Telemental health has gone mainstream. Most services involve assessment, diagnosis and/or therapy, and care models have evolved over the years to include, for example, hospitals establishing telepsychiatric assessment programs in their emergency departments as well as the creation of virtual networks of mental health professionals providing services to underserved areas. Many reasons exist for the boom. First, telehealth is a good fit for providing mental health services because providers rarely have to lay hands on the patient in conventional face-to-face encounters. Second, telemental health is accepted by a large number of payers as a legitimate use for . . .
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