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  • March 23, 2020 10:51 AM | D. Malcolm Spica (Administrator)

    CoVID-19 Resources for clinicians working with older adults and their families
    https://gerocentral.org/clinical-toolbox/covid-19-resources/

  • March 23, 2020 10:50 AM | D. Malcolm Spica (Administrator)

    APA Webinar: Keeping the Office Going: Ethical and Legal Telehealth practices for the Provider and Staff
    March 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm EDT
    https://apa.content.online/catalog/product.xhtml?eid=18936
     
    Psi Chi Webinar: Surviving the Move Online- Tips and Tricks
    March 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm EDT
    https://www.psichi.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1323553#.XnPfsy2ZPOQ
     
    Telehealth Resources from Division 22
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LjwpqeBvD888V_Lm3hCCCO3z5V3h_Zatjp5g1rur1a0/edit
     
    APA Office and technology checklist for telepsychological services
    https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/telepsychological-services-checklist
     
    Medicare Teleservices Billing Codes
    https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-General-Information/Telehealth/Telehealth-Codes
     

  • March 19, 2020 8:21 AM | D. Malcolm Spica (Administrator)

    FROM AETNA:

    Dear Valued Partner:

    We share the same goal: to help people get and stay healthy. We are your

    partners in health care, and act to serve you and the millions of patients

    who rely on us for their health care needs.

    In response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, CVS Health and Aetna

    are here to support you with timely answers and information. Through CVS

    Health and Aetna's combined resources and your partnership, we can best

    support your Aetna patients' health and well-being, ensure their access to

    medication and remove barriers to care.

    We're here to help you, help your patients and recently announced these

    resources and enhancements when applicable:

      * If you request testing related to COVID-19, *we'll waive your Aetna

    patient's cost sharing.*

      * *Aetna Commercial patients pay $0 for covered telemedicine visits*

    until June 4, 2020.

      * *Until further notice, Aetna is also expanding coverage of telemedicine

    visits to its Aetna Medicare members*, so they can receive the care they

    need from you without leaving their homes. *With this change* and new

    flexibilities announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

    to help combat the virus, Aetna Medicare members can now see their providers

    virtually via telephone or video.

      * *Aetna is offering its Medicare Advantage brief virtual check-in and

    remote evaluation benefits* to all Aetna Commercial members and waiving the

    co-pay.

      * *Care packages will be sent to Aetna patients diagnosed with

    COVID-19*. Through Aetna's Healing Better program, Aetna Commercial and

    Medicare Advantage members will receive CVS items to help relieve symptoms

    as well as personal and household cleaning supplies to help keep others in

    the home protected from potential exposure. *Call the number on your Aetna

    patient's ID card to register a recently diagnosed patient*.

      * *Patients won't have to pay a fee* for home delivery of

    prescription medications from CVS Pharmacy®.

      * *Aetna is extending its Medicare Advantage virtual evaluation and

    monitoring visit benefit* to all Aetna members as a fully-covered benefit.

      * *We're waiving early refill limits on 30-day prescription

    maintenance* medications for all Commercial members with pharmacy benefits

    administered through CVS Caremark.

      * *Aetna Medicare members may request early refills on 90-day

    prescription maintenance medications* at retail or mail pharmacies if

    needed. For drugs on a specialty tier, we're waiving early refill limits for

    a 30-day supply.

      * Through existing care management programs, *Aetna will proactively

    reach out to your patients* who are most at-risk for COVID-19.


    Please refer to the *What You Need to Know About the

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Aetna Providers* -


    <https://files.mail-list.com/m/tpaleaders/82214698.html>


    FAQs on Aetna.com for

    additional important information. There, you'll find information about codes

    related to COVID-19 and selected labs approved to do COVID-19 testing. This

    page will continually be updated with information as it becomes available

    to help you care for your patients.

    Let's work together to provide your patients with a clear path to care. Thank

    you for your continued partnership.

    Best Regards,

    Angie Meoli

    SVP, Network Strategy and Provider Experience


  • March 18, 2020 12:27 PM | D. Malcolm Spica (Administrator)

    Dear Tennessee Licensed Psychologists/Senior Psychological Examiners,

    The leaders of the Tennessee Psychological Association have been working to provide information to help you continue to provide services during this National State of Emergency through the use of telehealth. The temporary use of telehealth during these demanding circumstances should be done with care. It is important that licensed psychologists and senior psychological examiners follow HIPAA guidelines to protect the confidentiality of our patients/clients, and that providers understand the unique safety and ethical concerns that arise when conducting telehealth services.  It is imperative to stay abreast of up to date information with the ultimate goal of increasing access to care and decreasing barriers for those in need.

    We encourage you to learn more about the practical and ethical uses of telehealth before you provide these services.  TPA has arranged for a Zoom meeting with TPA leaders and with a telehealth vendor, TherapyApp, to share their expertise in the appropriate and ethical uses of telepsychology and to answer any questions you may have.  This will be a FREE meeting for all licensees in Tennessee.  As we are trying to disseminate widely, please excuse cross postings (e.g., you may receive this message multiple times).

