Guidance & Best Practices for the clinician in school-based Telehealth can be difficult to find as there are many terms for the same mode of providing clinical service over HIPAA-secure technology to clients or patients.
Clinical guidelines for school-based telehealth can be difficult to find as there are many terms for the same mode of providing clinical service over HIPAA-secure technology to clients or patients.
It is important to note that school-based telehealth is a mode of providing medical and behavioral health services and is not a separate service in and of itself. This mode requires specific training, preparation and protocols to provide safe, effective, legal and ethical clinical services.
School-based telehealth clinical guidelines may be found in:
- State license regulations and state guidance – Each state and each profession may be different.
- Profession-specific Code of Ethics – Each profession has their own set of guidelines and state license regulations often require adherence to these Codes of Ethics.
- Reimbursement requirements – Payors may require certain types of technology (i.e. HIPAA-secure) and only permit certain practices and locations.
- Telemedicine industry best practices for children and adolescents.
Some key national organizations have published position statements or related documents:
AAP – American Academy of Pediatrics
This is an August 2021 statement about Pediatric Telehealth, though not specific to the school setting.
NAPNAP – National Association of Pediatric NursePractitioners
Shares this position statement on school-based health centers
NASN – National Association of School Nurses
Released this position statement
The scope of care to be provided via school-based telehealth greatly drives the guidelines that need to be followed.
Information Relevant to Clinical Guidelines: