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The last article of the Telemedicine/Telehealth series will focus on Behavioral Health. The increased need for mental and behavioral health support during the COVID-19 pandemic pushed physicians and care teams to adapt quickly and implement more virtual health tools. These tools allowed providers to continue timely, high-quality care to their patients. Teletherapy services continue to see a dramatic increase in service use “as patients confront the stress of the pandemic and social crises.”
Part 3 of the Telemedicine/Telehealth series will focus on Best Practices. The telemedicine expansion was an immediate reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, and virtual visits are projected to expand even after the pandemic subsides. While the depth and breadth of telemedicine, regulations, restrictions, and the practice continue to evolve, some elements of telemedicine are here to stay. 
Part 2 of the Telemedicine/Telehealth series will focus on Telemedicine and Informed Consent. Informed consent discussions are completed at various times throughout the patient/provider relationship. They provide important protections for the provider and give patients valuable information about the services they receive. Informed consent for telemedicine is just as essential as it is in other healthcare settings. In some states, a specialized telemedicine patient informed consent is required before treatment.
As of August 9, 2021, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM), the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and multiple other leading organizations, which represent experts in maternal care, pediatric care, and public health have recently put out a Statement of Strong Medical Consensus for Vaccination of Pregnant Individuals Against COVID-19.
Welcome to E-NEWS, the newest service from MPIE. E-NEWS differs from our E-ALERTS in the format and type of information shared. E-NEWS will be a bit longer and more detailed, somewhere between an alert and a newsletter article. This service allows us to highlight certain “top of mind” topics in a series, such as telemedicine, our first series of E-NEWS guidance.
Every year healthcare and patient safety professionals recognize patient safety awareness. The national society for Healthcare Risk Management, ASHRM, offers resources that may be of interest to you.
Medscape offers various educational programs, and recently released Telemedicine Best Practices. This program was felt to be relevant and timely for our insureds and may have a benefit in preventing potential medical malpractice claims.

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