Oregon telepsychiatry


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Medicaid Reimbursement
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The Beaver State is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors and an even better place to practice telepsychiatry! This emerging field allows rural and underserved areas in Oregon to gain access to high quality mental healthcare.

Telepsychiatry is a commonly used practice in many hospitals, health clinics, and other sites throughout Oregon. Legislation concerning the practice of telemedicine in Oregon is generally permissive and it’s widely accepted among medical professionals. This is why Iris provides telepsych services in many different locations throughout the state. The Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC) is the regional group that helps support telemedicine services in Oregon. Iris is a proud member of NRTRC and they have been a wonderful partner to have in our effort to provide quality mental health services throughout the state. The Telehealth Alliance of Oregon is also an incredible resource, and Iris is a proud member of this group as well.

Based on our research, Iris gives Oregon an A+ rating for being an awesome state in providing telepsych services. You go, Oregon!


Telepsychiatry in OregonA recent study by Mental Health America (MHA) indicates that Oregon has the highest rate of mental illness in the country. There are thirteen measures that make up the overall ranking in this study. Some of these factors are the number of adults with any mental illness, the amount of adults dependent on drugs, the amount of adults reporting unmet need, and the youth with at least one major depressive episode in the past year. States at the bottom of the list, such as Oregon, only have one mental health professional for every 1,000 people, according to the report.

Most Americans lack access to care – by some estimates, 56 percent who need treatment for mental illness don’t receive appropriate care. Furthermore, studies show that at least one in four people will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime. That means one million Oregon residents will have a mental health issue at some point, but more than 500,000 of them won’t get the care they need. That’s where telepsychiatry comes in.


In order to practice telemedicine in Oregon, it’s important to first understand Oregon’s telemedicine laws. The delivery of quality mental healthcare is contingent on the understanding of these rules and regulations by practicing clinicians.

The definition of telemedicine by Oregon law is “the provision of health services by physicians and health care practitioners from a distance using electronic communications.” Oregon requires out-of-state physicians to get either a full license or an active telemedicine status, which can be acquired through the Oregon Medical Board. They can also receive a license to practice across state lines in Oregon, as long as they are fully licensed in the state where they live and meet certain additional requirements.

In order for a physician to prescribe medication to a patient through remote monitoring, or telemedicine practices, a physician must first:

  • Establish a physician-patient relationship
  • Make a judgement based on some type of objective criteria upon which to diagnose, treat, correct or prescribe
  • Act in the best interest of the patient


Implementing a telepsych program in Oregon is easy to do with the right knowledge and guidance. Outside of HIPAA regulations, there aren’t any specific restrictions related to technology requirements. Oregon is home to many successful telepsychiatry programs that can serve as excellent models to help healthcare systems looking to implement telemedicine programs.

If you have any questions about the practice of telepsychiatry in Oregon, feel free to contact us for more information.


Medicaid reimbursement for telemedicine in Oregon is available for the common services offered in a mental health setting. Oregon Medicaid will reimburse for live video when billed services comply with Medicaid’s billing requirements. The referring provider is not required to be present with the client for the consult, but may bill for the patient visit only if a separately identifiable visit is performed. Email, telephone, and fax may be used and reimbursed when videoconferencing availability is limited. All of these services are reimbursed at an equivalent rate to that of in-person treatment. Oregon Medicaid will also provide transmission fees for originating sites.

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Oregon Iris Telehealth


Iris Telehealth believes that Oregon is a great state to work, live and play! We are currently providing services throughout Oregon, including outpatient services for multiple county health systems and private clinics. We are currently the largest provider of telepsychiatry services in the state. In addition, we are providing specialty services in multiple settings including substance abuse clinics and elderly care facilities. Iris looks forward to continuing to grow our relationships with our current partners in Oregon as well as making some new friends along the way!