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The Psychological Impact of Coronavirus and Telepsychiatry’s Role in Patient Care

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been making headlines worldwide for the past few months. While our understanding of this virus is still incomplete, it does have strong parallels with the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak and has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The continuing outbreak and the quick spread of this […]

3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Telepsychiatry Provider

The growing importance of mental healthcare, along with increasing reimbursement for telehealth services makes 2020 an excellent year to consider adding telepsychiatry to your health system. A specialized version of telehealth, telepsychiatrists can provide a wide range of medical services, including psychiatric evaluations, therapy, patient education, and medication management. Telepsychiatry services offer more than just patient care […]

Looking Toward the Future: Telepsychiatry in 2020

A new decade is here, and with it comes some promising changes for telepsychiatry. In the coming year, we can expect to see increasing reimbursement with the start of CMS coverage and new billing codes from the American Medical Association. Patients and providers are also becoming more familiar with telehealth, driving up both the demand […]

Mental Health Issues and the Holiday Season: How Telepsychiatry Can Help

Many of us look forward to the holiday season, providing a chance to spend time with family and friends. For many, the holiday season is a time to look forward to, a time to spend with friends and family. This time of year can also cause added stress though, especially for patients already living with […]

Telepsychiatry: Increasing Patient Satisfaction and Reimbursement Rates

The use of telehealth is rapidly growing. In just four years, claims related to telehealth grew 624% for all medical claims. In 2018 alone, non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth visits made up 84% of all telehealth claims, compared with 52% in 2014. This astounding growth is the result of increased patient satisfaction and corresponding changes to reimbursement for virtual care. 98% […]

How Telepsychiatry is Helping Soldiers Overcome PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a real and serious problem for veterans returning from service. It is estimated that 11-20% of veterans experience PTSD, and many do not have access to care when returning to civilian life. Long-distance travel, as well as the stigmas that so often accompany mental health issues, can be major barriers […]

Responding to Natural Disasters with Telepsychiatry

Katrina, Harvey, Dorian: record-breaking storms that left destruction and devastation in their wake. The aftermath of these natural disasters is not just monetary and physical though, they cause mental and emotional trauma as well. The loss of homes, family members, and stability takes its toll on survivors. One of the most significant challenges after hurricanes, tornadoes, […]

Staggering Rise in Suicidal Patients Presenting to EDs Hastens Call for Telepsychiatry

414% That’s the percentage increase in suicidal patients presenting to United States emergency department (ED) over the last decade.1  Yes, you read that right. 414%.    Total ED visits with a presenting problem of suicidal ideation increased by 414% from 2006 to 2014.2   Additionally, total ED visits related to behavioral health disorders and/or substance abuse disorders (excluding suicidal ideation) increased by 44%3 in the last decade.   About 1.5 million ED visits a year in […]

Telepsychiatry in ICE Facilities

There has been a lot of news coverage lately on detainees and asylum seekers and their overall well-being during their time in detention. Increasingly, many healthcare workers must face unfamiliar territory when treating patients brought in by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Detainees often present with a variety of psychiatric conditions including PTSD, anxiety and […]