Telehealth Professional Orientation 1.5 CME
This activity has been approved for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
A shortage of care practitioners combined with an aging population with disproportionately increasing care utilization patterns has created a “perfect storm”.
Telehealth is the use of electronic means or technology to provide medical and mental health services by any medical or mental health discipline. It is not a separate medical or mental health services. It is simply a different means through which a practitioner can deliver services that have historically been delivered in person in the medical and mental health field. Telehealth is discipline neutral, meaning that all medical and mental health disciplines can use the technology modality to provide services.
The need for medical and mental health has dramatically increased and, with advances in technology and current health concerns, the use of patient care at a distance has also increased. All age groups and all diagnoses have shown an increase in the need of treatment. With the increased use of telehealth there is an increased need for education concerning legal considerations and compliance during a telehealth appointment.
The research into telehealth has consistently shown it to be an effective delivery system for medical and mental health services. Some studies have even found that telehealth services may be preferable to in-person care in certain populations and situations. Children and adolescents and veterans, seem to especially benefit from the use of telehealth. Telehealth is NOT the be-all and end-all in the delivery of therapy. Nor is it for every patient or every practitioner. Clearly, there are limitations. The limitations may be driven by a particular practitioner’s level of skill or confidence in treating certain cases online. The goal of this course is to provide an educational foundation that will ensure the best outcomes for for practitioners who use or plan to use telehealth in their practice.
This CME course is brought to you using a “virtual classroom” that can be accessed 24/7/365 on any device connected to the internet using any network. Once enrolled it will never leave your account and will be updated as needed.
* CME credits for this course provided by The Medical Society of Maryland – AACME Certified CME Partner
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