In response to the COVID-19 outbreak CMS’ 1135 Waiver calls for the expansion of telehealth services. Medicare can pay for office, hospital, and other visits furnished via telehealth across the country including in patient’s places of residence as of March 6, 2020. A range of providers, such as doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers, are now able to offer telehealth to their patients.
In the wake of these new developments we reached out to physician entrepreneur and CEO of telehealth firm RoweDocs Dr. Latisha Rowe to talk to her about the expansion of telemedicine and what advice she has for the public and other healthcare professionals regarding telemedicine.
MDNewsline: Hi Dr. Rowe can you tell us about your vision behind starting RoweDocs and how it works?
Dr. Rowe: Being healthy should be easy. My vision with starting RoweDocs is for patients to have access to a physician they can relate to from anywhere. Through technology we can make finding and seeing a great physician easier then ever. Through technology we can break down language barriers, overcome barriers to access to care and improve the health of our communities
MDNewsline: Have you seen an uptake in subscriptions and doctors enrolling on to your platform since the COVID-19 outbreak?
Dr. Rowe: Yes a lot of people want to get tested without going to an over crowded government agency and people who have been exposed and denied testing need options.
MDNewsline: What advice do you have for clinicians who are starting to think about offering tele health services? What are the pros and cons?
Dr. Rowe: The Pros – Better work life balance and greater earning potential for you and your family
The Cons – You have to do your best and adhere to a standard of care without a traditional exam
MDNewsline: How does a physician who is interested in offering telehealth services sign up for Rowe Docs?
Dr. Rowe: Contact us today through the number on our website 888-258-3734 and check us out at RoweDocs.com.
MDNewsline: How does the ability to deliver a treatment plan differ in this situation?
Dr. Rowe: Physicians can’t handle emergencies virtually but aside from that telemedicine is pretty comparable to an office visit.
MDNewsline: Any other advice for healthcare professionals who are coping with this COVID-19 outbreak or anything else that you would like to share?
Dr. Rowe: You are in control of your destiny! You can build your dreams or help someone build theirs.
Dr. Rowe is a physician entrepreneur who is dedicated to leveraging technology to help individuals live their healthiest lives. Dr. Rowe obtained her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) at Temple University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She also obtained her Masters of Business Administration from Bauer College of Business through a Business of Medicine Fellowship at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. Dr. Rowe is also the Founder & CEO of the Rowe Network a MultiSpecialty Telemedicine Network Serving 5 countries and raising awareness for millions annually. She is also the founder of several physician organizations including the Boss Doctors, The Fit Doctors and the Bossy Investors.
Follow Dr. Rowe at @tisharowemd and visit Rowedocs.com to learn more about signing up for telehealth services.