Telepsychiatry During COVID-19

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Can I See A Psychiatrist Via Telehealth?

We are living in a time of confusion and uncertainty. During this time, it can be easy for people to feel vulnerable, stressed, and afraid. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure that you’re taking care of your mental health. Data released by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid in May of 2021 showed that there was a 22% decline in mental health services utilized by adults aged 19 to 64 compared to the same time period in 2019.

To ensure we meet the needs of our patients, we offer telehealth and in-person visits with the Novum Psychiatry team of psychiatrists and therapists.

In this article, we’ll explain a bit about telehealth and why it’s an essential tool for your mental health and well-being during Covid-19 and beyond.

Our Experienced Team of Psychiatrists Can Help!

We know that taking the first step can be difficult.

Our highly-trained psychiatrists and therapists offer a comprehensive and confidential approach to private, outpatient psychiatric care. Whether this is your first time seeking psychiatric care or if you are seeking a new provider, Novum Psychiatry can help. In-person and telehealth appointments available. We accept health insurance.

What Is Telehealth?

Telehealth is a form of healthcare that can be obtained from a distance. Using a computer or mobile device, our psychiatrists and therapists can provide the same level of high-quality, professional care as an in-person visit. This is also called telepsychiatry.

Telehealth has been around for quite a long time, but it exploded during the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to the advent of smartphones and more advanced internet capabilities, people are now able to use telehealth and connect with psychologists and doctors anywhere, at any time.

The US Department of Health and Human Services, and individual states have made it easier for patients to access care via telehealth.

This opens up a lot of options for people in rural areas or who are physically unable to make it to our office to see one of our psychiatrists or therapists.

The Power of Telehealth for Psychiatry and Therapy Visits

During the pandemic, we saw a dramatic rise in the use of telehealth services for to provide psychiatric and mental health services.

1. Telehealth Connects You in a Time of Need

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We are just emerging from one of the most frightening and unpredictable times in the last century. As you may imagine, this might lead to new or worsening mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Many of us are wondering why we continue to feel anxiety, depression and other symptoms despite the fact that Covid-19 restrictions are easing and life is slowly returning to something resembling pre-pandemic life.

Utilizing telehealth visits for psychiatry and therapy ensures that you can get the help you need when you need it, from anywhere at anytime.

2. Telehealth Is Affordable

Most telehealth visits cost the same or less than an in-office visit with your psychiatrist or therapist. Very few telehealth visits cost more than you could expect to pay at a therapist’s office.

Novum Psychiatry accepts health insurance for psychiatry and therapy visits for residents of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Please contact Novum Psychiatry or your health insurance company for coverage questions.

3. Telehealth Facilitates Physical Distancing

One of the biggest barriers that people are facing in regard to seeking help is the challenges finding care when psychiatrists and therapists have closed offices or have reduced hours.

By adopting telehealth as a medium to deliver psychiatric and therapy services, those with underlying health conditions or the elderly can ensure they can get the mental health care they need regardless of logistical challenges.

telehealth companies accept insurance novum psychiatry4. Health Insurance Typically Covers Telehealth Visits

Demand for virtual mental health care is soaring, and many commercial health insurance companies and Medicare now covers psychiatric and therapy visits the same as in-office visits.

Again, please contact Novum Psychiatry and your health insurance company to verify mental health telehealth visit coverage.

5. Telehealth Can Maintain Your Relationships

Covid-19 created new conflicts and exacerbated existing problems for family members and couples, and these tensions may not automatically disappear.

With telehealth, our providers can help you navigate challenges and changes using improved communication strategies, managing expectations, and offer guidance to help you tackle increased stress and worry.

6. Telehealth Helps Improve Your Outlook

The Covid-19 crisis contributed to a rapid increase in depression, anxiety, sleep problems, relationship challenges, increased substance use, and worsening mental health conditions and other chronic health conditions. A climate of 24/7 news cycles can exacerbate these problems, making it easier for us to become afraid, paranoid, or concerned about the future.

Using telehealth to connect with a psychiatrist or therapist ensures that you can get the professional care and guidance you need to help you navigate these times. Your provider team will work closely with you to ensure that you have access to appropriate care and treatment that can help improve your symptoms.

7. Telehealth Is Convenient!

Prior to the pandemic, telehealth did not enjoy widespread usage outside of rural areas. With increased legislative action requiring health insurers to cover telehealth visits in the same manner as in-office visits means that patients and providers can stay safe and get high-quality care from anywhere in the world.

Utilizing telehealth for psychiatry and therapy visits means that you can maintain consistency in your treatment plan from anywhere, at anytime.

Psychiatric and Therapy Telehealth Services Are Here To Stay

Telehealth adoption increased rapidly worldwide between 2020 and 2021, and telehealth is here to stay. Learn how Novum Psychiatry is treating patients remotely via telehealth during Covid-19 and beyond.

Contact us today for a confidential evaluation or to schedule your appointment.