Introducing Televisits

|   March 25, 2020   |   Health & Wellness

Introducing Televisits

As a medical office, we have been “strongly encouraged” to remain open which we are doing in service to our patients.  Many of our patients have health issues that should be addressed in the office at this time. We are also seeing our pregnant patients who must be seen regularly.  To make this as safe as possible for all of our patients, staff, and physicians, we have also made several changes as to how we are scheduling patients.

While we are continuing with office visits, we are also introducing telehealth visits. We are doing this to protect pregnant mothers, babies, and our patients who have serious medical conditions.  We also want to support our community and “flatten the curve”.

Thank you and we are wishing everyone good health and peaceful times at home.

OFFICE VISITS

We have been working to adjust our schedule to make it safer for everyone:

  • All “annual” or “well-woman” exams will be rescheduled to later in the year.
  • All visits that can be done via telephone call or “Televisit” are being  changed over to that format.
  • Pregnancy appointments are continuing as scheduled.
  • To decrease any wait time in the waiting room, we are spacing out appointments over the day.
  • If you have an appointment scheduled in the next 3 to 4 weeks, we may be calling you to discuss this.  We ask that you PLEASE ANSWER OUR PHONE CALLS. The staff has a lot of calls to make so this can be safe for everyone involved.
  • We have a rigorous cleaning process of exam rooms, common areas and the entire office to prevent the spread of germs. 

TELEVISITS

We have moved quickly to implement televisits as a scheduling option to our patients and providers.  If you have questions or concerns that you would like addressed by your doctor, we can schedule a telehealth appointment for you.  Please be aware that this visit may result in a charge to your insurance company, and coinsurance and deductibles may apply.  This will not take the place of your annual exam, which we can schedule for a date later in the year.  

Examples of consultation that we can do without physical contact:

  • Discussion of birth control options: different types, side effects, benefits, what’s best for you, etc.
  • Preconception or pre-pregnancy consultation for couples intending to attempt pregnancy in the near future
  • Menopause: what it means, what to expect, what women can do, what women should do, etc.
  • Peri-menopause: what to expect, how to manage it, what women should be doing
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: what it is, why people develop PCOS, how to best manage it if you are planning a pregnancy, what to do to prevent other complications of PCOS
  • Weight loss: resources, goals, lifestyle changes, medication available
  • Decreased libido (sex drive)
  • Painful or irregular periods
  • Review of abnormal lab results and imaging studies
  • Discussion of family history of cancer that may need genetic testing or increased surveillance
  • Anxiety or concerns around the current Coronavirus pandemic 
  • Other health topics you want to discuss that may not require a physical exam


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