Are you considering a telemedicine appointment, or e-visit, for medical care? You’re not alone — more and more consumers are opting for telemedicine for reasons including convenience and cost-savings. Telemedicine, or the use of technology allows doctors to virtually communicate with patients and interact with them in real time. This can make health care more accessible to patients. While it isn’t effective for every type of appointment, it can often be used to diagnose medical issues, including vein problems, and works great for follow-up appointments after treatment.
Does Insurance Cover Telemedicine Appointments?
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 about coverage or how online doctor insurance 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.
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 at a Typical Telemedicine Appointment?
Once you schedule a telemedicine appointment, one of our vein specialists will contact you by phone at the time you request. They will discuss your condition with you and determine if and when you need treatment. They may ask you to use a video call if you have visible symptoms you are concerned about. Note that the majority of newer computers and smartphones have built-in cameras that are sufficient for telemedicine purposes.
- If you are recommended for treatment, we will be able to schedule for you to come in to one of our clinics for your procedure per your convenience.
- If your condition is not as severe, the specialist may want to monitor your symptoms to see how they progress.
- If you want to check your insurance coverage before you schedule a telemedicine appointment, you can always give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.
When it’s time for the appointment, just wait for your specialist to contact you to then discuss your condition with them as you would during an in-person visit.
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?
Venous insufficiency is a common reason for seeking treatment for vein health issues. It 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 if 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 know that more people are seeking telemedicine appointments, and we are happy to offer you the convenience of e-visits. We currently operate the largest national network of vein clinics, with more than 70 locations throughout the U.S. Our goal is to provide our patients with safe, effective, and affordable treatments — including telemedicine appointments — as part of your care. Schedule your consultation online now or locate the facility nearest you to get started.