Parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,
Peachtree Park Pediatrics began offering Telemedicine (TM) appointments in early April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While there is no perfect supplement for the quality of care provided at an in-office visit, we believe that TM is an effective way to provide our patients with certain services.
TM may be a good fit for periodic visits in children with chronic conditions like ADHD, Asthma, Depression or Anxiety. To provide optimal care and monitoring, these patients need to be seen at least every 3 months, so we have been using TM for every other visit to cut down on the number of trips families have to make to the office.
Behavioral & Developmental Concerns
A TM visit can also be a good choice to discuss concerns about behavior or development. These topics could include sleeping issues, feeding/diet, temper tantrums, potty training, speech and milestones. TM can give your physician insight into the home environment and many children feel more comfortable talking with the doctor from the security of their own home.
Some Skin Conditions
Some rashes can be evaluated well by TM, though it can be difficult to get a good image on video (pictures are better and can be uploaded to our TM platform). In general, illnesses with fevers, coughs and stomach aches should be seen in person so that we can listen to the chest, look in the ears and feel the abdomen. With many acute illnesses, the ability to touch the patient is necessary to reach the right diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
A Note on Testing for Coronavirus
Testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 has become more available. We are requiring a TM visit before ordering virus testing so that your doctor can review with you and your child their exposure to COVID-19, the reasons for testing, the limitations of the tests themselves and how to interpret and act on the results (positive or negative). If your child has a positive test at a retail-based clinic or other location, an in person or TM visit allows your MD to thoroughly discuss the meaning of a positive test and how to respond to keep your child and others healthy.
More on Telemedicine at Peachtree Park Pediatrics
During the early weeks of the pandemic, insurers lifted restrictions on TM and, in some cases, eliminated co-pays for TM visits. They also agreed to pay physicians the same for TM visits as for in person visits. If these policies continue, we will be able to continue offering TM at low or no cost to you. Before scheduling a TM visit, please check with your individual insurance plan and see if a visit is covered and if you will have cost sharing like a copay or deductible.
During regular office hours, TM visits are scheduled by appointment. Our phone nurses and MDs will determine if TM is right for your child’s visit.
As we settle into our new normal, we hope to adapt TM to meet the needs of our patients and families.
We encourage everyone to continue to use good hand hygiene and practice social distancing as much as possible. Please contact our office with any further questions or concerns.
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Peachtree Park Pediatrics strives to deliver up-to-date primary care to our infant, child, and young adult patients in a welcoming and family-friendly environment. The practice has deep roots in the Atlanta community, and it is our continued honor to be entrusted with the health care of our next generation.