In 2010, the American Psychological Association, Practice Directorate’s Office of Legal & Regulatory Affairs published summary of telehealth-relevant statutes and regulations in in a document entitled,”Telehealth 50-State Review.” Since then, a growing number of states have changed their laws to keep up with the rapid evolution in technology and for psychologists, telepsychology.
The APA’s legal office has now updated the previous document and released the Telepsychology 50-state review to guide psychologists in navigating the regulations and provisions in their respective states of licensure.
These same regulation updates might also be of use to professionals in other mental health disciplines.
New Telepsychology Guidelines
Those of you following this blog may also recall the recent post pointing you to the new Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology, which were approved in July of 2013. These new practice guidelines are the product of a 2-year Joint Task Force on the Development of Telepsychology Guidelines for Psychologists. The Task Force was comprised of members representing APA, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) and the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust (APAIT).
For a 6-unit TMHI Legal/Ethical course to understand these newly released APA guidelines in light of those released by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) in May of 2013, see this page.
For national and state-by-state reimbursement policy updates, see the
- National Conference of State Legislatures’ Webpage for Telehealth Reimbursement
- Center for Connected Health Policy Releases Telehealth Reimbursement Report