Dr. Flavio Casoy Named Chief Medical Officer of JSA Health Telepsychiatry California

 

 

 

Dr. Flavio Casoy has been named Chief Medical Officer for JSA Health California. Dr. Casoy completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at Brown University in Providence, RI where he concentrated on community health.  He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Francisco and served as Chief Resident at San Francisco General Hospital.  He also completed a fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute.

He is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has broad ranging experience as an emergency psychiatrist, and most recently led one of the largest state psychiatric hospitals in the United States … where he ran a 14 unit inpatient service. He has a small private practice where he primarily sees patients for psychotherapy.

Dr. Casoy’s primary mission is to ensure that everyone has access to quality mental health care, including, and particularly, individuals with serious mental illness.  He is excited to explore the possibilities of telepsychiatry in bringing expert consultants to remote regions or to agencies that would otherwise not be able to afford a psychiatrist.  He believes that quality care is rooted in clinical expertise, kindness towards the patient, deep humility about the limitations of our field and systems, and commitment to overcoming these limitations.  He is originally from São Paulo, Brazil and is a strong practitioner of cultural formulation as a key feature in behavioral healthcare.

 

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

 

 

Moving Ahead In California – Valley Children’s Healthcare Chooses JSA Health Telepsychiatry For Child and Adolescent Emergency Telepsychiatry Consultations

 

JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce the start of a collaboration with Valley Children’s Hospital of Madera, California. JSA Health telepsychiatrists will be providing emergency telepsychiatry consults to both the emergency departments and medical floors … including intensive care units. This effort is part of JSA’s ongoing efforts to provide emergency telepsychiatry to all age groups … child, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations.

Valley Children’s Hospital is a 358 bed pediatric hospital located on the San Joaquin River just north of Fresno, California, USA. The hospital has a 45,000-square-mile (120,000 km2) service area covering most of California’s central San Joaquin Valley. There are more than 500 doctors on the medical staff. It is a UCSF and now Stanford affiliated teaching hospital. The hospital was the first children’s hospital west of the Rockies to receive Magnet Nursing Certification, the highest standard of nursing certification in America. In June 2015 it was announced that Valley Children’s Healthcare and Stanford University School of Medicine will partner to create a graduate medical education program based at Valley Children’s Hospital.

This pediatric hospital covers the following areas of Central California: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Kern, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties.

In 2014 the hospital had 12,695 pediatric inpatient admissions and performed 12,265 pediatric surgeries.

From the Valley Children’s Website:

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

The Emergency Department at Valley Children’s provides emergency pediatric and trauma care to infants, children, and adolescents (up to 21 years of age). We operate a 39-bed Level II Pediatric Trauma Center that sees about 120,000 patient visits annually. More than two-thirds of the Hospital’s patients are admitted through the Emergency Department. We have access to all of the Hospital’s pediatric subspecialties and their associated physicians.

Valley Children’s Emergency Department is staffed by board-certified pediatric emergency physicians. In addition to their years of experience in providing pediatric emergency care, our emergency specialists have undergone a minimum of three years of general pediatric training plus an additional two to three years of fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine.

Better Access to Care

  • Level II Pediatric Trauma Center equipped to manage acute traumatic injuries directly from the field
  • Rapid triage and rooming of patients by the Patient Floor Coordinator
  • In 2015, our average Door-to-Doctor time was about 43 minutes
  • Team Triage: an area for rapid Medical Screening and patient discharge with an average daily Door-to-Doctor time of 40 minutes

Conditions Treated

  • Acute traumatic injuries
  • Asthma (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Cancer (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Critical illnesses
  • Hemophilia (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Infectious conditions such as:
    • Acute gastroenteritis
    • Croup
    • Bronchiolitis
    • Colds
  • Leukemia (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Orthopaedic injuries
  • Seizures
  • Sickle cell disease (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Sports related injuries
  • Urgent care

Services Offered

Multidisciplinary Services

  • Direct access to Valley Children’s pediatric subspecialists either through consultation in the Emergency Department or referrals for follow-up care
  • Trauma and Surgery services provided for illnesses and injuries requiring surgery and trauma care
  • Air and ground Medical Transport provided for complex critically ill children

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

 

JSA Health Chosen By Lubbock Texas Based StarCare to Provide Telepsychiatry Admission At Sunrise Canyon Hospital

JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce an expansion of our work with Starcare Specialty Health System of Lubbock, Texas. JSA will be providing admissions to Sunrise Canyon Hospital operated by Starcare.

