Turning to telehealth for your sleep disorder? Here's what you need to know.
All About Telehealth for Sleep Disorders
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 sleep disorder.
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 sleep specialist can't give you a physical exam or provide certain therapies via telehealth, they can write prescriptions and offer quality care, especially if you prepare in advance.
Before your telehealth appointment:- Review recent entries in your sleep diary if you keep one- List your symptoms, including dates and severity- Note any side effects from your sleep disorder medications or treatments- Ask if there's anything you should do ahead of time, like adjust your diet- Document any new stresses or recent life changes- Track your eating and drinking, noting what, when, and how much you consume-and include caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol- Compile a list of your health conditions and medications, including any vitamins or supplements- Record 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- Find a quiet, private space to conduct the call- Be prepared with pen and paper or a note-taking app
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