Telemedicine Coverage Mandatory in California

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California Governor Signs New Telehealth Insurance Law On October 11, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law requiring commercial health insurance coverage and payment parity for telehealth services, unfortunately the law won’t take effect until 2021. However, in consideration of the State of Emergency declared by the Governor and the Secretary for Health and Human Services, an industry trade group, America’s …

Webcam Appointments March 2020

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I will be seeing my patients via webcam for at least the next two weeks. Your appointment will be at the same time, but to join the meeting you will need a smartphone or computer with Chrome, Safari or Firefox and a camera.  Most smartphones and computers (except for work computers that block video conferencing) should work. You can find out …

Google Hangouts Meet

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For several years we have been using Google Hangouts Meet (NOT Google Hangouts – which is quite different, even though it sounds the same) as the preferred way of setting up telepsychiatry sessions at Gateway Psychiatric. There are two essential points to know. The information about how to join a Hangouts Meet is to be found in the invitation to …

Telepsychiatry at Gateway – An Update

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An American contractor in Iraq suffering from the after effects of a violent attack needs help to prevent him from developing acute post-traumatic stress disorder. A young man who has been in the throes of an acute psychotic mania and who is now living with his father in remote Humboldt County is trying to rebuild his life. An older woman …

Doxy.me Telepsychiatry

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This blog post provides information about Doxy.me a HIPAA compliant tele-psychiatry platform that we use at Gateway Psychiatric. Doxy.me is a simple and secure Web-based video solution designed for telemedicine. Doxy.me automatically works with popular internet browsers, such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, without requiring additional downloads or plug-ins to install. Doxy.me does not work with Safari or Internet Explorer. …

Telemedicine Interest

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A survey by mental health systems reviewer Software Advice revealed that 75% of patients who have never used telemedicine said they were interested in trying such services in place of an in-person medical visit, as reported by this article on iHealthBeat.org. Of those 75% of patients, 39% identified as being “extremely interested” or “very interested.” 71% of the overall respondents …

Telehealth at Gateway Psychiatric?

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We have begun to implement a new platform for telehealth at Gateway Psychiatric. We have signed a Business Associates agreement with Google, which provides a secure, HIPAA compliant, platform for online meetings of all kinds, including for counseling and telepsychiatry. Telehealth allows us to provide care for patients throughout California. For many people we will need to have only one …