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Bone Health Care During the New Normal

June 8, 2020 @ 6:22 am
posted by Dr Ginther

We previously discussed Drive Thru Injections of Prolia and Evenity.  If requested, our staff will give your scheduled injection while you remain in your car in our parking lot.

We wear masks and we ask our patients to do the same.  You must answer the required questions before proceeding.  We have hand sanitizer at the front desk and in each room.  We sanitize surfaces and pens between patients.

If you see our receptionist with her mask off while talking on the phone, please stand back.  Unfortunately, masks and telephones do not play well together.

We sanitize our DXA machine between patients.  We can often safely put off repeat DXA/VFA patients for 6 months or even a year if they are well established and have been stable with no changes in treatment.

New DXA/VFA patients and those with changes in medical regimens should have their studies done as scheduled.  Outpatient blood tests are slower than before because of social distancing, masks, and sanitizing surfaces between patients.

Consultations and lab follow-ups can be done by telemedicine for most insurances in Iowa.  However, each insurance company has its own (changing) rules and limits on how long they will pay for telemedicine.  Computer sites which are approved for telemedicine charge for use.  You need a computer or cell phone compatible with the approved site.

We are all waiting for a vaccine.  But, for many persons, a hip fracture carries a higher risk of death than Covid-19.  Pay attention to your bone health.  Avoid a hip fracture.

Jay Ginther, MD

NOF is being cute by suggesting you help specifically 31 patients.  The practical message is clear.  You can help others by directing them to: https://www.nof.org/national-osteoporosis-month-may-2020/ or https://cdn.nof.org/wp-content/uploads/NOM-Digital-Calendar.pdf

Cedar Valley Bone Health Institute of Iowa has additional handouts, as do most bone health practices.  www.BoneDocBlog.com has over 475 posts on various bone health topics.

Take Control of Your Future.

Jay Ginther, MD

Most of us are caregivers during our lifetime for children, parents, other family members, or friends.

NOF has recorded an interview with Amy Goyer, author of “Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving”.  Amy is the AARP family and caregiving expert consultant and speaker.  Go to: https://www.bonetalk.org/podcast-episodes/2019/perspectives-on-caregiving .

Jay Ginther, MD

Medicare covers DXA under most circumstances.  To learn specifically how to qualify under Medicare guidelines go to: https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/bone-mass-measurements

Most private insurance also covers DXA/VFA.  Citing the correct qualifications is more complicated and varies from company to company, but most individuals do qualify if the DXA facility works hard enough.

At Cedar Valley Bone Health Institute of Iowa, we take responsibility for obtaining insurance coverage for DXA/VFA provided the patient has valid health insurance coverage and has not had a previous DXA within 1 year.  Even if both hose criteria are not met, we often can avoid charging the patient for the cost of DXA/VFA.

Jay Ginther, MD