November 13, 2020.
Kreidler extends emergency order on telehealth to December 11, 2020.
WAMFT Advises MFTs to be Prepared to Comply with
Attestation of Telehealth Training
All health care professionals beginning January 1, 2021, who provide clinical services through telemedicine, other than physicians and osteopathic physicians, must complete either a telemedicine training made available by the telemedicine collaborative; or an alternative telemedicine training, which may include training offered by hospitals and other health care facilities, continuing education courses, or trainings developed by a health professional board or commission.
Health care professionals must sign and retain an attestation that they completed either the telemedicine collaborative or alternative telemedicine training.
Help Us! If you have already completed a telehealth / telemedicine training or certification program WAMFT would love to hear about it. Please submit your recommendation and help us grow this resource for other members.
March 19, 2020.
Telehealth Parity Bill Signed Into Law
Governor Jay Inslee signed into law, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5385, which requires providers to be paid the same for services via telehealth that historically have been paid for in person encounters (Telehealth Payment Parity). This law applies to all insurance companies both state and commercial. WAMFT leadership reached out to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and ensured this bill does apply to our field.
This law was signed into effect immediately and is a boon to our field and ensures that we as mental health providers are able to continue meeting the needs of the population in this ever changing time - all the while protecting reimbursement rates.
As always, WAMFT leadership and government affairs committee are here to help. Please reach out to our Legislative Chair, Anthony Pennant, with your questions and concerns related to our advocacy efforts.