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Podcast: Virtual Checkup: How Telehealth Brings Parkinson's Care to You (Webinar Audio)

Telehealth allows you to see your doctor or health care provider from home. Many people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) consider it a useful tool for getting care. But for some, the technology or visit may be tough to navigate. In this audio from our Third Thursdays Webinar, expert panelists discuss how to make the most of a virtual visit with a doctor and the impact of telehealth on research and care.

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In this podcast, moderator Larry Gifford, Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Patient Council member, leads a discussion with expert panelists: 

  • Ramsey Andrew Falconer, MD; movement disorder specialist; medical director, Inova Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center
  • Jaime Hatcher-Martin, MD, PhD, FAAN; movement disorder specialist; owner/consultant, Face to Face Neurology
  • Ray Lapinas; board member and secretary of NeuroBalance Center, NFP; diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2017
  • Gaile Lapinas, wife of Ray Lapinas

During the conversation, panelists also spoke about the important role you can play in talking to your lawmakers about telehealth access. Today, there are two actions you can take. Ask Congress to help make telehealth a permanent health care option and remove the in-person requirement for Medicare coverage of mental health visits.

Want to see the slides and other resources from the webinar? Watch on demand.

View a transcript of this podcast.

If you’re recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, you can play a critical role in our landmark Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI). Connect with the PPMI team today at Anyone over age 18 — both with and without PD — can join the online part of PPMI. Join the study that could change everything at

This podcast was brought to you with support from Abbott Laboratories and Neurocrine Biosciences. Funding from our industry partners allows the Foundation to maintain editorial oversight in the creation of high-quality educational resources, while directing donor-raised dollars toward critical research.

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