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ATA practice guidelines for video-based online mental health services.

Turvey C, Coleman M, Dennison O, Drude K, Goldenson M, Hirsch P, Jueneman R, Kramer GM, Luxton DD, Maheu MM, Malik TS, Mishkind MC, Rabinowitz T, Roberts LJ, Sheeran T, Shore JH, Shore P, van Heeswyk F, Wregglesworth B, Yellowlees P, Zucker ML, Krupinski EA, Bernard J. ATA practice guidelines for video-based online mental health services. Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association. 2013 Sep 1; 19(9):722-30.

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Table of Contents PREAMBLE SCOPE INTRODUCTION Internet-Based Telemental Health Models of Care Today CLINICAL GUIDELINES A. Professional and Patient Identity and Location 1. Provider and Patient Identity Verification 2. Provider and Patient Location Documentation 3. Contact Information Verification for Professional and Patient 4. Verification of Expectations Regarding Contact Between Sessions B. Patient Appropriateness for Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health 1. Appropriateness of Videoconferencing in Settings Where Professional Staff Are Not Immediately Available C. Informed Consent D. Physical Environment E. Communication and Collaboration with the Patient''s Treatment Team F. Emergency Management 1. Education and Training 2. Jurisdictional Mental Health Involuntary Hospitalization Laws 3. Patient Safety When Providing Services in a Setting with Immediately Available Professionals 4. Patient Safety When Providing Services in a Setting Without Immediately Available Professional Staff 5. Patient Support Person and Uncooperative Patients 6. Transportation 7. Local Emergency Personnel G. Medical Issues H. Referral Resources I .Community and Cultural Competency TECHNICAL GUIDELINES A. Videoconferencing Applications B. Device Characteristics C. Connectivity D. Privacy ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES A. Qualification and Training of Professionals B. Documentation and Record Keeping C. Payment and Billing REFERENCES.





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