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Counselors

Counselors:

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Distance professional services involve the use of secure electronic communication in either asynchronous methods including email and social network systems or synchronous methods such as telephone, chat, and video systems, to provide counseling services to individuals, couples, families or group members. Distance Professional Services must be performed in accordance with the Rules and Regulations, the current American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics, the current National Board for Certified Counselors Policy Regarding the Provision of Distance Professional Services, and Mississippi and Federal law.

The Board requires that LPC and LPC-S licensees who offer distance professional counseling services or supervision hold the required credential or show proof of completion of professional training according to Rule 7.5.

Requirements:

  1. Be an Active Status LPC in Mississippi
  2. Hold a license in good standing in the state where the recipient receives services
  3. Hold the  Board Certified TeleMental Health (BC-TMH) credential or its equivalent as recognized by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE) or the National Board of Certified Counselors OR completed professional training according to Rule 7.5. The professional training must be a minimum of nine (9) clock hours and must include the areas listed in Rule 7.5. Professional training can be gained by either: (1) Graduate-Level Academic Training (as documented on the syllabus) or (2) Continuing Education training course (as documented by certificate).
  4. Submit to the Board verification of credential or of completion of professional training in TeleMental Health counseling by uploading a copy of the credential certificate OR training certificate to your profile at the bottom right side of the General Registration tab.

Refer to the source provided for all requirements and limitations.

Social Workers

We are not aware of any specific rules and regulations of the practice of telemental health services for Social Workers.

Marriage and Family Therapists

We are not aware of any specific rules and regulations of the practice of telemental health services for MFTs.

Psychologists

We are not aware of any specific rules and regulations of the practice of telemental health services for Psychologists.

Psychiatrists

Source

Source: Miss. Code Ann. §73-25-34 (1972, as amended). Rule 5.3 Informed Consent

“The physician using telemedicine should obtain the patient’s informed consent before providing care via telemedicine technology. In addition to information relative to treatment, the patient should be informed of the risk and benefits of being treated via a telemedicine network including how to receive follow-up care or assistance in the event of an adverse reaction to treatment or if there is a telemedicine equipment failure. Source: Miss. Code Ann. §73-25-34 (1972, as amended). Rule 5.4 Physician-Patient Relationship. In order to practice telemedicine a valid “physician-patient relationship” must be established. The elements of this valid relationship are: A. verify that the person requesting the medical treatment is in fact who they claim to be; B. conducting an appropriate history and physical examination of the patient that meets the applicable standard of care; C. establishing a diagnosis through the use of accepted medical practices, i.e., a patient history, mental status exam, physical exam and appropriate diagnostic and laboratory testing; D. discussing with the patient the diagnosis, risks, and benefits of various treatment options to obtain informed consent; E. ensuring the availability of appropriate follow-up care; and F. maintaining a complete medical record available to the patient and other treating health care providers.”

Refer to the source provided for all requirements and limitations.

Mississippi Professional Regulation/Health & Safety Online Prescribing

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“In order to practice telemedicine a valid “physician-patient relationship” must be established. The elements of this valid relationship are:

  • verify that the person requesting the medical treatment is in fact who they claim to be;
  • conducting an appropriate history and physical examination of the patient that meets the applicable standard of care;
  • establishing a diagnosis through the use of accepted medical practices, i.e., a patient history, mental status exam, physical exam, and appropriate diagnostic and laboratory testing;
  • discussing with the patient the diagnosis, risks, and benefits of various treatment options to obtain informed consent;
  • insuring the availability of appropriate follow-up care; and
  • maintaining a complete medical record available to patient and other treating health care providers.”

“Physicians using telemedicine technologies to provide medical care to patients located in Mississippi must provide an appropriate examination prior to diagnosis and treatment of the patient. However, this exam need not be in person if the technology is sufficient to provide the same information to the physician as if the exam had been performed face to face.”

“Other exams may be appropriate if a licensed health care provider is on-site with the patient and is able to provide various physical findings that the physician needs to complete an adequate assessment. However, a simple questionnaire without an appropriate exam is in violation of this policy and may subject the physician to discipline by the Board.”

Refer to the source provided for all requirements and limitations.

Nurses

“As a party state to the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), Mississippi issues multistate licenses to nurses and applicants who reside in the state and recognizes multistate licenses issued by other party states, for practice in Mississippi. A nurse holding a multistate license is entitled to practice in any NLC party state, but must comply at all times with the laws of the state where he or she is currently practicing.”

“It should be noted that not every state in the US is an NLC party state; a map of participating states, as well as further resources related to the NLC, are available on the Nurse Licensure Compact website.”

Refer to the source provided for all requirements and limitations.

Mississippi Professional Regulation/Health & Safety Online Prescribing

Source

“In order to practice telemedicine a valid “physician-patient relationship” must be established. The elements of this valid relationship are:

  • verify that the person requesting the medical treatment is in fact who they claim to be;
  • conducting an appropriate history and physical examination of the patient that meets the applicable standard of care;
  • establishing a diagnosis through the use of accepted medical practices, i.e., a patient history, mental status exam, physical exam, and appropriate diagnostic and laboratory testing;
  • discussing with the patient the diagnosis, risks, and benefits of various treatment options to obtain informed consent;
  • insuring the availability of appropriate follow-up care; and
  • maintaining a complete medical record available to patient and other treating health care providers.”

“Physicians using telemedicine technologies to provide medical care to patients located in Mississippi must provide an appropriate examination prior to diagnosis and treatment of the patient. However, this exam need not be in person if the technology is sufficient to provide the same information to the physician as if the exam had been performed face to face.”

“Other exams may be appropriate if a licensed health care provider is on-site with the patient and is able to provide various physical findings that the physician needs to complete an adequate assessment. However, a simple questionnaire without an appropriate exam is in violation of this policy and may subject the physician to discipline by the Board.”

Refer to the source provided for all requirements and limitations.

Medicaid Telehealth Parity Law

Refer to the source provided for all requirements and limitations.

Originating Site Reimbursement: No indication the home is an approved originating site

Source: State of Mississippi. State Plan Under Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Medical Assistance Program. Attachment
3.1-A. 3/31/15

Private Pay Telehealth Parity Law

We are not aware of an explicit payment parity.

Source:MS Code Sec. 83-9-353 and MS Code Sec. 83-9-351

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Payment Parity

We are not aware of an explicit payment parity.

Source:MS Code Sec. 83-9-353

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Permission for the Temporary Practice of Clinicians Licensed Outside the State

We are not aware of any permission that allows for services delivered by out-of-state providers. 

Note: As this is a free resource and Rules and Regulations regarding Telehealth are always changing, we appreciate any updates or corrections. They can be emailed to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a link to the source or a citation of the rule or regulation.

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Telemental health is not a separate service from mental health services. All state licensing boards require that licensed clinicians follow all the regulations for practicing under their license no matter what medium of communication is used. All licensing boards also require that clinicians only practice within the boundaries of their competence. This usually requires education, continuing education, and/or supervision in telemental health. Complete our telehealth training program to cover all the essential competencies of providing telemental health services and earn the THTC (Telemental Health Training Certificate).

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