Outpatient rehabilitation is being offered remotely
BENNINGTON- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is offering outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapy services remotely via telehealth, in addition to continuing to see urgent patients at the clinic.
Patients access outpatient rehabilitation telehealth with a physician order for physical, occupational or speech therapy. The primary care or specialist provider will fax the order to SVMC outpatient rehabilitation at (802) 447-5429 for Bennington, Northshire, and Deerfield Valley locations and (518) 686-7751 for Twin Rivers primary care patients.
Then, the rehabilitation department calls the patient to review the order and evaluate technical requirements. The office staff verifies that the patient’s insurance covers the treatment. VT Medicaid and several private payers cover the service; unfortunately, at this time Medicare does not.
The office staff schedules a telehealth visit and sends the patient a private secure link. It requires no technical skill, log in or download and is available to anyone with an internet-enabled device, like a computer, smartphone, or tablet. The patient checks in electronically and meets their therapist via video.
The communication is private and compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
For more information about outpatient rehabilitation by telehealth, patients and physicians can call (802) 447-5140.
General information on telehealth can be found at https://svhealthcare.org.