Telehealth and Telemedicine for COVID-19, Coronavirus and Depression

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Providing telehealth and telemedicine services for mood disorders as well as COVID-19 Coronavirus and general healthcare.

On this site you will receive one-on-one direct care by our licensed ‘teledoc’ physician providing a natural approach to support patients seeking preventive care and management for COVID-19 coronavirus. We also specialize in mood disorders with online lab testing available through your local Lab Corp. This telehealth and telemedicine service is an online medical practice available to patients in all U.S. States and internationally. 

Our focus is on functional medicine and natural therapies as well as pharmaceuticals for the management of infection and disease. This includes COVID-19 coronavirus, plus other viral, bacterial, parasite infections as well as mood disorders, gastrointestinal and hormone imbalances. This site was developed to support lab testing and a functional medical approach to nutritional therapy, including pharmaceutical prescriptions and vitamin supplementation.

Dr David Epstein, D.O. provides consultations and advises on the use of safe and effective home remedies to treat illness and optimize health.

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In a recent article Jaimy Lee from Marketwatch:

Will COVID-19 be a tipping point for telehealth and telemedicine in the U.S.?

Health care providers and government officials are urging Americans with COVID-19 symptoms to use telehealth [and telemedicine] services as they try to stem the flow of unnecessary visits to crowded emergency rooms.

More than 4,000 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and at least 71 people have died, according to the most recent data from the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering’s Centers for Systems Science and Engineering. In recent days, concern about the pandemic, which began in China’s Hubei Province, has worsened in the U.S. as store shelves were emptied, new travel restrictions from Europe implemented, and schools in half of U.S. states closed.

In preparation for the possibility of a surge in patients, hospitals and health insurers have promoted a combination of hotlines and video visits to people in their communities and networks. Elected officials like the California and New York governors have required insurers that operate in their states to offer telehealth [and telemedicine] services as part of their emergency declarations, prompting Cigna Corp. and Humana Inc. among others, to announce plans to do so.

It is also part of President Donald Trump’s national response plan. Last week he called telehealth a “fairly new and incredible thing that’s happened in the not-so-distant past” when the federal government waived rules restricting telehealth services provided across state lines.

“Doctors from other states can provide services in states with the greatest need,” he said Friday at a news conference.

However, as some states and cities in the U.S. have moved toward some form of a lockdown to mitigate the impact of the virus and as the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continues to rise, some clinicians say the pandemic may serve as a tipping point for telehealth in America.

During a March 5 investor day, Dr. Lewis Levy, Teladoc’s chief medical officer, outlined three reasons behind the use case for telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic: preventing emergency rooms from being overcrowded, limiting exposure among health care workers to infected individuals, and lessening the use of masks, gowns and gloves for workers by keeping patients at home.

Dr. Judd Hollander, associate dean for strategic health initiatives at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College, which is a customer of the company, told Teladoc investors that the hospital system is experimenting with telehealth in additional ways, including having providers use video calls to communicate with patients from room to room in a hospital setting. He also said if clinicians are quarantined but still able to work, they may be able to provide telehealth from their homes.

(Patients who are believed to have COVID-19 are expected to be immediately masked and placed in a room alone. If they are hospitalized, those patients are put in negative pressure rooms, which are set up to prevent air from that room flowing into the hallway when the door is opened.)

It is “almost like telemedicine was built to deal with this” pandemic, Hollander said.

Easing the financial side of the equation may also spur adoption. The Trump administration is waiving rules that restrict doctors from one state from providing telehealth services to a patient in another, while the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Prevention said last week that if someone with Medicare with COVID-19 symptoms chooses a telehealth call in place of an in-person visit, that call is considered billable for clinicians. Aetna, which is owned by CVS Health is waiving copays for all telehealth calls for 90 days, not just online visits related to COVID-19.

“While you can’t necessarily put a stethoscope on, you can tell by the way the patient is talking or what level of breathing they’re having,” said Gina Intinarelli, VP of population health at the UCSF Health hospital system in San Francisco. “You can hear if they’re coughing. You can hear the kind of cough, whether it’s productive or dry.”

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