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COVID-19 Resources

NYSPA COVID-19 updates and resources for professionals and the public

This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

 

NYSPA COVID-19 Town Hall 3/22/2020 - Please note, you must be signed in to your member profile to access this link

 

NYSPA's COVID-19 Resource Compilation - Last Updated 3/24/2020


TELEHEALTH

NYSPA is partnering with the APA to advocate with Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial payers. More information will be forthcoming on that effort soon, and we will continue to offer information and resources as it becomes available.

Some great telehealth resources available now:

Informed Consent Telepsychology Checklist.

Office & Technology Preparation Checklist. 

Telepsychology Best Practice 101 Webinar Series online CE course to learn more about telepsychology practice

“Comparing the Latest Telehealth Solutions.”  is a free online article for help choosing a telehealth platform

APPIC Telemental Health Modification

Beacon Empire Plan Telehealth Guidelines

Medicare General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kitpublished 3/23/20

Temporary/Telepsychological Practice and COVID-19, ASPPB

Updated Telehealth Guidance - Coding, Billing, Reimbursement, etc, APA published 3/18/20

Temporary Changes to Federal Medicare Telehealth Policies, APA published 3/18/20

 

Telehealth Insurance Company Guidelines - Message to members

Members have requested information about guidelines for teleheath practice from the range of insurers. As information comes in from companies, we will post them here. We are not able to analyze these so please use them as general sources of information that could be helpful to you. We continue to urge our members to contact individual insurers to verify information related to each patient's contract.

Thank you,
NYSPA Insurance Committee

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CIGNA
Interim Health Guidance

AETNA
Telehealth Guidance

Approved Behavioral Health Telemedicine Services

BEACON
New York State Teleheath Law Provider: Frequently Asked Questions

EMBLEM HEALTH
Telehealth/Telemedicine and Telephone Call Frequently Asked Questions

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD (EMPIRE PLAN)
Information from Empire for Care Providers about COVID-19,
updated 3/23/2020
Commercial Reimbursement Policy: Teleheath Services
Provider News

UHC
COVID-19 Telehealth Services



Additional Resources

Licensure Related Matters and COVID19, ASPPB

NYSPA COVID-19 Town Hall 3/22/2020Please note, you must be signed in to your member profile to access this link

Statement on Education and Training Considerations during COVID-19 Pandemic, Council of Chairs of Training Councils, 3/23/20

APA Commission on Accreditation COVID-19 updates 
The Commission on Accreditation is having discussions to formulate guidance regarding accreditation and OPCA staff are working to communicate this guidance as it is formulated.
 
COVID-19 Education FAQs 
Addressing issues affecting graduate students, postdocs, interns and faculty with supervision and training responsibilities.

APA electronic resources available for distance learning 
Free access to a variety of books and other academic materials offered during shut-down period.
 
APA offers free access to Publication Manual and other resources through May 25 
To support academic libraries and their many patrons, we are providing temporary free access to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th and 7th editions), the Concise Guide to APA Style, and more than 160 other books published by APA Books through VitalSource and RedShelf.
 
Advice for psychology supervisors and trainees on caring for patients during the COVID-19 crisis 
As public health and education officials continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus, here is advice for supervisors and trainees at psychology training programs on how to prepare for and adapt to fluctuating circumstances specific to patient care.

COVID-19 relevant free journal articles 
This free collection includes relevant psychological research published across the APA Journals portfolio. We will update this collection on an ongoing basis.
 
Free CE series on telepsychology best practice 
For a limited time, APA'S four-part Continuing Education in Psychology series "Telepsychology Best Practice 101" is available free of charge. 
 
Psychology lesson plans made available to all teachers by APA 
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) has made psychology unit lessons available freely for the benefit all teachers.
 
Conducting research during the COVID-19 pandemic 
Advice from psychological researchers on protecting participants, animals and research plans.


 


NYSPA DPA Dispatches Related to COVID-19

New Insurance Rules during the COVID-19 Emergency, DPA Dispatch 3/18/2020

Medicare and Telehealth, DPA Dispatch 3/10/2020

 


Disaster Resource Network Listserv

The Disaster Resource Network of NYSPA is pleased to announce an open dialogue and forum for all NYSPA members to connect and provide support to each other while working in these difficult times. As therapists, we often feel isolated and alone, and even more so now as we are restricted in movement and contact. We invite all of our members to write and share thoughts, reflections and experiences during this surreal and extraordinary time in the world. We look forward to an interactive, open dialogue in the days ahead.

Click here to join the DRN listserv.

 


NYSPA Position Statements

NYSPA’s Joint Statement on Coronavirus and Xenophobia, Friday, March 13, 2020