Telemedicine: Online Doctor Visits
Telemedicine can be an important tool to keep you healthy, particularly while the coronavirus pandemic is not allowing for in-person medical visits in many circumstances.
Telemedicine, however, cannot be used in all instances. Your provider can guide you on which conditions or issues can be addressed via telemedicine.
Learn more about how we are keeping patients safe when they come into our facilities.
And if you are experiencing an emergency, you should call 911 or go to the emergency department.
What Happens at a Telemedicine Visit
Before Your Appointment
- When you schedule your telehealth visit, you will be asked to provide billing and insurance information as you would for an in-person visit.
At Your Appointment
The appointments are the same structure as a routine appointment, except you don't have to be in the same room as your doctor. Through a telehealth visit, a doctor can do a medication check, review test results, evaluate how a treatment or therapy is working and see how you are breathing or moving, for example.
If a prescription is needed, a provider can place an order electronically and send it to your pharmacy for pick-up.
Billing and Payments
Telemedicine visits are billed similarly to an in-office visit. There is no additional cost to having your appointment by telehealth instead of in-person. As with your regular doctor's office, telehealth is covered by almost all major insurance carriers during the COVID19 pandemic.
Many insurance companies have waived member's responsibilities during this time. Check with your insurance provider for details about your coverage.
Your provider's office will submit your bill to your insurance like they would for a normal office visit. UMMC will not collect a copay up front during this time.