Posted on 21 February 2022
The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) has re-introduced temporary telehealth arrangements which allow allied mental health providers to deliver the first consultation of each treatment cycle by telehealth between 1 January and 30 June 2022 (all other sessions can be done via telehealth permanently if required and clinically appropriate). The temporary telehealth items are available to claim in the system and updated Notes for Providers and Fee Schedules are available on the DVA website.
These arrangements are a temporary change to the permanent telehealth services that were introduced on 1 January 2022. Under the permanent telehealth rules the first session needs to be face to face.
Be aware that come 30 June 2022 you will need to return to this requirement unless advised otherwise by DVA.