As of March 17, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) along with a handful of other insurance carriers have announced waivers of previous restrictions for telehealth services. These waivers will remain in effect while we are under the state of a Public Health Emergency or otherwise notified.
How is Premier Dermatology responding?
Our immediate plan of action is to utilize our most accessible tools - FaceTime, Skype, etc. - to provide care for our patients. Both providers and patients can connect using audio/video capabilities from desktop computers, laptops, tablets, or mobile phones. We plan to have a more permanent telehealth solution in place within the next week.
What insurance carriers are participating in these waivers?
While we anticipate updates from more insurance companies, here is the most current list:
- Blue Cross & Blue Shield
- United Healthcare
What types of telehealth appointments can be scheduled?
Since dermatology is a very hands-on field of medicine, we are currently limited to treating the following concerns via telehealth. Ultimately, your provider will decide if an in-office visit is required to treat your condition.
- Accutane (males only)
- Hair Loss
- Nail Problems
- Rash (simple)
- Wound Check
If you are unsure if your condition can be treated via telehealth, please contact Premier.
What are next steps?
- If you are covered by one of the insurance carriers listed above AND have recently canceled an appointment, our staff will be reaching out to you to offer a telehealth appointment. Otherwise, any patient with eligible insurance can contact Premier to schedule his/her telehealth appointment.
- If you are NOT covered by the above mentioned insurance carriers, please be prepared to provide a credit card at the time of booking. You will be given the option to pre-pay for your appointment or to add your credit card information to your secure payment profile.
As you know too well, plans during this pandemic are changing rapidly. Please know that we are still here for you and greatly appreciate your flexibility as we monitor and adjust our contingency plans. Stay tuned to your inbox and social media for the latest updates: Facebook, Instagram.