Telemedicine

Under direction of the President, Governor, Professional Societies and the Texas Medical Board, elective surgery and routine office visits have been canceled. Only truly urgent and emergent problems can be seen in the office on a limited schedule. Some types of minor or routine problems can be managed by Telemedicine. Please call the office at 361-857-6600 during regular office hours to determine if your concern can be addressed by Telemedicine. A separate consent form will be required for Telemedicine evaluations. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Consent Form

Telemedicine services involve the use of secure interactive videoconferencing equipment and devices that enable health care providers to deliver health care services to patients when located at different sites. 

 

1.  I understand that the same standard of care applies to a telemedicine visit as applies to an in-person visit. 

2.  I understand that I will not be physically in the same room as my health care provider. I will be notified of and my consent obtained for anyone other than my healthcare provider present in the room. 

3.  I understand that there are potential risks to using technology, including service interruptions, interception, and technical difficulties.

a.    If it is determined that the videoconferencing equipment and/or connection is not adequate, I understand that my health care provider or I may discontinue the telemedicine visit and make other arrangements to continue the visit.

4.  I understand that I have the right to refuse to participate or decide to stop participating in a telemedicine visit, and that my refusal will be documented in my medical record. I also understand that my refusal will not affect my right to future care or treatment.

a.    I may revoke my right at any time by contacting Angelica Gonzalez at 361-853-5521

5.  I understand that the laws that protect privacy and the confidentiality of health care information apply to telemedicine services.

6.  I understand that my health care information may be shared with other individuals for scheduling and billing purposes.

a.    I understand that my insurance carrier will have access to my medical records for quality review/audit.

b.    I understand that I will be responsible for any out-of-pocket costs such as copayments or coinsurances that apply to my telemedicine visit.

c.     I understand that health plan payment policies for telemedicine visits may be different from policies for in-person visits.

7.    I understand that this document will become a part of my medical record.  

 

By signing this form, I attest that I (1) have personally read this form (or had it explained to me) and fully understand  and agree to its contents; (2) have had my questions answered to my satisfaction, and the risks, benefits, and alternatives to telemedicine visits shared with me in a language I understand; and (3) am located in the state of Texas and will be in Texas during my telemedicine visit(s).

                                                                                                                     

______________________________________              __________________________________

Patient/Parent/Guardian Printed Name                     Patient/Parent/Guardian Signature

 

______________________________________      __________________________________

Witness Signature                                                      Date   





NOTICE CONCERNING COMPLAINTS

Complaints about physicians, as well as other licensees and registrants of the Texas Medical Board, including physician assistants, acupuncturists, and surgical assistants may be reported for investigation at the following address:

Texas Medical Board
Attention: Investigations
333 Guadalupe, Tower 3, Suite 610
P.O. Box 2018, MC-263
Austin, Texas 78768-2018

Assistance in filing a complaint is available by calling the following telephone number:

1-800-201-9353

For more information, please visit our website at

www.tmb.state.tx.us.