COVID-19 “Coronavirus” Notice

Governor Lee signed Executive Order No. 20 (click here for a copy) on Thursday, March 26, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The executive order describes Tennessee’s efforts to address the virus and provides changes and guidance to current laws. The order has language pertaining to Telehealth, which allows LBAs in the State of Tennessee to practice within our Scope of Practice via Telehealth. You will need to check with each funding source as to their approval and the use of billing codes.

Please note Section 38.1 which references Telehealth specifically:

38.1. The provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 63-l-155(a)(l), are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to allow Telehealth or telemedicine services to be provided by any provider licensed under Title 63, regardless of the provider’s authority to diagnose. This suspension does not otherwise alter or amend any licensee’s scope of practice or record keeping requirements.

 

Resources Related to Telehealth and Small Business

 

Websites, Webinars and Podcasts

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

World Health Organization Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Tennessee Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

TennCare Information about Coronavirus
https://www.tn.gov/tenncare/information-statistics/tenncare-information-about-coronavirus.html

COVID-19 Telehealth and Testing Update
https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/tenncare/documents/TennCareMCOCOVID19TelehealthDxTestingUpdate.pdf

TennCare Behavioral Health COVID-19 Telehealth Update
https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/tenncare/documents/TennCareMCOBehavioralHlthCOVID19TelehealthUpdate3182020.pdf

Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP)
You will need to register to access this information, including Organization Guidelines and Standards as well as a webinar on Telehealth.
https://casproviders.org/

The Daily BA with Ryan O’Donnell
https://www.thedailyba.com/episodes/2020/0317/telehealth-aba-services-w/-tina-patterson-med-bcba-lba

Behavioral Observations
https://behavioralobservations.com/session-26-wendy-machalicek-discusses-telemedicine-and-aba/

ABA Inside Track
https://www.abainsidetrack.com/home/2019/6/12/episode-88-ethics-of-telehealth

Imbueity Behavioral Health
https://imbueity.com/tag/telehealth/

Lifting of HIPAA Requirements
https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html

U.S. Small Business Administration
https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

ABA Billing Codes
https://www.ababillingcodes.com/resources/important-covid-19-update-use-of-telehealth/

 

Journal Articles on Telehealth

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10864-018-9292-0
https://psycnet.apa.org/fulltext/2017-51612-002.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5361405/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5048262/

 

Forums for Assistance/Facebook Groups

Telehealth in Behaviour Analysis
ABA Billing and Insurance Help
ABA Billing and Insurance Tips
ABA Marketplace

 

CentralReach Opens Entire CEU Library for Free Access to All BCBAs. Click the link below for more info:

https://centralreach.com/centralreach-opens-entire-ceu-library-for-free-access-to-all-bcbas-2/

 

CalABA Webinar

CalABA Webinar

CASPCASP Webinar

LIVE WEBINAR:
Autism Telehealth in Crises and Beyond

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

Register for Tuesday Autism Telehealth Live Webinar!

The Council of Autism Service Providers is proud to offer this free Telehealth webinar presented by Ron Oberleitner, with Dr. Joy Pollard, BCBA. Telehealth is proving vital to support the autism community in getting earlier diagnoses and accelerating ongoing treatment, especially during today’s health crisis. When their son Robby finally got diagnosed in 1996, the Oberleitners started researching the use of telehealth for his care, then for their friends in the autism community; over time their organization has led over 20 autism telehealth initiatives in 41 U.S. States and in 5 continents. In this webinar, Ron will review different applications of telehealth for autism and comparable health conditions and will recommend strategies to harness telehealth’s potential to benefit families, providers, and payers.

Ron Oberleitner is a former VP Product Development from the medical device industry, where he supervised Styker’s Telesurgery and Telemedicine services for the craniofacial and select orthopedic & neurosurgery industries. After his son was diagnosed with autism, he became Principal Investigator on multiple telehealth research projects funded by NIH, the US Air Force, and Autism Speaks to develop telehealth applications to increase education and access to healthcare for people with autism, and other health conditions including PTSD and dementia. He focuses on the use of health informatics and telemedicine for autism and related behavioral disorders.

Mr. Oberleitner is CEO of Behavior Imaging® – a telehealth technology company that has also successfully managed telehealth services TalkAutism™ and AutismCares™. He is a board member on Idaho’s State Rehabilitation Council and has served and/or chaired the Idaho Assistive Technology Project board for 10 years. The Oberleitners have a wonderful 27-year-old son Robby, who was diagnosed at 3-1/2 years old with low-functioning autism.


Dr. Joy Pollard is the Co-founder and CEO of Clinical Operations at Behavior Change Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in Disability Disciplines, with a Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis and her clinical experience has spanned across the home, clinical, school, and residential home settings. Dr. Pollard serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where she provides clinical supervision and collaborates on research focused on children with ASD and neurogenetic syndromes. Her research and clinical practice have focused extensively on practitioner capacity building initiatives and pioneering telehealth applications to increase access to medically necessary ABA treatment for individuals living in rural and geographically isolated areas.

Dr. Pollard developed the clinical infrastructure and practice guidelines implemented within Behavior Change Institute to ensure high quality, ethically sound telehealth service delivery treatment of multi-state Telehealth services. Driven by a desire to help her nephew, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and unable to access care in his rural community, she developed the Telehealth Service Delivery currently implemented at Behavior Change Institute. She has worked extensively to continually improve the standards of behavioral healthcare for families in rural and underserved communities. Her scholarly publications include articles on ethical considerations in the design and implementation of telehealth service delivery models and she has served as a subject matter expert for the CASP Telehealth Guidelines.

 

1.0 BACB Learning CEU is available.
Must be present for the entire live session.
CEUs are free for CASP members and $10 for non-members.
Payment will be collected after the webinar at the time your CEU credit is processed.

 

Register for Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Telehealth Webinar Now!

Webinar: Mar 27, 2020 12:00 PM

“Providing ABA Services During COVID-19: Safety Guidelines for Essential Healthcare Professionals”

Join CalABA & Kadiant Behavioral Health for an informative webinar regarding safety guidelines for ABA service providers featuring Dr. Cheryl Tierney-Aves (Board Certified Developmental Pediatrician, Penn State Hershey’s Children’s Hospital) and Tammi Keating (Chief Compliance Officer, Kadiant Behavioral Health).

This webinar is FREE to our community!
Time: Mar 27, 2020 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register for Friday, March 27, 2020 CalABA Webinar Now!