I miss seeing you all in person and am looking forward to this transition back to in-person sessions, however, I also want to make sure that everyone remains healthy and that I take precautions to keep everyone safe in light of the recent pandemic. There is no push or pressure to come in for in-person sessions and I encourage everyone to make the decision on when to return to in-person sessions based on what is best for you and your families.
Most insurance companies have made exceptions to cover telemental health services due to COVID-19, however, you would have to check with your current insurance provider to see about coverage outside of the designated exemptions due to pandemic. Here's an update on most recent coverage guidelines I have received from insurance companies:
Qualchoice (telemental health coverage until October 23rd)
Ambetter (telemental health coverage until October 25th)
Blue Cross Blue Shield/Health Advantage (telemental health coverage until October 23rd)
Cigna (telemental health coverage until October 31st)
AETNA (telemental health coverage until September 30th)
United Healthcare (telemental health coverage September 30th)
Tricare (no coverage end date reported at this time)
In-person sessions will resume on July 6, 2020 with the following AR Dept Health Guidelines:
*** Must complete 5 question screening questionnaire with therapist indicating if you have had any of the following:
- Fever of 100.4 or higher (to be checked via no-contact thermometer)?
- Cough/shortness of breath/other COVID-19 symptoms?
- Recent pneumonia?
- Have traveled overseas or to other states/areas considered hot spots for COVID-19 spread?
- Have you had any contact with anyone with Novel Coronavirus in last 14 days?
*** Therapist and client must wear face coverings. (I will have masks available for anyone who may need one).
As additional precautions, I will also be adding more time between in-person sessions to allow for disinfecting between sessions, providing access to hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes/spray, and providing opportunities to submit payments and paperwork online. Feel free to pass along if there is an additional adjustment or modification that you would recommend to promote comfort and safety in the office setting.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!