Mei Wa Kwong, JD
Mei Wa Kwong has over a decade of experience in state and federal policy work. She is currently the Executive Director for the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP), the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center. She has written numerous policy briefs, crafted state legislation and led several coalition efforts on a variety of issues. Ms. Kwong has published several articles on telehealth and telehealth policy in various peer reviewed journals and is the co-author of CCHP’s 50 State Medicaid Telehealth Reimbursement Survey. She is recognized as an expert on telehealth policy and has been consulted by state and federal lawmakers on telehealth legislation and policy.
Prior to joining CCHP, Ms. Kwong was the Policy Analyst for Children’s Home Society of California where she worked on education and early childhood issues. She was recognized for her work by the Child Development Policy Institute.
Ms. Kwong is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and has a BA in International Affairs.
Advancing Policy Options for Sustainability and Spread of eConsult
To produce and disseminate a recommended electronic consultation (eConsult) reimbursement model for California to accelerate its spread and sustainability as a means for improving access to quality specialty care for the underserved.
ASTHO Technical Assistance
The Center for Connected Health Policy is assisting ASTHO to 1) Support state health officials (SHO's) with stakeholder engagement and outreach activities; 2) Provide subject matter expertise to states based on the technical assistance requests; 3) Enable information exchange with other states; and 4) Advance the leadership positions of SHO's as they work to implement health transformation activities.
Continued Funding of the Center for Connected Health Policy
The Center will continue leading the California Telehealth Policy Coalition, including work with the Dept. of Health Care Services on telehealth in the Medi-Cal program, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and the legislature. Building on its work related to telehealth and its impact on the Triple Aim to pursue greater integration of telehealth into health care systems, with an emphasis on increasing access to quality care for the underserved, the project will identify and address emerging telehealth policy, regulatory and legal issues.
National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
CCHP continues to serve as the National Telehealth Policy Resource Center (NTRC-P) as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In this capacity, CCHP provides individualized telehealth policy assistance to 12 regional Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs). The NTRC-P serves as a national center of excellence on telehealth policy for TRCs, HRSA grantees, and key telehealth industry constituencies across the United States.
Policy Component – VDOT for TB
This project sets out to improve the policy and reimbursement environment for using telehealth to control tuberculosis and other infectious diseases in California. Its primary focus is to assess and recommend policies governing use and reimbursement of telehealth. A companion UC San Diego funding proposal would implement asynchronous Video Direct Observational Therapy (VDOT) in 6 urban and rural counties with a high TB incidence.
State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies
CCHP makes monthly updates to a 50-state scan of telehealth laws and reimbursement policies, including both established and pending legislation. Visit the interactive State Policy Map to learn more about state and federal telehealth policy developments.
Telehealth and Triple Aim Research Work Group and Symposium
With the help of an expert advisory panel, CCHP is creating a thorough database of telehealth research and pilot projects to date. The compiled body of knowledge, consisting of a field-wide literature search, catalog of best practice case studies and series of interviews, will be used to: identify, organize and present the current body of evidence on telehealth use; identify research gaps and best research study methods to determine telehealth’s effectiveness on the Triple Aim; and further substantiate field-tested benefits and limitations to telehealth use.
Telehealth Policy Coalition and Subcommittee
CCHP provides management and direction for the Telehealth Policy Coalition and Subcommittee, which consults with CCHP to advance telehealth policy in California.