Telehealth at Kidney Specialists of Minnesota

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Why Telehealth?

  • Telehealth visits are part of a coordinated care plan which allow patients to see their doctor by video between face to face We understand that at this time routines have changed for many people, and social distancing is very important to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic. In efforts to be sure that those who shouldn’t wait to see a nephrologist don’t have to, we are now offering telehealth appointments for all patients.
  • Patients can have their appointment from the comfort of their home, office, or wherever they need to.
  • Talk to their doctor through your computer, tablet, or phone.

 

What Should I Expect & How Can I Prepare for my Telehealth Visit?

 Before Appointment

  • You will receive an email or text (your preference) from Kidney Specialists of MN at the time of scheduling with a link to a secure video
  • Please click on the link and follow prompts to download the application “Google Meet
  • This link can be clicked on as many times as you wish for testing purposes – testing is encouraged prior to your appointment!
  • Activate your MyChart and E-Check In for your This will include reviewing your medications, allergies and medical history and signing registration documents.
  • Established patients: complete any pre-visit labs Labs are an important indicator to your kidney status and essential to maintain health during this time.

On Day of Appointment

  •  Be prepared with recent blood pressure, pulse and weight readings (if possible)
  • Many primary clinics, labs and even grocery store pharmacies have access to BP cuffs for your We strongly encourage having this information readily available for your provider.
  • Have up to date medication list and/or bottles ready to review
  • Wear easy access clothing for physician assessment (most commonly assessed are your legs and feet so please wear clothing that makes this assessment accessible)
  • Log into your device and click the link 20 minutes prior to your appointment
  • Medical Assistant will call you to start your visit

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know if I’m a good candidate for a telemedicine appointment?
    • All of our patients are good candidates for telemedicine appointments. In an effort to prioritize the health and well being of our patients during COVID-19, all visits with our nephrologists are telemedicine appointments. It is ideal for the physician to “see” you to provide the highest quality.
    • All you need is a laptop, computer, or phone with camera/audio.
  • How long is a telemedicine appointment?
    • The appointment time is the same for a telemedicine visit as it would be in person in the clinic.
      • New Patients – please plan for 60 minutes.
      • Follow-Up Patients – please plan for 40 minutes.
  • Is it covered by insurance?
    • Yes—it is covered the same as if you were being seen in.
  • How does it work?
    • All we need to set up the telemedicine appointment is your email or phone. You will receive an email or text from from Kidney Specialists with a link to a secure video call. Click on the link. Then, you will be prompted to download the application “Hangout Meet”. On the day of your visit, our Medical Assistant will call you 20 minutes prior to your appointment time to help set you up. It’s as easy at that!
  • What if I am worried my camera or audio won't work when I start the appointment?
    • You can test your camera, laptop, ipad, phone or other device with audio and camera ahead of time and get help if something doesn't work right. We will help assist in any way that we can.
  • What can I do to have a successful Telehealth visit with my nephrologist?
    • Prior to the appointment, test the link and call our clinic if you are having any We are here to help!
    • Complete your pre-visit labs (for follow-up patients). Labs are the best way for our nephrologists to monitor your kidney function.
    • Obtain a blood pressure, pulse and weight to provide to the Medical Assistant at the time of your visit.
    • If you do not have a blood pressure cuff, most pharmacies and labs offer this. This information provides very valuable information to your nephrologist.
    • Have your medication list up to date on MyChart and pill bottles available on the day of your
    • Wear easily accessible clothing for virtual physician assessment (most commonly assessed are your legs, ankles and feet).

 

Kidney Specialists of MN is here to help! It is our goal to ensure you have a successful visit. Please don’t hesitate to call our clinic if you have any questions or concerns at 763-561-7337.