Temporary COVID-19 telehealth item numbers can help to protect the population from infection. These item numbers have opened the way to remote consulting for many GPs and allied mental health practitioners who had previously not delivered mental health care in this way. It is important that these items are used effectively and responsibly to ensure quality care delivery and avoid huge cost to the community.
This webinar will focus on practical issues associated with delivering telehealth consultations, in particular telepsych consultations. It will discuss the appropriate use of the item numbers, the differences between face to face and online care, the differences in the way we need to approach COVID-19 anxiety and health anxiety generally and the ways in which eMH resources can best be integrated into telehealth consultations.
- Describe the Medicare item numbers for telehealth specific to the COVID-19 pandemic and define the situations in which they can be used.
- Discuss the special considerations in using online consulting.
- Identify eMH resources that could be useful to incorporate into telehealth consultations.
- Describe some ways in which they might go about incorporating eMH resources in their remote consultations.