We recognize that due to COVID-19 many psychologists are rapidly moving to deliver professional services through telehealth. APA is here to support you during this emergency and are working 15+ hour days to develop resources for practice, and to advocate for telehealth access and reimbursement.
We are partnering with state associations to advocate with Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial payors. More information will be forthcoming on that effort soon.
APA has quickly developed new resources that psychologists can use for telehealth. These were finalized late Friday night, and I wanted to make them available to you ASAP. They are
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Press Release March 20, 2020 - Psychologists help with anxiety
These documents have been reviewed by several practicing psychologists and attorneys. We hope they will be helpful. Please disseminate far and wide – to professional lists, APA/Division/SPTA members and nonmembers, system administrators, community leaders, social media, etc.
Because psychologists are leaders in health and mental health, we will offer these resources to our partner associations in social work, psychiatry, counseling, etc. to benefit their providers and the communities they serve too.
To learn more about telepsychology practice, consider the online CE course: Telepsychology Best Practice 101 Webinar Series. For help choosing a telehealth platform, see the free online article, “Comparing the Latest Telehealth Solutions.”
American Psychological Association COVID Resource Page
SELF CARE DURING THESE CHALLENGING TIMES:
Your Personal Mental Health and Physical Well-being
Staying positive and taking care of your personal mental and physical well-being as well as supporting others is even more critical as sheltering in place continues and the stress of changing operations settles over everyone.
Virtual activities for all ages (includes TONS of museum and zoo tours):
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Oklahoma Health Care Authority released the following information regarding HIPAA leniency from HHS. Click here to learn more
Resources and Webinars on Telepsychology
Please know that The Trust is focused on how best to provide you with accurate and helpful information. We’re pleased to offer several new resources, including on-demand and live webinars, that allow you to earn CE credits all in the comfort of your own space without travel or lodging. We also are providing other resources to help with issues related to COVID-19.
You’ll want to check out our recently published article Guidance for Practitioners: Coronavirus (COVID-19) that provides helpful tips for today’s environment. Go here to read it now. We’ve also created a brand-new page that provides easy access to all of The Trust’s telepsychology on-demand webinar resources. You can also view and download a sample informed consent form for telepsychology. Go here to check it out.
The risk management and basic guidelines in the on-demand telepsychology webinars are still helpful, but please be mindful that some of the information on legislation and other information may not be current. Because we do not want to clutter your email inbox, please visit our website trustinsurance.com frequently so you can access the most updated information and resources.
Lastly, we’ve received many calls about policyholder coverage. Please know that your Trust Sponsored Professional Liability insurance policy covers psychological and other associated professional services including such services as telehealth, provided the insured is in compliance with the appropriate state practice rules or regulations. Please go here and refer to bullet #13 for details.
As always, our team is here at (800) 477-1200 if you need further assistance.
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