The Thoughtful Counselor’s recent podcast features an interview with Raymond Barrett, founder of the Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC.  The Thoughtful Counselor is a podcast that is dedicated to producing great conversations around current topics in counseling and psychotherapy.

During this interview, Ray shares what lead him to the counseling profession and develop the Telehealth Certification Institute.  Ray also shares the key points of ethically and legally providing telebehavioral health services.

You can view the interview by clicking here. 

Telehealth services and their availability are expanding rapidly and the state of New York is prepared. Numerous avenues exist for those seeking services and providers are in place as well.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS published their final rule for 2018 stating the changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule(PFS) and other Medicare Part B payment policies. 

Click here to see the final rule.

Here is a summary of the important updates for behavioral health providers.  However, DO NOT consider this as guidance for your Medicare billing.  We advise that you consult directly with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for guidance and to ensure the accuracy of your billing practices. 

Telehealth is a constantly evolving mode of healthcare and there are numerous aspects of the field in need of clarification so that statutes, policies and practices follow the same guidelines. Telehealth is not a type of health care, rather it is the manner in which care is given. And as the standards for that care become more defined and the use of this mode more prevalent, so will the need for caregivers who are adequately trained and licensed to deliver telehealth.

In 2016, the State of Florida created the Telehealth Advisory Council in order to survey, research and recommend changes to telehealth in order to better serve those living in the state.  The increase in both access and use of telehealth will also require an increase in health care practitioners offering telehealth services.

 

Vendor Management and Video Chatting Clients

HIPAA compliance for telebehavioral health professionals is essential to running your business in the digital age.

According to HIPAA regulation, telebehavioral health professionals must be fully HIPAA compliant in order to avoid serious violations and government fines.

BA and Vendor Management

One of the most common mistakes health care professionals can make is improper vendor management. The HIPAA rules here affect telebehavioral health professionals in particular because of the electronic and digital mediums by which care is given.

 

Telebehavioral health services for those with eating disorders not only overcomes barriers to access but allows clients to receive treatment in their own environments and provides continuity of care.

Often the treatment of ADHD is fragmented and difficult to track, not only for parents and caregivers but for the person with ADHD as well. I was very impressed and inspired by Esteem Therapeutics. This new and emerging technology, known as digital therapeutics, empowers both the person with ADHD and their entire care team, with the tools to be very effective in combatting ADHD.


Great tools such as Esteem Therapeutics can only be effective if they are utilized. Esteem Therapeutics is a very well-designed platform that is easy to use and understand. The user quickly experiences how engaging and effective it is. I expect clients will really enjoy using it.

We just completed a very engaging Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) training via webinar. There is nothing like spending a total of 12 hours on video conferencing with other great clinicians while learning how to use video conferencing with clients.

The Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) training has begun with great success! We have had several participants at each event, and we have received outstanding feedback. Participants from various states asked insightful questions and shared from their own experience with telebehavioral health and integrative behavioral health services. Participant shared how much more informed they were on the competent use of technology after attending the training. North Carolina State University, Armstrong University in Savannah, Argosy University in Georgia, and Development Counts in Atlanta, were all great hosts. Now on to Queens University of Charlotte, Rochester, NY, and New York City.

Hear what it is like for an expert counselor, who specializes in working with clients who have been affected by difficult relationships, to provide psychotherapy online.

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    During this interview, Ray shares what lead him to the counseling profession and develop the Telehealth Certification Institute.  Ray also shares the key points of ethically and legally providing telebehavioral health services.

    You can view the interview by clicking here. 

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    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS published their final rule for 2018 stating the changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule(PFS) and other Medicare Part B payment policies. 

    Click here to see the final rule.

    Here is a summary of the important updates for behavioral health providers.  However, DO NOT consider this as guidance for your Medicare billing.  We advise that you consult directly with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for guidance and to ensure the accuracy of your billing practices. 

    Read more...
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    Telehealth is a constantly evolving mode of healthcare and there are numerous aspects of the field in need of clarification so that statutes, policies and practices follow the same guidelines. Telehealth is not a type of health care, rather it is the manner in which care is given. And as the standards for that care become more defined and the use of this mode more prevalent, so will the need for caregivers who are adequately trained and licensed to deliver telehealth.

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    BA and Vendor Management

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