Statement Regarding Claims and Telepsychology

Dear CPF Members, You may have been aware of many panic driven messages circulating the informal platforms for social media. Please do not react to anything until you receive an official guidance instruction from the CPF or from the medical schemes directly. Basically at present we continue engaging with Discovery regarding details they have suggested …

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Medscheme Engagement

Dear CPF Member, During the COVID-19 pandemic, and the 21-day national lockdown, we have seen unprecedented measures taken to ensure every individual’s health and safety. In support of Government’s efforts to flatten the curve of infection rates, healthcare practitioners have had to adapt their means of service delivery. For the profession of Psychology, this has …

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What you as practitioner need to do during the lockdown to keep providing service

We received the following question from a clinical psychologist in private practice. “I would like to understand how to manage my private practice as a clinical psychologist. Where do I get permission to go to my practice? Can my clients visit the practice? What do I need in order to continue this essential mental health …

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Disaster Management Act Regulations for Lockdown during COVID-19

The minister of health have published the regulations that will be put in place during the lockdown period of the COVID-19 virus. Please take note of Section 6 of the act requiring you to be able to identify yourself as a health practitioner to authorities when requested. The CPF will email a statement with our …

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Sanitary Guidelines at your Place of Work

Maintaining isolation in line with the state of disaster is of paramount importance. As practitioner, you should be able to motivate why you need to see someone face to face and not hold a session online. When you see someone for a face-to-face (F2F) session, maintain the necessary sanitation and health regulations such as: Keeping …

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Claims with regard to Telemedicine

Dear CPF members, This is an important information update with regards to claims submitted if you intend to engage in telemedicine/e-counselling processes. According to our latest information you need to keep in mind that schemes might not pay for e-counselling/telemedicine processes. The telecon code 0130 is reserved for psychiatrists at this stage at Discovery, so …

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HPCSA Media Statement: GUIDELINES ON TELEMEDICINE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Pretoria – The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has noted that there are numerous advertisements for doctors to be involved in Telemedicine models that are in contravention of the HPCSA’s Ethical Guidelines on Telemedicine. This may result with patients routinely being serviced by practitioners virtually, that is, directly without the consulting and responsible practitioner’s physical presence. Telemedicine …

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