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Mass. Health Systems Lobby for Telehealth Parity, State Support

August 25, 2017 - Healthcare providers in Massachusetts are urging state officials to make telehealth more accessible to meet a growing lack of access to mental health services. At a recent roundtable, representatives of several health systems lamented that the state doesn’t support telemedicine parity, and noted that patients in need of behavioral health often end up in a hospital ER before they can...


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CMS Considers Telehealth for New Models of Behavioral Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are looking at telehealth in their search for new models of care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with behavioral health issues. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has scheduled a September summit to develop...

Kaiser Permanente Agrees to Expand Telemental Health Services

by Eric Wicklund

California’s Kaiser Foundation Health Plan will be expanding its telehealth platform for behavioral health services to meet long-standing complaints over a lack of access and follow-up care. The announcement by Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente...

Telemental Health Program Targets Military Caregivers in Texas

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas healthcare provider is using a telemental health platform to connect with caregivers for military families, where depression rates are four times higher than other populations. Armed with a USAA grant, the University of Texas Health Science...

Telemedicine Gives ERs an Instant Link to Psychiatric Consults

by Eric Wicklund

In busy emergency departments across the country, doctors are turning to telemedicine to provide one vital service they can’t often handle: the psychiatric consult. Roughly 13 percent of all ER visits require a mental health consult, according...

ATA’s Practice Guidelines Target Telestroke, Telemental Health

by Eric Wicklund

The American Telemedicine Association has launched two practice guidelines to help healthcare providers launching telemedicine services. The practice guidelines for telestroke and child and adolescent telemental health “advance the science...

Telehealth Trends: Telemental Health, Direct-to-Consumer Care

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are adopting telehealth for telemental health and psychiatry services, and they’re far more interested in direct-to-consumer care than in using the platform to talk to each other. Those conclusions come from the Advisory...

New Telehealth Platform Offers Grief Counseling to Military Survivors

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth vendor is partnering with a national support network to offer digital health grief counseling for families of military members who are killed while serving. The non-profit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is partnering...

Telehealth Can Work for Veterans Dealing With Depression

by Eric Wicklund

Veterans dealing with depression can be treated just as well with telehealth as with in-person care, according to a recent study. Studying more than 200 senior-aged veterans for one year between 2007 and 2011, researchers from the Medical University...

New York Eases Telehealth Rules for Mental Health Providers

by Eric Wicklund

New York officials are easing telehealth regulations to enable mental health providers to treat some of their patients online. Some 250 providers in New York will now be able to use telepsychiatry in comprehensive psychiatric emergency programs,...

Telemedicine Helps Link Children, Mental Health Specialists in ER Cases

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine access to mental health experts can significantly improve outcomes for pediatric cases in an ER or urgent care clinic, a new study has found. In a report presented at the recent American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference...

Telehealth Providers Make a Play for Online Psychiatry Services

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth providers are targeting the nation’s growing mental health crisis with online platforms that allow providers to speak with patients in their own homes, where they’re more comfortable and likely to be more at ease speaking...

Using mHealth to Connect With Students in Crisis

by Eric Wicklund

In 2008, Colorado State University saw eight suicides over two semesters. Now the school is looking to mHealth to keep that from happening again. The Fort Collins-based university, with an enrollment of about 33,000, has launched an online portal...

ATA Gives the Nation a Passing Grade for Telemental Health

by Eric Wicklund

The American Telemedicine Association is giving much of the nation a good grade for its support of telemental health. Eight states have received an A in the ATA’s latest state-by-state analysis of telehealth standards and licensure, released...

Telemental Health in the Heartland

by Eric Wicklund

A Wisconsin-based provider of behavioral health services is expanding its reach in the Midwest with a very simple formula – “just a therapist and a camera.” Wisconsin Lutheran Christian Family Solutions, based just outside of...

VA Expands Telehealth Access for Veterans

by Eric Wicklund

The nation’s largest healthcare network is launching a new telehealth initiative. The Department of Veterans Affairs is putting the focus on behavioral health with a network of Mental Health Telehealth Resource Centers, designed to tackle...

Analyzing Telemental Health: 50 States, 50 Policies

by Eric Wicklund

Mental health providers have long seen telehealth as a much-needed solution to dealing with the nation’s growing numbers of people with behavioral issues. Now a national healthcare law firm has published a state-by-state guide to telemental...

mHealth Becomes a Valuable Tool in the Battle Against Suicide

by Eric Wicklund

A Colorado-based healthcare provider that helps teenagers and young adults taking antidepressant drugs is turning to mHealth to help them avoid dangerous side-effects. Sundance Diagnostics uses a two-pronged approach, combining a precision medicine...

Texas Board’s Ruling is a Victory for Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth’s value to mental health counseling scored an important victory last week when a Texas regulatory board shot down new restrictions to distance counseling. In a case closely watched in dozens of states and at the national level,...

mHealth Gets Into the Mood

by Eric Wicklund

A new project at Massachusetts General Hospital aims to measure people’s moods by how they use their smartphone. The two-year project, funded by a $1.8 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, will measure a person’s...

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