First time using telehealth for Crohn’s? Here’s what you need to know.
All About Telehealth for Crohn's Disease
Telehealth allows doctors to care for people virtually 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 Crohn's disease.
If you're new to telehealth, here's what you need to know.
Medicare will cover telehealth visits just like in-person visits, but state Medicaid programs and private insurers vary, so confirm your coverage in advance.
With telehealth, even though you're not in the doctor's office, your private health information is still covered by HIPAA, so it will remain confidential and secure.
Although your gastroenterologist can't give you a physical exam via telehealth, they can write you prescriptions and offer quality care, especially if you prepare in advance.
Before your telehealth appointment:- Ask if there's anything you should do ahead of time, like adjust your diet- List any Crohn's disease symptoms, including dates and severity- Report any pain or changes in stool- Note any side effects from your Crohn's disease medications- Document any new stresses or recent life changes- Keep track of what you've been eating and drinking- Compile a list of your health conditions and medications, including any supplements- Record your weight, as well as your vital signs if you own a thermometer, blood pressure monitor, or another device- Charge your computer or phone- Make sure your internet is reliable- Download any telehealth apps your specific provider may require- Write down any questions you have for your gastroenterologist- Find a quiet, private space to conduct the call- Be prepared with pen and paper or a note-taking app
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Medical Reviewers:William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Review Date:06-10-2020
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