What Issues Cannot be Addressed Through Telemedicine?
Although our physicians can address numerous orthopedic-related issues remotely, there are a few types of visits that cannot be performed via telemedicine, which include:
- Viscosupplementation injections
- Trigger-point Injections
- Cortisone injections
- Pre-op consultations
- In-house procedures
- Cast changes
- Fracture care
There may be other types of orthopedic visits that are not suitable for a virtual visit. Simply reach out to an EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region team member if you are unsure about whether a specific type of visit can be conducted via telehealth.
What About Patient Privacy Guidelines?
While many regulatory barriers that existed prior to coronavirus have been temporarily paused, making telemedicine more accessible to providers and patients, privacy is still strictly enforced. While HIPAA compliance allows for use of telemedicine on smart devices, it prohibits the use of “public-facing” platforms (Facebook Live, Twitch, TikTok, etc.).
As always, our EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region doctors and staff are committed to your privacy, ensuring that your information is safely protected.
Will My Telemedicine Visit Be Covered by Insurance?
In light of the current health guidelines intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many insurance carriers are reimbursing telemedicine visits. It is always wise to contact your insurance provider prior to scheduling medical services (including telemedicine appointments) to confirm coverage. Medicare patients should click here to learn their state’s regulations regarding telehealth services coverage.
What if I Need Emergency Orthopedic Care?
All of our Triangle Region Urgent Care locations remain open to address emergency orthopedic injuries and conditions that cannot be treated via telehealth such as sprains, strains, fractures, and infections. During this time, we continue to go above and beyond the CDC recommendations for screenings, decontamination, and other health and safety precautions to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
Schedule Your Telemedicine Appointment
Thankfully, many musculoskeletal issues can be addressed through telemedicine. If you are curious about whether your orthopedic injury or condition can be evaluated through a virtual visit in real-time or an online PT session, start the scheduling process now. Or, call us now at 919-220-5255.
Whether face-to-face or a distant site consultation via telehealth, EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region is dedicated to practicing evidence-based, personalized orthopedic care. Our ultimate goal is to help you Emerge Stronger. Healthier. Better.