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COVID VACCINE BOOSTER SHOTS (SEPT 2021):
The CDC recommendations are constantly evolving, but this is our advice at this time:
If it has been over 6 months since your covid vaccine,
If you are > 65 or immunocompromised,
We urge you to go ahead and schedule your booster.
If you have further questions, please schedule a telephone consult.
If you are offered the flu vaccine at the time of your Covid booster, CDC guidelines state that you may have them on the same day.
MESSAGE REGARDING PHONE CALLS: SEPTEMBER 2021
Our office is currently experiencing a very high volume of calls. While we are doing our best to answer all of our calls in a timely manner, we are not currently able to answer every single call as it comes in. If you call during normal business hours and no one answers, please leave a voicemail. We check messages throughout the day. A receptionist or a doctor will return your call within 24 hours.
Our Hours of operation: 9 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday.
If you need medication refills, PLEASE CONTACT THE PHARMACY.
The pharmacy will send our office a refill request.
This is the most efficient way to complete your refills.
NEW PATIENTS: Dr. DiFresco and Dr. Fine are accepting new patients, however, our schedules are full until January 2022. If you are interested in becoming a new patient at our practice please call to schedule a new patient appointment.
For more detail regarding these appointments, click on the Appointments tab above.
MEDICARE PATIENTS: Bethesda Physicians is entirely OPTED OUT OF MEDICARE. We operate solely as a fee-for-service practice. Please click on the Medicare Patients tab at the top of this page for more details regarding this change.
A note about our telephone/telemedicine fees:
Telephone medicine during this pandemic situation reduces the spread of infection by keeping patients away from others. Telephone calls will incur a fee ($75-200). This fee will be waived if we deem it necessary to bring you in for an office visit that day. We are charging for telephone consults because we are limiting the number of patients who are seen in the office. The amount charged will depend on the complexity of the visit (medications ordered, Xrays ordered, referrals to specialists etc) and how much time the doctor spends with you.
Please note that these fees apply to after hours ('on-call') telephone consultations as well.
Our office will mail you a claim form with proof of payment and appropriate ICD10 and CPT codes. Many insurance companies are providing payment for telephone care - we encourage our patients to submit these claims in order to get reimbursement for care.
Bethesda Physicians, PC in Bethesda, MD, is an internal medicine practice caring for patients over the age of 12 years, through adolescence, young adulthood, middle age and elder years. Our philosophy for the practice of medicine is simple yet comprehensive: we believe that the most important tools in providing quality medical care are time and availability. These, in conjunction with up-to-date medical knowledge, allow us to provide medical care customized to our patients' needs.
We provide comprehensive care for our patients: full physical exams for men, women (including Pap smears), adolescents and elderly patients. We draw blood tests on-site, and when needed, do rapid laboratory tests for many acute illnesses.
We are available to our patients for same day appointments when an urgent problem arises. We manage chronic, complicated problems as well, and help arrange for specialty referrals when necessary. While providing medically necessary care, we are also aware of the costs and try to control your expenses.
We are a fee for service practice, meaning we do not contract with insurance companies or with Medicare for payment. This allows us to offer our patients longer appointment times to address their needs. We make every effort to have laboratory tests, X-rays and specialty referrals done within your insurance network.
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