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Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC

The Office of Inspector General is recommending that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) more closely review telehealth claims for adherence to requirements and offer education to providers to increase awareness of those requirements.

Learn from our interview of Elizabeth (Liz) Grady, LPC, LPCS, DCC from eSupport, PLLC https://www.esupportcounseling.com/  Liz and her colleagues noticed a need for online counseling and clinical supervision in North Carolina and have worked to fill that need.  Liz shares how she prepared for, implemented, and succeeded at providing these important services.

 

Learn about the benefits of telebehavioral health services for the prison population by listening to our interview with Tracey Simpson, LPC, NCC, MAC.

 

Learn about the origins of e-prescribing and its parallels with implementing telehealth into health systems by listening to our interview with Lori Metz, LCSW, CCM.

You can learn more about Lori Metz by clicking on her website here.

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The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) has been the top resource when looking for best practices for telebehavioral healthcare services. They first published best practices on distance counseling over twenty years ago. For over thirteen years, the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), an affiliate of NBCC, has recognized behavioral health professionals for meeting competency standards in telemental health by awarding them the Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) certificate.

After significant work and time, on April 13th, 2018 CCE launched the Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) credential. The BC-TMH credential is based on established credentialing standards and has been rigorously reviewed by many telemental health experts across most behavioral health professions. It has been designed to prepare behavioral health professionals for the competent use of technology in practice and to provide services from a distance. Professionals who have already earned the DCC credential have an opportunity to be transitioned into the new BC-TMH credential.

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In order for an LMHC to retain their license in NY they must complete 36 hours of continuing education every three years by a CE provider who has been approved by the NY Mental Health Practitioners Board.  Only 12 of these hours can consist of self-study activities.  Live webinar courses are considered live hours.

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In order for a social worker to retain their license in NY they must complete 36 hours of continuing education every three years by a CE provider who has been approved by the NY Social Work Board.  Only 12 of these hours can consist of self-study activities.  Live webinar courses are considered live hours.

The military and VA use telehealth more than any organization I know of.  They also have conducted research which shows that it reduces no-show rates and hospital readmissions and provides access to many clients who normally would not have received care.

Both, working with the military and providing telebehavioral health services require specific awareness and skills.  Our interview with Mercia Cummings provides you a view of what it is truly like to provide the services. 

Getting started in telebehavioral health can seem like a great hurdle.  During this interview, Marilyn Garcia, LCSW, shares how she quickly got started and how she is expanding her private practice. 

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Technological improvements nationwide have meant an increase in telehealth services since patients and providers can communicate in a variety of two-way, real-time methods that provide remote consultation, home monitoring, and counseling, to name just a few.

However, specialized treatment is often elusive in rural areas. In order for states to adequately handle the rapid expansion of telehealth services, significant development of remote connections is necessary when providing access to a variety of specialists in both telemedicine and telemental health.

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  • OIG Audit of Medicare Payments for Telehealth Services

    The Office of Inspector General is recommending that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) more closely review telehealth claims for adherence to requirements and offer education to providers to increase awareness of those requirements.

    Read more...
  • Success Story of Online Counseling and Clinical Supervision

    Learn from our interview of Elizabeth (Liz) Grady, LPC, LPCS, DCC from eSupport, PLLC https://www.esupportcounseling.com/  Liz and her colleagues noticed a need for online counseling and clinical supervision in North Carolina and have worked to fill that need.  Liz shares how she prepared for, implemented, and succeeded at providing these important services.

    Read more...
  • Telebehavioral Health Services in Prison

     

    Learn about the benefits of telebehavioral health services for the prison population by listening to our interview with Tracey Simpson, LPC, NCC, MAC.

    Read more...
  • The Beginnings of E-Prescribing

     

    Learn about the origins of e-prescribing and its parallels with implementing telehealth into health systems by listening to our interview with Lori Metz, LCSW, CCM.

    You can learn more about Lori Metz by clicking on her website here.

    Read more...
  • Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider Credential Launch

    Woman at Computer

    The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) has been the top resource when looking for best practices for telebehavioral healthcare services. They first published best practices on distance counseling over twenty years ago. For over thirteen years, the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), an affiliate of NBCC, has recognized behavioral health professionals for meeting competency standards in telemental health by awarding them the Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) certificate.

    After significant work and time, on April 13th, 2018 CCE launched the Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) credential. The BC-TMH credential is based on established credentialing standards and has been rigorously reviewed by many telemental health experts across most behavioral health professions. It has been designed to prepare behavioral health professionals for the competent use of technology in practice and to provide services from a distance. Professionals who have already earned the DCC credential have an opportunity to be transitioned into the new BC-TMH credential.

    Read more...