These days, you may be hearing more and more about virtual doctor visits, also known as e-visits or telemedicine appointments. It’s no surprise that they are surging in popularity. Telecommunication technologies can now help medical providers offer excellent patient care while saving everyone time, money, and hassle.
A particularly wonderful benefit of telemedicine is that it can make specialty healthcare more accessible to those in rural communities, or for those without transportation or childcare. During the current pandemic, this option continues to help doctors and patients connect while ensuring everyone’s health and safety.
Telemedicine appointments are available to you at USA Vein Clinics. While they’re not an option for all health issues, our vein specialists are often able to diagnose vein problems during a virtual visit. Telemedicine can also be used for follow-up appointments after treatment.
If you’re considering a virtual doctor visit, you probably have some questions about health insurance and telemedicine. Here’s what you need to know.
Is Telemedicine Covered by Insurance?
Most major insurance companies and Medicare pay for treatments for vein conditions. Whether your insurance covers telemedicine appointments may depend on your policy and your state of residence. Medicare and Medicaid may cover telemedicine appointments only if they meet certain limitations.
If you’re wondering how insurance coverage for telemedicine works, we’re happy to help. When you schedule an appointment with us, we will work with you to determine what type of insurance, Medicare or Medicaid coverage you may have. We can also inform you of what to expect in terms of copayments or coinsurance fees.
Telehealth and Telemedicine
The terms telemedicine and telehealth are sometimes used interchangeably but technically they are not the same. Telehealth is a broader term that encompasses any use of technology to aid health care, such as virtual patient education and medical records management.
Telemedicine refers specifically to virtual medical appointments and remote monitoring of patient health via digital blood pressure monitors, blood glucose monitors, and other technology. So, when you hear a term like telehealth insurance or telehealth insurance coverage, it’s typically referring to telemedicine insurance coverage instead.
What Happens During a Telemedicine Appointment?
At the time of your appointment, one of our vein specialists will call you to discuss your venous condition. You’ll have the same type of conversation you would in one of our clinics. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. They can also answer any questions you may have about varicose veins, vein disease, and vein treatment.
If you have visible vein symptoms that you would like the doctor to see, you can request a video call. You’ll need access to a computer or smartphone with a video camera for this option.
Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may choose to monitor your condition over time or recommend vein treatment. If treatment is advised, they will explain which procedure is best for you and what to expect with your recovery.
Once you are ready to schedule treatment, we can help you find an in-person appointment at a convenient time. Please note that we are following strict precautionary measures at our clinics to reduce the spread of infectious disease.
If you are concerned about your telemedicine insurance coverage, go ahead and give us a call before your appointment to discuss.
Can I Use Telemedicine as Part of Vein Treatment?
The short answer is yes. You may see one of our vein specialists for your initial consultation. Your doctor will take your medical history and perform a visual examination in order to diagnose your vein problem during this virtual appointment. Later, you’ll receive treatment for your vein problems at one of our convenient locations, but you can schedule a telemedicine appointment for your follow-up care. This can make it more convenient and easier for you to receive the expert care you deserve.
How Do I Know If I Need Treatment for Vein Issues?
Vein disease, or venous insufficiency, is a common reason for seeking treatment for vein health issues. It is also the underlying cause of varicose and spider veins.
Vein disease occurs when the valves in the veins in your legs malfunction and can’t efficiently push blood back up to your heart. As a result, you may have symptoms such as discomfort, heavy-feeling legs, skin discoloration, and itchiness.
If vein disease is left untreated, it can put you at higher risk of developing a blood clot, infection, leg ulcer, or other serious condition. If you are facing any of these symptoms, we recommend consulting with a doctor.
USA Vein Clinics: Offering Telemedicine Visits for Your Convenience
At USA Vein Clinics, we are pleased to offer telemedicine visits. We know that many patients are now interested in this convenient and easy-to-access option. Accessibility of care has always been important to us. As a result, we offer the largest national network of vein clinics, with dozens of locations across the United States.
Our goal is to provide our patients with safe, effective, and affordable treatments — including telemedicine appointments — as part of your care. As such, we are readily available to help you understand your health insurance coverage for varicose vein treatment. Schedule your consultation online now or locate the facility nearest you to get started.
There’s no reason to live with pain and discomfort any longer. We can help you navigate your health insurance so that you get the care you need, when you need it.