What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is an easy to use, HIPAA-compliant way to receive quality medical care virtually rather than in person.
The process is simple. After you request a virtual appointment, your provider sends a calendar invite with a link to digital registration forms (more information below). You complete the forms and, using the link provided, meet your provider online on the date and time specified in your invitation.
In addition to receiving high-quality health care without going to the doctor’s office, there’s another benefit: You don’t have to be in the same location as your physician.
If you live a distance from your primary care physician or specialist, you can still get the medical care you need in a comfortable, convenient way through telemedicine.
How does telemedicine work?
Two-way, high-definition videoWith telemedicine, you use video conferencing so that you have a face-to-face meeting with your provider — like you’re sitting together in your doctor’s office.
Digital patient registrationYou register online, where you can submit your symptoms, allergies, medications, medical history, and ID cards prior to your first teleconference visit with your doctor.
Prescription managementYour doctor manages your medications and sends your prescriptions electronically to your preferred pharmacy.
Secure online paymentTelemedicine software allows you to securely send your payment online.
Chat and photo-sharing capabilitiesYou can chat with your doctor and easily upload photos of your symptoms when applicable. Communication is a two-way street, as your physician can reach out to you with messages.
HIPAA compliantHIPAA is a law that protects the privacy of your medical records and personal health information. Your telemedicine interactions are also secure, and only authorized users can access your telemedicine sessions.
What health care services can I receive through telemedicine?
You can receive many of the services normally provided in the office, but you need to check with your provider to learn exactly which services they offer via telemedicine.
In the case of a medical emergency, however, you need to seek care at your local urgent care facility or hospital emergency department.
Will insurance pay for telemedicine?
Some insurance companies cover telemedicine, while others don’t. Additionally, some states require insurance companies to reimburse at the same rate as they cover for in-person appointments. In most states, Medicaid covers telemedicine. Check with your insurance provider to find out if you’re covered.
As of March 6, 2020, Medicare is paying providers across the United States to provide telemedicine services due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, this Medicare coverage may be a temporary benefit.
To learn more about telemedicine and to get your connection started, call Evolve Healthcare and let them help guide the way.