What is Telehealth and CMS?
By Justin Oglesby
What is Telehealth CMS?
The quick answer to what is Telehealth and CMS is the distribution of health related services for the Federal Government. Telehealth is the electronic communication and telecommunication technologies from the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services to their patients. Due to the pandemic, these services were allowed so patients could still receive care from home.
What is Telehealth?
Telehealth is the distribution of healthcare services usually done by phone or video conference. During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Telehealth became very popular due to the social distancing guidelines.
What is CMS?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Therefore, they administer the Medicare and Medicaid programs. CMS has allowed certain medical providers to participate in Telehealth. However, there are guidelines that the providers and health care organizations must follow.
Where is Telemedicine frequently used?
All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. This can occur through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Therefore, our physicians and Physical Therapists can evaluate you and provide the care you need.
- To schedule a new patient or follow up patient appointment with your MD, please call (904)JOI-2000 or read more here about our orthopedic telemedicine providers.
- To schedule an appointment for physical or occupational therapy, call 904-858-7045 or call any of the 12 area JOI Rehab Centers.
JOI Fracture and Injury Care
Finally, JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.