Coronavirus Information for Providers

 

APsaA has designated two small taskforces to compile, curate, and create information about adapting one's practice to full-time telehealth while we are observing physical distancing as well as recommendations for resuming in-person sessions when cases are lower in your regions. We will be sharing resources reflecting an evolving understanding of best practices for issues such as switching clients to video or audio-only sessions, making remote treatments work, regulatory and licensure concerns, and the rapidly shifting insurance landscape.  

These peer-to-peer resources will also address crucial questions about self-care during this difficult time. Let's remember that mental health providers are also feeling anxious and overwhelmed. The best way through this crisis is to get through it together.  

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A Note about Regulatory and Insurance Issues

The APsaA COVID-19 Advisory Team offers some suggestions for regulatory and insurance issues. Keep in mind information regarding regulations, insurance, and waivers during this difficult time are changing, sometimes on a daily basis. This document will be updated as new (and better) information emerges.

APsaA's Advocacy Department conducted a webinar on April 29 discussing, advocacy, practice and regulatory issues. You can view the presentation here and download the powerpoint slides. Powers Law Firm, APsaA's political strategy firm also created these FAQs to address many of your questions.

APsaA has called on Congress to extend emergency waivers for telehealth coverage in public programs and private insurance during this worldwide pandemic. APsaA has also joined 45 National Mental Health Organizations in urging Congress to provide temporary statutory authority to Dept. of Labor to allow that agency to ensure all ERISA plans cover telehealth services, including mental health and addiction treatment. You can read this letter here. We also signed a second Mental Health Liaison Group letter that was originated by our colleagues at PsiAN which you can read here. For additional resources from Powers click here.

Getting Started with Remote Treatments

Whether one has significant or no experience, or somewhere in between, providing psychoanalytic care with telehealth tools during the COVID-19 crisis is unique. With little or no time to transition treatments, many have been forced by the pandemic to move their entire practice online, often overnight. The APsaA COVID-19 Advisory Team has been creating and curating documents we believe can help in this historically unique and highly stressful time. Hopefully, these documents will make it easier for you to find the information you need as you navigate these difficult times. Please feel free to adapt whatever you find to the unique needs of your situation, sensibilities, and practice. 

An additional presentation discusses discusses the similarities and differences between being in person and on screen or phone as well as concepts and strategies to help in these trying times. All clinical material has been disguised and permission granted to preserve confidentiality.

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Resources for Support and Colleagueship

APsaA has created a broadcast-only listserv to share relevant information about coping with the current crisis with whoever might be interested or find the information useful. This is open to all who may be interested and is not a discussion list. You can join the list by sending an otherwise blank email to COVID-19-join@list.apsa.org. Here is the Welcome Message to the list posted by the co-chairs of the COVID-19 Advisory Team.

APsaA will soon be offering peer consultation groups open to any licensed mental health professional who identifies as being part of the psychoanalytic community. Check back here for information on how to participate. Information about how to participate will also be posted on the broadcast-only COVID-19 broadcast list (see paragraph above for how you can join).

Here are some tips for managing anxieties by Salman Akhtar that was shared on the COVID-19 broadcast list by the co-chairs of the COVID-19 Advisory Team

Working from home now? Probably. Humorous and helpful advice from The Washington Post cartoonist Ann Telnaes on how to WFH (as it is now called).

 

 

APsaA has given four seminars on "Going Online in the Time of COVID-19". The series gives guidelines for switching to online therapy and analysis, the scope and probable problems of this mass crisis over times, and what to think about in teaching and supervising online. 

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