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Telehealth: An Introduction to Virtual Care for Home Care Clinicians

presented by Jared Vagy, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS and Aubree Colorito, PT, DPT, COS-C

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Financial: Jared Vagy receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course. Aubree Colorito is an employee of Allegheny Health Network and received compensation from Allegheny Health Network for this course.

Non-Financial: Jared Vagy is a TheraBand Academy Speaker. Aubree Colorito has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 51 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 64 Minutes

As virtual care moves into new settings within the health care industry, it is important that clinicians know how to effectively identify when a patient can benefit from telehealth and how to translate in-person care to a virtual environment. To ensure a positive experience for the patient, the clinician will need to leverage a different skill set for effective assessments and interventions. The clinician will also need to feel comfortable in resolving technology issues and setting up a workspace conducive to HIPAA-compliant virtual visits. The goals of this course are to recognize when home health patients can benefit from a blended model of care with telehealth and to understand how to provide best-practice care when translating in-person care to virtual visits.

Meet Your Instructors

Jared Vagy, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Jared Vagy received his doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California (USC) and completed a one-year residency in orthopedics and a one-year fellowship in movement science. Dr. Vagy is a clinical assistant professor of physical therapy in the DPT program at USC and is a mentor in both the orthopedic residency…

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Aubree Colorito, PT, DPT, COS-C

Aubree Colorito received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Slippery Rock University. At the start of her career, she worked in an inpatient rehab facility on the multitrauma and neuro unit. After moving to Georgia, she gained experience in the SNF and hospital setting as the lead therapist on the oncology and orthopedic unit.…

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1. Successfully Introducing Telehealth to Your Patients

In this section, we will cover how to determine if telehealth is right for your patient. To do this, we will look at the Evidence-Based Decision-Making model and discuss how our clinical expertise fits into this decision-making process. We will also go through best practices for introducing telehealth to your home health patients by breaking down the what, where, when, why, and how.

2. Navigating Patient Barriers to Telehealth With Shared Informed Decision-Making

This section will break down the model of shared informed decision-making (SIDM) in patient communication. Through an example of a home health patient/clinician conversation, we look at how we can use the three different types of talk (team talk, option talk, and decision talk) to navigate patient barriers to receiving treatment through telehealth.

3. Blending Telehealth and In-Person Treatment for Optimal Outcomes

Figuring out how best to blend telehealth and in-person treatment should be considered on a case-by-case basis. In this section, we will look at patient case scenarios, each with its own unique barriers and conditions. We will discuss how telehealth can be blended into the home health clinical care continuum in order to add value for your patients and improve overall care.

4. Telehealth Tech Tips for Success

Providing care through telehealth can mean having to navigate some technical challenges. In this section, we’ll go through best practices for hardware, software, and connectivity. We will also see how to troubleshoot technical challenges in real time with two different scenarios of a patient and clinician experiencing audio and video problems.

5. Visually Optimizing Your Telehealth Session

How you present yourself and frame your patient during a telehealth session can mean the difference between a positive or negative patient care experience. In this section, we will go through how to effectively present yourself to your patient, taking into account framing, lighting, environment, and clothing. We will also cover how to properly frame your patient to make sure you are able to successfully observe the patient’s movements during your session.

6. Translating In-Person Care to a Virtual Environment

Translating in-person care to the virtual environment means changing the way that we think about conducting an assessment and delivering treatment. In this section, we will cover best practices for coaching and cueing patient assessment techniques in a telehealth platform. We will also highlight the ways telehealth can be used to improve the home health patients’ treatment experience.

7. Building the Therapeutic Alliance During a Telehealth Visit

Building a therapeutic alliance with your patient is a key element in patient engagement and adherence to their plan of care. In a telehealth visit, building this alliance with your patient is more heavily weighted on communication skills compared to an in-person visit. In this section, we will cover how to build rapport with your patient in a virtual visit and will discuss tips for motivational interviewing.

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