Additional Flu Clinic Dates Added

Friday

10/16/2020

Whew! Finally our manufacturer has released our additional shipments of the flu vaccine. Again, we are at the mercy of the manufacturer and we currently only have enough stock to fill two more flu clinics. Please call 610-726-7025 to book an appointment for either 10/22/20 or 10/24/20. Thanks for being patient as we waited (and waited and waited!) for our inventory to arrive.

Flu Clinic Changes

Thursday

8/13/2020

Our flu clinics will look very different this year! We have done a lot of research into the most efficient AND safe way to vaccinate as many patients as we possibly can this flu season. A drive through clinic was a serious consideration, but the logistics of doing that in a parking lot that is shared by many other medical sites, along with the different ages of our patients, just doesn't seem to be the best option at this time.

Luckily, the lobby space in our building has become available and we have decided to rent that out for the next few months. There is a separate entrance and exit which will allow for an even flow of people while keeping the social distancing that is recommended. 

We have some more work to do to get the space ready, so bear with us as we figure this out! Also, if you visit the Flu Shots page, we will update this with our clinic dates and any other pertinent information. We will NOT be giving flu shots before September as that is the recommendation by the CDC and ACIP. 

Thanks and stay tuned!

Financial Policy Update for Phone Calls

Thursday

7/16/2020

For many years, insurance companies have refused to reimburse physicians for the time spent giving medical advice via a phone call. With the coronavirus pandemic, they have begun to see that some medical issues can be resolved through a conversation with your physician, rather than a visit to the emergency room, urgent care or office which can cost anywhere from $65-$150 for the patient. Giving care verbally is a service that we are happy to provide to all of our patients and it should be a paid service to cover the time spent. You will be asked to consent to billing your insurance company and any deductibles, copays or coinsurance that your insurance applies will be your responsibility. If this is not a covered service with your insurance, please consider reaching out to them and asking them to add it to their list of covered codes. The fee for non-covered services will range from $15 to $40 based on time spent. 

 

We appreciate you putting the medical care of your children in our hands and we will continue to work hard to provide you with the best care possible. 

 

Please print and sign our updated Financial Policy to bring with you to your next appointment.

Recent updates for screening visits

Wednesday

7/1/2020

  • As we all know, we are living in conditions where rules and regulations change weekly, if not daily. We have reviewed our current screening policies and have made some updates.

  • CURRENT WELL VISIT SCREENING PRECAUTIONS:

    • If you have traveled out of the state we ask that you wait 14 days from your return before coming into our office. This includes New Jersey shore points. While we understand this is the summer and time away from home is greatly needed right now, we also must do everything we can to protect our well visit patients that still need to come in, along with our doctors and staff so we can continue to care for you! 

    • If the staff contacts you before your visit and you have traveled within the past 14 days, we will reschedule your appointment once the required time period has passed.  

    • Masks for children over the age of 2 years and temperature checks are still required. We will take your temperature at the door before entering and anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be asked to reschedule.

    • If you have been in contact with anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19 or is a person under investigation, we will ask you to reschedule your appointment. 

  • For our well visits, please have the following completed/updated before your visit:

    • Updated insurance information​

    • Any balance paid online

    • Office forms (visit our FORMS page) printed and completed

    • School/daycare/sports/camp forms printed and completed to the best of your ability

  • As for our sick patients, we will continue to perform a telemedicine visit if the situation is appropriate.  Please call the office or go through our answering service, and we’ll put a message through to the doctor to make the decision if a telemedicine visit is appropriate. 

  • Please know that our job is to serve you and your families and while telemedicine is not ideal, it is the best way to still provide care and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Time for our healthy children to come back in!

Tuesday

4/28/2020

  • As of Monday, May 3rd, we will be seeing all of our regular, healthy children for their well visits. We will be prescreening (calling the day before) to make sure everyone that will be at the appointment are without any sick symptoms and have not had any exposure to contacts with COVID-19 (confirmed or suspected). 

  • As for our sick patients, we will continue to perform a telemedicine visit if the situation is appropriate.  Please call the office or go through our answering service, and we’ll put a message through to the doctor to make the decision if a telemedicine visit is appropriate. 

  • Our office continues to be unable to perform testing for COVID-19 or COVID-19 antibodies. However, our physicians can make the decision to send for testing to the local sites based on symptoms. A telemedicine visit may be appropriate to determine this. If you are concerned because your child has symptoms, please call the office and we will determine the next steps. 

  • Our hours will vary over the next few weeks as daily changes are made due to COVID 19. We will continue to keep you updated. Please call the office or check the Announcements page of our website. Our staff and physicians are always available to help you. 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) UPDATE 3/21/20

Saturday

3/21/2020

  • We are happy to announce that our physicians now have the ability to perform a telemedicine visit for certain visits.  You can have a visit from home! Please call the office or go through our answering service, and we’ll put a message through to the doctor to make the decision if a telemedicine visit is appropriate. 

  • Due to the federal and state regulations of what is considered non-essential, we are limiting our well child visits to 5 years of age and under that require immunizations. Well visits are seen in a separate room from any sick visits we have in our schedule. 

