Pennsylvania Telepsychiatry Services
The State of Pennsylvania & Mental Health
No one is immune to mental illness. In fact, 17% of people in Pennsylvania have reported mental illness.
Serious psychological distress can also be common, as nearly 4.28% of Pennsylvania residents have had suicidal thoughts in the past year. When it comes to other common mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, and anxiety – 1 in 5 Pennsylvanians experience at least one of them in their lifetime.
This wouldn’t be a problem if the number of mental health care providers and mental health care networks reflected the needs of Pennsylvanians. Although Pennsylvania ranks 9th in the country for access to mental health care and a low prevalence of mental illness, there are still a significant amount of people living in rural and underserved areas struggling to find care.
The situation with adolescents is similar. 12.23% of youths in Pennsylvania have reported at least one major depressive episode within the past year. When you consider that there are only 16 child and adolescent psychiatrists for every 100,000 children living in Pennsylvania, things become crystal clear. The shortage of mental health care providers is a serious issue and can potentially affect the already limited mental health care service that is being given.
Telepsychiatry Pennsylvania Laws & Regulations
There are very specific rules and regulations defining the legal framework around the telepsychiatry practice. These rules and regulations are not here to make things complicated but to ensure the consistent quality of mental health care services provided via video conferencing technology.
Every health system has to go through the same procedure when applying to any telemedicine service, telepsychiatry included. Before the telepsychiatry implementation process begins, the Division of Acute and Ambulatory Care performs an occupancy survey that is then followed up with a letter to the Department of Health which must be sent 60 days before the intended start date.
Telepsychiatry services can be provided by physicians residing in other states, however, the physicians must be licensed in the state they reside in and the state they are providing care in. This is a standard across all U.S. states when providing telepsychiatry care.
The Benefits of innovaTel Telepsychiatry Services
Telepsychiatry services offer a number of benefits to clinics and healthcare organizations of all sizes. Here at innovaTel, we work with many organizations across the country. We’ve found that the following are the most prominent benefits of telepsychiatry recurring throughout the mental healthcare service landscape:
Telepsychiatry does wonders when reducing operational costs within facilities. Recruitment and retention are expensive processes. When partnering with innovaTel, you nearly eliminate these challenges since you’re accessing a wide network of psychiatrists all over the nation. In addition to this, you’re only paying for the clinicians’ time when they are conducting sessions with patients. innovaTel also covers DEA, licensing, malpractice, and all other provider benefits.
Increased Patient Access to Care
Patients in rural and underserved areas are finding it increasingly difficult to access the care they need. With innovaTel telepsychiatry services, patients are getting treatment faster, avoiding wait times, and are opened up to additional scheduling. In some instances, patients, have to wait nearly 6-8 weeks just to see a doctor. innovaTel telepsychiatry is helping to close this gap.
Improve the Efficiency of Treatment
The efficiency of treatment is not only beneficial for patients but for clinics as well. The more efficient the treatment is, the fewer patients have to wait, and the more who can be served.
Mitigate the Shortage of Psychiatrists
Recruiting and retaining psychiatric clinicians is a difficult task. You can mitigate the shortage of psychiatrists by interviewing and selecting from our network of board-certified practitioners.
Receiving Telepsychiatry Healthcare in Pennsylvania & Reimbursement
Telepsychiatry programs in Pennsylvania greatly benefit physicians who are stretching their bandwidth, but also the patients who spend so much time waiting to get proper mental health care.
Every patient living in Pennsylvania is eligible to receive healthcare via telemedicine. Here at innovaTel, we are happy to provide our services to the people of Pennsylvania.
If you’re wondering about reimbursement, Pennsylvania Medicaid will reimburse citizens for live video telepsychiatry consultations.
Here are the specific telepsychiatry services you can be reimbursed for if they were provided by licensed psychiatrists:
- Psychiatric diagnosis evaluations
- Medication management
innovaTel Pennsylvania Telepsychiatry Services
Here at innovaTel, we are excited to bring our services to the people of Pennsylvania. We are dedicated to helping the citizens of Pennsylvania and the various healthcare facilities throughout the state find the proper mental health care solutions they’ve been looking for.
Thanks to our partnerships with healthcare organizations in Pennsylvania, we are able to deliver high quality telepsychiatry services throughout Pennsylvania, including its rural and underserved areas. For more information on how you can make use of innovaTel effective telepsychiatry services in Pennsylvania, reach out to us today!