covid-19 resources

Hoping these resources will be useful to you as we all move forward together.  If you know of a valuable resource not listed, please send to IPAoffice@idahopsych.org.   Please let us know if a link stops working.

FOR YOUR PRACTICE                        

APA's How to Protect Your Patients & Your Practice

Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe

The Trust's Guidance for Practitioners:  Coronavirus

The Trusts COVID-19 Resources for Practitioners - includes downloadable Informed Consent for Telepsychology (upper right)

CDC Information for Healthcare Professionals

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses & Employers

World Health Organization's Getting Workplace Ready for Coronavirus

The Psychological Impact of Quarantine & How to Reduce It: Rapid Review of the Evidence - The Lancet

ASPPB Licensure Related Matters for COVID-19

VA's Managing Healthcare Worker's Stress Associated with COVID-19

HIPAA & COVID-19:  Dos & Don'ts webinar - put on by Global Compliance Panel

Telepsychology Resources - see below

Federal Student Loan Relief - Your payments may automatically stop from March 13, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2020.  Check into it.

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund- Look in your email for a notice from OptumPay (some have found it in their SPAM folder).  Part of the Cares Act stimulus package for Providers was a payment to Health Care Providers based upon how much they billed Medicare fee-for-service last year. If you do not have direct deposit with OptumPay follow the directions in the email you received so they can mail you the money.  Info from APA on this. 

Give An Hour - National network of volunteer mental health providers providing pro bono services to victims of national disaster, etc.  



Idaho Laws/Rules to Review:  

See Section 450 on Service Extenders - Rules of the Idaho Board of Psychologist Examiners

 - Here's the list of subsections that were waived, temporarily, per the Governor's proclamation of April 24:  450.01c, 450.03h, 450.03i.

Other Resources:

APA Article with advice dealing with COVID-19 for supervisors & trainees

APA Coping in the Era of Coronavirus - webinar for students

Federal Student Loan Relief - - Your payments may automatically stop from March 13, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2020.  Check into it.


APA Guidance: 

See APA Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology
APA Checklist for Telepsych Services
APA Checklist for Informed Consent for Telepsych Services

APA Telepsych Best Practices 101 webinar series - free (for limited time) webinar to APA members & non-members

Laws/Rules to Review:  

See Section 601 on Telepsychology - Rules of the Idaho Board of Psychologist Examiners
See Chapter 57, Idaho Telehealth Access Act - Under Title 54 of Idaho Statutes (these may be suspended temporarily, see Governor's emergency proclamation)
Updates to Idaho Telehealth Access Act - go into effect on 7/01/2020

Insurance Company Information:

Blue Cross of Idaho - see Coronavirus Notifications under Important Announcements (center page) 

Blue Cross of Idaho Expands Telehealth Services for Members - KIVI News article

Cigna - request their Interim Telehealth Guidance announcement which includes billing guidance; unfortunately, it's copyrighted and a link cannot be found

CMS Related info:
What the COVID-19 Telehealth Waiver Means for Psychologists

 - article from APA re seeing Medicare patients via telehealth

CMS Telehealth Benefits During the COVID-19 Outbreak - press release re expanding telehealth benefits for Medicare patients

Medicare Fee-For-Service Response to Public Health Emergency on COVID-19 - see Pages 4-6 re Telehealth

Notification from HHS on Enforcement Discretion - The Office for Civil Rights 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.  Read for more details.

SAMHSA guidance on provision of substance abuse services

Other Telepsychology Resources:

Trust's A Practical Guide to Providing Telepsychology with Minimal Risk - free 2-hour webinar (no CE)

Notification from HHS on Enforcement Discretion

Comparing the latest telehealth technology solutions - APA article

Optum-Idaho's telehealth technology called Virtual Visits - free for providers to use to see their patients

Telepsych & Internet-Based Therapy Info - from Ken Pope, PhD, ABPP

Connect2geek.com LogoConnect2Geek for Your IT Needs - IPA has arranged for an Idaho company to offer discounted rates for your IT needs.




APA:  How to Talk to Children About Difficult News 
APA Resources for Pandemics
List of Resources on Pandemics

Centers for Disease Control:

CDC COVID-19 webpage
CDC Daily Life & Coping 
CDC Frequently Asked Questions 
Get Your Home Ready
30 Days to Slow the Spread
When/How to Wash Your Hands

When/How to Wash Your Hands (Spanish) 

If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone

Local & State:

State of Idaho COVID-19 webpage

Idaho Medicaid Suspends Co-Pay

Tips for Coping with COVID-19 - courtesy of Amy Walters, PhD, St Luke's Humphreys Diabetes Center

Information on Idaho's Major Hospitals - visitation changes, what do to if you think you have COVID-19, etc.

St Luke's Health System (SW Idaho/E Oregon) 
Saint Alphonsus (SW Idaho) 

Portneuf Health Partners (SE Idaho)  

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (Idaho Falls)
Bingham Memorial (Blackfoot)

Kootenai Medical Center (Cda)

Other Sources (Red Cross, WHO, etc.):

ABPP - Covid-19 Update & Resources

Red Cross Coronavirus Safety Tips 

World Health Organization's Advice for the Public

Defending Against COVID-19 Cyberscams - provided by Dept of Homeland Security

SAMHSA How to Speak to Children About the Coronavirus 

Speaking of Psychology:  Coronavirus Anxiety - info with link to podcast 

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Factsheet to Help Families Cope 

NYT:  Talking to Teens & Tweens about the Virus 

Electronic handout on Psychological Coping During a Pandemic - shared by our neighbors at the Psychologists' Association of Alberta - if you use, please keep their credits

The Story of the Oyster and the Butterfly: The Coronavirus and Me - free children's story book to print out (in English or Spanish) or watch on YouTube 

3 Tips From A Therapist For Calming Your Coronavirus Anxiety

Resources for families & children.

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