New York Telemedicine during COVID-19 has become increasingly common. In fact, the Director of the Center for Health and Technology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in NY said:
"I'd estimate that the majority of patient consultations in the United States are now happening virtually. There has been something like a ten-fold increase in the last couple of weeks. It's as big a transformation as any ever before in the history of US health care.” (The Lancet, article written April 11, 2020)
Some face-to-face doctors' appointments are necessary for examination purposes to determine or conduct diagnostic testing and take vital signs. However, many are not. Many follow-up appointments and appointments where doctors explain test results or educate the patient are being done through Telemedicine.
Telehealth refers to the broad scope of remote healthcare services. In addition to patient services, it includes non-clinical services. Provider training, administrative meetings and medical education are examples.
Telemedicine has a more limited definition. It refers to patient healthcare services and patient education done remotely instead of through in-person visits. Chronic conditions, medication management, specialist consultations and a number of other services can take place through telemedicine. It requires secure video software and an Internet connection.
One advantage is that you can receive ongoing medical care safely at home during the coronavirus pandemic. There is no travel time. You do not need to take time off work. You do not have to arrange for childcare. There is less waiting time for your doctor’s appointment.
Yes, New York’s telehealth parity law requires private insurance companies to cover telemedicine services that would be covered if delivered in-person. New York Medicaid also reimburses for virtual services that are medically necessary.
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