SC-06 - Connected to Recovery: Telemedicine’s Solutions to the Opioid Crisis

Monday, April 30
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Arie Crown Theater

With the opioid overdose epidemic claiming more than 175 lives every day, America is facing a dire public health crisis unlike any our generation has ever seen. Every sector of society – from government to the healthcare system and the private sector – is feeling the effects of the opioid crisis, and every sector must commit to finding and utilizing collaborative solutions. Telemedicine is one of those solutions.

Join us for a session focusing on the public policy, regulatory, and medical elements of the crisis and how together they help (and hinder) efforts to end the opioid epidemic. Experts will discuss barriers to telemedicine adoption, regulations preventing prescribing across state lines, the work that must be done to expand treatment capacity, utilization of telemedicine to benefit both doctors and patients, and other pertinent topics.

David Zook

Dave Zook is an advisor to private and public sector clients on federal budgetary, legislative and regulatory matters. His practice focuses on public policy and regulatory initiatives in the health, higher education and research arenas. Dave leads the firm’s health and FDA group and serves as head of the Washington, D.C. office.
Dave has a nearly three-decade record of achieving results with Congress and the Executive Branch on complex federal issues. Recent accomplishments include health and science policy legislation, several patient-focused drug development projects, and an array of competitive funding results. Several projects involved building nationwide coalitions such as the Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies.
Dave's background includes serving as associate counsel to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee where he focused on energy research and nuclear defense matters across the National Labs. Dave also worked in legislative and communications positions for two members of Congress. Later, he served as a senior executive of a national health organization to establish its policy and medical affairs division.


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Lipi Roy

Clinical Assistant Professor
NYC Addiction Treatment Center

Dr. Lipi Roy is an internal medicine physician board certified in addiction medicine as well as clinical assistant professor at the NYU Department of Population Health. She is currently the Medical Director of the Kingsboro Addiction Treatment Center in New York City, operated by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. In her prior role as the Chief of Addiction Medicine for NYC jails including Rikers Island, Dr. Roy oversaw substance use treatment and recovery services for the nation’s second-largest jail. Previously, she was a primary care doctor to Boston's vulnerable homeless population, among whom the leading cause of death was drug overdose. She also served as an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Roy completed her medical and masters in public health degrees at Tulane University, followed by internal medicine training at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Roy is a strong advocate for public service. In addition to caring for incarcerated and homeless men and women, she has served the underserved in Nicaragua and India, as well as New Orleans residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Roy has also provided medical relief to earthquake victims in Haiti, and volunteered in the medical tent at the Boston Marathon. She currently volunteers with the New York City Medical Reserve Corps.

Dr. Roy is a sought-after speaker whose mission is to educate and empower the public to make healthy decisions through nutrition, mindfulness and addiction training. She is currently a Forbes contributor and has appeared on CNN and Charlie Rose; she has also published in the Huffington Post and STATNewsand has been featured in the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal and Dr. Roy shares her expertise about healthy living through her website, Spices for Life MD, and her YouTube Channel. She can be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Garry Carneal

Senior Policy Advisor
The Kennedy Forum

Garry Carneal is a leading expert in health care. He has researched, written and published extensively on quality, medical management, information technology, and regulatory trends. He has an established track record in helping trade associations, accreditation agencies, and businesses develop national policy positions and expand their operations. During his career, Carneal has brought to market over 20 health care accreditation programs.

Carneal currently heads up Schooner Strategies. Founded in 2007, the consulting firm promotes enhanced business development strategies for its clients by leveraging technology, identifying new workflow solutions, using marketing and social media tools, engaging in research and education initiatives, and other dynamic services.

Carneal helps oversee several organizations, including ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) and RadSite. Both organizations offer accreditation programs. Most recently, CHQI launched the Telemedicine Accreditation Program, in conjunction with the American Telemedicine Association.

In addition, Carneal actively works with the The Kennedy Forum, which is promoting a better health care system through mental health parity and other key initiatives. As senior policy advisor, Mr. Carneal is assisting in the development of the Forum’s policy positions, drafting compliance toolkits, and coordinating leadership focus groups.

In 2014, Mr Carneal founded RegQuest, a research-based organization exploring ways to improve the medical management system and the corporate practice of medicine through regulatory reporting solutions, evidence-based medicine and technology applications (e.g.,; His hope is to launch a disruptive technology that could revolutionize how the health insurance appeals system functions in the United States.

Mr. Carneal also served as URAC’s President & CEO. During his nine year tenure, he diversified URAC’s quality-based mission from a single, specialty accreditation agency for utilization management to one of the premier accreditation agencies in the United States covering 18 accreditation programs.

Mr. Carneal also served as President of InforMed Medical Management Services, LLC (IMMS), a private sector accountable care organization. IMMS (now Conifer Health Solutions) offers a full range of medical management solutions including predictive modeling, utilization management, case management and disease management.

Previously, Mr. Carneal also has served as the:
• Vice President of Legal and State Affairs at the American Association of Health Plans (now AHIP);
• Legislative Counsel for Health Policy for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners;
• Associate General Counsel at the Group Health Association of America; and
• Attorney at Epstein, Becker and Green, P.C.

Currently, Carneal services on several boards including, The American Association of Payers, Administrators and Networks, ClearHealth Quality Institute, National Alliance for Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, Population Health Impact Institute, RadSite, and Trajectory HealthCare Services, He also serves on the Policy Committee for the Case Management Society of America.

During his career, Mr. Carneal has written and edited hundreds of articles, issue briefs, and manuals addressing care management, legal, managed care, quality and other health care issues.

Mr. Carneal received his college degree from Washington & Lee University; a Master’s degree from Yale University; and a law degree from the University of Virginia.


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Anne Woodbury

Executive Director
Advocates for Opioid Recovery

As Executive Director of Advocates for Opioid Recovery, Anne works with the AOR team to break down barriers to long term addiction recovery. Launched in 2016 with advisors former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, and #Cut50 founder and CNN commentator, Van Jones, AOR has four strategic pillars: educating on evidence-based recovery options; enforcing mental health parity; criminal justice reform; provider capacity building. A 24-year D.C. veteran, she is a recognized healthcare strategist having worked for companies, organizations and political leaders to design and execute multifaceted communication campaigns that incite transformational change. Anne also co-owns a bipartisan strategic healthcare communications agency, CURA Strategies, based in Arlington, VA. Anne began her career working with former Speaker Gingrich, with whom she co-authored the book “Saving Lives & Saving Money: Transforming Health and Healthcare”. She was also on the founding team of the Center for Health Transformation, a diverse coalition group dedicated to advancing health reform that was market-based, information-rich and patient-centered.


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