Prior to March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic introduced new challenges into our daily lives, the use of telehealth for treating children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was limited to supervision conducted by the Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) overseeing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) technician duties. That was then, this is now.
In this web briefing, you’ll hear from two autism service provider organizations that made a transition to HIPAA-secure virtual services. These organizations are collecting data and expanding our understanding about the effectiveness of virtual services using industry-standard outcome tools and parent/caregiver response. Mordechai Meisels, chief executive officer (CEO) of Encore Support Services based in Brooklyn, New York with locations in neighboring New Jersey, responded rapidly to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements, leveraging technology supports, and parent/caregiver training tools. He simultaneously overcame staffing and other obstacles to operating an autism program in the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic. Colin Davitian, CEO and co-founder of Gateway Learning Group with locations in California, Colorado, and Oregon, also pivoted to virtual services while continuing to collect outcome data to determine the impact of this new modality on treatment efficacy. Both provider organizations will share guidelines used to educate parents, recommendations for staff training, and other best practices and lessons learned in their successful transition to virtual services.
To round out the webinar panel, Yagnesh Vadgama, vice president of clinical care services and autism at Magellan Health, will offer the payer viewpoint regarding this shift to delivery of virtual autism services and anticipated payer and regulatory response post COVID-19.
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