Kevin J. Ryan, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Chicago office, was quoted in Wolters Kluwer’s WK-EDGE, in “Telemental Health: Revolutionizing Behavioral Health Care,” by Kayla R. Bryant.
Following is an excerpt:
More narrowly, telehealth services can resolve some problems inherent in the provision of mental health care. When asked if telehealth is particularly suited or unsuited to behavioral health care, Kevin Ryan, a member of Epstein Becker Green, seemed positive. He pointed out that because behavioral health issues may need to be addressed at inconvenient times, “telehealth is a fantastic way of meeting this need.” He brought up the point of patient comfort, noting that telehealth sessions conducted from the patient’s home adds an element of privacy, which is important when “a patient may not feel comfortable going into a behavioral health provider’s office.” …
Despite the promising evolution of telemental health, some roadblocks exist. Ryan noted some major hurdles to the more widespread use of telemedicine for behavioral health care needs. Connecting available doctors with patients no matter where they are in the nation seems like a great idea, but according to Ryan, in almost all states, “the behavioral health provider must be licensed in the state where the patient resides.” He pointed out that a company with employees nationwide that wishes to provide telemental health services to all of its employees must contract with providers in every state where its employees are located, reducing the convenience of this option.