Premier HealthCare, mental healthcare, telehealth
In New York State, Premier HealthCare provides psychiatric telehealth appointments for people with disabilities. (Photo credit: TippaPatt/Shutterstock.com)

Premier HealthCare’s Telehealth Service Makes Life Easier for People with Disabilities

The family doctor who makes house calls well after he or she closes their practice for the day is a thing of the past. However, in New York State, Premier HealthCare, part of YAI, launched a telehealth program this fall for psychiatry that allows people with disabilities to access quality mental healthcare from the comfort of their homes, according to DisabilityScoop.

As of now, residents of six different centers housing people with disabilities are able to receive mental healthcare via video chat after receiving an initial in-person diagnosis in accordance with state law. Any Premier patient in New York is eligible for the service.

The telehealth appointments are affordable — usually less expensive than an office visit — and often more convenient for people with disabilities. Premier executive director Hope Levy told DisabilityScoop telehealth services are typically covered by Medicaid and private insurance, but these services aren’t generally covered by Medicare unless the patient resides in a rural area.

“They have a hard time making appointments, they miss appointments,” Levy said of individuals with disabilities. “[Telehealth] allows for consistency and continuity of care.”

In a telemedicine pilot program on Long Island designed to lower the rate of emergency room visits for people with disabilities, caregivers for 161 people living in group homes said 93% of patients preferred the video appointments and had reduced anxiety, according to a 2018 survey by Medpod.

“Our patients often experience anxiety or agitation with long waits due to traffic issues or the clinic being overcrowded,” Elizabeth Ducat, a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Premier, told DisabilityScoop. “They also need to sit in a large waiting room prior to the health care visit where they may be exposed to other patients exhibiting verbal or physical outbursts.”

Telehealth cuts out many headaches that are synonymous with making a trek to the doctor’s office, including finding a ride and navigating a building that may not be fully accessible.

Related Article: New Social Media Design Holding People with Disabilities Back

Even though virtual therapy might impede the important patient-doctor relationship, as far as intimacy goes, sometimes less is more. Ducat said patients she sees virtually tend to be more relaxed compared with those she sees in an office setting, letting her get a better sense of their baseline.

Related Article: HUD Awards Millions to Provide Affordable Housing for People with Disabilities

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Latest News

Nielsen Welcomes Sandra Sims-Williams As Senior Vice President Of Diversity & Inclusion

Originally published on prnewswire.com. Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) today announced that Sandra Sims-Williams will join the company as Senior Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), beginning January, 2020. In this role, Ms. Sims-Williams will lead Nielsen’s D&I strategy and teams for both the Media and Connect sides of the business, through Nielsen’s transition…

Toyota Announces Executive Leadership Changes

Originally published on pressroom.toyota.com. Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) today announced executive leadership changes designed to sustain its automotive operations and to continue its transformation in the mobility space. Effective April 1, 2020, Jim Lentz, chief executive officer TMNA, will retire after 38 years with the company. Tetsuo “Ted” Ogawa, chief operating…

New York Police department NYPD aarrest quota collars for dollars discrimination lawsuit Black Latino officers Pierre Maximilien

‘Collars for Dollars,’ NYPD Snagged in Discrimination Suit which Targeted Blacks and Latinos

“Collars for dollars” was a common practice among the Transit District 34 officers of the New York Police Department (NYPD). The practice has now resulted in a lawsuit, according to the New York Daily News. Five police officers, now-retired Pierre Maximilien, Sgt. Edwin Raymond and three other officers reportedly filed…

Wells Fargo Advisors Offers Zero Commission Investing Opportunity

Originally published on newsroom.wf.com. Wells Fargo Advisors today announced $0 trades on the WellsTrade® self-directed trading platform for stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). “WellsTrade offers investors an online solution to make independent investment decisions. We know do-it-yourself trading is one of several ways investors manage their money,” said Jim Hays, president of…