Kansas Telepsychiatry Services
Kansas is one state that is finally recognizing the huge potential of telemedicine, including telepsychiatry. Innovative technology has made it possible for clinics and other healthcare facilities to provide outstanding mental healthcare to all patients seeking it, regardless of where they are located.
Kansas has finally joined the world of telepsychiatry since the state had recently passed a parity law for telemedicine. innovaTel is a proud provider of comprehensive telepsychiatry services in Kansas – delivering effective solutions to rural and underserved areas.
Before covering how we can be of assistance, let’s go over some important statistics about mental health in Kansas, the telepsychiatry rules, regulations, and reimbursement in the state, and why this modern application of telemedicine is beneficial for both clinics and their patients.
Current State of Mental Health in Kansas
Kansas, just like many other states in the US, is dealing with an alarming shortage of psychiatrists. There are simply not enough healthcare professionals to provide proper behavioral healthcare in the state.
What’s even more alarming is that nearly a quarter of the state population (25%) live in rural areas. People residing in these areas don’t have access to psychiatrists who can help them deal with various mental health issues.
One of the more prevalent problems the state faces concerns serious thoughts of suicide. In fact, 4.87% of adult Kansans report serious suicidal thoughts. The Kansas youth are not exempt from mental health problems either. It has been reported that 13.84% of youth in Kansas have experienced at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year.
These and many other statistics that we’ve found are what compelled us to expand our telepsychiatry services to help the people of Kansas. We want to help not only Kansans but also people all over the US receive the right mental healthcare they seek and deserve.
Telepsychiatry Kansas Regulations
The state of Kansas has certain rules and regulations that clinics and other healthcare facilities providing behavioral health care services must follow to be in full compliance with the new parity law for telemedicine, which includes telepsychiatry.
All private payers are required by law to cover all telehealth services, which includes coverage under the Medicaid program in the state.
When it comes to Kansas Medicaid, there is a traditional hub-and-spoke model that the program follows. This means that patients need to be present at a spoke site (originating site) to virtually meet with a psychiatrist located at a distant site. This means that patients must be physically present at a healthcare clinic, while healthcare practitioners don’t need to be. This is beneficial for rural areas with a shortage of psychiatrists.
All physicians must be licensed in the state they are located in and the state they are providing care in. Meaning if a psychiatrist is providing care from out of state, they need to be licensed in their home state as well as in Kansas.
Implementing Telepsychiatry Healthcare in Kansas
Implementing telepsychiatry in Kansas is relatively straightforward. There are minimal restrictions regarding the technical requirements that need to be met.
With the right telepsychiatry partner in your corner, you don’t have to worry about the technology. Here at innovaTel, we’ve made it our mission to help all facilities offering mental healthcare to provide high-quality telepsychiatry services to all their patients.
We can help you implement telepsychiatry in no time. We can help you find the best board-certified psychiatrists from all over the country and provide you with a HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing platform.
Kansas Telepsychiatry Reimbursement
One of the most common concerns regarding telepsychiatry services and telemedicine in general are questions about reimbursement. You can leave your worries behind. Kansas Medicaid provides coverage for a list of telehealth services to all patients in the state since Medicaid patients are eligible for telehealth services.
The Kansas Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid) makes it a requirement to reimburse all patients for live video, which naturally includes Kansas telepsychiatry services. The reimbursement rates for Kansas telepsychiatry services must be the same as the rates for in-person medical services.
As long as a patient is physically present at an originating site, Kansas Medicaid will provide reimbursement for the following services:
- Office visits
- Individual psychotherapy
- Pharmacological management services
Benefits of Telepsychiatry Services
Telepsychiatry comes with several important benefits for clinics and healthcare practitioners. Upon discussing it thoroughly with various healthcare professionals not only in Kansas but also across state lines, we’ve found that the following benefits are the most crucial to consider:
Shortened Patient Wait Times
Since patients can meet with their psychiatrists via video calls, they no longer have to spend hours in the waiting room. Naturally, this leads to better caseload management and better overall patient care.
Increased Efficiency and Revenue
With reduced patient wait times, healthcare practitioners are more efficient. There’s also a higher patient throughput, which can lead to increased revenue.
Telepsychiatry can significantly reduce a clinic’s operating costs, as there are no travel expenses. Reducing patient boarding times also leads to lower costs. Telepsychiatry can also reduce recruitment and retention costs significantly since you are accessing a nationwide network of qualified psychiatrists. All of this can have a very positive impact on revenue.
Kansas Telepsychiatry Services from innovaTel
innovaTel can connect you with a wide network of psychiatrists from all over the country and help you provide top-notch telepsychiatry services to the Kansas community. Since Kansas doesn’t require healthcare practitioners to be physically present in the state to provide telepsychiatry services, you can seamlessly implement this innovative application of telemedicine with the right partner.
We are here to help you start your journey. We’ll allow you to interview and choose the right staff to join your team and provide you with a HIPAA-compliant video platform for providing telepsychiatry services. We can also help you with onboarding and orientation so that your new team members fit perfectly into your organization.
If you need someone reliable to provide you with trusted Kansas telepsychiatry services, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re available for any questions you may have. If you choose us, we will be more than happy to help you transform your healthcare facility and re-imagine psychiatric care!