Telehealth and remote doctor visits now more widely available

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President Trump declared a state of national emergency on March 13 to address the impact of COVID-19, allowing him to invoke a number of emergency measures, such as the National Emergencies Act. In addition to expanding the power of state and municipal authorities to combat COVID-19, Trump specifically mentioned the importance of telehealth services in helping combat the spread of the virus and supporting social distancing mandates. This has led to “enforcement discretion” for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.

This allows Americans with Medicare to use telehealth to administer services even if they are not in a rural community, which was one of the only situations in which telehealth services were previously covered. In addition to doctors and nurses, other health care providers — including dermatologists, psychologists and social workers — will also be able to provide virtual health care services to those with Medicare, and other insurance providers.

A covered health care provider that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing remote communication product that is available to communicate with patients. OCR is exercising its enforcement discretion to not impose penalties for noncompliance with the HIPAA Rules in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth using such non-public facing audio or video communication products during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. This exercise of discretion applies to telehealth provided for any reason, regardless of whether the telehealth service is related to the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions related to COVID-19.

In light of this, Coastal Skin Surgery & Dermatology is proud to present Tele-Derm to its patients. Tele-Derm from Coastal Skin Surgery and Dermatology allows its dermatologists and physician’s assistants to deliver virtual dermatology visits via remote communication to new and existing patients. Medicare and other insurance providers are accepting remote communication as a valid format for physicians to deliver care to patients in support of social distancing.

To learn more about Coastal Skin Surgery’s Tele-Derm service offerings, visit them by heading over to CoastalSkinSurgery.com.

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