All About Telehealth for COPD
Telehealth allows doctors to care for people over a phone call, text message, or most commonly, video chat.
Although some situations require an in-person visit, telehealth is a great option when you can't get to the doctor's office for your COPD.
If you're new to telehealth, here's what you need to know.
Medicare will cover a telehealth visit just like an in-person visit, but state Medicaid programs and private insurers vary, so confirm your coverage in advance.
With telehealth, your private health information is still protected by HIPAA, so it will remain confidential and secure.
Although your pulmonologist can't give you a physical exam via telehealth, they can write you prescriptions and offer quality care, especially if you prepare in advance.
Here are some things your doctor may ask you to do before your telehealth appointment:- List any COPD symptoms, including dates and severity- Note any problems with your COPD medications or inhalers- Compile a list of your health conditions and medications- Record your vitals if you own a blood pressure monitor, respiratory monitor, or thermometer
Before your telehealth appointment:- Charge your computer, phone, or tablet- Make sure your internet is reliable- List any questions you have for your doctor- Find a quiet, private space for the call- Be prepared with pen and paper- Download telehealth apps if needed
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Medical Reviewers:William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Review Date:05-27-2020
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