Telehealth/telebehavioral services in MN, update #4: DHS, PreferredOne and BCBS MN updates

Telehealth/telebehavioral services in MN, update #4:  DHS, PreferredOne and BCBS MN updates

Providing telehealth/telebehavioral services can be an opportunity to both expand your practice and help people with difficulty getting to your office.  There are, however, a lot of regulatory and authorization details that you need to attend to.  Here is another update from MHConcierge, following up on previous posts, Telehealth, an Overview and Telehealth, Getting Started.

Telehealth, A Psychologist’s Perspective: Getting Started

  I decided to provide telehealth, or telemental health, services to expand my practice, meet the expectations of my increasingly technology-savvy patient/client population, and to help meet the needs of local underserved populations.  I quickly learned that getting ready to start providing telehealth services requires some research and training – my “homework.” My first step was researching whether my licensing board allows, or at least does not forbid, telehealth.  In Minnesota, it is OK. Next, I researched  whether my contracted insurance companies cover telehealth services, and if so whether they have limitations on this coverage. One crucial question is whether

More evidence that brain training has benefits- but only very specific to the training

More evidence that brain training has benefits- but only very specific to the training

No ‘far transfer’ – chess, memory training and music does make you better at chess, memory training and music” discusses a review of several meta-analytic studies assessing the evidence for “far transfer” learning – the theory that training in one brain domain transfers to another domain. Or, does learning to ride a BMX bicycle result in better skills are riding a unicycle, or piloting a helicopter? The article concludes: “Limiting the analysis to the best-designed studies, they found little or no evidence of far-transfer. The only exception was a robust effect of working memory training on other memory tasks, which

Depression: brain scan can predict response to treatment (medication)

“Brain activity can predict success of depression treatment”reports on a study to be published by JAMA Psychiatry in the June 28 edition. The study builds on previous studies, which have identified neurological markers that predict how patients will respond to antidepressant medication. The study identified more specific markers. The authors conclude that for patients with the marker of low response, “clinicians could decide to start with more aggressive treatment at the outset, such as a combination of pharmacology and psychotherapy, and importantly, monitor these patients more closely.”  From ScienceDaily, read the original article.

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy – May Be Ready for Prime Time

“A New Way for Therapists to Get inside Heads; Virtual Reality” was published by the New York Times on 7-30-17. This article reports on a new Silicon Valley startup called Limbix, a company that bills itself as providing “modern treatment tools for therapists.” Limbix provides a “treatment dashboard” for therapists that enables them to assign work with their patients between appointments by providing assignments, thought records, guided meditations, and more.  It also provides a mobile app for patients which enables them to access their assignments.