Telehealth-What You Need to Know
Online therapy is the new hot therapy topic. There are even some programs that offer what they call therapy via text. Sadly it seems that ethical codes and laws have not kept up with technology and many therapists are struggling to figure out what is allowable and what is not. I have complied some resources to help you get started in your TeleHealth journey.
A few tips to get started
- If you are doing Telehealth you need a HIPAA compliant platform that will give you a Business Associate Agreement.
- While this seems to vary a bit state to state, it is generally not considered okay to practice Telehealth with a client who is located in a place where you are not licensed.
- Talk to your malpractice provider about if you are covered for Telehealth services before starting them.
- I would also advise taking some course work on Telehealth specific issues before starting. Many courses will give you law and ethics CEUS.
California recently issued some guidelines regarding Telehealth.
CAMFT (CA Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) has an article that is an overview on Telehealth.
Person Centered Tech, which is an excellent resources on all things tech, has a video with many resources at the end on Telehealth.
They also have an article reviewing the different free online software programs.
Zur Institute has a 13 credit course on Telehealth there are many many links to resources as part of this that you can access without buying the course.
Here is an article from the National Conference on State Legistators on what states have laws mandating Telehealth covered by insurance.
Here is an article from Telemental Health Guide on CPT codes and Telehealth.
Here is an article from Tech Health Perspectives on Addressing Telehealth Consent.
This is a free webinar that is coming up on July 20th. There is a fee for CEUS.
If you have any other resources you think should be included feel free to either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or make suggestions in the comments. I will continue to keep this article updated as new resources come available.