COVID -19 Resources for Telepsychology

 Colleagues:

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 

Click here for a message from  your Executive Director

Click here for Informed consent checklist

Click here for Telepsychology Services Checklist

Click here for sample letters to state agencies and insurers

 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.”  

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Additional resources

 American Psychological Association COVID Resource Page

 

Blue Cross & Blue Shield Provider Info.  Behavioral Health Representative:  Lore Holtsbberg - Lore_Holtsberg@bcbsok.com

 

Oklahoma Health Care Authority:  COVID 19 and Sooner Care 2.0 info and webinars (scroll to bottom of COVID 19 page).  

  

OK Dept. of Commerce Business COVID Resources

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma Telehealth Info

 

Community Care Telehealth Info

 

Health Choice Telehealth Info

 

Humana Telehealth

 

Oklahoma Insurance Department COVID Relief Page

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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. 

 

TSET podcast tackles the challenges of COVID 19

 

General Tips

  • Allow time in the day to actively avoid taking in news about covid-19 from TV, your phone, social media, etc.
  • Try to maintain some sort of routine, if you aren’t working, and try keeping familiar things in your schedule (walking your dog, dinner with the family, anything that you did before that you are able to do w/o interacting with others).
  • Movie night or binge watch Netflix
    At-home family dinners (if you didn’t do family dinners before) are great things for the family to bond.
  • Some artists are also doing free acoustic concerts on Instagram: Live. https://www.vulture.com/2020/03/all-musicians-streaming-live-concerts.html has some of those listed.
  • The NY public library has over 300,000 FREE e-books you can download too https://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/ebookcentral. Also, check out your local libraries for online book lending. Start a virtual book club!
  • In terms of clinics, if anyone likes crafts, consider making fabric surgical masks! You can make them reversible and there are tons of templates now that more people are doing that at home.
  • Starting a gratitude journal or filling out strengths/resiliency worksheets with your clinic team is also a great way to self-reflect during this time in a positive way!
  • For those stressed after work, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, and meditation are great methods to calm down. I have a lot on my Facebook group, but YouTube has many good options for those…including specific ones for anxiety and stress.

Virtual activities for all ages (includes TONS of museum and zoo tours): 

 

FREE workouts:

 

Kids yoga: 

 

More Ideas-

  • See if your neighborhood is participating in window walks and if not start one! 

 

A Few More Ideas-

  • Take your pet for an extra walk or involve them in a new exercise routine.
  • Teach your pet a new trick
  • Write a kind email or send a positive note to someone else, especially remember the elderly.
  • Join a new Facebook Group.
  • Start a new hobby or re-engage in a previous one.
  • Happiness Lab Podcast
  • Yale on the “Science of Wellbeing” online courses

 

 

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Resources and Webinars on Telepsychology

 

The TRUST

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.

The Oklahoma Psychological Association’s mission is to promote human welfare
in Oklahoma by advancing psychology as a science and profession.

 

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