The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the health care system in many ways and physicians are having to take extra measures to insure their staff and patients are safe when visiting the office. Many physicians are providing Telemedicine which is a technology that connects you with the doctor using your phone and is easy to do and an alternative to visiting the podiatrist office.
According to the Medical Group Management Association, 97% of medical group practices have experienced a negative financial impact directly or indirectly related to COVID-19. The Foot Ankle and Leg Vein center in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach have taken protective measures to protect our staff and patients and in addition have add Telemedicine video consultation visits.
Many medical practices have closed and are just starting to open, however the Podiatrist’s role as a diabetic foot and wound care expert is even more important now during a pandemic. Several studies have illustrated the contribution of podiatry in reducing diabetic foot and wound-related ER visits, hospitalizations, amputations, and length of stay by patients.
Hospitals are seeing a decease in patients with the COVID-19 virus but are still under restrictions to limit some other services so they can still prepare for the unexpected second surge of infections if that occurs.
Podiatrists are well-positioned to help relieve the burden on hospitals. By providing expert care using Telemedicine technology doctors can visit with theirt patients in the comfort of the patients home especially to treat patients with diabetic foot complications and lower extremity wounds, Podiatrist in Boynton Beach can help keep patients out of the hospital and reduce their risk to contract the coronavirus. Here below is a video that outlines some of the protective measures Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus and Dr. Jason Gold at the Foot, Ankle, Leg Vein center have taken for your protection.
Use of Telemedicine and Remote Patient Monitoring
The CDC is recommending that medical providers leverage telemedicine whenever possible to protect patients and staff from COVID-19.18 The federal and state governments have been relaxing telemedicine regulations for providers due to the demand of follow-up and procedures that have been classified as non-essential. The Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that enforces HIPAA, has issued an advisory that providers can now use standard video chat applications that are available on phones and computers during the national emergency.
The Foot Ankle Leg Vein center is currently providing Telemedicine for patients that need to speak with a doctor or even share video screen to view an injury or infection and can make determinations whether to schedule to see a patient or schedule an urgent required procedure in the office.
How does telemedicine work?
Telemedicine works just like making a video call with your loved ones. If you are familiar with apps like FaceTime or Facebook Messenger, you’ll find telemedicine a great alternative to going to the clinic.
Will insurance pay for video visits?
Due to events related to COVID-19, insurers have removed the barriers that prevented us from providing services via telemedicine. If your insurance covers a doctor visit, then in most cases it will cover a telemedicine visit.
What about Medicare?
Medicare recently announced it will cover telemedicine for everyone. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, there will be zero out-of-pocket costs. Read more here.
Is the quality of care the same as an in-person visit?
While there’s no replacement for in-office technology like x-rays and ultrasounds, cameras on modern mobile devices have such a high resolution, your podiatrist will be able to see your feet as though he/she were in the room with you. Talking to your podiatrist about your symptoms along with being able to see your foot is a great option for getting a treatment plan from the comfort of your home.
What if I need a prescription or procedure?
Your podiatrist can write a prescription as if you were in our clinic!
If you need a procedure done, we will schedule you at one of our locations.
Why not just wait until this is all over to go to the doctor?
With many working from home right now, it may be an ideal time to see the doctor or look into that nagging pain or discomfort you are having.
Podiatrists Dr Jason Gold and Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus are here to answer your questions or if interested in our Telemedicine program, just call or fill out the form on our website and we can schedule you for a virtual visit with the doctors.