Category: News

Challenges and Strategies in Psychiatric Patient Treatment at Skilled Nursing Facilities
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Challenges and Strategies in Psychiatric Patient Treatment at Skilled Nursing Facilities

We found Dr. Robert Figlerski’s list of challenges and strategies in treating psychiatric patients in a long-term care setting, originally published in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, enlightening.   Challenges: Demographic shifts—when staff training doesn’t keep up with patient needs. Confusion over how to properly use psychotropic medications (such as antipsychotics.) Confusion and misinformation about non-drug...

6 Common Telehealth Myths
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6 Common Telehealth Myths

Telehealth has grown rapidly over the past few years. 76% of health systems are expected to have implemented telehealth by the end of 2018, according to a survey held by Teladoc.   However, many misconceptions have grown up around telehealth. In a February 26 webcast, Roy Schoenberg, MD, president, CEO and co-founder of American Well,...

Merrymakers Association: Serving Omaha Nursing Home Residents for 32 Years
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Merrymakers Association: Serving Omaha Nursing Home Residents for 32 Years

A group of performers and musicians enters a nursing home, often greeting residents individually, by name. When they start to play, the effect is transformative. Some clap their hands. Others sing along. Everyone is moved.   The performance has benefits even after performers leave—social interaction increases, memories of the past are brought back to active...

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Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders occur when drug or alcohol abuse is diagnosed alongside another mental health disorder, such as depression or bipolar disorder. Since alcohol and drugs can make the symptoms of mental illness more severe, it’s important to seek treatment that addresses both. To find more resources on co-occurring disorders, visit https://www.drugrehab.com/co-occurring-disorder/.   Drugrehab.com is an...

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Iowa Expands Telehealth Insurance Coverage

Iowa governor Kim Reynolds recently signed a bill that will require health insurance to cover telehealth services to the same extent as comparable services not offered by telehealth into law. The law takes effect January 1, 2019 and will affect any insurance policy delivered, issued or reissued after that date.   Since this law (passed...

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HealthFurther’s “Contributing Factors”: A Podcast on Depression and Mental Health

Jen Amis, Encounter Telehealth president and CEO, was recently featured in Episode Five of “Contributing Factors,” a podcast released March 1 through April 5 by HealthFurther.   “Contributing Factors” deals with the topics of mental health and mental illness, with a specific focus on depression. This podcast will explore what depression feels like, treatment options,...

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Encounter Featured in MedTech Boston’s Top Four Telehealth Companies

Encounter Telehealth is honored to be featured in MedTech Boston as one of the top four telehealth companies in the US. Read the article here: https://medtechboston.medstro.com/blog/2018/03/27/the-top-4-telehealth-companies/ Telehealth offers greater healthcare access, particularly to people who otherwise would not have access to quality healthcare; such as those who live in remote or rural areas, or who...

Reducing Off-Label Antipsychotic Use in Skilled Nursing Facilities
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Reducing Off-Label Antipsychotic Use in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Dr. Randy Beckett, PMHNP-BC (right) of Encounter Telehealth works directly with Jessica Lieberman (left), Social Services Director and Admission Coordinator and Tara Watchorn (Center), BSN, RN, Director of Nursing of Morys Haven Care Center to coordinate the reduction of antipsychotic use.   Human Rights Watch recently reported that off-label antipsychotic drug use (drugs used for a...

Encounter Featured in “10 Best Tech Startups in Omaha”
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Encounter Featured in “10 Best Tech Startups in Omaha”

Encounter Telehealth was recently featured in the Tech Tribune’s 10 Best Tech Startups in Omaha, based on the evaluation criteria of revenue potential, leadership team, brand traction, and competitive landscape.   In simpler terms, Encounter fills a specific void in the market by offering mental health services to seniors in nursing homes through secure video...