Convenient Medical Care During Social Distancing

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This post is sponsored by MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center.

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MercyOne is committed to keeping their patients, employees, and providers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to provide high-quality care. Each of their pediatric and primary care locations will remain open and available to meet your health care needs.

Virtual visits are also available, allowing you to connect directly to your provider via video from the comfort and safety of your home. With virtual visits you can still complete checkups, ask health questions, manage health concerns, refill and get new prescriptions, and more.

Virtual Visits

A Virtual Visit allows a patient to meet with their local MercyOne primary care or specialist provider through a secure, HIPAA compliant video chat without leaving the comfort and security of their home. Individuals can call their provider’s office to find out if virtual visits are appropriate for their condition.

Patient Virtual Visits will be conducted with their local MercyOne health care provider, who they already know and trust. During a Virtual Visit, providers can conduct a routine appointment, prescribe medications, coordinate additional treatment options, and assess whether further care is needed.

Patients simply need a smart phone or a tablet (with built-in camera) and access to broadband internet service. Once scheduled, patients will receive a link from the provider’s front desk team to get started.

Virtual Visits are covered by insurance including Medicare and Medicaid during the COVID-19 crisis. A co-pay may still apply based upon the coverage plan. Virtual Visits can be appropriate as a follow-up visit for an acute condition, medication management for chronic conditions, reviewing test results and other types of visits in which close physical examination is not needed.

Virtual Visits are not for emergency situations. If experiencing a life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1. For those who have symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your primary care physician office to determine if a Virtual Visit is appropriate.

To learn more about Virtual Visits, please go to https://www.mercyone.org/find-a-service-or-specialty/virtual-visits/. To determine whether Virtual Visits are appropriate for your condition, please contact your provider’s office.

Wellness Exams

During the COVID-19 crisis, it is crucially important patients stay well and manage chronic conditions. This includes maintaining wellness appointments. We encourage parents to keep their children on their well-child exam schedules, including appropriate vaccinations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s provider’s office.

Urgent Care Changes

In the spirit of patient and employee safety, MercyOne Medical Group-Central Iowa is temporarily consolidating their urgent care clinics and establishing a clinic specifically for patients with fever and upper respiratory infection (FURI) symptoms. They understand these temporary changes will impact patients and communities. It is important to take these steps now to better serve you and all patients in a safe manner, as well as to consolidate necessary resources and to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE).

Fever and Upper Respiratory Infection (FURI) Clinic   

  • MercyOne East Village
    1350 Des Moines St., Des Moines
    515-643-0833
    Mon-Fri | 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Sat-Sun | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Serving ALL ages: Staffed by family medicine and pediatric providers

Urgent Care Clinics Change in Hours
•  MercyOne Clive Urgent Care Clinic
601 NW 114th St., Ste. 255, Clive
515-222-7000
Mon-Fri | 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat-Sun | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

•  MercyOne Pleasant Hill Urgent Care Clinic
5900 E University Ave., Ste. 100, Pleasant Hill
515-643-2400
Mon-Fri | 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat-Sun | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

MercyOne Urgent Care Clinics Temporarily CLOSED include:
•  Indianola Urgent Care Clinic | 307 E Scenic Valley Ave., Indianola
•  Ankeny Urgent Care Clinic | 800 E 1st St., Suite 1700, Ankeny
•  South Des Moines Urgent Care Clinic | 6601 SW 9th St., Des Moines
•  East Village Urgent Care Clinic | 1350 Des Moines St., Des Moines
•  MercyOne Des Moines Pediatric Urgent Care | 330 Laurel St., Ste. 2100, Des Moines

All non-FURI related symptomatic patients should seek care at the OPEN MercyOne Urgent Care Clinics located in Pleasant Hill and Clive.

It is important to call your provider’s office to schedule your office visit and/or virtual visit. If you do not have a primary care provider or would like to speak to one of our healthcare professionals about clinic options, please call MercyOne Des Moines ACCESS 2HEALTH at 515-243-2584.

Connect with MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center

Website: MercyOne.org/desmoines

Twitter: @MercyOneDSM

Facebook: @mercyonedesmoines

Instagram: @mercyonedesmoines

Pinterest: @MercyOneDesMoines

The post is part of a series of sponsored posts by MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center

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