Washington Telepsychiatry2017-12-24T13:35:44+00:00
Washington telepsychiatry

WASHINGTON TELEPSYCHIATRY

Washington Telemed
Medicaid Reimbursement
Parity Law
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
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The Evergreen State is full of beautiful landscapes, delectable coffee, and quality telepsychiatry services! This practice allows rural and under-served areas of Washington to have access to quality mental health care, which can truly impact the mental health of the state.

Telepsychiatry is widely accepted and utilized throughout Washington. The rules and regulations concerning telemedicine in Washington are generally permissive. The Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC) is the regional group that helps support the utilization of telemedicine in Washington. Iris is a proud member of NRTRC and they have been a great partner to have in providing telepsychiatry care throughout the state.

Based on these subjects, Iris gives Washington an A rating for being an awesome state in providing telepsych services. Keep it up, Washington!

THE TRUTH ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH IN WASHINGTONWashington loves telepsych

Nearly one-fourth of Washington residents meet the criteria for a mental health disorder, which is the third highest of all states. Though Washington’s psychiatric wards are full of patients, countless Washingtonians who need treatment for mental illness fail to receive it. It has more known mental illness than nearly every other state, but residents are less likely to be hospitalized, according to a survey.

Because of this clear lack in psychiatrists, the state of Washington is categorized as being in a mental health crisis and has a severe shortage of mental health resources. There are only 9 child psychiatrists per every 100,000 children in Washington. To have a mostly sufficient supply, there would need to be 47 child psychiatrists per every 100,000 children. In rural areas, there is often no access to mental healthcare or a waiting period that lasts several months. This means that people who need healthcare do not get it. That’s where we come in.

WASHINGTON TELEMED RULES & REGULATIONS

Like in every state, any clinician providing services to a patient located in Washington must be licensed by the Washington medical board. It is important that each clinician understands the rules specific and unique to Washington in mental health.

In Washington, telemedicine is defined as “the use of tele-monitoring to enhance the delivery of certain… services using audio, video, or data communication instead of a face-to-face visit.” Out-of-state doctors are allowed to deliver telemedicine services to patients in Washington according to state laws. Telemedicine can be facilitated through sites such as:

  • Clinics
  • Dental offices
  • Home or any location determined appropriate by the individual receiving the service
  • Hospitals (inpatient or outpatient)
  • Neurodevelopmental centers
  • Schools
  • Rural health clinic
  • Federally qualified health center
  • Physicians or other health care provider’s office
  • Community mental health center
  • Skilled nursing facility
  • Renal dialysis center

If you have any other questions regarding the rules and regulations for Washington telepsychiatry, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information.

IMPLEMENTATION OF WASHINGTON TELEPSYCHIATRY

Washington laws require that in order to provide medical care via telemedicine, HIPAA regulations must be followed for interactive, real-time audio and video telecommunications to deliver covered services. Other than that, there are only few restrictions when it comes to practicing telepsychiatry within the state of Washington. Washington enacted the Interstate Medical licensure Compact for clinicians. There are many successful telepsychiatry programs throughout Washington that can be a model for any healthcare organizations trying to implement telemedicine programs.

There were 800,000 online consultations in the United States in 2015.

TELEMEDICINE REIMBURSEMENT IN WASHINGTON

Remote patient monitoring and live video reimbursement is available in Washington when it is medically necessary. The referring provider must be responsible for determining and documenting the medical necessity. Eligible originating sites for reimbursement through Medicaid are:

  • Clinics
  • Dental offices
  • Home or any location determined appropriate by the individual receiving the service
  • Hospitals (inpatient or outpatient)
  • Schools
  • Rural health clinic
  • Federally qualified health center
  • Physicians or other health care provider’s office
  • Community mental health center
  • Skilled nursing facility
  • Pharmacologic management
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IRIS IN WASHINGTON

Washington is a great state to work, play, and practice telepsych! Iris Telehealth is the leader in telepsychiatry in the Pacific Northwest and we have had great success providing services throughout the state of Washington. We are currently providing outpatient services for multiple community mental health centers, hospital systems and insurance providers to expand the services that they can offer their patients and members. Iris looks forward to growing our relationships with our current partners in Washington and to continue meeting new friends along the way!