By Stacey Day Halford, MSW, LMSW
1) Your Veteran Patients Get State of the Art, Homebased Telemental Health Care for PTSD. Once you administer a four question PTSD screen with positive results, the project connects your Veteran patients with VA-delivered best practice psychotherapy, all in the privacy of your Veteran’s home or other private/secure location of their choosing.
2) Veteran patients who have completed homebased telemental health treatment through the project describe significant quality of life benefits.Patients living with untreated Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are more likely to skip scheduled work days, become unemployed, have family discord, and be substance abusers. The treatment component of the project can lessen the impact of PTSD symptoms, thus helping your patients improve their ability to cope with life’s stressors.
3) It is the right thing to do. Participating in this project is a tangible way to thank your Veteran patients for their service to our country.
4) No VA Medical Center patient visit requirement. Your Veteran patients do not visit any VA to participate, though they do need to be enrolled through the VA. Our project provides that technical assistance.
5) The PTSD screen can be co-administered with the Depression Screen (PHQ9), which is reimbursable. Though its administration is not reimbursable, the PTSD screen can accompany the PHQ9, which is reimbursable.
6) There’s a one time, per practice incentive of $3000. Your practice receives this incentive after the designated provider participant completes three brief teleconferences. The incentive is provided for use at your discretion, and may be used to help offset time spent developing and implementing Veteran identification policies.
The video to follow highlights the Homebased Telemental Health treatment component of the project, delivered by the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9EXMAfko7c (Video courtesy of SCETV and the SC Telehealth Alliance)
For more information about SC Rural Access to Veterans Health Resources, contact Stacey Day Halford at 803-454-3850 or email [email protected].
*Practices must have the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) designation to participate. Confirm your practice is eligible at https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/am-i-rural, or contact Ms. Halford for help. Providers must also be enrolled in the Veterans Choice Program to participate.