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Ochsner Health Telemedicine Leader Joins National Advisory Group

New Orleans, LA – Ochsner Health is proud to announce that Dr. David Houghton, System Chair for Telemedicine, Chief of Movement and Memory Disorders, and Digital Medicine Medical Director, has been invited to join The American Medical Association’s (AMA) Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group.

The Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group (DMPAG) focuses on creating solutions to barriers to digital medicine adoption and advocating for insurance coverage and payment solutions to help ensure the latest care platforms are available to all. This group was founded by the AMA in 2016 and has had a significant impact on the adoption of digital medicine technologies with improved payment practices for these treatment modalities.

“Digital medicine, through platforms such as telehealth and wearable technologies, has really expanded since early 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Houghton said. “We continue to see increased adoption of these technologies, and we expect this growth to continue in the years to come. Now, we must also focus on reimbursement challenges experienced by physicians and health systems. I’m excited to join this group to work toward solutions that will continue to grow digital medicine in the future.”

Dr. Houghton will join the DMPAG in the coming months and will participate in virtual and in-person meetings throughout the year.

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About Ochsner Health

Ochsner Health is an integrated healthcare system with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate. Celebrating 80 years in 2022, it leads nationally in cancer care, cardiology, neurosciences, liver and heart transplants and pediatrics, among other areas. Ochsner is consistently named both the top hospital and top children’s hospital in Louisiana by U.S. News & World Report. The not-for-profit organization is inspiring healthier lives and stronger communities. Its focus is on preventing diseases and providing patient-centered care that is accessible, affordable, convenient and effective. Ochsner Health pioneers new treatments, deploys emerging technologies and performs groundbreaking research, including over 700 clinical studies. It has more than 36,000 employees and over 4,600 employed and affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties. It operates 47 hospitals and more than 370 health and urgent care centers across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Gulf South; and its cutting-edge Connected Health digital medicine program is caring for patients beyond its walls. In 2021, Ochsner Health treated more than 1 million people from every state and 75 countries. As Louisiana’s top healthcare educator, Ochsner Health and its partners educate thousands of healthcare professionals annually. To learn more, visit