OLD LYME, Conn., Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- MedOptions, the nation's leading provider of behavioral health services to skilled nursing, long-term care and assisted living facilities, launched its telehealth behavioral services division, MedOptions Connect™, in early 2016 in an effort to provide enhanced care to patients in rurally designated long-term care facilities. The program has rapidly expanded, and MedOptions Connect™ is already up and running in five states (Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio and Texas) with launches in Maine and Vermont scheduled for early in 2017. The company has been averaging adding three facilities into service each month.
In the first year of its launch, MedOptions Connect™ is already providing telehealth access to more than 2,500 long-term care facility patients with hundreds of tele-psych sessions completed each day. MedOptions Connect™ is expected to grow more than 200 percent in the next year.
This rapid expansion means that MedOptions will be able to provide patients in rural areas, who otherwise have difficultly gaining access to quality behavioral health care, with access to its large team of credentialed clinicians including psychiatrists, psychologists and nurse practitioners via its patent-pending, HIPAA-compliant, encrypted web portal designed and supported by WeCounsel (www.wecounsel.com). The program together with the video technology offers consistent care access on a weekly basis for MedOptions client facilities, which otherwise may not have a regular behavioral care service. The program also provides critical access to services for bed-bound patients.
All of this is possible thanks to the industry-leading MedOptions Connect™ proprietary service model, which combines its telehealth technology with its vast provider and personnel base.
The unique model provides all the necessary resources to assist with managing each day's telehealth services, limiting extra burden on facility staff.
Additionally, because telehealth is a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved program, MedOptions Connect™ is available for all Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) eligible sites. Greater availability to behavioral healthcare for patients in long-term care facilities leads to better overall patient outcomes, including appropriate use of psych medications, reduced hospital re-admissions and improved clinical response.
"Our unique, in-house service model is a game changer," Randy DioGuardi, Director of Telehealth for MedOptions said. "It has built a bridge to rural areas of the country that have been facing a real shortage of qualified behavioral healthcare providers and improves care for thousands of patients."
About MedOptions MedOptions (www.medoptionsinc.com) partners with skilled nursing and assisted living facilities across the country to provide behavioral health services through the use of memory care evaluations, medication management and behavioral interventions. With multidisciplinary teams comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners and licensed clinical social workers, MedOptions clinicians are experienced in dementia and Alzheimer's care, long-term behavioral healthcare in elderly populations and memory care services. MedOptions recently launched MedOptions Connect™, a telemedicine solution which now facilitates greater access to mental health care for patients and residents located in rural areas throughout the United States. Hundreds of MedOptions clinicians already provide onsite services in more than 1500 facilities nationwide, covering more than 200,000 long term care patient beds.