Colorado Telepsychiatry Service Providers
Communities and care facilities across the United States are feeling the effects of the behavioral health professional shortage. Trying to promptly meet patient demand can be nearly impossible without bringing in additional support. At innovaTel Telepsychiatry, it is our belief that the use of telepsychiatry is the most effective way to increase access to care in Colorado and across the country. Establishing a telepsychiatry program at your facility can seem challenging at first, but with the right partner, it is entirely possible to start bridging the gap in care without sacrificing time and resources.
Mental Health Statistics for Colorado
Mental Health America ranked Colorado 29th for “prevalence of mental illness”. States with scores 39-51 are considered to have a high prevalence of mental illness and lower access to care; while states with rankings 1-13 are considered to have a lower prevalence of mental illness and higher rates of access to care. With Colorado falling somewhere in the middle, this presents an opportunity to take action and close the gap in care in the underserved areas in the state. According to HRSA, there are 92 areas in Colorado that are considered to have a shortage of mental health professionals.
Colorado Telepsychiatry Reimbursement & Regulations
One of the most important things to be aware of is that each state is different when it comes to telehealth regulations and reimbursement. Your partnership with innovaTel will help you to understand and effectively operate within Colorado regulations. According to the Center for Connected Health Policy, Colorado Medicaid reimburses for telemedicine services as long as there is live communication being facilitated between the patient and provider.
Colorado Site Eligibility
In some states, in order for telemedicine services to be eligible for reimbursement the location of the patient during the service is a major factor. Luckily, Colorado law allows patients to receive treatment from home or another location of their choice.
Parity & Private Payer Laws in Colorado
By law, Colorado insurers cannot deny coverage because the service is provided via telemedicine when the service meets the appropriate standard of care. Insurers are required to reimburse for services delivered through telemedicine in the same way they would reimburse for services provided in-person.
Benefits of Telepsychiatry
The benefits of implementing telepsychiatry in underserved areas can be transformative for community mental health care centers. innovaTel Telepsychiatry partners are able to increase access to care in their communities by partnering with us. The following are just a few ways your Colorado facility can benefit from an innovaTel partnership.
Shorter Wait Times
When using telepsychiatry at your facility you’re able to eliminate the long wait times associated with specialized providers, the overall shortage of available clinicians, and the time it can take for clinicians to travel between facilities. According to Mental Health Colorado, 43.5% of Colorado residents seeking mental health care were unable to receive care due to the difficulty of getting an appointment. This percentage doesn’t come as much surprise due to the fact that there are only 307 clinicians per 100,000 residents in the state of Colorado. When we provide our partner facilities with additional clinicians through telepsychiatry, their schedules open up and wait times reduce.
Continuity of Care & Minimal Disruption
Put simply, losing a clinician can be incredibly disruptive to your organization and your patients. That’s why we spend the time necessary during the on-boarding process to get to know your clinic so that we can present you with highly qualified clinicians for your team to interview and choose from. It is our promise that your patients will see the same clinician that your organization has chosen for every session, allowing them to build a rapport just like they would when seeing a clinician in-person at your facility.
How to Implement Telehealth in Colorado
It is important to us that your facility succeeds and feels confident while operating a telepsychiatry program. Your success is our success, which is why we offer a comprehensive onboarding and implementation process to all of our partners. We understand the challenges that Colorado clinics face and we are ready to help your organization navigate through everything from choosing a clinician, to licensing and state regulations.