By Shilpa Srinivasan, Juliet Glover, James G. Bouknight

This publication presents a uncomplicated creation to geriatric telepsychiatry, together with capability merits and disadvantages of using this therapy modality. The textual content discusses functions in educational, public, federal, and academic settings and indicates sensible directions for enforcing and conserving a telepsychiatry application. because the elder inhabitants keeps to develop over the subsequent a number of a long time, electronic instruments, together with videoconferencing, will play a wide position in assembly the desires of the aged. Written by way of the leaders in geriatric telepsychiatry, this article is the 1st to target the psychiatric software of those electronic instruments, lay out the guidelines and guidance for treating sufferers who can reap the benefits of this carrier, and description the main state of the art examine at the subject.
Geriatric Telepsychiatry is the last word advisor for psychiatrists, geriatricians, social staff, geriatric nurses, scholars, long term care facilitators, and all doctors who paintings with the aged psychiatric sufferer.

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4 Percentage change in population of aging inmates from FY2009 to FY 2013. BOP population snapshots from “The Impact of an Aging Inmate Population on the Federal Bureau of Prisons,” Evaluation and Inspections Division, Bureau of Prisons, May 2015 [20] 2. Life sentences. The imposition of life sentences, a particularly extreme form of long sentence, has increased. 3. Older age of offenders. More people are entering prison for crimes committed after age 55 than in years past. 4. Early release. Correctional and parole officials often have little legal authority to release old and infirm prisoners before their sentence expires and such authority as exists is exercised infrequently.

This chapter will focus on the benefits and costs of a geriatric telepsychiatry service. G. com © Springer International Publishing AG 2017 S. Srinivasan et al. G. 2 Legal Requirements Medicare has specific requirements for telepsychiatry which include the originating site of the service, the practitioners who are allowed to offer telepsychiatry services, the type of services offered, and the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes used to bill for the services (DHHS). Most private insurers use Medicare as a guide for reimbursement.

Both allopathic and osteopathic psychiatry residency program governing bodies stipulate the inclusion of exposure to geriatric psychiatry clinical experiences as part of residency training. The former requires “one month FTE (Full Time Equivalent) of organized experience focused on the specific competencies in areas that are unique to the care of the elderly” [7], whereas this timeframe is not specified for osteopathic psychiatry programs [8]. Since its inception and recognition as an accredited subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in 1991, additional post-residency training in geriatric psychiatry has been offered, which entails the completion of a one-year fellowship where the focus is on the diagnosis 4.

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