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Are you able to hear the main speaker? Trying to figure out if the error is with my computer or connection. Thank you.
I am unable to hear the speaker...Is it working for everyone else?
If we're defining Telehealth as phone, EI has approved telephone sessions, including for OTAs.
As of March 1st Medicaid will reimburse to schools.
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.
This would be AMAZING! Many of us EI OT’s are closely following policy and are happy to help contact representatives!
Message me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want the letter template we sent out regarding EI advocacy to the state legislation
we are finding that not all BCBS policies are covering teletherapy. Will this be changing?
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 :)
It's the same!
Great! Shared with all EI families too :)
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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
can we have the link to telehealth that was just referenced?
AOTA telehealth resources page
Those of us who are faculty could also share the advocacy template for EI with our students.
There is a Facebook page called Telehealth OT that will send emails about courses and resources
Has anyone been successful in being reimbursed for telehealth with private insurers in pediatrics? If so, any suggestions? Any codes?
So far BCBS only has mental health codes listed. Reference there provider website.
Was wondering if therapeutic activities code has been used?
Diagnosis and CPT codes that have been successfully reimbursed in pediatrics would be helpful
Facebook group BCBS Telehealth approved for OT/PT/SLP has lots of info
that I have read through I haven't seen any pediatric clients but have been reading through their posts
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.
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?
Examples would be great! Would love that as a resource if anyone has.
I can share how our district is doing Medicaid documentation if interested.
Jana Cason has some short videos on YouTube.
Ashley, is there an “Conversation in EI” CEU coming up anytime soon?
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.
Another metric could be follow through on the home exercise/activity program.
@christinac, We were planning another EI CE event for May but have postponed for now and hopefully, we will continue later this summer.
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.
Thanks! Would it be possible to still hold a shorter one via zoom if this hold on services persists?
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!
if it is a self funded plan, they can opt out for telehealth
I hear have been hearing it varies policy to policy from providers Also hearing self-funding policies are not approving telehealth visits
Yes, it is varying policy to policy.
This is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our value and what we have to offer
What do you suggest we can do no to help advocate for these policies to cover teletherapy during Covid?
Thank you. This was great!
Headspace is offering free membership for healthcare providers - helpful during these unknown and chaotic time