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Coronavirus Office Updates

 

Vaccine information: see home page.

Telehealth services:

We offer telehealth visits to those who would like them for those services that can be done without an in-offic evisit. This link will explain how you can join a session: https://hub.securevideo.com/Knowledge/Details/248. Joining is by invitation only so if you need to reach us, please use the usual methods of calling or sending messages via the portal.

We remain able to safely see well patients in our office. Each person is carefully screened for risks of possibly carrying the virus and all persons visiting are required to wear masks and decontaminate hands upon arrival. To preserve supplies, we encourage you to bring your own mask. Each room is appropriately disinfected between patients. Patients who are ill should call for appointment first thing in the morning and come into the office only when and as directed, through an alternative entrance and into a designated exam room.

So whether you are well or sick, we are open for business and look forward to seeing you.

Insurance information:

These telehealth visits will be billed as regular office visits. All insurance companies are now covering telehealth visits and are waiving co-pays only for visits related to respiratory symptoms and any testing related to COVID-19 and that once you are positive for COVID-19, all copays and deductibles apply. Regular copays and deductibles apply to all other telehealth visits. Please check with your insurance company for details.

Testing Information:

In order to protect hospital staff and preserve supplies, it remains important that you do not run to the urgent care centers or the emergency room with just mild symptoms. This disease can be managed at home in most cases. Please call the office for a telehealth appointment to help determine if you need to be seen and/or tested. Off-label treatment is available for those who are ill, those exposed to COVID-19 and at high risk or those at high risk seeking preventative treatment. A medical consultation visit is required in office or via telehealth.

We are currently sending most testing out of office as the turn around times are faster. We are not ordering any testing for asymptomatic patients. For anyone who has no symptoms and is seeking testing or is seeking testing for travel requirements, please refer to the Mass.gov site for testing locations.

Antibody testing is available. At this time we do not recommend it. This is a positive/negative test and does not give an immune titer. It is offered by Quest. ere is the Quest Disclaimer...."Detection of IgG antibodies may indicate exposure to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). It usually takes at least 10 days after symptom onset for IgG to reach detectable levels. An IgG positive result may suggest an immune response to a primary infection with SARS-CoV-2, but the relationship between IgG positivity and immunity to SARS-CoV-2 has not yet been firmly established. Antibody tests have not been shown to definitively diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection. Positive results could also be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E"... In other words a negative test doesn't rule out that you had it and a positive test isn't 100% certain that you had it and that you would be immune. It may, however, help guide if you could return to work and will help us to better understand this disease. Regardless of your test result, we continue to suggest taking all precautions, including distancing, wearing masks and disinfecting hands and surfaces, until more definitive guidance is provided by the CDC. Insurance coverage for test is not known.

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