Sunrise Canyon Hospital is a psychiatric facility for short-term crisis stabilization. It is a 30-bed hospital … an adult inpatient treatment facility which provides psychiatric evaluation, rehabilitation services, and comprehensive discharge planning for people who have a mental illness and/or who are experiencing a serious psychiatric crisis.
Sunrise Canyon Hospital is the only community-based hospital of its kind in Texas, operated by and integrated within the other programs of a community mental health center, StarCare Specialty Health System. Sunrise Canyon is Joint Commission Accredited.
JSA Health Telepsychiatry continues to show its commitment to serving public sector community mental health centers as a core mission of our company.

 

From the Starcare Website:

 

StarCare Specialty Health Systems provides services for adults, children and adolescents who have a diagnosis of mental illness, developmental disabilities or substance abuse. As the state designated mental health and mental retardation authority for Lubbock, Lynn, Cochran, Crosby and Hockley counties, the Center has authority and responsibility for: planning policy development; coordination, development and allocation of resources; and oversight of mental health and mental retardation services.

As the local mental health and mental retardation authority, the Center accepts the obligation of public trust and is committed to developing, maintaining, and expending resources in a manner that ensures the greatest benefit to consumers and to the community. The Center is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees appointed by the City of Lubbock, Lubbock County and Lubbock Independent School District. The Board of Trustees is reflective of the community, includes consumer and/or family member representation, and is governmental in nature and accountable to the public trust. Their responsibilities as the governing body of a local authority and as public stewards are paramount as they carry out their duties in:

  • Determining the organization’s vision, mission and values;
  • Evaluating implementation activities and planning to assure:
    • Public Accountability,
    • Sound Financial Planning and Asset Protection,
    • A Focus on Individual and Organizational Outcomes and
    • Equitable, Confidential and Dignified Treatment of Staff and Volunteers;
  • Developing governing policies;
  • Complying with state laws applicable to board actions;
  • Developing relationships with local, state and national officials;
  • Advocating for funding and statutory changes, which will support the vision, mission and values of the Center.

History

Originally known as the South Plains Guidance Center, StarCare Specialty Health Systems was created in February 1964 as a result of the efforts of the Lubbock Community Planning Council and in response to the identified need for services for people with mental illness and mental retardation within the Lubbock community.

The Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1965 prompted a request to the Texas Department of MHMR by the City of Lubbock for the formation of a Community MHMR Center in the Lubbock area. The request was approved and the Board of Trustees of LRMHMRC was appointed in March of 1966. The original local service area, Lubbock County, was expanded in 1975 to include Cochran, Crosby, Hockley and Lynn Counties. At that time the Center’s name was changed to Lubbock Regional Mental Health Mental Retardation Center.

Over the ensuing thirty years, the Center’s scope of responsibility and geographic service area have steadily broadened, even beyond the five county MHMR service area, through its relationship with a variety of state agencies.  For example, STARCARE maintains contractual relationships with:

StarCare also is designated a Local Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority. Under this designation, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) delegates the authority for planning, policy development, coordination, resource allocation and resource development, and oversight of mental health and mental retardation services to the Center for the service area specified by HHSC.

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

One Hundred Forty-Nine Rural Texas Hospitals Will Access JSA Health Telepsychiatry through the Network Access Improvement Program (NAIP)

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.

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

Providence Healthcare Network and JSA Health Telepsychiatry Partner To Provide Hospital Wide Telepsychiatry Consultation

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce the start of telepsychiatry consultation services at the Providence Health Center in Waco, Texas. This hospital wide telepsychiatry project provides tele-consultation to patients in the Providence Hospital Emergency Department, Medical/Surgical floors, and Intensive Care Units. Providence Hospital is part of a Waco, Texas area implementation that provides JSA Health telepsychiatrists to 11 hospitals … one psychiatric hospital … and a Mental Health Emergency Center in the Waco region.

Providence Health Center was Waco’s first hospital–founded in 1905 at the request of local businessmen who saw the need for a hospital in Waco. They approached the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent DePaul in Dallas about sponsorship of a hospital, to which the Daughters agreed. Providence Healthcare Network is dedicated to carrying out a Mission of Compassion and Vision of Excellence through providing exceptional health care, with a special commitment to the poor.

 

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The Providence Health Network includes the Providence Health Center, a 301-bed acute care full-service medical center, with cardiac, orthopedic, obstetric, surgical weight loss, rehabilitative and emergency services; primary care and specialty clinics, the DePaul Center, a 64-bed mental health facility; Providence Home Care, one of the largest full-service home care agencies locally; and Providence Park, a 341 bed multi-level of care, long-term facility and retirement community offering sub-acute, nursing care and rehabilitation services.

