Maine telepsychiatry

MAINE TELEPSYCHIATRY

Maine Telemed
Medicaid Reimbursement
Parity Law
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
Iris Partnered in Maine

The Pine Tree State is a great home for moose, lighthouses, and telepsychiatry! The practice of telepsychiatry is an innovative way to provide quality mental health care services to rural and underserved areas of Maine.

Telepsych is widely accepted and used among medical professionals throughout Maine. Rules and regulations regarding telehealth practices in the state are permissive. The Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC) is the regional group that supports the utilization of telemedicine in Maine. Iris is proud to be a member of NETRC. They have been a vital partner in seeking to provide telepsychiatry care throughout Maine.

Based on our research, Iris gives Maine an A rating for being an awesome state for providing telepsych services. Way to go, Maine!

THE LIGHTHOUSE VIEW OF MENTAL HEALTH IN MAINE

Telepsychiatry in MaineA study by Mental Health America (MHA) ranked Maine tenth in the United States for providing access to mental health services. However, less than half of the adults living with mental illness in Maine receive any form of treatment. One in four people will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime – which means that nearly 300,000 people in Maine will struggle with mental illness in their lifetime, but about 150,000 of them won’t receive appropriate care. Furthermore, studies show that 4.4 percent of the population in Maine has a serious mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression.

There are a total of 54 child and adolescent psychiatrists in the state of Maine. That means for every 100,000 children in Maine, there are about 21 child psychiatrists – so there is a considerable shortage of psychiatrists in the state. That’s where we come in.

RULES & REGULATIONS FOR MAINE TELEPSYCHIATRY

It’s important to fully understand rules and regulations regarding the practice of telemedicine in Maine before implementing a program.

Under Maine legislation, telehealth and telemedicine have two different definitions. Telehealth “is the use of information technology by a Health Care Provider to deliver clinical services at a distance for the purpose of diagnosis, disease monitoring, or treatment.” Telemedicine, on the other hand, has a much broader definition, including other types of communication technology and medical treatments.

If you have any questions about the practice of telepsychiatry in Maine, feel free to contact us for more information.

IMPLEMENTATION OF TELEPSYCH IN MAINE

Implementing telepsych in Maine is relatively easy to do with the right knowledge and guidance. There are no specific restrictions related to technology requirements outside of abiding by HIPAA regulations. Physicians must be licensed in the state of Maine to practice telemedicine. For those looking to implement telemed services in Maine, there are many successful programs in the state that serve as excellent models.

TELEMEDICINE REIMBURSEMENT IN MAINE

Medicaid reimbursement for telemedicine in Maine is available for the typical services offered in a mental health setting. If the person receiving care is eligible for the underlying covered service, and providing it through telehealth is medically appropriate, it will be reimbursed in the same way as face-to-face services.

Obtaining consent from the patient is one of the key aspects of delivering telehealth services in Maine. Providers are required to give written educational information to patients during their visit. The information must be written at a sixth-grade comprehension level.

There is no reimbursement allowed for email, telephone, and fax services.


Maine Iris Telehealth

IRIS IN MAINE

Iris Telehealth believes Maine is a wonderful place to live and work! We are currently partnered with community mental health centers in the state to provide telepsychiatry services. We hope to continue to grow our partnerships in Maine and make new friends along the way! If you want to help improve access to mental health for people in your community, we want to hear your voice.

We look forward to bringing telepsychiatry services to other areas throughout the state of Maine, including hospitals and specialty locations!