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Care Without Borders: 5 Things to Know Before Launching a Telepsychiatry Program

Posted by Regroup on Feb 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Healthcare facilities across the country are increasingly embracing telepsychiatry as a way to provide patients with quality mental health services, regardless of their zip code. By connecting patients and clinicians through live videoconferencing , telepsychiatry helps expand access to clinicians in rural or other underserved areas, where it can be difficult to hire and retain quality on-site staff. While successful programs can improve care quality, support better clinical outcomes and reduce costs, the right approach is key.

If you’re planning to implement a telepsychiatry program, here are five essential steps to help ensure success.

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Sector Spotlight | Value-Based Care Providers

Posted by Regroup on Feb 12, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Healthcare spending is skyrocketing in America, reaching a whopping $3.5 trillion in 2017 and projected to rise another 5.5 percent annually over the next decade. As the industry seeks to contain these costs, providers are shifting their focus from the quantity to the quality of care they deliver – and that’s where value-based care comes in.

In contrast to the traditional fee-for-service model, the value-based approach rewards providers for efficiency, as well as patient health outcomes. Reducing expensive – and sometimes avoidable – acute care episodes is integral to the success of this approach, which is why mental health is an important part of value-based care. By identifying and resolving behavioral health issues earlier, healthcare organizations can keep patients healthier – a win-win for patients and providers.

In our ongoing Sector Spotlight series, we focus on how telepsychiatry can help value-based care providers access mental health services that benefit their patients and their bottom lines.

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[Ask Regroup]: Elizabeth Carden, Director of Clinical Accounts

Posted by Jenny Goldsmith on Jan 31, 2019 8:48:00 AM

Elizabeth Carden joined Regroup in 2017 with a primary goal in mind: to see how technology could increase access to mental health services, regardless of zip code. Two years later, she is still drawn to the opportunity to expand access for communities by bringing telepsychiatry solutions to Regroup’s health facility partners, their staff, and of course, their patients.

In this edition of Ask Regroup, Carden discusses how Regroup works with its healthcare partners to meet their ongoing needs, and how internal and external communication is key to making sure the partners’ needs are being met.

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[Ask Regroup]: Dr. Adia Cobb, Psychiatrist

Posted by Jenny Goldsmith on Jan 2, 2019 8:45:00 AM

Dr. Adia Cobb has spent her entire life interested in helping those in need. From volunteer service trips overseas to focusing on underserved populations during medical school, Cobb recognizes the need for building bridges to improve access for those who need it most. Now a bilingual child and adolescent psychiatrist with Regroup, Cobb has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including treating young people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

In this edition of Ask Regroup, Cobb shares how telepsychiatry brings balance to her life and allows her to treat the unique issues facing children and adolescents effectively.

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The History of Telepsychiatry: A Timeline

Posted by Jenny Goldsmith on Dec 14, 2018 8:43:00 AM

 

Telepsychiatry has made headlines in the mental health field over the past few years, as a rapidly growing number of organizations adopt it to improve care access. It may surprise some, then, to learn that telepsychiatry has been around more than 60 years.

As technology, regulations and public attitudes have evolved, so has telepsych’s ability to provide treatment, training and consultation to patients and medical professionals. Through the decades, telepsychiatry’s treatment efficacy for patients and efficiencies for healthcare organizations have kept pace every step of the way. Here, we take a closer look at the history of telepsychiatry in the United States.

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[Ask Regroup]: Julian Cohen, Chief of Quality and Clinician Services

Posted by Jenny Goldsmith on Dec 4, 2018 8:02:00 AM

With a career in behavioral health spanning more than three decades, Julian Cohen has been instrumental in shaping the way communities throughout the U.S. access mental health treatment. Before joining Regroup in February this year, Cohen most recently served as president of Teladoc Behavioral Health and, prior to that, CEO of Breakthrough Behavioral.

Here, Cohen talks about how Regroup works closely with healthcare organizations and telepsychiatrists to improve access and care through strong partner, provider and patient relationships.

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Sector Spotlight: Federally Qualified Health Centers

Posted by Regroup on Nov 13, 2018 10:04:00 AM

In communities across the country where wealth and medical care is scarce, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) can be a critical safety net to keep the neighborhood alive and well. These community healthcare centers provide access to medical, dental and behavioral health services, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Since most FQHCs operate in areas where quality mental health providers are in short supply, telepsychiatry can enable them to offer behavioral health services to underserved patients.

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Primary Care Providers and Telepsychiatrists: The Perfect Match?

Posted by Regroup on Nov 5, 2018 9:44:47 AM

 As telepsychiatry continues to expand across healthcare settings, many primary care providers (PCPs) are seizing the opportunity to meet their patients’ behavioral health needs. With 90 million Americans living in mental health shortage areas, a PCP is often their only connection to the healthcare system. 

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How Telemedicine is Promoting Mental Health

Posted by Regroup on Oct 16, 2018 11:41:23 AM

While the approaches to promoting mental health are as varied as the conditions treated, telemedicine is transforming how providers across the spectrum care for patients. Whether patients receive treatment from their community health center, primary care physician (PCP) or in specialized settings, like corrections, telepsychiatry is a proven way to care for patients with a variety of mental health needs.

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[Ask Regroup]: Chelsea Greenbaum, Director of Clinical Deployments

Posted by Regroup on Oct 2, 2018 3:51:04 PM

Implementing a telepsychiatry program can help healthcare organizations eliminate many obstacles common in providing mental health treatment, from overcoming geographic barriers to reducing costs by allowing facilities to choose the right level of care. For organizations that are new to telepsych, however, rolling out a program often comes with many questions. Here, Regroup’s Director of Clinical Deployments, Chelsea Greenbaum, answers common questions about getting started with a telepsychiatry partner and how Regroup guides its partners through the deployment process.

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