In-Person & Telemedicine Expectations - Texas Diabetes and Endocrinology
In-Person & Telemedicine Expectations

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control of their health

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
  • 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.

In order to best prepare for your telemedicine appointment, please complete the following:

  • 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 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: 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 visits until the end of the PHE (Public Health Emergency)*

  • Aetna **Note: Aetna self-insured plans coverage varies, please contact your insurer directly.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Tricare & Prime
  • *Many Texas health insurers and health maintenance organizations are offering telemedicine at no cost to consumers. Check their websites for more information –

Frequently Asked Questions:

Updox Video Chat is optimized to work best with Google Chrome. Other web browsers may be less reliable.

No, both Phone Visits & Updox Video Chat work well with both iPhones and Android phones.

Yes, please specify to scheduler that you are wanting the link sent to your email. By default, we are sending the link to your mobile phone # on file. The recipient would click the link in their email, and proceed as normal.

There are no time limits to Video Chats. You will not be cut off from communication due to an arbitrary time limit.

Your insurance will be billed normally as a routine visit. Copays can be paid during your online pre-registration. Note: Balances must be resolved within 30 days- please contact our billing department at 512-458-8400, option 6 if you have any questions.

Someone from our scheduling department will contact you one week later to schedule any future visit you Provider is requesting.

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