As more individuals receive the COVID-19 vaccine, some private practitioners may wonder if it’s OK to stop practicing telehealth and provide more in-person services. If feasible, APA recommends that psychologists providing routine outpatient care continue using telehealth to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission, and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports this practice.
While the CDC’s new guidance states that small groups of fully vaccinated family members and friends can gather indoors in a casual setting with or without masks, psychologists must follow the guidelines for health care personnel. Health care providers should continue to use telehealth; wear personal protective equipment and practice physical distancing when interacting with patients; and implement COVID-19 screening protocols.
When deciding whether to provide in-person sessions, take these steps before opening your office to patient care.