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Please note: This page is actively being updated as MSHA receives information from related stakeholders.

This page was updated on 04-02-20



Telehealth/Telepractice Resources



DESE:http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/covid19-faq.docx

Insurance Coverage for Telepractice in Massachusetts:

Important Message Circulating Through ASHA SIG12 AAC:

Jeff Regan, director, Government Affairs and Public Policy: ASHA is actively engaged with Congress about the importance of expanded access to telepractice. As you may know, we currently have a Take Action link asking our ASHA members to express support for H.R. 4932/S. 2741, the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2019. Given the pandemic of COVID-19 and the rapidly evolving health care policy landscape, this Action Alert is currently being modified in time for Virtual Advocacy Day on Monday, March 23, to reflect the urgent need for our services to be covered by Medicare. If you have any additional policy-related questions with respect to COVID-19, please contact Jeff Regan, ASHA's Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy, at jregan@asha.org.



MassHealth information:

The following important document has been updated and posted to the mass.gov/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-and-masshealth website, Regularly check mass.gov/2019coronavirus for general updated information and mass.gov/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-and-masshealth for MassHealth-related information.


MassHealth LTSS Provider Information: Updates Related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which outlines certain flexibilities that MassHealth is implementing. 

New sections include:
    • Group Adult Foster Care (GAFC)
    • Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program 
    • Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
    • Hospice
    • Therapy (Physical, Occupational, Speech)
    • HCBS Wavier Providers
    • Adult Day Health
    • Day Habilitation
    • Adult Foster Care
    • Group Adult Foster Care (GAFC)
    • Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program
    • Home Health Agency Providers
    • Community Case Management Program
    • Hospice Agency Providers
    • Independent Nurse Providers
    • Therapy Providers
    • Nursing Facilities
    • Chronic Disease and Rehabilitation Hospitals
    • HCBS Waiver Providers
Important Note: This document will expand in the coming days and weeks, and be updated regularly as various measures are taken to support MassHealth members and guide the providers who serve them.


As previously shared, in coordination with agencies across the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, MassHealth/EOHHS have released provider bulletins and additional guidance in response to 2019 novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Below are the bulletins and guidance email earlier today:


MassHealth is committed to working with providers, plans, and other stakeholders to ensure member needs continue to be met during this time. We thank you for your partnership and vigilance as we work together through the challenges of COVID-19. We will continue to update providers and members on further developments as it relates to the MassHealth program, and encourage you to consult both the MA Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control websites for the most up to date information.

Professional Development Resources to Obtain 10 hour Telehealth/Teletherapy Training Requirement


Northern Speech Services:

https://www.northernspeech.com/search/?search=telepractice

Has a three part series in telepractice:

  • Introduction to telepractice
  • Evaluation and treatment in telepractice: Part 1
  • Evaluations in telepractice: Part 2
  • Treatment in telepractice: Part 3

Each of these is only $14 and each is worth 1 hour (and .1 ASHA CEU) ON SALE UNTIL 3/31/2020


 

Speechpathology.com:

https://www.speechpathology.com/slp-ceus/all/#/term:telepractice

Also has a 3-part series that looks like it may be applicable to us.

  • Connecting to Communicate: Defining Telepractice
  • Connecting to Communicate: Designing Telepractice Services
  • Connecting to Communicate: Delivering Telepractice Services

Accessing these courses requires a speechpathology.comsubscription which is listed as $99 for the year. Each is worth 1 hour (and .1 ASHA CEU).

 

Medbridge Courses:

  • Starting out in Telepractice (2 hours)
  • Specialty Work in Telepractice (1 hour) This one may be more biased toward pediatric, but I’m not sure

MSHA members can join for $95 for the year.

 

ASHA SIG18:

https://www.asha.org/eWeb/OLSDynamicPage.aspx?Webcode=olsdetails&title=Clinical+Considerations+in+Telepractice+Service+Delivery

One of their Perspectives Issues: Clinical Considerations in Telepractice Service Delivery; 2 hours (.2 ASHA CEUs)

For members of the SIG, it’s $5; otherwise can be purchased for $30 as an ASHA member. It also appears that if you have an ASHA Learning Pass it’s included as well.

 

National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers

YouTube videos of their webinars. No ASHA CEUs. 

https://www.telehealthresourcecenter.org/event/nctrc-webinar-telemedicine-how-to-do-it-right/

https://www.telehealthresourcecenter.org/event/national-trc-webinar-innovation-and-impact-with-speech-language-pathology-telepractice/

https://www.telehealthresourcecenter.org/event/fqhc-webinar-series-part-1-telehealth-and-chronic-care-management/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgxH69CqPbM (video by ASHA)



CSHA and SpeechTherapyPD.com present: FREE WEB CONFERENCE! {REPLAY} Teletherapy Bootcamp - Expires March 26th

https://learn.speechtherapypd.com/teletherapy-bootcamp/



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