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After Hours Medical Group
9200 Colima Rd.

Ste. 101
Whittier, CA 90605

 

Main Phone:

562-945-2128

Billing Department:

562-967-3118

 

Hours: 

Weekdays: 2pm-9pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm

Minor Holidays: 9am-2pm

Closed major holidays

 

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We at the After Hours Medical Group are a Covid-19 testing clinic site.

If you have  a fever of 100.4 or more and one of the following symptoms of: cough, shortness of breath, or chest pressure, loss of taste,and/or your a health care worker (as defined by the State of California), our office can perform testing for you. 

 

If you have  a fever of 100.4 or more and one of the following symptoms of: cough, shortness of breath, or chest pressure, our office can perform testing for you. 

  1. COVID-19 Coronavirus Patient Self-Assessment Tool

Have  you have symptoms of respiratory illness after 2-14 days after exposure?

  • Fever (temperature > 100.4
  • Cough  with shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste
  • Chills,  shaking chills
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat, body
  • Muscle aches,
  • Loss of taste or smell 
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Have you been in close contact with anyone known or suspected to have the COVID-19 coronavirus illness? Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for 3 minutes or more.

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions and have respiratory symptoms:

  • Stay home. 
  • If you believe your symptoms are life threatening, go to the nearest hospital emergency department. We recommended that you call the emergency department immediately so the staff can provide you with arrival instructions.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
  • Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick:

Stay home except to get medical care

  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation

  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
    • Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people with the virus limit contact with animals until more information is known.
    • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick with COVID-19. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
    • According to the National Institute of Health (NIH)  a study conducted by experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NIH, UCLA, and Princeton University investigated how long the virus remained infectious on different surfaces. The investigators found that SARS-CoV-2 is detectable in aerosols for up to 3 hours, on copper up to 4 hours, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

  • Call ahead: If you have a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office or emergency department, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients and let you know what the visit protocols are. 
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. Healthcare providers are currently in short supply of personal protectice equipment,  therefore health care providers cannot provide these to patients as they did in the past.
  • If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live in the home should stay in a different room. When caregivers enter the room of the sick person, they should wear a facemask. Visitors, other than caregivers, are not recommended.

 

Clean your hands often

  • Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Handwashing tips

Avoid sharing personal household items

  • Do not share: Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.
  • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
  • Clean high-touch surfaces in your isolation area (“sick room” and bathroom) every day; let a caregiver clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in other areas of the home.
  • Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom.
  • If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom.
  • High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
  • Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
  • Household cleaners and disinfectants: Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
  • Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed. Many also recommend precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
  • Most EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective i.e. Lysol brand disinfectant. 

 

                                                                                             The New Normal:

  • Wear a facemask: If possible, put on a facemask before you leave home.  Please use a non surgical reusable cloth mask that covers your nose and mouth. Due to the shortage of medical grade masks the CDC and health care providers appreciate the public saving the dwindling national supply of medical grade masks for those practicing medicine and nursing on the front lines of this epidemic.
  • DO NOT WEAR GLOVES in public. The virus can live much longer on the gloves and once contaminated will continue to contaminate everything you touch throught the day and endanger the wearer more. It is safer to avoid touching high touch surfaced (door knobs, hand rails, etc) in public areas and to employ frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency   and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.

 

                                                                    How to discontinue home isolation:

  • People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:
    • If you will not have a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
      • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
        AND
      • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved, and regained the sense of taste)
        AND
      • at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
    • If you will be tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
      • You no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
        AND
      • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
        AND
        you received   two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. (One test required per CDC if limited testing supplies)
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

 


 

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CDC Guidelines on travel: as of December 2020

 

After You Travel

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) may pose a risk to your family, friends, and community after your travel.

  • Consider getting tested with a viral test 3–5 days after your trip and reduce non-essential activities for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, consider reducing non-essential activities for 10 days.
  • If your test is positiveisolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.

Also take these actions for 14 days after you return from travel to protect others from getting COVID-19:

  • Stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you, particularly in crowded areas. It’s important to do this everywhere — both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are in shared spaces outside of your home, including when using public transportation.
  • If there are people in the household who did not travel with you, wear a mask and ask everyone in the household to wear masks in shared spaces inside your home.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness.
  • Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.

Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel. 

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  • How much will patients pay for COVID-19 testing?

