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Fighting the Fall Flu Bugs with Providence Express Care at Home



I have found this year to be one of the hardest as a mom. I have three children in three different schools with three different after school activities. Since school started in September, I have been living in my car, spending all day driving my kids around town. If I’m not shuffling the kids from activity to activity, I am stopping at various coffee shops to try and get my work done.

Winter coming soon means the start of colds and flus. Normally, I would be fearful of my kids coming down with a cold or flu this year because I just don’t have a free moment in my schedule to take them to a doctor’s appointment to get a prescription. Over the summer, I learned about a great online tool for parents called Providence Express Care Virtual. I have used the service many times since learning about it, from getting a prescription for pink eye to getting a prescription for a sinus infection. Sometimes you need more than connecting with a practitioner virtually.

The organization now offers a new service called Providence Express Care at Home where parents can schedule to have a licensed and board-certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner come to your home. The practitioner can help with a diagnosis, treatment and written prescriptions right from the comfort of your home.

How do you use Providence Express Care at Home?
First download the app from the Apple App Store or from Android Google Play or call (844) 414-9000. (I recommend downloading the app before your kids get sick so that you’re already set-up before needing to utilize the service).

Second you’ll need to register for an account. You’ll be asked for your personal information, and then you’ll receive a call from a provider who will ask some questions about your health and symptoms.

Then they will schedule a licensed and board-certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner to come to you. They offer same-day service with a goal of arriving within 90 minutes, traffic permitting. A typical visit takes 30 minutes.

How much does it cost?
Most insurance plans are covering the visits, so your cost will be your co-pay just like when you go to a clinic. Self-pay is $199. The price includes a physical exam and diagnosis. Prescriptions and lab tests, if needed, are priced separately. Insurance plans accepted include Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Blue Shield, Cigna and United Healthcare.*

What is included?
The visit will include a physical exam and diagnosis. (Prescriptions and lab tests are priced separately)

If you have a child who is sick, and you don’t want to expose them to more bugs at the doctor’s office, Providence Express Are at Home is a great alternative. Plus, many sick children don’t want to get out of their beds to wait in a waiting room to see a doctor. With Express at Home, children can get treatment while feeling comfortable at home.

Providence Express Care at Home is available seven days a week from 8am to 8pm. Call or register for an appointment online.

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