PARIS, TN – Several of the HCMC Medical Clinics are now offering Virtual Visit capabilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Virtual Visit allows a patient to meet with their local Henry County Medical Center provider through a secure, HIPAA compliant video chat without leaving his or her home. Patients can call their provider’s office to find out if Virtual Visits are appropriate for their condition. Your provider may also be reaching out to you to schedule a Virtual Visit.
Virtual Visits can be suitable as a follow-up visit for an acute condition, medication management for chronic conditions, reviewing test results and other types of visits in which close physical examination is not needed.
The HCMC Medical Clinics participating in Virtual Visits include Eagle Creek Clinic, Transitions Health, Paris Women’s Center, Paris Pediatrics, Paris Pulmonology, and Innovative Orthopedics.
Patient Virtual Visits will be conducted with their health care provider, who they already know and trust. During a Virtual Visit, providers can conduct a routine appointment, prescribe medications, coordinate additional treatment options and assess whether further care is needed.
Patients just need to call the clinic to schedule the appointment and the receptionist will walk them through the process. :
What patients will need for a Virtual Visit:
- Device with a camera, speakers and microphone (audio/video capabilities)
- Strong internet connection
- Optional: current weight and blood pressure
During the COVID-19 crisis, it is crucially important patients stay well and manage chronic conditions.
“We’re excited to offer Virtual Visits in our region,” said Kelley Rushing, Chief Business Development and Practice Management Officer. “The Virtual Visit enables us to provide even more people with access to health care using a progressive health care option.”
Virtual and phone visits are covered by insurance including Medicare and TennCare during the COVID-19 crisis. A co-pay may still apply based upon the coverage plan.
If experiencing a life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1 as Virtual Visits are not meant for emergency needs. To determine whether Virtual Visits or phone visits are appropriate for your condition, please contact each clinic individually, or call our FindLine at 731-644-3463. More information on Virtual Visits is found on our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.
HCMC Administration continues to follow the CDC guidelines as well as the TN Department of Health guidelines to ensure the safety of our patients, families, partners, and community.
How you can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as Coronavirus:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard in a trash.cut
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
HCMC is making every effort to educate and inform the public on ways to remain healthy through our website and our social media outlets, including specifically rigorous and frequent hand washing. Please check back often for updates including a section dedicated to COVID-19.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your health care provider. To learn more, go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org or go to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html
Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region. Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Additionally, HCMC owns and operates 7 provider clinics in various specialties. Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: www.hcmc-tn.org.