COVID-19 Resources for you and your practice
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Click here for APA resources.
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Free Webinar TodayTomorrow!! COVID-19 Conversations for Clinicians
Offered at two times:
Saturday, March 28 at 9-10am PDT / 12-1pm EDT ~ Sunday, March 29 at 4-5pm PDT / 7-8pm EDT
Click here to find out more
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As you know, as a result of the crisis, several governors have relaxed or suspended regulations concerning interjurisdictional telepsych practice. However, the devil is in the details. Some of states' emergency orders allow for interjurisdictional telepsych practice without notifying the state while others require you to notify the state and fill out forms before you can see patients. Some orders allow you to only see existing patients while others are more expansive. Hereis the link. It is updated twice a day as new states have added emergency orders and others have modified their orders to meet the crisis.
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List of NH essential workers click here
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New information from Aetna click here
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APA resources for students, faculty, psychologists, supervisors, trainees and high school teachers of psychology. Click Here
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Here is the emergency license application form pursuant to Executive Order #15.
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Free webinar tomorrow (Thursday, 3/26) for students from the APA. More info and register here
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On 3/24/2020 Governor Sununu issued Emergency Order #15 Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-4 allowing temporary licensure of medical professions, including psychologists, to perform Telehealth services within the State of New Hampshire. A temporary license may be obtained at no cost to individuals licensed in good standing in another jurisdiction. Here is the Executive Order. And here is the Executive Order related to reimbursement. ADDED 3/25/2020 10:55am Individuals seeking a temporary NH license, should email their current license and a request for temporary licensure to Psychologists.Board@oplc.nh.gov
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Pandemic resource list from the APA click here
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COVID-19 Resources from The Trust click here
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This falls under self-care - Calm.com is offering free resources.
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**Beacon update click here
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Self-care for psychologists/mental health professionals
Headspace.com is offering free membership for the rest of 2020 to all healthcare professionals at the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic. You just need a personal NPI number. Here's the link: https://www.headspace.com/health-covid-19
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Governor Sununu's Executive Order
Regarding relaxing the HIPAA rules for videoconference:
Here is what the US Department of Health and Human Services is saying about relaxing HIPAA in order to accommodate usage of various platforms and apps for teletherapy:
NHPA's BHAC still recommends the conservative route where possible -- using a HIPAA compliant version along with a BAA. However, in situations where that isn't possible, when systems are down or causing problems, or if the client is having difficulties, the US DHHS announcement (see link posted above) allows for other popular platforms such as FaceTime and Google Hangouts. PLEASE READ THE DOCUMENT as it would be important to document in your client record/note the "good faith provision" for using whatever platform you are using if it isn't HIPAA compliant. The above link also details what you should NOT use, such as public facing platforms.
Here is the information directly from APA:
"On March 6, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020 (H.R. 6074, Public Law 116-123), which provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding, including a provision that allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to waive Medicare telehealth restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak so that patients can receive care no matter where they are located, including at home.
House sponsors of the CONNECT for Health Act, another bill that would waive telehealth reimbursement restrictions during national emergencies, sent a letter last week to HHS Secretary Alex Azar urging the expeditious waiver implementation and guidance, as did Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee.
On March 17, HHS waived key restrictions and issued public guidance on that waiver. Notably, the guidance allows Medicare patients to receive telehealth services in their homes and permits psychologists to provide services to both existing and new Medicare patients allowing for greater service delivery than what was enacted into law. Providers can use telephones for patient services as long as they are equipped with audio and video capabilities that enable two-way, real-time interactive communication. The Office of Civil Rights at HHS announced it would waive penalties for potential HIPAA violations during this public health emergency.
APA will be releasing more details on these waivers as soon as possible. In addition, APA will continue to advocate for increasing patient access to telehealth services at the federal and state level so that psychologists can provide essential mental health care. "
Once we receive more information we will add it to the website.
ASPPB has developed the attached chart to help everyone determine licensure aspects of practicing in states where the session is being held at the client's location. As you can see, not all states are listed on this document, which means they are still working on the other states. For those states not on the list, we recommend you contact the licensing board in the state directly to ask about temporary practice in that state. Click here for the chart.
