The COVID-19 Emergency Is Not Over

 
 
The COVID-19 Emergency Is Not Over
 
American Psychoanalytic Association Urges Providers to Continue Providing Remote Services
 
New York, NY – July 1, 2020 - In light of surging COVID-19 cases across the country, the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), urges its 3,000 members to continue providing vital mental healthcare services via telehealth technology. APsaA is also calling on Congress to extend emergency waivers for telehealth coverage in public programs and private insurance during this worldwide pandemic.
 
“With many states easing stay-at-home orders and some moving towards ending coverage for telehealth services, there is a desire, by both therapists and patients, to return to in-person therapy. However, the COVID-19 emergency is simply not over,” said William Glover, president of the association. He emphasized, “office consultations would greatly increase risks for patients, mental health providers, and patient’s and therapist’s families, as well as the general public.”
 
The association recently joined more than 300 medical and mental health organizations to call on congress to advance permanent telehealth reform. This letter sent to congress on June 29, 2020 urges providing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with the authority to waive longstanding restrictions on Medicare telehealth services and ensure that all healthcare providers can continue providing  telehealth during the worldwide pandemic.
 
We stand strong with health care professional organizations and other stakeholders who are fighting to expand telehealth coverage and we will actively oppose any attempts, via regulation or insurance reimbursement in particular, that would compromise our ability to provide safe care to our patients,” said Glover. “It would be terrible if insurance restrictions require patients to choose between risking their and their families’ lives to get the therapy they desperately need.”
 
Since the start of the pandemic in the U.S., APsaA has provided the mental health community with resources on how to conduct distance treatment, including which virtual platforms are compliant with all relevant regulations and guidelines for patient privacy. Resources for the public on how to cope with anxiety during this pandemic are also available at apsa.org/coronavirus.
 
About the American Psychoanalytic Association:
APsaA is the oldest and largest professional organization for psychoanalysts in North America, representing 3,000 members, 33 approved training institutes, and 39 affiliate societies throughout the United States. 
 
Media Contact:
Wylie Tene
American Psychoanalytic Association
Director of Public Affairs