Gulf Coast Medical Group now offering telehealth visits

Venice, FL 4/3/2020—Gulf Coast Medical Group has made it possible to see their doctors using a smartphone, tablet or computer. Telehealth or virtual visits allow you to talk with a provider just as you would in the doctor’s office, but without leaving the comfort of home. Appointments are available for new and existing patients.

“Continuity of care is important to us, as is the safety of patients and staff during this time when social distancing and staying at home are critical, ”says Jeffrey Fraser, D.O., “Telehealth can be a solution for many reasons someone may want to see a doctor.”

Although some appointments require a physical examination in order for the doctor to meet the standard of care and make fully informed decisions, many visits can be managed well through virtual interaction. These may include certain visits for:

·        Minor illnesses such as colds and allergies

·        Minor injuries such as sprains

·        Follow-up care

·        Medication management

·        Chronic disease management

·        Back pain

·        Other specialty care

Many insurance plans cover telehealth visits. Video visits are typically required, although some payers will cover visits by phone only. Check your plan coverage or ask when you make an appointment.

Call 844-366-9362 to request a telehealth appointment, or visit for more information. The practice will provide instructions about your telehealth visit when you schedule the appointment.

Venice Regional Bayfront Health is a 312-bed, acute care hospital providing a comprehensive array of health care services to the greater Venice area. Venice Regional, and its affiliated Gulf Coast Medical Group clinics, provide high quality health care that is accessible to residents and visitors across Central and South Sarasota County. The hospital’s services include cardiac, stroke, orthopedic, metabolic, open-heart and advanced surgery, wound care, women’s care and interventional radiology. Venice Regional is nationally recognized through awards, certifications and accreditations in multiple service areas, including Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers Gold Seal of Approval® by The Joint Commission for seven consecutive years; Chest Pain Certification of Distinction by The Joint Commission, 2019; American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite Plus Achievement Award; Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery Designation by Florida Blue; and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Venice Regional is one of the Florida hospitals with the lowest readmission rates for patients treated for pneumonia, according to a report by Becker’s Hospital Review based on CMS Hospital Compare data.

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