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Telehealth Offers Support for Hurricane Victims!

Telehealth Offers Support for Hurricane Victims!

Millions of Americans have been affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma over the past few weeks. Many have faced evacuations, flooding, destruction, and even the loss of loved ones. Families have been displaced from their homes, some forced to reside in shelters and some seeking refuge with family and friends. These types of tragedies can leave many individuals ridden with fear and anxiety as their worlds have been forever changed. There are many organizations committed to supporting the physical needs of the victims, but it is also imperative that healthcare providers be able to support the mental health and recovery of these victims! Telehealth offers the opportunity to provide greater access to behavioral healthcare for those in need. In the areas...

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Trump’s Declaration of a National Opioid Emergency May Benefit Telehealth!

Trump’s Declaration of a National Opioid Emergency May Benefit Telehealth!

Trump’s announcement this week to declare a national emergency on opioid abuse may prove to reduce regulatory restrictions for telehealth. Once a national emergency is formally enacted by the President and his administration, which has not yet occurred, there will be new authority for the president and additional resources available to support addictions treatment. With this, it is possible the president might use this new authority to override some existing legislation restricting providers from prescribing and treating addictions via telehealth to more effectively reach those in need of treatment.

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Patients want more convenient communication – they will leave if they don’t get it!

Patients want more convenient communication – they will leave if they don’t get it!

A study released last week by Solutionreach found that once patients leave the doctor’s office, they are feeling less connected than ever before. Modern expectations include things like text, email, and online communication – more than half of patients want these options. As patients continue to manage more and more of their own care, this communication becomes even more important. In order for practices to attract new patients and retain current ones, they must become more adept at meeting these communication needs and creating meaningful relationships between patients and providers. In fact, this recent study showed that 20% of Baby Boomers, 44% of Generation X, and 42% of millennials are likely to switch practices if they do not receive more...

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Navigating the Inconsistencies in Telemental Health Laws, Regulations, and Policies Across the 50 States

Navigating the Inconsistencies in Telemental Health Laws, Regulations, and Policies Across the 50 States

It may come as no surprise that consistency is lacking across states with regards to laws, regulations, and regulatory policies regarding telemental health, as the technology and capabilities have advanced much faster than policy. As a result, all behavioral health providers need to be knowledgeable and aware that depending on their state and their license type, there are a myriad of differing rules and requirements. A great state by state resource for behavioral health providers is available as part of the report 50 State Legal Survey of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health 2016.This report found that in general for psychiatrists, as practicing physicians, they must comply with all the obligations that apply to physicians practicing telehealth generally. Very few states exempt mental health...

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Telehealth Visits Projected to Outnumber In-Person Visits

Telehealth Visits Projected to Outnumber In-Person Visits

Technology is becoming so entwined in consumers' lives, that it should come as no surprise that consumers are increasingly demanding that their healthcare services be available via the devices they already own - smartphones, tablets, and computers. Consumers are demanding value-driven, convenient healthcare options that can be accessed from home, work or school. As a result, telehealth visits are expected to grow significantly over the next five years. By the year 2025, the University of Rochester Medical Center predicts that telehealth visits will exceed physical office visits by more than a half-a-billion visits.1 According to a 2016 survey, 20% of individuals would consider changing their primary care physician (PCP) if another PCP offered telehealth services and their current one did not.2 That...

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