We understand that many of you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19.  At Steel City Pediatrics, you and your child’s safety is our top priority, and we are taking every precaution to keep your child and family safe. 

As COVID-19 continues to spread, we urge all families to practice good handwashing and “social distancing” by limiting your social activities and not attending large group gatherings. The primary goal of our country needs to be to slow the spread of the virus so that our healthcare system is not overwhelmed and our vulnerable patients are not at risk. Fortunately, children who have COVID-19 do not usually have severe illness.  The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.  The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. 

Beginning Monday, March 30th, 2020 we will be implementing the following changes to our office: 

 Any patient with a COUGH, CONGESTION, RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS, SORE THROAT or FEVER will be directed to our triage nurse to assess symptoms.  If an appointment is considered necessary, you will be scheduled for a telemedicine appointment or in office depending on your child’s symptoms.  Well and Sick will continue to be separated.  Well visits will be from 8:30-11:45 a.m. and sick visits from 1:00– 4:30 p.m. 
  

Telehealth Appointments:

Beginning Monday, March 30th, 2020 we will start transitioning some visits to our new telemedicine platform “Anytime Pediatrics”.   We are continuing to evaluate the best way to provide this service which we know will be a benefit to many of you. As always, we strive to provide the best care for your child.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics has urged us to continue to see well patients, especially those who are in need of vaccinations.  After we get through this health crisis, there will be too many kids in need of well visits and vaccinations for our system to effectively handle. If we do not continue to see and immunize well children, as a nation, we will be putting ourselves at risk for outbreaks of other diseases like measles and whooping cough.   We plan to provide the safest environment possible for our well check-up’s which includes limiting exposure within the office and the spread of the virus. We are also strongly encouraging families to bring as few people as possible to their visits, as well as avoiding the office for those pregnant or over 60, if possible.  For the safety of our staff and patients, when you arrive for your child's physical, you will sign in your child and provide necessary information; if the exam room is unavailable you may wait outside on the bench or in your vehicle until notified.  Thank you for your patience during this time. 

In response to the COVID-19 outbreaks, we are now offering Telemedicine visits with our provider beginning Monday, March 30th, 2020.  Our goal is to keep our patients healthy, which includes limiting exposure within the office and spread of the virus.  A telehealth visit is a consultation, health check, or sick visit with Dr. James Simony via video conferencing. It is comparable to a FaceTime or Skype call using an iOS or Android device. The physician is able to look at your child, manage symptoms, and talk to you during business hours.  

These visits are medical visits with your provider and your insurance will be billed for the services provided.  Co-pays will be collected at the time the appointment is made.   

Here are a few plans that will cover Telemedicine plans: 

  • United Health Care Plans 

  • Cigna 

  • Kaiser Plans 

  • Medicaid 

  • Aetna 

***Please contact your insurance to verify if Telemedicine visits are covered with your health insurance carrier. 

There are certain appointment types that can be offered via Telemedicine.  

  • ✓ Rash  

  • ✓ Allergies  

  • ✓ Pink eye  

  • ✓ Behavioral health  

  • ✓ Acne 

  • ✓ Constipation, diarrhea, or vomiting  

  • ✓ Minor trauma screening (cuts, abrasions, animal bites)  

If you are given an appointment for telemedicine and have paid your co-pay. Here’s how to get started! 

  • Step 1 – Download the Anytime Pediatrics App   Practice Code:  9398 or

  • Click the following url. https://portal.anytimepediatrics.com/login/9398

  • Step 2 – Log in on any device and initiate a visit with Dr. James Simony at Steel City Pediatrics 

  • Step 3 – Your telehealth visit will occur  

Click here to read the Telemedicine Service Agreement. 

Steel City Pediatrics

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Steel City Pediatrics

3934 Sandalwood Lane

Pueblo, CO 81005

steelcitypediatrics.com

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