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J Vasc Surg ; 73(2): 392-398, 2021 Feb.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-628496

ABSTRACT

Implementation of telemedicine for patient encounters optimizes personal safety and allows for continuity of patient care. Embracing telehealth reduces the use of personal protective equipment and other resources consumed during in-person visits. The use of telehealth has increased to historic levels in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Telehealth may be a key modality to fight against COVID-19, allowing us to take care of patients, conserve personal protective equipment, and protect health care workers all while minimizing the risk of viral spread. We must not neglect vascular health issues while the coronavirus pandemic continues to flood many hospitals and keep people confined to their homes. Patients are not immune to diseases and illnesses such as stroke, critical limb ischemia, and deep vein thrombosis while being confined to their homes and afraid to visit hospitals. Emerging from the COVID-19 crisis, incorporating telemedicine into routine medical care is transformative. By leveraging digital technology, the authors discuss their experience with the implementation, workflow, coding, and reimbursement issues of telehealth during the COVID-19 era.


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COVID-19 , Pandemics , Patient Care , Telemedicine , Vascular Diseases , Clinical Coding , Humans , Insurance, Health, Reimbursement/economics , Insurance, Health, Reimbursement/standards , Licensure, Medical , Mobile Applications , Patient Care/economics , Patient Care/methods , Patient Care/standards , Patient Selection , SARS-CoV-2 , Telemedicine/economics , Telemedicine/organization & administration , Telemedicine/standards , Telemedicine/trends , United States , United States Department of Veterans Affairs , Vascular Diseases/diagnosis , Vascular Diseases/economics , Vascular Diseases/therapy , Workflow
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