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What are your State's regulations regarding distance mental health delivery?

What are your State's regulations regarding distance mental health delivery?

If you are a practitioner delivering mental health services remotely, you should review the recently released results of a 50-State Telemental Health Survey conducted by Mr. Rene Quashie and Ms. Amy Lerman of the telehealth specialty law firm of Epstein, Becker and Green. Their publication is an excellent reference, and you can review the full publication at: http://www.epsteinbeckergreen.net/Telemental/EPSTEIN-BECKER-GREEN-50-STATE-TELEMENTAL-HEALTH-SURVEY.pdf Submitted By:  Martha Ireland PhD, RN www.VTConnect.net

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5 Recommendations for Introducing Technology Into Your Practice

5 Recommendations for Introducing Technology Into Your Practice

Use technology systems/products that are secure and will work best with your existing equipment.  Make sure your clients have access to the necessary technology devices, and take note that most platforms have specific technical requirements in order to connect and work effectively.  Review technology requirements with your clients before scheduled sessions. It is very disruptive and frustrating to try to figure out technology issues during an appointment.  Research your professional license guidelines for distance services and the laws and legal regulations regarding telehealth for each country and the individual states/districts/provinces in which you wish to see clients.  There are some variations in the “technology” requirements for different countries. Check that your technology vendor is in compliance.   Do your due diligence first and then enjoy...

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Private Practices, Payers, and Health IT Vendors Partner Together for CMS's Innovative CPC+ Program

Private Practices, Payers, and Health IT Vendors Partner Together for CMS's Innovative CPC+ Program

CMS just announced the innovative Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Program. This new five year program offers a unique way for primary care practices, payers, and health IT vendors to partner together to provide better care, smarter spending, and healthier people. For primary care practices, CMS will offer two possible tracks (Track 1 and Track 2) that both focus on continuity of care, care management, and comprehensiveness and coordination of care for the patients. Track 1 is for practices ready to build their services and Track 2 is for practices ready to increase the comprehensiveness of their services. Payment for services will move away from straight fee for service to a model based on quality of care, patient satisfaction, and outcomes. For...

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Guidelines for Video-Based Online Mental Health Services

Guidelines for Video-Based Online Mental Health Services

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) published practice guidelines for video-based online mental health services in May 2013. The ATA guidelines continue to be very relevant to any practitioner/group interested in starting an online video-based presence. Reviewing clinical considerations and understanding your own ethical and legal responsibilities is one of the first steps to becoming an educated video-based online mental health provider. Clinical areas for considerations according to the ATA are: Professional and Patient Identity and Location Patient Appropriateness for Videoconferencing-based Telemental Health Informed Consent Physical Environment Communication and Collaboration with the Patient’s Treatment Team Emergency Management Medical Issues Referral Resources It is recommended that you review the fully published document published by the ATA detailing the guidelines for video-based online...

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President Obama Announces ConnectALL Initiative to provide Broadband & Access to Technology for All Americans

President Obama Announces ConnectALL Initiative to provide Broadband & Access to Technology for All Americans

“The Administration has submitted its recommendation that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reform a $1.5 billion per year Reagan-era phone subsidy program to turn it into a 21st Century national broadband subsidy to help low-income Americans get online”. Technology connectivity is essential to access knowledge, resources and tele-health treatment. The implementation of country wide Broadband access will help to provide access to tele- health services to those with needs, any place, any time and on any device across America and at all income levels. This is a great step forward, but let’s not stop there! We must continue to advocate for new licensing laws that allow all professional licensed practitioners to practice across state lines. This is important for the...

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