Coronavirus – Telehealth Resources

CASP Telehealth and Crisis Management Guidelines

As part of the Organizational Guidelines initiative, CASP engaged a cross-section of experts to develop a set of guidelines on the use of Telehealth in ABA and a set of guidelines on Crisis Management. To assist autism service providers worldwide as they grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, CASP is pre-releasing these two chapters of the overall Organizational Guidelines. These two chapters, or sets of guidelines, are being made freely available to CASP members and non-members alike.

Practice Parameters for Telehealth ABA

The purpose of this document is to guide ABA provider organizations in developing critical response plans to maintain continuity of care for patients with ASD during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document offers providers, payers, and families guidance on administering ABA assessment and treatment services via both synchronous and asynchronous telehealth modalities to ensure ethical and quality care is maintained. Recommendations for evaluating the risks and benefits of telehealth options in order to develop an individualized service delivery approach for each patient are provided to ensure safe, effective telehealth delivery of ABA services.

Medicaid Coverage for ABA delivered via Telehealth in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

This map depicts current state Medicaid coverage for ABA services delivered via telehealth in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CASP’s Telehealth Task Force Presents the New “Practice Parameters for Telehealth-Implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis: Continuity of Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Webinar Q&A Report

Dr. Joy Pollard, Chair of CASP Telehealth Task Force
Jenna Minton, Esq., Consultant to ABA Coding Coalition
CEU: 2.0 hours BACB, including 1.0 hours ethics
TIME: 1:00 ET

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The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Medicare Learning Network Telehealth Services Booklet, March 2020

The booklet contains the updated Medicare telehealth policies for 2020 as well as a special alert on the changes made in response to COVID-19.

50 State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies, Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP), Fall 2019

The Center for Connected Health Policy’s (CCHP) Fall 2019 release of the “State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies” report highlights the changes that have taken place in state telehealth policy. The report offers policymakers, health advocates, and other interested health care professionals a summary guide of telehealth-related policies, laws, and regulations for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Autism Telehealth in Crises and Beyond

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 2:00 pm ET
The Council of Autism Service Providers is proud to offer this free Telehealth webinar presented by Ron Oberleitner, with Dr. Joy Pollard, BCBA. Telehealth is proving vital to support the autism community in getting earlier diagnoses and accelerating ongoing treatment, especially during today’s health crisis. When their son Robby finally got diagnosed in 1996, the Oberleitners started researching the use of telehealth for his care, then for their friends in the autism community; over time their organization has led over 20 autism telehealth initiatives in 41 U.S. States and in 5 continents. In this webinar, Ron will review different applications of telehealth for autism and comparable health conditions and will recommend strategies to harness telehealth’s potential to benefit families, providers, and payers.

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Ron Oberleitner is a former VP Product Development from the medical device industry, where he supervised Styker’s Telesurgery and Telemedicine services for the craniofacial and select orthopedic & neurosurgery industries. After his son was diagnosed with autism, he became Principal Investigator on multiple telehealth research projects funded by NIH, the US Air Force, and Autism Speaks to develop telehealth applications to increase education and access to healthcare for people with autism, and other health conditions including PTSD and dementia. He focuses on the use of health informatics and telemedicine for autism and related behavioral disorders.

Mr. Oberleitner is CEO of Behavior Imaging® – a telehealth technology company that has also successfully managed telehealth services TalkAutism™ and AutismCares™. He is a board member on Idaho’s State Rehabilitation Council and has served and/or chaired the Idaho Assistive Technology Project board for 10 years. The Oberleitners have a wonderful 27-year-old son Robby, who was diagnosed at 3-1/2 years old with low-functioning autism.

Dr. Joy Pollard is the Co-founder and CEO of Clinical Operations at Behavior Change Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in Disability Disciplines, with a Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis and her clinical experience has spanned across the home, clinical, school, and residential home settings. Dr. Pollard serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where she provides clinical supervision and collaborates on research focused on children with ASD and neurogenetic syndromes. Her research and clinical practice have focused extensively on practitioner capacity building initiatives and pioneering telehealth applications to increase access to medically necessary ABA treatment for individuals living in rural and geographically isolated areas.

Dr. Pollard developed the clinical infrastructure and practice guidelines implemented within Behavior Change Institute to ensure high quality, ethically sound telehealth service delivery treatment of multi-state Telehealth services. Driven by a desire to help her nephew, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and unable to access care in his rural community, she developed the Telehealth Service Delivery currently implemented at Behavior Change Institute. She has worked extensively to continually improve the standards of behavioral healthcare for families in rural and underserved communities. Her scholarly publications include articles on ethical considerations in the design and implementation of telehealth service delivery models and she has served as a subject matter expert for the CASP Telehealth Guidelines.


HHS OCR Bulletin on Approved HIPAA and non-HIPAA Methods for Telehealth, March 17, 2020

OCR will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. This notification is effective immediately.

In Support of Coverage for ABA Delivered via Telehealth

This one-page document provides an overview of the CASP Telehealth Task Force and recommended actions for health care funders and payers to prevent disruption of medically necessary ABA services.

Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) Telehealth Compendium for Grantees and Stakeholders, July 2019

The purpose of the HRSA Telehealth Compendium is to compile existing telehealth resources relevant to HRSA grantees and stakeholders.

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