Telehealth

COVID-19 has placed a lot of stress on everyday life. Running simple errands can create anxiety and stress. Thankfully with telehealth, communication with any type of physician can occur at the comfort of your own home and decrease the spread of the virus.  

What is Telehealth?  

Telehealth allows any patient to receive health-related services via electronic devices including video conferencing or phone calls. Not only is it helpful for the world’s current situation with the pandemic but it is also helpful for those who have difficulties with transportation or feel too sick to make it to the doctor’s office.  

You do not even need a computer or a smartphone. Conversations with your primary doctor can occur over any phone. With telehealth, patients can have their blood glucose monitoring system connected to their physician’s office. Your health care provider can collect your blood glucose levels without an office visit. Telehealth has changed the way patients all across the United States can receive care and get their health-related questions and concerns answered with just the touch of a few buttons.  

How is Telehealth Paid For?  

Usage of telehealth has increased significantly with the pandemic. Medicare coverage has expanded to help patients pay for their telehealth appointments to decrease the spread of the virus in doctors’ offices. Specific coverage varies by state. Private insurance companies have also expanded their coverage for telehealth. If you have any questions about payment or telehealth access, talk to your primary care doctor.  

 

References: 

Klonoff DC. Using Telehealth to Improve Outcomes in Diabetes-An Emerging Technology.  

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2769943/ 

Billing for Telehealth during COVID-19. HRSA.  

https://telehealth.hhs.gov/providers/billing-and-reimbursement/