technical, and Administrative Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice.


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Jan A. Lindsay

Assistant Professor
Baylor College of Medicine

Jan Lindsay, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and a Clinical Research Psychologist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. She is also an Investigator at the SC MIRECC and Houston's HSR&D Center of Innovation. Dr. Lindsay focuses on the implementation of telehealth to increase access to evidence-based behavioral health treatments. Her research and clinical work leverages innovative technologies to improve effectiveness of mental health treatment, specifically video telehealth, web-based programs, and mobile applications.


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Janelle Wesloh

Executive Director of Recovery Management
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Janelle Wesloh, LADC, MBA, Executive Director of Recovery Management at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has been in the addiction treatment field for over 20 years. Wesloh has held many roles, including youth, intake and continuing care counselor, electronic medical record designer, privacy officer, interim director of two NY-based treatment clinics, and project lead of an outpatient drug and alcohol clinic start up in San Diego. She oversees MORE (My Ongoing Recovery Experience) an online recovery support program; Connection--an intensive recovery support and monitoring program; and the Lodge program and weekend retreats at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center.
Wesloh is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor; she has an undergraduate degree in psychology with an emphasis in chemical dependency counseling, and an MBA from Hamline University.
Wesloh has presented at national addiction treatment conferences on:
• Moving from an acute to a chronic model
• Importance of continuing care planning
• Electronic options for ongoing recovery
• Lessons learned from implementing an online recovery management program
Wesloh has provided numerous print and broadcast interviews and published articles:
• "Online Support for Addiction: New Options in the Workplace" in Employee Assistance Report
• "Benefits of Electronic Record Management Systems" in Counselor magazine
• "Hazelden Seeing Stronger Recovery Through Post-Treatment Support" in Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly


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Nina M. Antoniotti

Executive Director for TeleHealth and Clinical Outreach
SIU Medicine

Dr. Nina Antoniotti is SIU Health Care’s Executive Director of TeleHealth and Clinical Outreach. Dr. Antoniotti received her diploma in Nursing from Akron General Medical Center, Akron Ohio; her Bachelors degree in Health Care Administration from St. Joseph’s College, Windham Maine; her Masters in Business from Cardianl Stritch College, Milwaukee, WI; and her Doctorate in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University in California.

Dr. Nina Antoniotti, is an internationally known leader in TeleHealth; is past Chair of ATA Standards and Guidelines Committee; past ATA Board Member, past-chair of ATA’s Policy Committee; and past VP of the Board of the Center for Telemedicine Law in Washington, DC. She currently serves ATA in many capacities, and is on the Standards and Guidelines Committee.

In 2007, Dr. Antoniotti received ATA’s President’s Award for Individual Achievement in advancing Telemedicine world-wide. She has been instrumental in developing sustainable models of TeleHealth with expertise in clinical operations, innovative deployment of technology, legal and regulatory issues in virtual care, public policy initiatives, and all aspects of delivering care at a distance. Dr. Antoniotti has many innovative was to cost effectively implement successful TeleHealth strategies in all health care settings.

In 2009, Dr. Antoniotti was inducted into ATA’s College of Fellows for contributions to the world of telemedicine and advancing virtual care around the globe. Dr. Antoniotti is also known for her work on deploying Telemedicine in China and Iran. Dr. Antoniotti is very well known for her willingness to help others be successful in their TeleHealth initiatives and in her vast knowledge used in consulting with organizations in starting, managing, and improving outcomes associated with the use of TeleHealth.


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Wanhong Zeng

West Virginia University


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Eric Weintraub

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Maryland Schoold of Medicine

Eric Weintraub MD is a board certified addiction psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He serves as the Director of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and is the Medical Director of the University of Maryland's Psychiatric Emergency Services. He has extensive clinical experience in working with individuals with opioid use disorders. Dr. Weintraub has been a leader in utilizing telemedicine to expand the availability of Medication Assitsted Treatment with buprenorphine to rural areas in Western Maryland.


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Lisa SCHMITZ. Mazur

Partner, Health Industry Advisory Practice Group
McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Lisa Schmitz Mazur is a partner in the Health Industry Advisory Practice Group of McDermott Will & Emery, LLP, and advises health care providers and technology companies on a variety of legal, regulatory and compliance matters with a particular focus on digital health topics, including telehealth, telemedicine, mobile health and consumer wellness. In addition to writing extensively on matters related to her digital health practice, Ms. Mazur has spoken at numerous conferences on a variety of digital health topics. She is the co-editor of McDermott’s Of Digital Interest blog and chairs various digital health-focused committees and conferences.


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Gary Capistrant

Chief Policy Officer
American Telemedicine Association

Gary Capistrant's expertise in health policy is based on over 30 years experience with Medicare, Medicaid, and national health reforms. Mr. Capistrant's knowledge of health policy has lead him to become a trusted advisor to associations, innovative health providers and Wall Street investment analysts. He is also the former Director of Congressional Relations for the American Health Care Association, Staff Director of the State Medicaid Directors Association and Health Legislative Assistant for former Rep. Jim Corman.

Mr. Capistrant earned a MA in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and he also earned a BA from the same University.

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Thomas J. Kim

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Thomas J Kim lives and works in Austin, TX where he serves as Chief Medical Officer for Med2You offering comprehensive healthcare solutions and Physician Evangelist for Medici’s mobile app platform redefining the provider patient relationship.
Dr. Kim has devoted his professional life to realizing a value based approach to healthcare through telehealth. His experiences include caring for a wide range of clinical populations, program development, research, policy advocacy, and consulting services.
Dr. Kim received his BA in Philosophy from Georgetown University and MD, MPH from Tulane University. Dr. Kim continued at Tulane with a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and General Medicine Fellowship in Health Services Research.


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Harish Lingam

Head of Business Development

Harish Lingam, Head of Business Development, Addicaid. Harish leads growth, operations and business development at Addicaid, a digital health platform for addiction treatment and population health management. Harish's experience includes research, healthcare and financial services consulting, and impact entrepreneurship. Prior to Addicaid, Harish worked in Navigant’s Healthcare Practice with a focus on strategy and performance improvement and at Promontory Financial Group with a focus on compliance initiatives for global financial institutions. He is the founder of Laughing Matters, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings comedy to hospitals and therapeutic settings. Harish holds an A.B. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and Postbaccalaureate in Premedicine from Harvard University.


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