Behavioral telehealth is one of the fastest-growing domains of virtual care, and also one of the most important.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), one in five individuals has some sort of mental health condition. Even more alarming is the rising rate of mental health issues among our country’s youngest citizens. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has noted that 13 percent of children between the ages of 8 and 15 experience a severe mental disorder in a given year.
The growing number of people needing mental healthcare underscores the grave importance of improving access to care for these patients. Fortunately, telehealth makes it possible for thousands of patients with limited access to care to still receive ongoing mental health treatment.
However, many physicians and behavioral healthcare providers are still hesitant about adopting or recommending telebehavioral health for a couple of reasons. First, they’re uncertain of how telehealth can help organizations drive value and improve outcomes. Second, and related, they’re uncertain about the reimbursements tied to virtual-care services. [Read more…]