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ILOTA Townhall Virtual Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Michele Chaleunphonh
09:28
Is the audio working?
Michele Chaleunphonh
13:56
Are you able to hear the main speaker? Trying to figure out if the error is with my computer or connection. Thank you.
Michele Chaleunphonh
16:37
I am unable to hear the speaker...Is it working for everyone else?
Celeste
01:01:17
Hey Jim!
Abi
01:29:39
If we're defining Telehealth as phone, EI has approved telephone sessions, including for OTAs.
Janet Alonso
01:30:24
As of March 1st Medicaid will reimburse to schools.
Ashley Stoffel
01:31:03
Thanks for clarifying Abi. We are advocating for EI to cover direct service telehealth (typically 60 minutes per week) instead of just using the IFSP development time for short phone calls with families.
christinac
01:33:41
This would be AMAZING! Many of us EI OT’s are closely following policy and are happy to help contact representatives!
Ashley Stoffel
01:35:25
Message me (astoffel@uic.edu) if you want the letter template we sent out regarding EI advocacy to the state legislation
robyn
01:36:47
we are finding that not all BCBS policies are covering teletherapy. Will this be changing?
christinac
01:36:47
Do you have a different template than the one sent out last week from President Hill? I used that one & shared on Facebook, but would be happy to send another :)
Ashley Stoffel
01:37:04
It's the same!
christinac
01:40:20
Great! Shared with all EI families too :)
Lillian Chen-Byerley’s iPhone
01:41:17
pls send me any visuals and coding esp for pediatric and mental health reimbursements. if telehealth is only billable for a week after (short window deadline) it is impt for me to better understand I have seen blogs where servicing pediatric OT or OT services during this time is not even AOTA recommended. that is w shelter I. place we are told not to treat. yet I have fragile pts and some mental health depressed suicidal pts who need to be supported so currently daily for facts vis text is working
iPhone Lisa
01:48:23
can we have the link to telehealth that was just referenced?
Gail Fisher
01:54:35
AOTA telehealth resources page
Gail Fisher
01:54:36
https://www.aota.org/Practice/Manage/telehealth.aspx
Gail Fisher
02:01:46
Those of us who are faculty could also share the advocacy template for EI with our students.
Gail Fisher
02:04:23
There is a Facebook page called Telehealth OT that will send emails about courses and resources
iPhone Lisa
02:05:27
thank you
robyn
02:07:06
Has anyone been successful in being reimbursed for telehealth with private insurers in pediatrics? If so, any suggestions? Any codes?
Emily Romasanta
02:07:15
So far BCBS only has mental health codes listed. Reference there provider website.
Emily Romasanta
02:07:57
Was wondering if therapeutic activities code has been used?
robyn
02:09:37
Diagnosis and CPT codes that have been successfully reimbursed in pediatrics would be helpful
Nisha
02:12:11
Facebook group BCBS Telehealth approved for OT/PT/SLP has lots of info
Nisha
02:12:41
that I have read through I haven't seen any pediatric clients but have been reading through their posts
Gail Fisher
02:13:02
If anyone is providing telehealth services due to COVID-19, maybe they could share a quick case study as an example that could be posted on the ILOTA website.
Rose Duffy
02:13:18
What types of metrics could we be looking at as we jump into telehealth during this period, in order to demonstrate the quality of telehealth services for OT/PT?
Rose Duffy
02:15:55
Examples would be great! Would love that as a resource if anyone has.
Janet Alonso
02:16:21
I can share how our district is doing Medicaid documentation if interested.
Paula Costello
02:16:25
Jana Cason has some short videos on YouTube.
christinac
02:17:05
Ashley, is there an “Conversation in EI” CEU coming up anytime soon?
Gail Fisher
02:17:26
Metrics to demonstrate outcomes could include pre-post evaluation of participation in valued roles and activities, family indicating they understand how much support their family member needs, families or patient follow through on recommended modifications to the home environment or acquiring needed assistive devices.
Gail Fisher
02:18:05
Another metric could be follow through on the home exercise/activity program.
Ashley Stoffel
02:18:08
@christinac, We were planning another EI CE event for May but have postponed for now and hopefully, we will continue later this summer.
robyn
02:19:56
Any suggestions on what we can do to get BCBS to cover OT telehealth services? Not all plans are covering despite Governor's executive order.
christinac
02:20:29
Thanks! Would it be possible to still hold a shorter one via zoom if this hold on services persists?
Patti Crimer
02:21:05
Bye--stay safe.
Ashley Stoffel
02:21:40
We are exploring virtual options for the EI CE Join the Conversation series but also exploring a follow-up pediatric session similar to today's townhall. Stay tuned!
Emily Romasanta
02:22:00
if it is a self funded plan, they can opt out for telehealth
Nisha
02:22:58
I hear have been hearing it varies policy to policy from providers Also hearing self-funding policies are not approving telehealth visits
robyn
02:23:46
Yes, it is varying policy to policy.
ljacks53
02:25:18
This is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our value and what we have to offer
robyn
02:27:39
What do you suggest we can do no to help advocate for these policies to cover teletherapy during Covid?
Rose Duffy
02:28:00
Thank you. This was great!
Nisha
02:28:15
Headspace is offering free membership for healthcare providers - helpful during these unknown and chaotic time
maureennerger
02:28:32
thank you