NCMIC's Statement on Telemedicine Support
on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Our current environment, as a country and as an industry, is new and different from where we were only a few days and weeks ago. While this is not a position any of us expected to be in, NCMIC has always insured naturopathic physicians to the full scope of coverage under the policy, which includes telemedicine with any applicable restrictions imposed by state regulators. That will not change.
In this new and evolving environment, the profession will no doubt have to consider what the practice of naturopathic medicine looks like, including how treatment is provided. As always, use your clinical judgment (in conjunction with state and national regulations) to make decisions on what is best for your practice and your patients. You may decide using alternative methods of virtual communication makes the most sense in your practice.
Rest assured, NCMIC will continue to support our practitioners as you embark upon alternative methods, including telemedicine and other allowable approaches as part of your practices. We are working diligently to provide you with the information you need to do this in a safe and legal manner, including adding resources to our website as they become available.
As each state has its own regulations on telemedicine and operational requirements that must be followed, it is incumbent upon you to stay informed of the ever-changing landscape and understand what your local/state/national guidelines are for treating patients in these unprecedented times. Additionally, if you are considering providing telemedicine services, you should check with any insurance carriers whose patients you see to confirm your services will be covered using telemedicine.
Rest assured your policy with NCMIC will continue to provide coverage in your state today, tomorrow and always.