vCare is a tool that makes it possible for physicians to use computers and video communication in order to provide virtual consultations. These virtual consultations occur in real time and allow both provider and patient to participate in a visit remotely that is just as private as an in-person appointment. This connection has granted rural hospitals and patients access to specialty care, eliminating the costs and time associated with traveling to receive care and reducing the amount of time for patients to miss work or school. Diagnostic or screening tests that are ordered by the physician can be done at the patient’s local hospital if the test is offered.
The cost of virtual healthcare is covered by most insurance companies including Medicare and Medicaid. However, not all consultations are suitable for virtual care and the scheduling coordinators at each practice can help determine what type of visit would best fit each medical situation. Salina Regional Health Center offers behavioral health, oncology, diabetic counseling, general surgery and sleep medicine consults via telemedicine and look to add more specialties in the future.
Hospitals (Originating Sites) and Specialty Services Available:
|St. Luke Hospital (Marion, KS)
||Cloud County Health Center
|Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital
||Lindsborg Community Hospital
|Ellsworth County Medical Center
||Osborne County Memorial Hospital
|Republic County Hospital
||Smith County Hospital
|Gove County Medical Center|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is vCare?
vCare is virtual healthcare; an audio/visual encounter between physician and patient that occurs in real time. These remote visits allow both physician and patient to communicate in a consultation that is just as private as an in-person appointment.
How does vCare benefit me?
vCare allows patients to receive specialized care at a local hospital, which reduces the amount of time missing work or school, minimizes the delay that is a result of making travel arrangements, and it reduces wait time for clinic visits that would otherwise be longer at the regional hospital.
How does vCare benefit local hospitals?
In most cases, local hospitals will be able to provide the necessary services ordered by the physician such as lab and radiology. They also receive an originating site fee.
Does my insurance cover virtual healthcare? Will there be any additional costs?
Virtual healthcare visits are reimbursable. Any additional costs are determined by the local hospital, or originating site, and the patient’s insurance coverage.
Who are the providers?Tammy Walker Cancer Center:
- Muhammad Ahmed, M.D.
- Larry Beck, M.D.
- Jeffrey Geitz, M.D.
- Peeran D. Sandhu, M.D.
- Dwane Beckenhauer, M.D.
- Jake Breeding, M.D.
- Stacy Jones, M.D.
- Justin Klaassen, D.O.
Veridian Behavioral Health:
Therapy and medication consults available
- Alisha Coulson, M.D.
- Maryann Carlson, PA
- Marcia Cleavenger, APRN
- Caryn Huslig, PA
- Melissa Ingram, APRN
- Angela Koerperich, APRN
- Jennifer Pekarek, APRN
- Summer Olsen, Clinical Therapist
- Audrey Thielen, Clinical Therapist
- Kent Berquist, M.D.
- Diabetic Counseling & Education
- Crystal Bertrand, R.D., C.D., C.D.E.
Can the provider prescribe me medication?
Yes, the provider can prescribe medication for a patient they’ve seen virtually as long as the patient is in the same state in which the provider is licensed.
Can the provider order tests?
Yes, the provider can order any testing including radiology, lab, therapy, and more. These tests are often performed at the local hospital.
Are all visits appropriate for vCare?
There are some visits that are not suitable for vCare and the scheduling coordinators at each practice can help determine what type of visit would best fit each medical situation.
How do I schedule vCare consultations?
Contact your primary care physician, or for patients currently receiving specialized care, contact your specialist.
Where do I have to be to participate in a virtual healthcare visit?
The patient must be at an approved originating site, which includes critical access hospitals. See under “Hospitals (Originating Sites) and Specialty Services Available” here.