  • We are seeing sick visits based on telephone triage. Please call our office for further information and concerns. 

  • Our office is unable to perform testing for COVID-19. However, our physicians can make the decision to send for testing to the local sites based on symptoms. A telemedicine visit may be appropriate to determine this. If you are concerned because your child has symptoms, please call the office and we will determine the next steps. 

  • Our hours will vary over the next few weeks as daily changes are made due to COVID 19. We will continue to keep you updated. Please call the office or check the Announcements page of our website. Our staff and physicians are always available to help you. We will all get through this together!

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) UPDATE

Thursday

3/12/2020

Please note this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.

  • Governor Wolf has ordered a 14 day shut down in Montgomery County of non-essential business.  As a primary care physician, this DOES NOT apply to our business and we will remain open for our patients. We will continue to see our well child visits and any minor sick visits. We are asking that any child that has a fever or cough to please stay home to limit your exposure to others.  While we currently do not have telehealth capabilities, we would like to offer an option through Nemours CareConnect. CareConnect puts you in touch with a board-certified pediatrician through your smart phone, tablet or computer. Please visit Nemours CareConnect online for more information.

  • The PA Health Department has stated that there are commerical labs that are performing testing through which your physicians can place orders. While this is true that LabCorp and Quest have testing available for COVID-19, we do not have the capabilities to safely obtain specimens in our office. We have no personal protective equipment such as masks or gowns and are unable to get them through any of our medical suppliers. We will continue to take phone calls and do our best to direct you to the appropriate source for answers. 

  • Please know that we will continue to care for our well child patients as it is essential to continue to protect them from other communicable diseases. We are asking that if your child is sick, you stay home and treat them symptomatically unless you feel that they need urgent care.  

  • We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and update as necessary. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) UPDATE

Monday

3/9/2020

Please note this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.

  • EXPOSURE: If you believe your child has been exposed (travel, close contact with a known case or with a person under investigation (PUI), please contact the Pennsylvania Health Department at 1-877-PA-HEALTH

  • SYMPTOMS: Symptoms of coronavirus are cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Link to CDC site has some additional information for children and children at increased risk CDC Coronavirus and Children 

  • TESTING: We are monitoring daily updates from the state and local health departments regarding testing procedures and criteria. We do not have the capability to test in our office and at this time, we do not plan on testing in the office. We want to remain open and able to treat our healthy newborns and children that need to continue to receive vaccines to prevent other diseases. Test sites will be open soon and we will be sure to share that information as it becomes available.

  • Staying calm and staying home is the best advice we can give for now! 

Coronavirus: CDC Recommendations

Monday

3/2/2020

  • Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date recommendations in regards to the coronavirus.  Link: Coronavirus Disease 2019 

  • If anyone in your immediate or extended family has been in a country or city with known coronavirus OR if you or any family members have been on a flight from an area with known coronavirus, please contact the Philadelphia Health Department - (215) 686-5200

  • We are not able to test for coronavirus in the office so if you suspect you may have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms, please go to your local emergency room. 

TRAFFIC ALERT: Road Closures

Monday

7/15/2019

  • The Ardmore Avenue bridge is now closed for construction. It is rumored to be closed for the next 24-30 months.

  • Manoa Rd is closed at Karakung Drive for bridge work also.

  • This will cause major delays for those of you that currently use Ardmore Ave or Manoa Rd to reach our office. Eagle Road is open but please plan accordingly for delays.

CHOP's Behavioral Health Webinar Series

Thursday

5/9/2019

Recent Mumps Outbreak Information

Friday

3/22/2019

  • Make sure you and your family are up to date on your MMR vaccine. If you have been in close contact with someone that has contracted the mumps, your local public health authorities or institution will contact you and might recommend that you get an additional dose. These groups are usually those who are likely to have close contact, such as sharing sport equipment or drinks, kissing, or living in close quarters, with a person who has mumps

  • Your local public health authorities will reach out to you to let you know that you/your child may have been exposed and should receive this dose. If you have not been contacted, then you are not part of this group.  If your child already has two doses of MMR, it is not necessary to seek out vaccination unless you are part of this group.

  • If your child is a college student and the local public health authorities have contacted you or your child to warn of possible exposure, they can go to the health center at their school to receive the additional dose of MMR. 

  • If you are unsure of your child immunization status, please call our office during normal business hours and we will be happy to check the immunization record. We do not have access to these records after hours.

Flu Mist Vaccine

Friday

7/22/2016

The ACIP voted down use of the LAIV, also known as the "nasal spray" flu vaccine (FluMist) for 2016-2017 flu season. Due to this release by the CDC, our office will not carry the "nasal spray" flu vaccine, but recommends every patient ages 6 months and older receive an annual flu vaccination which we will carry in the injectable form for the 2016-2017 flu season.

Madeleine C. Weiser MD & Associates

233 E Lancaster Ave, Ste 300

Ardmore, PA 19003

Phone: (610) 896-8009    Fax: 610-649-7404

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