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Arizona Telemedicine Policy Summit

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Livestream event!

Who should attend: Arizona health care professionals and administrators who would like to learn more about telemedicine policy and the telehealth climate in Arizona.

Objective: To report to Arizona telehealth stakeholders about the current policy landscape of telemedicine in the state.


  • Telehealth data warehouse: opportunites for Arizona
  • Cross state licensing update: licensing process for out-of-state providers
  • Hybrid care models at Mayo Clinic
  • State and federal policy updates

This webinar is made possible through funding provided by Health Resources and Services Administration, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (U1U42527).

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Tara Sklar, JD, MPH
Faculty Senior Advisor, Telehealth Law & Policy
Arizona Telemedicine Program

Sklar is the faculty senior advisor in Telehealth Law & Policy at the Arizona Telemedicine Program. She is also a professor of health law and the director of the Health Law & Policy Program at Arizona Law. Professor Sklar’s scholarly research examines legal, regulatory and ethical issues that arise in adapting to a diverse aging population, with a particular focus on the integration of health technology. Her work has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and American Journal of Law & Medicine, among others. At Arizona Law, Professor Sklar launched and oversees a portfolio of over 40 multidisciplinary, online Health Law & Policy courses. She teaches courses on Aging Law & Policy and Advanced Health Law Research.

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Jason Goldwater, MA, MPA, PMP, LSSB
President and Chief Operating Officer
Laurel Health Advisors, LLC

Goldwater is currently the president and chief operating officer for Laurel Health Advisors, LLC, a small-women owned health care consultancy focusing on health care innovation, health care quality measurement and health equity. Goldwater has been in the field of health information technology (health IT) for 26 years and has led a number of projects on the utilization of health IT for improved health care delivery.  He has been involved in the field of telehealth for the past seven years, having initially evaluated telehealth services across large urban and rural health networks as part of a peer-review panel for the Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN) sponsored by the Health Care Resources and Services Administration. Goldwater also served as a principal investigator for a grant funded by the California HealthCare Foundation on the use of telehealth modalities for chronic disease care and care coordination.  

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Patricia McSorley, JD
Executive Director
Arizona Medical Board

McSorley has been employed by the Arizona Medical Board since 2005. For more than eight years, she managed the Medical Board’s Investigations Department. In Feb. 2015, the Board appointed her as the executive director of both the Arizona Medical Board and the Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants. Prior to her appointment as executive director, she was asked twice by the Board to serve as the acting interim executive director during periods of transition. She is currently president of the Administrators in Medicine (AIM) and serves as a representative on the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. In April 2019, she was the recipient of the Doug Cerf Executive Directors Award by AIM in recognition of outstanding contributions to improve quality standards for medical practice in the United States and its territories. McSorley is an attorney and holds a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School.

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Kevin Ruff, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Center for Digital Health
Mayo Clinic

Dr. Ruff is the chief medical officer of the Center for Digital Health at Mayo Clinic Arizona where he oversees strategy development and implementation for innovative remote health care delivery operations across Arizona. As a board-certified gastroenterologist, clinical educator and published scientist, Dr. Ruff oversees electronic health record strategy at Mayo and has deployed telehealth offerings for GI patients across the Mayo Clinic enterprise. 

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Stephanie Zawada, MS
Doctoral Fellow
Mayo Clinic

Zawada is a doctoral fellow at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, where her dissertation focuses on decentralized clinical trial design and validation for remote monitoring. She is a current NIH TL1 trainee and was an FDA Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation Scholar and a Mount Sinai Innovation Partners Fellow. Before Mayo Clinic, she was a health policy fellow for a leading D.C. think tank, where her recommendations influenced COVID-19 relief legislation and informed the development of the nation's telehealth reimbursement and regulatory framework. In addition to her scholarly work, Zawada volunteers as a mentor to middle school students learning experimental design for science fair competitions.

To request any disability-related accommodations for this event please contact the event coordinator at least three business days prior to the event.
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 1:00pm


Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, Community
University of Arizona Health Sciences




Melanie Esher, MAdm
University of Arizona Health Sciences
Arizona Telemedicine Program/Southwest Telehealth Resource Center