     

    TPA is presenting this Zoom meeting as an informal educational service to our psychological community, and not as an endorsement of any specific product or service.  Please use this opportunity to learn more about the ethical use of telehealth.  As this is informational only, CE is NOT being offered. 


    There are two options being offered:

    Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 5:00pm CST/6:00pm EST and

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 12:00pm CST/1:00pm EST 

    The zoom invitations can be found below.

     

    Up-to-date information from the APA can be found here: https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics

    You can find resources that psychologists can use for telehealth immediately:

    1. Informed Consent Telepsychology checklist.  (For use in your clinical record.  Please add your own letterhead.).
    2.  Office & Technology Preparation Checklist.  (For reference to prepare your office and practice for telehealth.).


    APA ensured that these documents were reviewed by several practicing psychologists and attorneys.  We were informed that these documents can be disseminated. 

    In addition, APA has recently shared a comparison of telehealth platforms.  If you would like recommendations for HIPAA-conforming telehealth platforms, please review APA’s free online article, “Comparing the Latest Telehealth Solutions.” 

    It is a Consumer Reports type review of 3 popular telehealth platforms: Doxy.methera-link, and Zoom. 

    TPA will continue to keep you updated during this National Emergency.  We encourage all providers to learn more about telehealth and to reach out to TPA with any questions or concerns you may have regarding these or any other psychology related topics.


    From your TPA Leadership Team:

    • Gina DelGardo, Ph.D., President
    • David Mathis, Ed.D., President Elect
    • Yvonne Osborn, Ph.D., Past President
    • Roger Clark,  Psy.D., ABPP, Former Presidents Representative
    •  Eliyahu Reich, Ph.D., Vice President - West Tennessee
    • Elise Oehring, Ph.D., Vice President - Middle Tennessee
    • Brandon Baughman, Ph.D., ABPP, Secretary - Treasurer
    • Nicky Ozbek, Ph.D., APA Council Representative
    • Lillie Vandekar, Psy.D., APA Division 31 Representative
    • Tyler Overstreet, M.A.,Psychological Examiners Representative
    • Denise Davis Ph.D., Professional Affairs Directorate
    • Pamela Auble, Ph.D., ABPP, Board of Examiners Liaison
    • George Davis, Ph.D., Federal and State Advocacy
    • Vivian Yeh, Ph.D., Newletter Editor
    • Alison Bradshaw, Ph.D., Convention Chair
    • Natalie Heidelberg, Ph.D., ABPP, Internet Services
    • Erin Patel, Psy.D., ABPP Administrative Services


    Committee Chairs:

    • Michael Myszka, Ph.D., Continuing Education
    • Heather Alesch, Psy.D., Disaster Response Network
    • Katie Price, Ph.D., Public Education Campaign
    • Pat Buckner, Ed.D., HSP, Rural Health Coordinator
    • Khatidja Ali, Ph.D., Cultural Diversity 
    • Malcolm Spica, Ph.D., Ethics Chair

    Topic: Telehealth Information Session-Option 1

    Time: Mar 19, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/829709171

    Meeting ID: 829 709 171

     

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    Topic: Telehealth Information Session-Option 2

    Time: Mar 24, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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  • March 18, 2020 11:35 AM | D. Malcolm Spica (Administrator)

    As of March 6, 2020, Medicare has authorized office, hospital, and other visits (including patient’s residence) provided via telehealth. 

    In addition, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has expanded flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid by federal healthcare programs.

    These exceptions apply during the State of Emergency:  https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html

     


  • March 18, 2020 10:51 AM | D. Malcolm Spica (Administrator)

    Live Webinar - FREE!
    Pragmatics of Telepsychology Practice in the Age of COVID-19
    CE Credit: 1  |  Instructor: Mary Alvord, Ph.D.
    Presented by the National Register
    Friday, March 20th  |  2-3 pm ET

  • March 18, 2020 10:45 AM | D. Malcolm Spica (Administrator)

    Medicare released on 3/17/20 the following information for providers regarding Telehealth:  https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet 

  • March 18, 2020 10:37 AM | D. Malcolm Spica (Administrator)

    Tennessee Psychological Association (TPA) Legislative Director George Davis, Ph.D., J.D. has reported back to TPA that PsyPact will NOT be passed this year, as the issue was considered non-essential.

    For more information about PsyPact, please see the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards site: https://www.asppb.net/page/PSYPACT

     

  • February 23, 2020 8:30 PM | D. Malcolm Spica (Administrator)

    The American Psychological Association has released new clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of depression across three age cohorts. Click the link below to visit the full article:

    https://kapa.wildapricot.org/newAPAguidelines/

  • February 02, 2020 9:42 AM | D. Malcolm Spica (Administrator)

    This Society of Clinical Psychology article from Samantha Connolly, PhD explores providers' perceptions of Telemental Health through videoconferencing (TMH-V). Click the link below to access the article:

    https://www.div12.org/telehealth-is-gaining-traction-but-do-mental-health-providers-like-it/

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