Your specialists at Texas Diabetes & Endocrinology recommend getting the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available.
There is currently no specific timeline for availability.
You can find more information about vaccine distribution plans for Texas here: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx
You can find helpful, up-to-date information about the vaccine here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/8-things.html
For your in person appointment, please be aware of the additional requirements and measures we are taking to ensure the safety of our patients and staff:
- Face Masks Required — All patients, visitors, and clinic staff must wear a mask over their nose and mouth upon arrival to our office. Please come prepared and bring a mask from home. Face masks should have two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19 & should be worn over your nose and mouth at all times while in our clinic. Please do NOT use athletic neck gaiters, face shields or masks that have exhalation valves or vents, which allow virus particles to escape
- Visitors Limited— To limit the overall traffic in the practice, we are limitng patients to one (1) essential visitor/companion, and asking patients to not bring any visitors, unless absolutely necessary.Visitors who are sick, have a fever, or a confirmed case of COVID-19 should not accompany a patient and will be required to wait outside the clinic.
- Mandatory Screenings — We are screening all patients and visitors for symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or fever prior to entering the waiting area. Individuals with a fever of 100.4 or higher and/or do not pass the screening will not be permitted to enter the clinic. You may be asked to reschedule your appointment.
- Infection Prevention — We thoroughly clean and sanitize all patient waiting rooms, exam rooms, and other care areas according to the recommendations of the CDC. In-office infection control measures are readily available for our patients and visitors, such as alcohol-based hand sanitizers, tissues, hand soap, and waste receptacles. And we have taken extra steps by removing shared items like magazines.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) — PPE is in use at levels recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Social Distancing — All clinic staff, patients, and visitors will adhere to social distancing guidelines. You may notice increased spacing in common waiting areas.
In order to best prepare for your telemedicine appointment, please complete the following:
- If you haven’t already, please register for the MyTDE patient portal. In order to register, email email@example.com with your name & phone #. Please include in your message that you are needing access to the portal.
- Complete Pre-registration/Check-in online. Be on the lookout for an appointment reminder 6 days prior to your appointment with pre-registration instructions. Note: Copays will be due at the time of pre-registration and/or the patient will be expected to call billings at 512-458-8400, option 6, to resolve their balance within 30 days. If you have not received this link either through email or text – please contact our scheduling department at 512-458-8400, option 2 so they can resend.
- Have your updated medications list readily available.
- If you are needing any medications refills, please be prepared to notify your provider.
- Any medical history updates? (surgeries/procedures, hospitalizations, etc.) Please be prepared to notify your provider.
- Please be prepared to minimize any background noise during your phone/telemedicine visit.
★ For patients with CGMS or Insulin Pumps – If we do not already have your password or access to your data, please send us the download via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or through your MyTDE patient portal in advance of the appointment
★ PLEASE take the time to “Test Your Device Compatibility” in advance by following this link: https://info.updox.com/video-chat-technical-specs. On the day/time of your appointment, an invitation to Video Chat will arrive on your device via text message. (If we do not have a mobile phone # on file for you, the invitation link will be sent via email.) Once received, please click the link to be taken to the Secure Video Chat environment. The first time you use Video Chat, your device may ask for permission to use your camera and microphone. Please allow access. You will be taken directly into a video chat session with your provider. The microphone and camera buttons will pause the audio and video you are sending. The red “phone” button will disconnect the chat. Please note: Patients with android or desktop computers must copy the link into the Google Chrome Browser, otherwise it will open their default browser and not redirect them.
★ ONE DAY PRIOR, if you use a Personal CGM or Insulin Pump, a Medical Assistant will be in contact by phone to update your medical information and complete the pre-workup for your telemedicine visit.
★ WITHIN TWO BUSINESS DAYS, a Front Desk member will be in contact by phone to schedule your future visits and collect any outstanding balances.
★ If your appointment has been converted to PHONE visit: Your Provider will contact you directly on the # we have on file at the time of your scheduled appointment. Please expect some delays.
Please note: Insurance coverage for telemedicine is impacted by federal and state laws as well as insurance company policies. You should check with your insurer regarding how telemedicine is covered under your particular policy. The following insurances have agreed to cover telemedicine visit as a routine office visit until the dates listed below.*
- Aetna 12/31/2020 **Note: Aetna self-insured plans coverage varies, please contact your insurer directly.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield through 12/31/2020
- Cigna through 12/31/20
- Humana through 12/31/20
- Medicare through the end of the PHE (Public Health Emergency)
- Tricare & Prime through the end of the PHE (Public Health Emergency)
- *Many Texas health insurers and health maintenance organizations are offering telemedicine at no cost to consumers. Check their websites for more information – https://www.tdi.texas.gov/new/2020/covid-19-health-plan-actions.html
Please select the link to “Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Meta” if you would like to receive their weekly digests (see below).
COVID-19 presents a particular challenge to people with serious chronic medical conditions such as diabetes. We at the American Diabetes Association aim to keep our professional members as informed as possible, and we are pleased to launch an additional resource focused on diabetes and COVID-19 research.
We are partnering with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Meta to deliver weekly digests highlighting the latest research developments at the intersection of COVID-19 and diabetes. Meta is a free tool that categorizes and maps more than 30 million biomedical articles and preprints, identifying pertinent connections and trends across tens of millions of concepts, researchers, genes, proteins, procedures, and more. Meta has deployed a combination of machine learning and credentialed biomedical curators to identify the most pertinent articles and preprints on this critical topic. The first ADA weekly digest will be sent out next week. When you receive it, the first time you click on a relevant paper, you will be taken to Meta and asked to create a free account. This is a one-time registration. Note that Meta is noncommercial, no personal data will be shared, and the site is ad-free.
Please note: We sent an email to select Interest Groups a few weeks ago announcing Meta digests focused on diabetes and cardiovascular disease, immunology, islet biology, and nutritional science. These digests will be delayed for a few weeks, given the pressing need to launch a digest focused on COVID-19. They will resume soon, and we appreciate your patience.
If you have any questions or would prefer not to receive these digests, please let us know at email@example.com.