ATA Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota May 14 – 17, 2016

Many leaders in the telemental health community convene each year at the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) annual meetings.  (I personally have been attending since the year 2000, and enjoyed watching this association take the leadership role in this industry.)

By far, this is the best annual meeting to meet not only the movers and shakers in telemental health, but also understand the larger telehealth community, see vendors from around the globe and across disciplines, and to get clarity about policy issues that are in rapid flux in the United States.

ATA Telemental Health SIG Short Course, ATA 2016

I encourage all my colleagues to join me in the TeleMental Health Special Interest group’s half day workshop on May 14th: 

Prescribing Controlled Substances Via Telemedicine through the ATA Telemental Health Special Interest Group 

Can doctors and other professionals prescribe controlled substances via telemedicine?  The rules and regulations surrounding the prescription of controlled substances via telemedicine can seem confusing.  Fear and uncertainty about these rules results in the failure of telemedicine to reach populations in areas of addiction, mental health and pain management.  This course will provide a framework for interpreting the rules and regulations surrounding the prescription of controlled substances via telemedicine.  This course features a discussion/Q&A with the Chief of Policy at the DEA Office of Diversion Control, as well as luminaries in the field of telemedicine.  Learn more


Members of the TMHI community may also want to register for the Minnesota private dinner MEETUP! on Monday, May 16 at 7 pm. See TMHI MEETUP! registration details here. Dr. Maheu explained, “We’ve been holding private dinners for the telemental health community on the Monday evening of this convention for more than a decade. All professional and business stakeholders are invited to our casual events, where we can more quietly learn of each other’s work for networking and collaborative purposes. Maheu said, “Quality social time helps foster and nourish online relationships. Besides, it is always a treat to spend time with old friends, and to make new ones.”

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