All About Telehealth for Ankylosing Spondylitis
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 ankylosing spondylitis.
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 rheumatologist can't give you a physical exam via telehealth, they can write prescriptions and offer quality care, especially if you prepare in advance.
Before your telehealth appointment:- List any symptoms (including dates and severity), such as pain and stiffness in your low back, hips, neck, heels, ribs, or joints-or eye and vision issues- Keep note of triggers, especially if your pain improves with exercise and worsens with rest- Document any side effects from your ankylosing spondylitis medications, including infections or gastrointestinal upset- Compile a list of your health conditions and all medications- 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- Write down any questions you have for your rheumatologist- 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:08-17-2020
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