Welcome to PSV
The Psychiatric Society of Virginia is a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association. The Psychiatric Society of Virginia (PSV) is a professional medical organization that represents psychiatric physicians statewide. PSV focuses its efforts on advocacy of mental health issues, the advancement of psychiatry, and service to the community. Our vision is to achieve full access to the highest quality care for all Virginians in order to promote mental health and minimize psychiatric disability in the Commonwealth.
News and Announcements
Billing for Professional Telehealth Distant Site Services During the Public Health Emergency — Revised
This corrects a prior message that appeared in our March 31, 2020 Special Edition.
Building on prior action to expand reimbursement for telehealth services to Medicare beneficiaries, CMS will now allow for more than 80 additional services to be furnished via telehealth. When billing professional claims for all telehealth services with dates of services on or after March 1, 2020, and for the duration of the Public Health Emergency (PHE), bill with:
- Place of Service (POS) equal to what it would have been had the service been furnished in-person
- Modifier 95, indicating that the service rendered was actually performed via telehealth
As a reminder, CMS is not requiring the CR modifier on telehealth services. However, consistent with current rules for telehealth services, there are two scenarios where modifiers are required on Medicare telehealth professional claims:
- Furnished as part of a federal telemedicine demonstration project in Alaska and Hawaii using asynchronous (store and forward) technology, use GQ modifier
- Furnished for diagnosis and treatment of an acute stroke, use G0 modifier
There are no billing changes for institutional claims; critical access hospital method II claims should continue to bill with modifier GT.
For General Public information: https://www.coronavirus.gov/
- Disaster Distress Helpline - Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Call 800-273-8255 or Chat with Lifeline
- Crisis Textline - Text TALK to 741741
For more detailed resources for providers, families and healthcare and community leaders, CLICK HERE
We are experiencing a high volume of calls from policyholders interested in learning more about how to best set up Telehealth services in order to meet the needs of their patients and clients. This information below reflects the best practices we endorse as of March 18, 2020. Please understand that this information may change due to the evolving nature of this crisis and we would encourage you to check with your state board’s website and any professional association for which you are a member for updates.
COVID-19 and Telehealth - PRMS has provided a link to their webpage with additional resources regarding the coronavirus: https://www.prms.com/services/risk-management/telepsychiatry-resources/.
We recognize that there will be an increased need for mental health counseling and services due to the COVID-19 crisis. Your professional liability insurance policy through the PRMS Psychiatrists’ Program covers you for the rendering of psychiatric services as a volunteer in the state where you are licensed. As a policy holder, your volunteer hours will not count against your total practice hours.
APA Will Not Hold Its 2020 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Plans to Support the Learning Needs of Psychiatrists Through Online Education
The 2020 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia will not take place in the wake of numerous travel restrictions and public health guidance associated with the pandemic spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The meeting was scheduled for April 25-29. In lieu of the Annual Meeting, the APA will work with speakers to develop the 2020 APA On Demand product this spring. See the full announcement. Read the FAQ.
APA and ePrescribing
In response to rapidly changing state laws and policies by national pharmacy chains requiring electronic prescribing, APA’s Department of Practice Management and Delivery Systems Policy has updated the e-Prescribing section of APA’s website. One of the resources you’ll find is the MD Toolbox, which offers an interactive map of the United States; just click on a state to learn the applicable laws and regulations around eRx in that state, to see whether your physicians are now required to e-prescribe. The updated web site and associated resources can be found here.