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Telehealth

A selection of organizations and relevant resources that will help you transition to Telehealth

The American Psychological Association has provided extensive information specific to COVID-19, see this.

Check the APA website weekly for updates and new resources

 

NEWS! After extensive lobbying by APA Practice Directorate, under advisement from Division 49 representatives, CMS has temporarily approved the Group Psychotherapy telehealth code.  Check the APA website for more details.

  • APA has made their telepsychology checklists and guides to telehealth available.
  • Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology  They have made public what is normally a member-only service – an extensive guide to telehealth. Also see their online CE courses.
  • Information Hub is designed to be a one-stop-shop for updated information on psychology practice at the federal level and across the country – e.g. licensing, regulations, reimbursement, and professional issues.  APA recently added this updated FAQ answers important questions like (a) What is my obligation if I suspect my patient has COVID-19, or if I might have it?
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APA’s practice update includes professional self-care, older adults, and bias & stigma during COVID-19. Here are links to some of their useful resources:

 

The American Group Psychotherapy Association has a rich collection of resources, online courses, etc. for group telehealth, and disaster

 

Here is a sample Telehealth Agreement template I created to give you an idea of what to include in yours. Other resoures for templates include your malpractice insurance carrier, APA, AGPA, etc.


HIPAA AND YOUR PRACTICE: IMPORTANT RESOURCES

Are You a Covered Entity? Make sure whether you need follow HIPAA guidelines from the government website on HIPAA.

Check out the laws and regulations in different states

Check out the Coronavirus and State/Provincial Telehealth Guidelines

The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) is nonprofit organizationcreated by the  National Telehealth Policy Resource Center (NTRC-P) for the country. Their website has up to date state-by-state information about telehealth-related laws, regulations, MediCare and Medicaid programs.

 

BILLING INSURANCE COMPANIES: RESOURCES

Barbara Griswold, LMFT has created these helpful resources/articles for billing insurance companies:

Valuable article called Navigating the Insurance Maze

She has also compiled this helpful resource: Plan - by - Plan Outline of Insurance Coverage for Phone and Video Sessions in Response to COVID-19

 

RECOMMENDED READING ABOUT TELETHERAPY

  1. Gentry, M.T. (2019). Evidence for telehealth group based treatment. A systematic review. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare , 25 (6): 327–342. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29788807
  2. Kozlowski, K., & Holmes, C. (2014). Experiences in online process groups: A qualitative study. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 39: 276–300.
  3. Steiner, A. (2020). 3rd edition: How to Create and Sustain Groups that Thrive: Therapist’s Workbook and Planning Guide. Routledge, London.
  4. Weinberg, H. & Rolnick, A. (2019). The Theory and Practice of Online Therapy. NY: Routledge.

 

I was honored to be invited to present a Webinar for the National Register of Health Service Psychologists: "Doing Online Group Therapy" on April 24, 2020. This one hour, CE optional recorded webinar is available now!

 

RESOURCES FOR PATIENTS

Check out the updated resources for the public, on my public website, The new Coping with COVID-19 page is designed to give patients and the public, information, and tips for living more fully while coping with Shelter in Place.

For specific resources for the public, including a listing of online 12 Step groups, and other resources available to help our patients cope with the emotional impact of COVID-19, see the Resources and Information for Patients page on my website for the public.


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