Synchronous telepsychiatry has become part of the mental healthcare landscape. Multiple studies have documented its ability to improve access to care for diverse patients in multiple settings and to improve the quality of that care.
Is it possible for a psychiatrist to work from home? Cut commute costs and time down to zero? And still be able to serve patients' needs?
On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published the proposed 2019 revisions to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. CMS limits telemedicine payment based on service, provider, technology and patient location. Now, CMS is considering reducing some of these restrictions.
The APA, in conjunction with the American Telemedicine Association, has just released “Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health,” a guide for mental health providers who want to begin doing telemental health, including telepsychiatry.