They could....Why are UDS patients requiring in person visits? Can't they just get a utox done at an outside laboratory?
However, my office has me +/- my assistant. That's far less people than an outside laboratory exposure. My office has greater ease of access. I result the specimen in real time and incorporate it into clinical decision making during the appointment. That is quality of care. And respectful of patients time resource in not referring to an outside lab, and my UDS cup has the substances of concern on it I want not what just happens to be available at an outside lab. I also generate a tiny, extra source of revenue that doesn't go to a Big Box Shop.
I hope insurances continue to pay post July since it has started spiking again. I have my employers pushing for more face to face slowly but I guess for you guys being your own boss it's a big freedom
It's kind of terrifying that you guys are feeling pressure to return to face to face because the insurance companies aren't authorizing payments for telemedicine at the same rate. At my VA, we are maintaining telemedicine for everyone except those who cannot do it and have no plans to change any time in the near future. I had hoped that was everywhere. COVID hasn't exactly gone away and psych is uniquely situated to still be able to provide great care while not adding to the burden of infection.