It’s clear that Covid19 will forever change our lives and this is especially true of healthcare. Telehealth will likely be here to stay and from a business and marketing perspective not offering Telehealth may be the discriminating factor between you and a competitor.
Because many rules and regulations have been lifted temporarily by the government there are many opportunities to add Telehealth to your practice immediately without investing in Telemedicine software to see how it is received by your patients. This would include options such as Zoom, FaceTime and similar options. It cannot be emphasized enough that you must first check with your State Association to see any restrictions and regulations on implementing Telehealth which would include options such as Zoom and FaceTime.
The good news is that many insurance companies are reimbursing providers and according to the Illinois Chiropractic Society, it does appear that this is limited to in-network providers. It’s also been noted that Telehealth usually offers more benefits with shorter treatment times, allowing physicians to see more patients in a shorter period of time while offering a new and convenient patient service.
Chiropractors often see patients with severe pain and Telehealth allows the patient to remain at home without the painful ride and walk to a clinic office. The full health history can be completed and some orthopedic tests can be observed as well. Instructions on acute pain management, icing, exercises can usually be delivered by example and explanation and in the presence of red flag warnings patients can be referred for appropriate emergency services.
Be aware that there are forms that need to be filled out and I again emphasize the absolute need to reach out to your particular state to see what you have to do to offer Telehealth in your practice.
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