As part of the national public emergency around coronavirus (COVID-19), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have officially broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that “beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility.” This means you can communicate with your doctors without trekking into the office or clinic.
In fact, psychiatrists are probably the most experienced with telemedicine, having used it for years to evaluate patients over the phone, to provide individual therapy for things like depression and PTSD, and to help people manage their medications.
You do not have to already be a patient with a particular provider, or have a prior relationship with a provider's office, to use these services - new patients can use them too. Just be sure to double check with your provider before engaging in telemedicine services as you may need to a) give consent for virtual healthcare and, b) confirm that the service will be covered under Medicare or your regular insurance plan.
Winifred Bragg, MD, is providing non-surgical care for acute or chronic spinal or orthopedic pain for those residing in Virginia or North Carolina. www.knockoutpain.com firstname.lastname@example.org 757-333-3360
Pharmacist Consulting Services, PLLC, and Remitigate Therapeutics Providing telehealth consult regarding prescription regimens, medication risks, opioids, and more; note that your provider must request this service as the pharmacists are unable to speak to patients directly without provider consent. https://paindr.com/virtual-consultations/
American Psychiatric Association: Center for Workplace Mental Health Resources and blogs for maintaining mental health during COVID-19. http://workplacementalhealth.org/
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress Family resources for helping homebound children and discussing coronavirus with your children and teens. www.cstsonline.org/resources/resource-master-list/coronavirus-and-emerging-infectious-disease-outbreaks-response
Support Groups for Pain A look at how online communities can help and how to find one.
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