The Aloha State is home to beautiful beaches, picturesque mountains, and quality telepsychiatry services! Telepsychiatry is an innovative practice which allows rural and underserved areas of Hawaii to receive high-quality mental health care. This can benefit the overall mental health of the state.
Telepsychiatry is commonly used throughout the state of Hawaii. The rules and regulations regarding the practice of telemedicine in Hawaii are fairly permissive. The Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center is the regional group that helps support the implementation and utilization of telemedicine in Hawaii. Iris is a proud member of the PBTRC and they have been an outstanding partner to have in continuing to provide telepsychiatry care.
Iris gives Hawaii an A- rating for being an awesome state for providing telepsych services. You rock, Hawaii!
MENTAL HEALTH ON THE ISLANDS OF ALOHA
According to Mental Health America of Hawaii, approximately 44,000 adults suffer from mental illness in Hawaii. Sixty percent of Hawaii’s most vulnerable homeless individuals are mentally ill. On top of that, adults living with serious mental illness die, on average, 25 years earlier than other Americans.
There are a total of 66 child and adolescent psychiatrists in Hawaii, meaning that there are 21 psychiatrists for every 100,000 children in the state. Considering how remote the state of Hawaii is, there aren’t many options to seek care outside the state. That’s where telepsychiatry can be a huge benefit.
IMPLEMENTATION OF HAWAII TELEPSYCHIATRY
Implementing your own telepsychiatry department in Hawaii is fairly easy to do with appropriate knowledge and guidance. Outside of abiding by HIPAA regulations, there are no specific restrictions related to technology requirements. There are many successful telepsychiatry programs in Hawaii that serve as excellent models to help health care systems. This can be helpful for those looking to implement telemedicine move forward with confidence.
RULES & REGULATIONS FOR HAWAII TELEMED
Telehealth means health care services provided through telecommunications technology by a health care professional who is at a location other than where the covered person is located, according to Hawaii Law. Eligible originating sites include the following:
The office of a physician or practitioner
Critical Access Hospitals
Rural Health Clinics
Federally Qualified Health Centers
Federal telehealth demonstration project sites
TELEMED REIMBURSEMENT IN HAWAII
Hawaii Medicaid and private payers are required to cover telehealth services (which includes live video) equivalent to reimbursement for the same services provided in-person. This includes store and forward services. Hawaii Medicaid does not reimburse for email, telephone, or fax services.
IRIS IN HAWAII
Iris believes Hawaii is a great place to practice telepsychiatry! We are continuing to develop relationships with people in Hawaii looking to improve behavioral healthcare. Though this state is somewhat isolated from the rest of the country, that doesn’t mean quality mental healthcare can’t be brought to underserved areas on the islands. We are proud to provide telepsychiatry services in the hospital and mental health clinic settings anywhere.