My three month endo visit was originally scheduled to take place tomorrow. I sent a message to my doctor a week ago inquiring if we could turn this in-person visit into a remote visit using the phone or even video.
Her first response was negative but within a half hour she said that I could do a tele-health visit with another doctor. I readily agreed. That visit takes place in about an hour.
I really do think Medicare should relax this requirement due to this drastic change in circumstance. It should not leave in place this perverse incentive, especially for seniors, a particularly vulnerable population.
I would call the doctor’s office and see what they could do to accommodate you. At this point in time, I think the risks of the in-person visit outweigh the benefit of checking the box for the Medicare requirement. Do you have a safety buffer with your supplies? Any extras?