COVID-19 has forced most health care professionals to find alternative ways of delivering patient care. Virtual visits done via computer or smart device, known as telemedicine or telehealth, have quickly become viable alternatives to traditional office appointments. Thankfully most health insurance carriers have relaxed HIPPA requirements and made reimbursements for telehealth the same as reimbursements for in-person visits. In spring 2020 there was a mad dash for practices to find the best telehealth platform for their practice. Most practices have adjusted to the new normal. Telemedicine is likely here to stay.
There is no reason to delay your medical care because of the pandemic. Telemedicine allows patients to attend video-based virtual visits from the safety & comfort of their home. Patients get the same quality care online over a secure video connection. Most patients have been very satisfied with virtual care.
Our office is excited to now offer telemedicine appointments. This takes the hassle out of trying to squeeze medical appointments into your overbooked day. It also means not getting stuck in traffic or wasting time finding parking. Telemedicine also provides the opportunity to consult with health care providers who are not located in your immediate area.
Frequently Asked Questions
What equipment is required for a telemedicine visit?
Desktop computer or laptop with a webcam
Any smartphone or tablet
Secure internet connection or wifi
Which type of GYN appointments can be scheduled virtually?
GYN follow-up appointments
Medication management and refills
Reviewing lab and imaging results
Urinary tract infections
What type of appointments require an in-person visit?
Can I do my annual well-woman exam as a telemedicine appointment?
We strongly recommend that women aged 21 and above have their annual exam done in person. Patients less than 21 years of age can do their annual exam virtually
Can I do a telemedicine appointment if I’m a new patient?
Virtual appointments are available for both new and established patients.
How can I best prepare for my telemedicine appointment?
Call the office if you have not received an e-mail or text message with a link to your virtual visit the day prior to your appointment.
Make sure you are in a quiet and private area with a strong internet connection before you begin your telemedicine visit.
Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your telemedicine appointment.
If you have a blood pressure cuff at home, please record your blood pressure prior to your telemedicine appointment.
I prefer my visit to be in the office setting. Is it safe?
Your safety is our top priority. Our office has several policies and procedures in place to make your visit as safe as possible. Read our COVID-19 blog for more information.
Will my insurance cover my telemedicine visit?
Most private insurers are covering telemedicine visits and reimbursing the same as they would for in-person appointments. Telemedicine visits are subject to the same co-pays/co-insurance/deductibles as regular office visits.
Are virtual visits private & secure?
Our telemedicine visits are conducted using a secure online video system hosted by our practice management system, AdvancedMD.
Telemedicine appointments are just one more way we’re working to keep our patients safe and healthy. Don’t put off taking care of your health! We are glad that we can continue offering excellence in woman’s health care during these challenging times.
Book online or call the office today to schedule your telemedicine appointment.