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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

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