The Telehealth Leadership Initiative (TLI) is the only non-profit advocacy organization dedicated entirely to advancing telehealth initiatives. In 2006, the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) created TLI as CTeL’s advocacy arm.
TLI has represented the telehealth community and e-health stakeholders before the legislative and the administrative branches of local, state, and national governments. More specifically, TLI has worked with key Members of Congress and senior officials from the executive branch to address emerging policy issues, such as credentialing and privileging of telehealth providers and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for telehealth services.
To accomplish these policy objectives, the TLI has hosted telehealth advocacy seminars, like the Telehealth Leadership Conference, and conducted Telehealth Capitol Hill Advocacy Days, where hundreds from the telehealth community gathered to meet with their Members of Congress.
These efforts, both on the behalf of CTeL and TLI, culminated in the following achievements for the telehealth community:
- The introduction of the Medicare Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2009 by Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA).
- The development of the Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact.
- Increased appropriations funding for the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth in fiscal year 2010.
- The updating of Medicare’s telehealth services list, which now allows for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) services, administered via telehealth, to be covered by Medicare.