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COVID-19 Resources

Louisiana Specific Resources

Louisiana Office of Public Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) page:http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/

LDH Medicaid Provider Updates/ Memos:http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/3872

Louisiana Office of Community Preparedness and Health Protection http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/3865

Questions about COVID-19 now being answered by Louisiana 211 statewide network

Governor’s Office Newsroom:https://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/category/9

 

APA Resources for Psychiatrists

With COVID-19 evolving rapidly across the world, APA's Committee on Psychiatric Dimensions of Disasters and the APA's Council on International Psychiatry compiled the following list of resources for psychiatrists. The resources cover not only the physical impact of the coronavirus, but on its potential mental health and psychosocial issues and responses. The resources also include a section on telepsychiatry, to prepare for the possibility of isolation and/or quarantine.

 

COVID-19 & Mental Health

Coronavirus and Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (APA)

Taking Care of Patients During the Coronavirus Outbreak: A Guide for Psychiatrists (Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, CSTS)

Helping Patients Manage the Psychological Effects of Quarantine and Isolation (CSTS)

How Healthcare Personnel Can Take Care of Themselves (CSTS)

Supporting the Mental Health of Patients During COVID-19: A Guide for Healthcare Personnel (CSTS)

Supporting Patients During Quarantine or Confinement (CSTS)

Care for Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19 (JAMA Insights: Clinical Update, March 11, 2020)

Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA)

 

New Telehealth Rules

Rules regarding the practice of telepsychiatry have changed quickly. CMS released guidance on March 17, 2020, that now allows patients to be seen via live videoconferencing in their homes, without having to travel to a qualifying "originating site" for Medicare telehealth encounters, regardless of geographic location.

To learn more about whether telepsychiatry may be a helpful option for your practice, and to access APA's collection of resources on telepsychiatry, use the links below:

APA Information on New Telehealth Rules (New guidance from CMS, updated 3/17/20)

APA Telepsychiatry Toolkit

Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health Guide (APA and American Telemedicine Association)



Resources for Families

Coronavirus and Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (APA)

Working Remotely During COVID-19: Your Mental Health and Well-being (APA Foundation's Center for Workplace Mental Health, CWMH)

Taking Care of Family Well-Being (National Child Traumatic Stress Network, NCTSN)

Supporting Homebound Children During COVID-19 (CSTS)

Supporting Your Family During Quarantine or Isolation: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation during an Infectious Disease Outbreak (SAMHSA)

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Resources for Health Care and Community Leaders

Coronavirus and Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (APA)

Working Remotely During COVID-19: Your Mental Health and Well-being (APA Foundation's Center for Workplace Mental Health, CWMH)

Helping People Manage Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak (National Center for PTSD)

How Public Health Leaders Can Support Communities Dealing with Quarantine (CSTS)

Health Risk and Crisis Communication to Enhance Community Wellness (CSTS)

Addressing Stigma Associated with COVID-19 (World Health Organization)

 

Telepsychiatry and COVID-19

On March 6, 2020, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act was signed into law. This statute gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) the authority to waive geographic and originating site Medicare telehealth reimbursement restrictions for mental health services overall, during certain emergency periods.

CMS released guidance on March 17, 2020, that now allows patients to be seen via live videoconferencing in their homes, without having to travel to a qualifying “originating site” for Medicare telehealth encounters, regardless of geographic location.

You can find more information on using telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak, at APA’s Resources on Telepsychiatry and COVID-19 page.

 

Telemedicine Informed Consent Sample Forms

Sample Informed Consent for Telemedicine Services

Consent for Telehealth Services and Treatment

Telemedicine Forms



APA is producing webinars to provide up-to-date information as the situation evolves.

Free Live Webinar from APA

Managing the Mental Health Effects of COVID-19

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT

Faculty: Joshua C. Morganstein, M.D., CAPT

This free webinar will outline how psychiatrists can support patients, communicate with family members and children, and be a resource to other providers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Free Registration Here

 

 

Information from the CDC

What you need to know

Guidance on prevention and control

Guidance for travelers

Coronavirus Stigma and Resilience

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

 

SAMHSA and CDC Resources:

1) CDC’s COVID-19 website;

2) SAMHSA’s Guidance for OTPs;

3) SAMHSA’s TAP 34, Disaster Planning Handbook for Behavioral Health Treatment Programs.

4) Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak

5) Guidance on OTPs - MA is a state issuing take-home extensions

6) Guidance on managing emotionally

 

Practitioners May Prescribe Buprenorphine to Treat OUD via Telemedicine

For as long as the Secretary’s designation of a public health emergency remains in effect, DEA-registered practitioners may issue prescriptions for controlled substances to patients for whom they have not conducted an in-person medical evaluation, provided all of the following conditions are met:

  • The prescription is issued for a legitimate medical purpose by a practitioner acting in the usual course of his/her professional practice

  • The telemedicine communication is conducted using an audio-visual, real-time, two-way interactive communication system.

  • The practitioner is acting in accordance with applicable Federal and State law.

Provided the practitioner satisfies the above requirements, the practitioner may issue the prescription using any of the methods of prescribing currently available and in the manner set forth in the DEA regulations. Thus, the practitioner may issue a prescription either electronically (for schedules II-V) or by calling in an emergency schedule II prescription to the pharmacy, or by calling in a schedule III-V prescription to the pharmacy. [Learn more]