Quest remains fully operational during the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. If you need assistance, please call 800-364-6352.

Quest’s priority is helping our members to stay safe. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has issued modified HIPAA enforcement discretion guidelines regarding telehealth services during the pandemic. To maintain access to care, Quest will adhere to OCR’s guidelines below. Once the OCR ends the modified guidelines, Quest will require all behavioral health appointments to either be conducted via face-to-face session or, if the provider has completed the Telemental Health Attestation process, through a HIPAA-compliant telemental health platform.

 

    • What does this mean? OCR has determined that HIPAA-compliance should not be a barrier to access. Providers should, when able, use HIPAA-compliant virtual healthcare platforms which provide security measures to protect patient privacy. However, when not available, providers should notify patients of the potential risks to their privacy but should not delay care due to non-compliant software. OCR will not impose fines for providers who have made good faith efforts to mitigate the risk to patients’ privacy but who are the victims of hacking. This does NOT remove the liability of providers to protect their patients’ Protected Health Information.

 

How does this affect my behavioral health sessions?

 

  • Your appointments may be conducted via telemental health platforms, or when a telemental health platform is unavailable, providers may temporarily conduct sessions via telephone.
  • Providers may not use any public-facing application such as Facebook, Twitch, or Tik-Tok to provide telehealth services.
  • Privacy cannot be guaranteed for sessions conducted via cell phone or applications such as FaceTime, Duo, or Skype.
  • Quest will comply with the OCR’s modified guidelines to allow telephone and non-public facing video platforms as a temporary measure to prevent gaps in care.

 

To learn more about telehealth service guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic or general HIPAA regulations, you may contact the Office of Civil Rights at 800-368-1019 or visit https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/index.html for more information.

Resources

Seeking behavioral health services during COVID-19?

  • Explore the Quest Provider Search to find counseling or other behavioral health resources or call Quest at 800-364-6352.

    Quest Provider Search

Coping with Coronavirus and Social Distancing

  • COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources and Information Hub

    American Psychiatric Association

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  • Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe

    American Psychological Association

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  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 - Managing Anxiety and Stress

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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  • COVID-19 Resources and Information Guide

    National Alliance on Mental Health

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  • Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine and Isolation

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

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  • Emotional Wellbeing during the COVID-19 Outbreak

    Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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  • COVID-19/Coronavirus: Mental Health Considerations

    World Health Organization

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Coping for Healthcare Professionals and Emergency Responders

  • Coronavirus and Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves during Infectious Disease Outbreaks

    American Psychiatric Association

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  • Self-care advice for health-care providers during COVID-19

    American Psychological Association

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  • Emergency Responders: Tips for taking care of yourself

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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  • Sustaining the Well-Being of Healthcare Personnel during Coronavirus and Other Infectious Disease Outbreaks

    Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

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Coping for those in Recovery

  • Your Recovery is Important: Virtual Recovery Resources

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

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Work and Leadership

  • Psychologists' advice for newly remote workers

    American Psychological Association

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  • How leaders can maximize trust and minimize stress during the COVID-19 pandemic

    American Psychological Association

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Quest is committed to ensuring our members receive the support and services needed during this time of social-distancing, illness, or front-line care. Need additional assistance? Please call Quest at 800-364-6352.