    Since the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on March 18, most people should not face costs for the COVID-19 test or associated costs. Starting on March 18 and lasting for the duration of the public health emergency, all forms of public and private insurance, including self-funded plans, must now cover FDA-approved COVID-19 tests and costs associated with diagnostic testing with no cost-sharing, as long as the test is deemed medically appropriate by an attending health care provider. This includes high-deductible health plans and grandfathered plans, but does not apply to short-term, limited duration plans. As outlined by CMS in a series of FAQs, there is no limit on the number of COVID-19 tests that an insurer or plan is required to cover for an individual, as long as each test is deemed medically appropriate and the individual has signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has had known or suspected recent exposure to SARS-CoV-2. Federal guidance does not require coverage of routine tests that employers or other institutions may require for screening purposes as workplaces reopen.

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted on March 27, 2020, expanded protections by requiring private plans to also fully cover out-of-network tests. The CARES Act requires health plans to reimburse out-of-network COVID-19 test claims at up to the cash price that the provider has posted on a public web site.  The CARES Act also does not prohibit out-of-network providers from billing patients directly for the COVID-19 test; if that happens, and if the up-front expense is unaffordable, it could deter some patients from getting a test. Otherwise, when providers charge cash up front, it falls to the patient to submit the bill to the health plan for reimbursement.

    Medicare, Medicaid, and private plans also must cover serology tests (blood tests) that can determine whether an individual has been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and developed antibodies to the virus.

     

     Hospitals and other providers may apply to a Cares Act relief fund that has yet to be funded to be reimbursed for care they provide to uninsured patients, subject to availability of funding.  Hospitals and other providers can also decide on a case-by-case basis whether to bill patients or seek reimbursement from the Relief Fund. If providers submit claims for reimbursement from the Relief Fund, they are prohibited from billing uninsured patients.


 

  • Our office is not applying for funds from the Relief Fund, and therefore the cost is the sole responsibility of the patient seeking care from our clinic. This insures that we can see each patient in a timely manner and remain fiscally viable to provide the highest standard of care. Our standard price for Covid specific testing is $120 for the 1st visit and for reporting of results. A $70 charge may come from our affiliated lab that runs out tests if the Relief fund fails to pay for the testing.

  • Testing Time: 

    For rt-PCR Nasal Swab  testing Monday to Friday 2:00pm to 6:00pm. Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm .

    Rapid Antigen testing performed 2pm to 8pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm Saturdays for rapid antigen nasal swab testing (results in 10 minutes from an EU FDA approved test which is the most accurate rapid test currently available on the market (100% specificity). Cost for the rapid test is $120. 

    Due to high demand for testing, please arrive for testing between 2pm and 6pm Monday to Friday and on Saturdays between 9am to 12pm.

     

     

    Cost: Special pricing for COVID-19 patients which includes the initial intake, assessment, exam and then reporting of the lab results with explanations of what the results mean and how to proceed with the results given are currently $120. Most major insurances accepted and  may cover rtPCR nasal swab testing. 

  • Expedited Travel testing (excluding Hawaii) with passport number on certificate: (prices based on lab fees)

    • $250 for 48 hour results

    • $270 for 24 hour results

    • $370 for 10 hour rush results. 

  • Travel To Hawaii, Official Testing Site,  instructions
    • Come in for a  Nasal swab for an rtPCR test for Covid-19. 
    • Fill out the paperwork to include the e-mail that you wish to register with us, the lab (Westpac Lab) and the same e-mail that you will register with for the state of Hawaii travel website. 
    • Once the test is completed by the lab you will recieve a link via your e-mail with your QR code to upload to the Hawaii Trusted Testing and Travel Program site that you have registered with. 
    • Send your results to Hawaii via their website
    • Link to Westpac lab travel to Hawaii website: https://www.westpaclab.com/covid-19/hawaii/
    • Link to Hawaii's safe travel registration site:  https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/
    • Link to PDF for Safe travels program: https://hawaiicovid19.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Flying-Into-Hawaii_103020.pdf
    • Prices for Travel to Hawaii testing are as follows: 
      • $270 for the standard processing time 24 to 72 hours depending on volume at lab (insurance coverage does not  pay for this fee). 
    • Processing time begins from lab pickup time around 7pm. 
    • Test Validity for Hawaii is 72 hours from collection time to flight departure time.
    • Westpac PDF instuctions: 

 

 

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