Telepsychiatry Internet Resources

  • The American Telemedicine Association Standards and Guidelines are available on its website, among
  • The APA's Division of Government Relations has posted a number of telemedicine references that may prove useful.
  • Telemedicine Licensure Report, HHS Office of Rural Health
    This 2003 report provides information on state medical and nursing licensure laws concerning telemedicine and the need for interstate licensure as a result of telemedicine.
  • Telemedicine Guidelines   The Board of Trustees of the American Telemedicine Association has established a set of practice guidelines for telemental health. The guidelines focus on specific criteria for healthcare providers, patients and the use of technology when providing telemedicine services.
  • Reimbursement  
    Reimbursement for telepsychiatry services is becoming more prevalent. Several surveys on telepsychiatry reimbursement have been completed and are included in The Private Payer Reimbursement Information Directory. This directory includes information on some of the programs receiving reimbursement for telemedicine services as well as on private payers who are currently providing reimbursement for telemedicine services. It also includes information on states that have passed legislation mandating private-payer reimbursement for telemedicine services.
  • Medicare
    Medicare has specific criteria for payment of telemedicine services. Medicare provides payment for telemedicine services for face-to-face services via video conferencing; and non-face-to-face services delivered through telecommunication technology, e.g. x-rays, tissue samples. Coverage for telemedicine in home healthcare settings is very limited and is explained in detail in the document listed below. More information on Medicare coverage for telemedicine practice can be found in Medicare's Telehealth Services publication.
  • Private Insurance    
    AMD Global Telemedicine is a private company that reports it is "the world's leading supplier of complete telemedicine solutions with installation in 80 countries."  They provide equipment and say they can manage encounters.
  • Developing a Telemedicine Program    
    According to the Technical Assistance Manual prepared by the National Rural Health Association there are seven steps needed to build a successful telemedicine program.
    1. A needs evaluation
    2. Developing a care services plan
    3. Developing a business plan
    4. Planning for technology that will be used
    5. Training personnel
    6. Testing care that will be provided
    7. Evaluating outcomes.