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Telehealth for Therapy

As telemedicine continues to emerge and grow in healthcare, many therapists are looking at this as a way to provide both patient satisfaction and increase continuity of care. Telehealth enables therapists to deliver efficient & convenient care for patients while increasing the reach of their practice. Whether it’s routinely scheduled visits or addressing an urgent need, telehealth for therapists provides a secure and personal interaction without the expense and overhead of an in-office visit.

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Telehealth services provided by Therapists

Communication

Medication Management

Patients no longer need to have an in-person office visit to manage most of their prescriptions. From antidepressants to anxiety medications, telemedicine visits are an ideal solution for adjusting patient medications if needed. It’s more efficient for both patients and providers without sacrificing physician compensation.

Insurance

Initial Intake

In most states, therapists are not required to have a prior in-office relationship with a patient before beginning treatment. This makes telehealth a suitable option for initial patient assessment and treatment plan development.

Patient

Individual Therapy

Multiple studies have shown that telehealth visits are an effective way to provide individual therapy in a variety of specialties. Patients get the one-on-one attention they need, and providers can use their time most effectively.

Clinical use cases for Therapists using telehealth

  • Behavioral Therapy and Mental Health Treatment
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

Behavioral Therapy and Mental Health Treatment

Telehealth is an effective way to monitor the mental health of patients, adjust medications, and conduct cognitive behavioral therapy. Virtual visits can be effective for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders, as well as for couple and family counseling. The approach is also used for addiction counseling, grief therapy, and anger management. Psychiatrists and other physicians are able to prescribe and manage medications without the need for in-office appointments.

Common types of behavioral health visits include:

  • Depression

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Coping Skills

  • Divorce

  • Domestic Violence

  • Family Conflict

  • Grief

  • Life Coaching

  • Medication Management

  • Self Esteem

  • Trauma and PTSD

Physical Therapy

Telehealth makes it easy for physical therapists to offer flexible care for their patients from anywhere, reducing missed appointments and promoting successful completion of physical therapy treatment plans. Therapists can check patient progress, address issues, and assist with exercises.

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy requires one-on-one, personal interaction between the therapist and patient. Telehealth platforms using high-quality audio and video offers a welcome alternative to numerous in-office visits. It has been proven effective in treating patients at home as well as in school settings.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists and their clients are perfectly positioned to benefit from the use of telehealth technologies to deliver health and wellness, habilitation, and rehabilitation services across multiple practice settings. Occupational therapy practitioners are using telehealth as a service delivery model to assist clients with developing skills, incorporating assistive technology and adaptive techniques, modifying work, home, or school environments, and creating health-promoting habits and routines.

The benefits of telemedicine for your patients

Easy access to care drives engagement

Missed appointments, failure to adhere to treatment plans and infrequent visits all contribute to negative outcomes for therapy patients. Telehealth makes it easier for patients to stay engaged in their treatment, receive regular care, and follow-up as instructed.

Boosting patient satisfaction

Survey after survey shows that therapy patients are happy with the telehealth experience, most likely because they are able to speak to a therapist in the comfort of their own home. In fact, patients are increasingly using the availability of telehealth as a deciding factor when selecting healthcare providers of all types. In addition, the option of telehealth makes it possible for patients to maintain relationships with therapists even if they move or you do.

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FAQs about telemedicine for Therapy

Is telemedicine HIPAA-compliant?
Not only is telemedicine software safe, secure and HIPAA-compliant, it’s required to be! The same requirements for patient privacy and confidentiality that apply for in-person visits apply to visits conducted virtually. The provider has the identical responsibility to protect patient information. The storage of electronic files, video, and images needs to be approached with the same caution as one would take with physical documents.
How do I begin using telemedicine?
You can begin telemedicine for therapy without purchasing any new hardware. Services like Medici allow providers and patients to connect virtually through the app for smartphones and web.
Will my patients feel they’re receiving the same quality of care via telemedicine as they do in-person?
Often, patients delay or put off treatment due to the inconvenience of travel, time off work, child care and more. Telemedicine allows you to provide the same quality care as you normally would to patients and they will be happier for the added convenience.
How do I prescribe medications?
After entering your credentials, Medici allows you to securely prescribe medications during or immediately following a patient consultation to your patient’s preferred pharmacy.

The best telemedicine software for Therapy

Our handy buyers guide for telemedicine solutions

Connection

Fully HIPAA compliant

All telehealth software must be secure and HIPAA-compliant, because sensitive patient information is being exchanged. Software like Skype and FaceTime, for example, are not HIPAA-compliant and should never be used for patient encounters.

Revenue

Appointment records

Simply for record keeping and on the off-chance you are audited, select telemedicine software that provides a thread of every interaction (including secure messages sent between provider and patient). This audit trail, combined with any thorough clinical documentation that can be exported to your EHR, is a telemedicine best practice.

Productivity

Seamless EHR integration

Any telemedicine software should fit seamlessly into your existing practice workflow. The best way to ensure this is to select a product that integrates directly with your electronic health record system with the ability to import your existing patient list.

Patient

Legal and malpractice support

Telemedicine is heavily regulated. And these regulations vary state by state and are changing rapidly. In order to adhere to these laws and industry best practices, it’s important to find a telemedicine platform that offers comprehensive legal and regulatory support, and even malpractice insurance.

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