Subject: Virtual visits and online scheduling are here!

James J. Biemer, MD            
February 2015 

Telemedicine is coming to our clinic 
These are exciting times for medicine and our clinic is no exception. In a fast-paced, technology-driven world, we are committed to providing up to date care options. We have decided to move ahead with the implementation of virtual visits, a popular type of telemedicine. This means that short visits not requiring a physical exam can now be held online. You can use any device with a camera and internet such as an iPad, smart phone, or laptop. You will be able to see and interact with Dr. Biemer in real time and save yourself a drive to the office. Of course these will not replace physical exams, and for those who prefer to visit the office, no change is needed- this is entirely optional.  As ever, our commitment to patient care and to the patient-physician relationship remains top priority. If you would like to know more please read on below.

Self-scheduling via the portal is also a new option for most appointments. The number of self scheduled appointments, as well as the hours available, are currently limited. Please call if you don't see a time you would like. Find out how to schedule online below. 

Stay well,
Dr. Biemer  
Virtual Visits 

Virtual Visits (VV's) should be used IN PLACE OF a face to face visit. Where a brief (5 minutes or less) follow up phone call will do, we’ll still use standard phone calls. However for extensive consultation or a new problem that in the past would require a face to face visit, we will start allowing VV’s.

Some times when it may be convenient include when either the patient or Dr. Biemer are out of town, if there is inclement weather, or if the patient is ill and travel is difficult. This will not replace annual medical exams or of course visits where a physical examination is required for diagnosis (eg. abdominal pain or an injured/painful joint). 

All commercial insurers and Medicare Advantage insurers will pay for VV’s. Straight Medicare fee for service will not at this time, but I will allow Medicare patients to self-pay for longer VV’s if they choose ($100 for 10-30 minutes).

Patients may self-schedule for Virtual Visits. We will place several slots on the schedule each day that may be used for this purpose.

HOW TO...                                      


- Visit your online portal account with this link or find portal access at

- On the left navigation menu select "appointments" and "schedule new"

- Follow steps to select appointment type and time according to your needs

- Finalize by clicking "Review and schedule," and then click "schedule"


- Set up a virtual visit with Dr. Biemer by using the steps above or by calling us in the office. The online scheduling is limited to a 15 minute appointment so please call to if you feel you will need more time to address your concerns 

- You will receive an email prior to your appointment with instructions to get started

James Biemer, 9135 SW Barnes Rd, Suite 863, Portland, OR 97225, United States
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