Sleep Medicine + Telemedicine
Struggling to fit in your doctor’s visits into your schedule? Or maybe there isn’t a sleep specialist in your area? Read below to find out if telemedicine is a good fit for you.
We have aligned our operational processes with the AASM’s (American Academy of Sleep Medicine) Telemedicine platform to provide convenient care of sleep disorders in the comfort of your home, work, or any place with an internet connection.
Do you qualify for a Telemedicine Visit?
While it would be great to have Telemedicine visits all the time, there are a few regulations that we need to follow:
- Currently we offer Telemedicine visits to established patients (those who are registered with Texas Sleep Docs and have seen our doctors within 12 months) with commercial insurance*. We have confirmed that the big five insurances (UnitedHealthcare, Humana, Cigna, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, and Aetna) are approving these services.
- According to the Texas Medical Board, an in-office visit with the provider is required before telemedicine visits are acceptable. There are rulings that have been discussed in the past years to work through this barrier, but as of recent, that is the rule.
- Medicare Patients – We are working to offer Telemedicine services to you. However, there are many obstacles to work through, such as a patient must be in a rural Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), or county outside of a MSA. Also, currently your house or work place will not qualify as a “originating site”.
- Patient must visit another doctor office, hospital, or similar and be open to having a telemedicine performed in their place of service to have a telemedicine consult with us. When the rules change, we will be the first to act in offering this service to our Medicare patients.
*We will verify your insurance to confirm that your insurance will pay for a telemedicine visit under the guidelines set forth.
Here is What to Expect
After you schedule your visit with our staff, you will receive an email confirming your appointment with a link to register with AASM’s SleepTM. Be sure to check your spam or junk mail if this is your first time receiving these notifications. You can get a head start by clicking here to register, however your appointment will not be listed until you speak with a staff member.
You should have your questionnaire and personal information completed before your office appointment. If information is not complete, your appointment will be rescheduled.
Once you see your appointment listed, please click “confirm”.
On the day of your appointment, you will be allowed to enter the virtual waiting room 20 minutes before your appointment.
You will be alerted that the provider is ready to start the visit and you will need to accept the invitation to start the consult.
Request a Telemedicine Appointment or Join Your Appointment.