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Telehealth reimbursement: Tell me why this isn't a good idea

September 13, 2013
by Dennis Grantham, Editor-in-Chief
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According to the American Psychological Association, just 13 of 50 states will reimburse for telepsych services.  

I can't believe it. Of all the things that extend the reach, improve the productivity, and reduce the cost of providing care, telepsych services have to be up there on the list. The notion that states not known for big per-person healthcare expenditures--Texas and Louisiana, to name two--are among the 13 states who will pay for this seems like adequate proof of the cost effectiveness of telepsych. 

So, I'm really wondering now--what is holding up telepsych?  Are there people--or forces--that don't think it's a good idea? If so, how do they make their case?

The pros seem pretty obvious to me; the cons much less so.  What's going on?

 

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