Mountain Community Health Partnership Adds Virtual Appointments

Mountain Community Health Partnership (MCHP) has added a network of virtual care opportunities available for all private and public insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the uninsured. Like all MCHP practices, services are universally accessible and available on a sliding fee based on income and household size.  Accessing care from home is critical given the spread of COVID-19, and medical and behavioral health providers agree – patients should not disengage from their health during these cautious times.

Accessing care is easier than most assume. Register as a patient, if not already registered, and set up an appointment over the phone. When the appointment is scheduled an email or text will be sent providing simple instructions and a link. Click the link a few minutes before your appointment time and your doctor will appear on your screen.

A virtual visit takes place via video or phone using a smartphone, tablet or computer. Once the visit is finished, notes and referrals are provided for the patient similar to an in-person appointment. If needed, prescriptions are electronically routed to a preferred pharmacy.

“Mountain Community Health Partnership virtual care makes the care we provide available through the technology of everyday life,” said Josh Newton, PA-C. “It is easy to access and encourages patients in need of care to remain engaged in their health despite the need to stay home.”

As patients today try to keep a safe social distance, a virtual care program is the most effective way to receive care while avoiding public places.  Patients need to practice safe social distancing, but not at the expense of their health, so everyone is encouraged to schedule a virtual care visit to stay on top of routine care.

“Younger patients nationwide have been seeking out virtual care for years,” said Chuck Shelton, Chief Executive Officer for MCHP. “It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s cost-effective. We want patients to be cautious about contracting or spreading COVID-19, but we would never recommend patients – especially those who may be chronically ill – neglect their health during this period of social distancing. Virtual care offers everything needed stay engaged in your health during this trying time!”

Patients concerned they may been exposed to COVID-19, or those experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath are encouraged to access virtual services as well. Everyone is encouraged to call 828-688-2104 and speak with a staff member about accessing services, or the best course of action given your specific circumstances. MCHP is here to help and community members are encouraged to reach out anytime.

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About Mountain Community Health Partnership

Mountain Community Health Partnership (MCHP) is a nonprofit healthcare provider serving Yancey and Mitchell Counties. MCHP works closely with communities to meet the ever-changing healthcare needs of our region with high-quality, comprehensive, and accessible healthcare services. With three locations, MCHP offers primary care, behavioral health, dental and more that prioritizes quality and access for all. If you would like more information about Mountain Community Health Partnership, call 828-688-2104 or visit mchp.care.