TELEMEDICINE MEANS YOU CAN TALK TO YOUR PROVIDER FROM ANYWHERE.

Your mental health is more important than ever and so is your safety. During the statewide shelter in place order all appointments are being done via telemedicine to ensure the physical health of our patients and providers. Telemedicine is an easy way for new and ongoing patients to see providers without having to leave the comforts of their home.  

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WHAT IS TELEMEDICINE?

Telemedicine is a mental health online video service that is private, convenient, effective, and meets the standard of care for traditional outpatient appointments.

“We have been treating patients using telemedicine for over six years and find it to be an effective strategy to promote patient access to care while keeping providers and patients safe from COVID-19 transmission.” 

Dr. Priyanka, Medical Director of Community Psychiatry

HOW IT WORKS.

It’s easy to participate in a telemedicine appointment from anywhere in California. 

  • You will need a smartphone, tablet or computer to see your provider.
  • Make sure you have access to WiFi or the Internet.
  • Find a private place where you can set up your device or computer for the appointment.
  • Be on time. Give yourself 10 minutes prior to the appointment time to get organized with your device or computer.
  • Click on the link in your appointment reminder and follow the instructions.
  • Connect with your provider and begin the appointment.

DOES INSURANCE COVER TELEMEDICINE?

Yes. During the current COVID-19 health crisis all health insurance plans are required to cover telemedicine visits. Many insurance companies are waiving co-pays for telemedicine visits.

MEDICATIONS MAY BE PRESCRIBED VIA TELEMEDICINE.

As a registered DEA practitioner, Community Psychiatry may issue controlled substance prescriptions to patients, as long as the prescription is issued for a legitimate medical purpose in the usual course of professional practice by a practitioner engaged in treating the patient via telemedicine during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  

Community Psychiatry has always had the ability to prescribe a controlled substance via telemedicine technology as long as we have previously conducted an in-person evaluation with the patient. During this health crisis, the new guidance by the DEA removes that in-person evaluation requirement.

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We are here to help you during this stressful time.  Please complete the form below and we will call you back within one business day. Or, feel free to call us at 866-533-9015 to make your telemedicine appointment.