COVID19 Coronavirus Update

March 17, 2020

To help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and to protect the safety of our patients and staff, Central Colorado Dermatology, P.C. is taking the following measures:

  1.  Remaining OPEN and available for Urgent In-Office Care:

Our doctors are evaluating all scheduled appointments to identify patients with urgent dermatologic needs, who need to be seen in our office.  Our office staff will contact you to schedule an appointment with you if this applies to your needs. If you believe you have an urgent dermatologic need that requires a face-to-face visit, please call our office.

All non-urgent surgeries and procedures, routine skin checks and elective cosmetic treatments will be postponed through (MARCH 30, 2020).  We will continue to reassess this constantly changing situation. We are available to address your specific situation and any concerns you may have.  Please call our office at 719-539-4600.

  1. Telehealth:

Telehealth will enable our board-certified doctors to remotely evaluate patients to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to provide care to at-risk patient populations. This option is available to patients with certain conditions, such as Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Hair loss, lesions of concern, Psoriasis, Rash and Rosacea.  Telehealth visits will be billed to your insurance as an office visit. Colorado law now requires insurance plans to cover telehealth visit, as they would an “in-office” visit, including usual co pays and deductible requirements, which you will be billed for. 

If you are already scheduled for a visit, our office will contact you to discuss the options your options if you are eligible for a telehealth visit.  

 

PLEASE BE ADVISED OF THE FOLLOWING MEASURES WE ARE TAKING IN OUR CLINIC TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR PATIENTS AND STAFF:

  1. Screening:

We have posted notices outside our clinic to notify anyone prior to entering to STOP and do not enter if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.  They are instructed to call our office to reschedule their appointment. We are also screening anyone scheduled to come to our clinic prior to their appointment by calling them to verify that they do not affirmatively answer any of the following questions:

  • Do you or anyone in your family have a fever?
  • Do you or anyone in your household have a respiratory infection, cough, or shortness of breath?
  • Have you or anyone in your household had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
  • Have you or anyone in your immediate family traveled to a high-impact area? (including Gunnison, Eagle, Pitkin or Summit Counties or any international travel)

 

  1. Social Distancing:

We are limiting the number of patients scheduled each day in our office to limit contact  between patients. We will continue to assess this as events continue to unfold. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding if we need to adjust your appointment. 

We are asking all patients to check-in with your insurance cards, photo ID and required co pay if applicable, then to return to your vehicle to complete any necessary paperwork, or to wait for exam room availability, which will limit the number of people you will contact in your visit at our clinic.

 

  1. Disinfecting:

We have increased the cleaning and disinfecting standards throughout our clinic to surpass the OSHA requirements and fully comply with the CDC recommendations regarding disinfecting specifically for COVIR-19.

 

 

We care deeply about your health and safety during the COVID19 coronavirus outbreak and are taking extra precautions so that our patients remain safe and healthy during their clinic visits. If you or a household member is experiencing a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms, or you may have had exposure to someone who has COVID-19, please inform our office to be re-scheduled for your appointment. 

Since this is a new virus, very little is known about its effects in certain populations. We do know that the risk of serious infection and death goes up with increasing age. We urge all of our patients over 60, and especially those over 80, to avoid contact with groups or gatherings of people. If you have a routine appointment scheduled with us, and prefer to re-schedule your appointment for a later time, please contact our clinic and we would be happy to do this for you. 

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for 20 seconds (the backs of your hands, between fingers, under nails). Soap is better than hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your face. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with your flexed elbow or tissue, and discard tissues immediately. Keep surfaces clean and disinfected (e.g. pens, computer keyboards). 

If you are on a medication that affects your immune system, such as a biologic (Cimzia, Cosentyx, Humira, Enbrel, Ilumya, Remicade, Rituxan, Siilq, Simponi, Skyrizi, Stelara, Taltz, Tremfya) or immune suppressant (prednisone, Cellcept [mycophenolate mofetil], Imuran [azathioprine], methotrexate, Xeljanz, cyclosporine), we recommend that you take extra precautions regardless of age. There are unfortunately no clear guidelines from the CDC or the health department, nor are there good studies in the literature for us to use as a basis for recommendations. 

While you can consider reducing or holding doses, some biologic medications will not work as well when re-started, and some of you have diseases that are too severe to hold the medication. For those of us who must maintain immunosuppression, please avoid all social gatherings, even small ones, and public spaces. If possible, work from home and have others shop for you. Follow hygiene guidelines as discussed above. We are happy to speak with you if you have have questions or wish to make modifications to your treatment. We are monitoring the virus at all times, and hope to share further information with you once available.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.  We wish you and your loved ones peace and good health.