WHAT IS TELEHEALTH: Telehealth is the delivery of early intervention services using distance technology, typically computers, when the therapist and child and caregiver are not in the same physical location. Service providers include speech-language pathologists, occupational thearpists, physical therapists, service coordinators and early interventio specialists.
If you agree to get any of your ECI services via telehealth, you will be asked to sign a Consent for Telehealth and a Consent to Record and Release. You have:
- the option to refuse the delivery of early intervention services via the telehealth method at any time without affecting your right to in-person services and without risking the loss or withdrawal of any early childhood intervention service to which your child and you would otherwise be entitled.
- All applicable confidentiality protections, as defined in the “Procedural Safeguards Related to Prior Written Notice and Consent” sheet and ECI Parent Handbook, shall apply to the services.
- access to all early childhood intervention information resulting from the sessions conducted via telehealth as provided by applicable law for parental access to your child’s record
- Improve caregiver skills in fostering their child’s communication by focusing intervention on caregiver-child interactions.
- Convienient way to receive ECI visits!
- Increase therapy visits with a licensed therapist or credentialed early intervention specialist.
- Reduce cancellations due to a family member’s minor illness or provider minor illness.
- Reduce cancellations due to weather.
- Save program costs associated with travel to homes.
We want to make sure you understand that your privacy is important to us and that your information will be secure. As with any service, there may be potential risks associated with the use of telehealth. These risks include, but may not be limited to:
- The internet connection used may not be sufficient (e.g., poor picture or sound quality, dropped connections, or audio interference) to allow for effective interaction.
- The computer must be stored in a safe place to prevent damage.
- Security protocols of the internet connection could fail, causing a breach of privacy of confidential clinical/medical information (e.g., all internet access must be password protected).
Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual regarding telehealth services: Volume 2: Telecommunication Services Handbook
Texas Physical Thearpy Practice Guidelines Title 3, Subtitle H, Chapter 322, Practice: Telehealth.
Texas Adminstrative Code regarding ECI Telehealth: TAC- Title 40, Part 2, Ch. 108, Supchapter K: Service Delivery.
TAC Title 40, Part 2, Ch. 108, Subchapter A: RULE §108.103 (41) Telehealth services–Healthcare services, other than telemedicine medical services, delivered by a health professional licensed, certified or otherwise entitled to practice in Texas and acting within the scope of the health professional’s license, certification, or entitlement to a patient at a different physical location than the health professional using telecommunications or information technology.
Start Up Information for ECI programs
Link to SAMPLE forms for ECI Telehealth *Programs should consult their agency policies to create forms are appropriate for their programs. They should also consult Texas Medicaid policy and licensing/credentially policies.
Helpful links to picking software platforms:
EQUIPMENT FOR FAMILIES:
Resource for discounted computers for families – Easter Seals Double Click Program