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MESSAGE REGARDING PHONE CALLS: OCTOBER 2020

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 currently accepting new patients. 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.


CORONAVIRUS EVALUATION/TESTING:

We have set up an arrangement with a local lab that allows us to do Covid19 PCR (Nasal Swab) testing for our patients. 

Results are available in 24-48 hours.

Patients with NO symptoms:

Pre-travel, post-exposure patients:  $75


Patients with MILD symptoms:

- If you have mild upper respiratory symptoms with or without fever, or more significant symptoms, one of our doctors will provide a phone assessment that day and then advise accordingly.  We are normally able to bring our patients into the office within 24 hours to assess them clinically and to perform a Covid19 nasal swab. 


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.


COVID PRECAUTIONS

For questions regarding new protocols in our office to keep our patients and staff safe, please click on the Covid19 Precautions tab above.

For details regarding scheduling in-office or Telemedicine appointments, please click on the Appointments tab above.


HELPFUL LINKS:

CDC:  Open Link below and click on "Coronavirus Self Checker"

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/index.html


CDC:  General information about Coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


WHO (World Health Organization):

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019


Feeling Anxious about Coronavirus?

Don't worry - this is a normal reaction!  

Here is a helpful link with suggestions on coping w Coronavirus anxiety:

http://psychiatry.ucsf.edu/coronavirus/coping


 


MEDICARE PATIENTS: Effective April 1, 2020 Bethesda Physicians will be opting out of Medicare and operating solely as a fee-for-service practice. Please click on the Medicare Patients tab (top of this page on right) for more details regarding this change.


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 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.


PARKING:

Please click on Resources&Contact for information about parking.

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