Providence is a member of Ascension Health, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Ascension Health is transforming health care by providing the highest quality care to all, and is the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

 

An informative video from the Providence Health Network website:

 

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

 

JSA Health Telepsychiatry’s Mental Health Emergency Center Design for Austin, Texas Breaks Ground

 

Video News Story from KEYE TV – click to play.

 

JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce the latest version of it’s award winning Mental Health Emergency Center (MHEC) design. The new MHEC, to be built in Austin, Texas, was funded by the St. David’s Foundation who provided $8.9 million dollars to build and operate the new Psychiatric Emergency Room, Extended Observation Unit, and Crisis Residential Unit that will be built just east of downtown Austin.
JSA’s CEO Dr. Avrim Fishkind will be present on this project throughout the design and implementation process. The St. David’s Foundation turned to Dr. Fishkind in late 2013 to help them determine what design for psychiatric crisis services was needed in Austin, Texas. Dr. Fishkind proposed the design and helped the St. David’s Foundation Board to determine that the $8.9 million dollars was the right price, for the right service, in the right place at the right time … the mantra of this new era of accountable care.
Dr. Fishkind and the JSA team have been assisting Austin Travis County Integral Care, the community mental health authority that will run the new MHEC style center. JSA has provided consulting regarding physical plant design, clinical operations and procedures, medical and psychosocial service delivery, staffing and budget issues, and implementation of telepsychiatry. When the facility opens, JSA Health Telepsychiatry will be providing the on-demand emergency psychiatric evaluations and make make tele-rounds at the Austin MHEC.

 

From The Austin American Statesman:

A long-awaited Austin facility for people suffering a mental health crisis is moving from the drawing board to an early April groundbreaking, with an opening planned for early next year, officials will announce Tuesday.

The Judge Guy Herman Center for Mental Health Crisis Care, at 6600 Ben White Blvd., will stabilize people in a calmer, more appropriate and less expensive environment than an emergency room, a psychiatric hospital or a jail. It is being named for a Travis County probate judge who has long advocated expanding mental health services.

Officials said in July 2014 that they hoped to open the center in 2015, but the process has taken longer than anticipated, said Ellen Richards, chief strategy officer for Austin Travis County Integral Care, the public mental health organization.

“We’ve been going through design changes so it meets the needs of consumers and families,” she said. “And in a boom town, getting a new building designed and built is time-consuming.”

Herman, who commits people to the Austin State Hospital, said he was honored by the naming and wasn’t concerned about the delay.

“It’s better to go slower and get it right rather than go faster and get it wrong,” he said, adding that the center will “absolutely” reduce the 3,400 state hospital commitments he makes each year.

Plans for services at the Herman Center also have evolved.

Its 42 employees will provide patients with holistic, integrated care, said Sherry Blyth, director of crisis services for Integral Care. That means not only will patients get intensive psychiatric services 24 hours a day, but those who need primary medical care or social services will be linked to that help, Blyth said. Patients will stay an average of three to five days and then go home or to a hospital if needed.

 

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“We would have assured that they’re firmly established with ongoing care” for up to 90 days, she said.

Since 2005, such a center has been discussed among mental health officials, law enforcement officers and Central Health, Travis County’s hospital district. Almost two years ago, the St. David’s Foundation said it would provide an $8.9 million grant to Integral Care to build and operate the facility for two years. After that it will be self-sustaining.

“I’m just thrilled that it’s opening and it will be the first center of its kind” in Austin, said Earl Maxwell, the foundation’s CEO.

Construction of the 12,000-square-foot, 16-bed facility will cost $4.3 million, Richards said. It will be adjacent to Central Health’s Southeast Health and Wellness Center, and Central Health will lease the land for $1 a year.

Although psychiatric emergency services became available at University Medical Center Brackenridge two years ago, that ER can’t hold patients for days. It can put patients in restraints and seclusion, but that won’t be done at the Herman Center, officials said.

“For people in a psychiatric crisis, it reduces the feeling of being stigmatized for having needed emergency psychiatric care,” Blyth said. “We will be able to admit people directly from the community without them having to go to an emergency department.”

Retired educator Valerie Dodd Milburn of Austin, who is 55 and has bipolar disorder, said she welcomes the center. She experienced a crisis in the 1990s and was sent from the ER to a psychiatric hospital “not because I needed the environment but because it was the only place available,” she said.

“That situation still continues,” added Milburn, who chairs Communities for Recovery and is active with the Austin chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Officials expect the center to serve about 1,460 patients in the first year and 1,655 in the second year.

 

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.