Telehealth

TELEHEALTH SERVICES

Due to the pandemic, SMSB-LLC is now offering only teletherapy sessions.

How does teletherapy work?

Teletherapy works very similarly to Skype or Facetime. SMSB-LLC uses a platform called Telehealth by SimplePractice. There’s an app you can download or you can access the platform through your computer as well. Telehealth by SimplePractice is HIPAA compliant to ensure that our sessions are safe, secure, private, and confidential!

PROS & CONS

Pros

Telehealth is incredibly convenient, as you can have a therapy session in the comfort of your own home and not need to beat traffic, and spend time commuting and looking for, and paying for parking.

There is also more flexibility by not having therapy only after work hours, as long as you are able to find a private space to ensure confidentiality.

Cons

The cons of teletherapy can be that the connection might be poor depending on your internet connection and there is an added need to ensure you have privacy within your home to conduct the teletherapy sessions.

Session Fees

The rates for telehealth are the same as in-person. While the practice is self-pay, SMSB-LLC can provide you with a receipt and it is up to you to submit them to your insurance, depending on your out of network benefits. Most, but not all insurance companies cover telehealth, so if you would like, please confirm that your insurance company covers telehealth prior to setting up your first appointment. 

As a PSYPACT provider, Dr. Amendola is able to practice telehealth in 14 states (and more states are currently pending legislation). Since these are out of state for Virginia, self-pay is the only option, but if you would like to pursue out-of-network benefits, the same rules mentioned above apply.

PSYPACT

PSYPACT is an interstate compact that allows the practice of telepsychology across state boundaries with residents of states that have joined. Licensed Clinical Psychologists in the participating states have to apply to get permission from the PSYPACT Commission to be able to provide telepsychology services to residents in the states that have joined PSYPACT.  

As a PSYPACT provider, Dr. Amendola can practice telepsychology under the authority of PSYPACT in PSYPACT participating states. https://psypact.site-ym.com/page/psypactmap. In short, what this means is if you live in one of the states listed below, Dr. Amendola can provide telehealth services to you.

Please keep in mind that these services will be provided as Self-Pay only.

Arizona – AZ HB 2503 (Enacted on 5/17/2016)
Colorado – CO HB 1017 (Enacted 4/12/2018)Delaware – DE HB 172 (Enacted 6/27/2019)
District of Columbia – DC B 145 (Enacted 3/16/2021)
Georgia – GA HB 26 (Enacted 4/23/2019)
Illinois – IL HB 1853 (Enacted 8/22/2018)
Maryland – MD HB 970 (Enacted 5/18/2021)
Missouri – MO HB 1719/MO SB 660 (Enacted 6/1/2018)
Nebraska – NE L 1034 (Enacted 4/23/2018)Nevada – NV AB 429 (Enacted on 5/26/2017)
New Hampshire- NH SB 232 (Enacted 7/10/2019)
North Carolina – NC 361 (Enacted 7/1/2020)Oklahoma – OK HB 1057 (Enacted 4/29/2019)
Pennsylvania – PA SB 67 (Enacted 5/8/2020)
Tennessee – TN S 161 (Enacted 5/11/2021)
Texas – TX HB 1501 (Enacted 6/10/2019)
Utah – UT SB 106 (Enacted on 3/17/2017)
Virginia – VA SB 760 (Enacted 4/11/2020)

Alabama – AL SB 102 (Enacted 3/18/2021/Becomes Effective June 1, 2021)*
Arkansas – AR HB 1760 (Enacted 4/25/2021/Becomes Effective end of July 2021)*
Kansas – KS SB 170 (Enacted 5/17/2021/Becomes Effective January 1, 2022)*
Kentucky – KY HB 38 (Enacted 3/18/2021/Becomes Effective June 29, 2021)*
Maine – ME HB 631 (Enacted 6/22/2021/Becomes Effective September 21, 2021)*
Minnesota – MN SB 193 (Enacted 5/25/2021/Becomes Effective May 26, 2021)*
Ohio – OH S 2 (Enacted 4/27/2021/Becomes Effective July 26, 2021)*
West Virginia – WV SB 668 (Enacted 4/21/2021/Becomes Effective July 6, 2021)*

* indicates PSYPACT legislation has been enacted in a state but has not been formally adopted by the PSYPACT Commission. PSYPACT authorizations are not yet valid in this state. 

PENDING PSYPACT LEGISLATION (*Please note the following states have introduced PSYPACT legislation but have not yet enacted PSYPACT and therefore are not considered PSYPACT participating states.)

Iowa – IA S 78
New Jersey – NJ A 4205/NJ S 2506
Rhode Island – RI H 6122
South Carolina – SC H 3833
Vermont – VT H 391


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