Report Examining Emerging Liability Concerns in Telemedicine (2015) | Although telemedicine has been lauded for offering promising benefits like cost savings and increased access to care for patients living in remote areas, there are still some uncertainties and liability concerns about this evolving method of care delivery, states a July 2015 report from PIAA, an association of medical professional liability carriers. Currently there are few closed malpractice claims related to telemedicine, but the potential for liability is high, as laws regulating telemedicine are still developing. The major concerns include licensure, informed consent, and continuity of care, according to PIAA. The article also provides tips on managing liability, such as ensuring that providers and nurses only care for patients residing in states in which they are licensed, as laws vary significantly by state. Guidance on standards, quality, and technology are few and far between, but PIAA notes that the American Telemedicine Association has released guidance on practicing telemedicine and other resources on its website.
Telebehavioral Health Training and Technical Assistance | The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions Telebehavioral Health Training and Technical Assistance Series is designed to help safety net providers and rural health clinics understand and adopt telebehavioral health services. The implementation of telehealth services for mental health and substance use allows for increased access to these services, particularly in rural or underserved areas. Divided into six sessions, the training will provide you with the tools and resources necessary to identify and implement a telebehavioral health program. Each educational session includes a Q&A session with telebehavioral health experts, and associated resources for further exploration and information.
Telehealth Program Connects CHC Providers with Nationally Recognized Pain Specialists in Arizona (2013) | On January 3rd, 2013, providers at Community Health Center locations across Connecticut and in Arizona met for the first time with a team from the nation’s leading chronic pain management organization—Integrated Pain Center of Arizona (IPCA)—via video-conferencing to discuss complex issues they had with patients suffering from chronic pain and learn new ways to treat their patients.
Telehealth Resource Centers | Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, which is part of the Office of Rural Health Policy. Nationally, there are a total of 14 TRCs which include 12 regional centers, all with different strengths and regional expertise, and two national centers which focus on areas of technology assessment and telehealth policy.