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COVID-19 Resources for Psychologists from PPA

Coronavirus Resources from PPA and Beyond

There are a lot of unknowns circling around the Coronavirus, and while PPA doesn't have all of the answers, we do have some resources for members. See below for information and links that we hope you find helpful!

What you can find on this page:

From PPA:

From HHS OMHSAS and APA:

From Pennsylvania (Governor’s office, Department of Health & Human Services, etc):

Dr. Sam Knapp and the PPA Insurance Committee have developed a comprehensive document with answers to your questions regarding telehealth in Pennsylvania during COVID-19: Reimbursement for Telehealth: Click here to access this helpful document. UPDATED 3.23.20

Additional helpful documents (referenced in the above document) are available here:


Popular Options for Telehealth Services

Many psychologists are still considering their telehealth options. This article reviews some popular platforms: https://www.apaservices.org/practice/business/technology/tech-column/telehealth-solutions

Click below to view a helpful guide developed by PPA's Director of Professional Affairs, Dr. Sam Knapp:
Recommendations for Psychologists in Responding to Coronavirus Concerns

Feeling Stressed Out?
The University of Colorado has some tips for practitioners during these stressful times:
https://www1.ucdenver.edu/docs/librariesprovider45/covid-19-support/health-care-provider-well-being.pdf

Click here to access a member-only resource regarding telehealth in Pennsylvania. Have specific questions? Rachael Baturin, MPH, JD, PPA's Director of Legal, Regulatory and Government Affairs, is available at (717) 232-3817.

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How do I get Started with Telepsychology?

Are you interested in offering telepsychology during  the current pandemic but at a loss where to start? Is  telepsychology right for your practice? PPA is offering our telepsychology webinars (a three-part series) to view at NO COST (non-CE) to members! This series starts with the basics and helps answer questions you have as you're exploring this option. Please using the following links below to access each webinar.

Introduction to Telepsychology: Part 1
Introduction to Telepsychology: Part 2
Introduction to Telepsychology: Part 3

Check out PPA's most recent webinar: Telepsychology Q&A Webinar

If you are interested in earning CE credits for viewing these webinars, there is a $20 fee per episode. Click here to go to the PPA store to purchase each webinar!

If you are in need of a certificate of completion for watching the webinars (No CE) for insurance reimbursement, please email Erin Brady at erin@papsy.org.

Jurisdictional Practice
One continuing issue for our members is the option of using telehealth services for patients who are physically located out of state. This link from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards keeps track of changes in jurisdictional practice rules: https://www.asppb.net/page/covid19

 

#StopTheSpread: A Patient Guide to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The nation’s emergency physicians are on the frontlines of treatment and prevention of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). You should take appropriate precautions and consider simple steps to minimize your risk of getting or spreading the virus. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has developed materials for patients, policymakers and health professionals, each subject to change as the situation evolves.


Prepare. Don't Panic.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society has put together some comprehensive resources and suggestions for dealing with the public and patients. Check out their information here.

Additional Resources

 

     

APA Help Center on
Pandemics

CDC Coronavirus Disease
2019 (COVID-19)

World Health Organization:
Advice for Health
Care Workers