Generally speaking, your communications with and services from us are private and protected in the same manner as are communications with a mental health provider in a “brick and mortar” practice setting. There is no one present in the room with your Forefront psychiatrist or other clinician except for the clinician who you are able to see on the screen, and the psychiatrist’s office is private, enclosed and with a close door to protect your privacy.
In most circumstances, and except for the situations described below, the fact and content of your communications with us are protected by state and federal privacy and confidentiality statutes. Except as discussed below, your clinician will never disclose any information about you or obtained from you to any other party unless you consent and have provided Authorization that meets the requirements imposed by the Health Information Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA) of 1996, and/or 42CFR.
Appointments are never audio- or video recorded. Like any other health care provider, we develop and keep a medical record of your treatment, which is stored on our secure server. All transmissions and communications between you and your Forefront clinician are encrypted with a 256-bit encryption key, and all of the technologies in use by Forefront meet or exceed relevant healthcare privacy standards and guidelines.
There are certain circumstances under which disclosures of otherwise confidential information are necessary and/or required by law. By clicking the “Accept and Continue” button below, you acknowledge receipt of this information and your acceptance of it. Those circumstances include:
In any of the above circumstances, your clinician will attempt to discuss with you the contemplated disclosure(s) and their rationale, and to minimize the information thus disclosed.
Unless otherwise agreed by you and your Forefront clinician, your fist appointment will be one hour in length, and your follow up appointments will be 30 minutes. Some psychiatrists in other practice settings offer much briefer appointment lengths, we do not in most cases.
The 60/30 schedule affords our psychiatrists an opportunity to provide counseling and psychoeducational services, as is clinically appropriate, to patients for whom they are prescribing psychiatric medication. This helps assure that the medications and dosages are optimal for your care, and that you are receiving proper support for cognitive, behavioral and lifestyle modifications that will promote optimal medication and overall treatment response.
To Our Patients:
Thank you for allowing us to be part of your treatment team. In addition to providing the highest quality of care, we want you to be informed fully regarding our how we deliver evidence-based psychiatric and counseling services to you, about confidentiality and its limitations, and about our financial arrangements with you. If you have any questions or concerns about any of this information, please phone us at 866-959-2008.
Telepsychiatry is the use of technology – real time audio-visual conferencing and related electronic health records and electronic prescribing of medications when appropriate, to support convenient and timely delivery of evidence-based mental health services to patients, and coordination of mental health care with other medical services you receive, such as those provided by your primary care team.
The counseling and medication treatments delivered by means of telepsychiatry are no different from those delivered when a patient goes into a mental health practitioners’ office for an appointment. Your interaction with your Forefront psychiatrist or therapist takes place in real time, both you and the clinician see and hear each other and have a two-way dialogue.
Telepsychiatry appointment length is the same as for in person services and the “flow” of appointment is the same as well. Abundant research documents that telepsychiatry services are equivalent in terms of satisfactoriness and effectiveness as are in person services. You will see the same, single psychiatrist or therapist throughout the course of your treatment.
Your participation in Telepsychiatry services is completely voluntary and at your discretion. You have the right to decline participation if you wish. You have the right to decline services by telemedicine technology and request re-referral to a local provider by your clinic team. You should feel free to ask any questions or express any concerns you might have about this mode of treatment – either to your clinic team or your Forefront clinician