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Virtual Medicine Well Visits

5/4/2020
 
In recognition of the need to continue to provide for the normal growth, development, and overall health of our pediatric population, the AAP has strongly advised that we utilize telehealth technology to perform health supervision well visits for our patients. We strongly support this recommendation and are pleased to offer this service to our patients.

Starting May 4th, for all patients 2 years and older scheduled for their periodic well visit, we are offering to convert their in office appointment to a Virtual Medicine Well Visit. Though a complete physical examination will still need to be completed once social restrictions have been lifted, it is crucial to keep on schedule with the developmental, behavioral and preventive elements of your child’s health. Our typical well visits involve assessing sleep, diet, and exercise routine of your child, and it is important to remain up to date with information about these important habits. Virtual Well Visits will also allow us to continue the important task of screening your child for signs of chronic diseases, for mental health conditions, and for high risk behaviors.

If your child’s well visit was canceled due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be reaching out to you to reschedule for a convenient time. Because we are operating with limited staff currently, we ask that you give us a few weeks to contact you for scheduling.

Even though the Virtual Well Visit does not provide the opportunity to do a hands on physical examination, we can still utilize available technology to evaluate limited portions of your child’s exam. Once public health experts advise it is safe to resume all in office visits, we will schedule your child for a follow up visit to obtain accurate vital signs and growth measurements, perform a complete physical examination and screening tests such as vision and hearing, and administer scheduled booster vaccinations. Therefore a Virtual Well Visit alone cannot be used to clear an older child for camp and sport participation. We anticipate being able to accommodate patients who will require future clearance for participation when the time comes.

Since the schedule for the primary vaccination series is so important in keeping our younger population free from life altering infections and because the normal development of a younger child is so critical, we will continue to do in office visits for children from birth to 4 years of age who need to complete their primary vaccination series.

With the exception of United Health Care and United Community Care, all of our major carriers have informed us that Virtual Medicine Well Visits will be covered. If you are a subscriber of United Health Care, we encourage you to contact your insurance representative and insist that they follow suit with the actions of the other national insurance companies in following the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics to complete well visits using telehealth. Follow-up visits for physical assessment will likely be viewed as an "evaluation and management" visit by most insurance carriers and, therefore, be subject to either a copay or assessment toward your insurance deductible.

We understand this is a scary and difficult time for everyone. This pandemic and the associated changes to our social norms put us all at risk for physical and mental health complications outside of what occurs directly from COVID-19 itself. Having the ability to connect with all of your health care providers for both acute problems and preventive medicine issues is key to managing such challenging circumstances. We are happy to be able to provide a valuable telehealth service to continue to have an effective medical home for our patients and families.

Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.
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