JSA Health Telepsychiatry is proud to have been selected to provide statewide telepsychiatry to up to 149 rural hospitals throughout the state as part of a wide ranging project through the Network Access Improvement Program (NAIP) in Texas.
The NAIP is designed to further the state’s goal of increasing the availability and effectiveness of primary care and behavioral health for Medicaid beneficiaries by incentivizing health-related institutions (HRIs) and public hospitals to provide quality, well-coordinated, and continuous care. During the 83rd session, the Texas Legislature underscored the importance of ensuring primary care and mental health access to the Medicaid population through HRIs. The General Appropriations Act for the 2014-2015 Biennium contains two riders to Article II, Health and Human Services Commission which state the NAIP purpose:
- Improve the availability, quality and coordination of primary and specialty care services provided by public hospitals
- Promote provider education on Medicaid program requirements and the specialized needs of Medicaid recipients
- Measure progress through increased care access and physician compliance with selected quality objectives
JSA Health Telepsychiatry will help meet these goals by providing 24/7 access to rural hospitals … starting with the first twenty-six by the end of 2016. Additional projects through NAIP will include:
- Rural nursing homes
- Rural Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
- Other rural clinics
JSA Health Telepsychiatry has been a strong supporter of statewide emergency telepsychiatry programs … especially to rural Texas hospitals badly in need of help with psychiatric patients in overcrowded emergency rooms … and to the patients themselves needing help under difficult conditions for days or weeks due to lack of inpatient psychiatric beds.
JSA thinks big … this is our style project. We look forward to having a positive impact in many of these 149 rural hospitals. We at JSA are grateful for the trust people have in our mental health services … and we earn that trust everyday.