From APA: PracticeUpdate: Your road map for telehealth practice during COVID19
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**Governor Sununu Emergency Order For Telehealth Click here
APA Webinar: Telepsychology Best Practice 101 Series https://apa.content.online/catalog/product.xhtml?eid=15132
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**Scroll down to the section What to know about Insurance Companies Reimbursing for Telepsychology for updates.
If you use American Professional Agency for liability insurance click here
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Click here to learn about resources, On Demand & Live CE opportunities offered by The Trust
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Click Here to read about the Relaxation of HIPAA Requirements for Remote Interaction with Clients
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Sununu’s Emergency Order #5 that provides unemployment benefits to Self-Employed individuals whom are closed down for the COVID19 pandemic. The website is not very user friendly- but it is painless to file (do it on a laptop or computer for better usage). There is a specific drop down for self-employed and then for Coronavirus effected closure or loss of income. You must create an account first.
The website is:
If you’re concerned about covering your expenses during this crazy time- it’s worth a look. You’ll need to know your average weekly income based on your last 5 weeks, as well as generate an average hourly rate.
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Click here for information from CIGNA on telehealth.
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Recommendations for HIPAA-conforming telehealth platforms. Review APA’s free online article, “Comparing the Latest Telehealth Solutions.” It is like a Consumer Reports review of 3 popular telehealth platforms: Doxy.me, thera-link, and Zoom.
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Please see below for recent statement from NH Board of Psychologists and attached document for full statement and clarification.
At its most recent meeting, and in reply to a related question, the Board of Psychologists reiterated that online courses that are live and interactive satisfy the requirement for live continuing education as long as the sponsoring organization qualifies under the category A as indicated in Psyc 402.01 (cited in part below)
Category A credit shall consist of 60 minute hours spent by licensees in the following:
(1) Participation in seminars or workshops;
(2) Participation in home study courses, up to a maximum of 20 hours;
(3) Preparation of a seminar or workshop, up to a maximum of 10 hours;
(4) Graduate academic coursework; or
(5) Service to the board as a professional conduct investigation committee member, up to 20 hours.
(Here is a document for further clarification on the list of approved sponsoring organizations and clarification between Category A and Category B requirements.)
- 30 of the 40 CEUs for the two year period must be in category A
- 6 of these must be in Ethics.
- At least 10 of the category A hours must be live - either in person or, as the board has already clarified, online live & interactive.
- The sponsor list for category A is found at 402.01 (d). Note that NHPA is listed there.
- 402.01 (c), (e) and (f) have additional methods to achieve category A credit though coursework and presentations etc.
It is helpful that NHPA is providing an online live and interactive attendance option for the NHPA live seminars in fulfillment of CE licensing requirements for those who wish to avoid gatherings.
If there are further questions or issues concerning these issues, please let me know and hopefully I may be able to answer these.
Questions can be directly submitted to the Board by emailing:
In addition, we can address such issues as well at our upcoming board meeting on April 3, 2020.
Robert Walrath, PsyD Chair, Board of Psychology
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From Beacon Health
Top 5 commonly used approved telehealth platforms (Free or low cost
KEEPING THE OFFICE GOING: ETHICAL AND LEGAL TELEHEALTH PRACTICES FOR THE PROVIDER AND STAFF
Earning Continuing Education (CE) credits during COVID-19
NHPA is aware of the concerns regarding COVID-19 and the unique and unusual impact it may be having on your
plans to earn CE credits via in-person workshops, especially if your license renewal time is approaching.
Here are some helpful reminders and resources:
NHPA has been in contact with the NH BOP Chair who stated that the BOP understands the issue and is currently working on a position statement. NHPA will keep members updated as we receive information.
NHPA has adapted the April Trust Ethics workshop from in-person to LIVE stream via Zoom
(LIVE stream will count for Category A Ethics)
Resources for your Practice and Teletherapy
New Hampshire Psychologists have an opportunity to take leadership during this time.
NHPA has resources to support you.
Summary points from APA (link to full report):