IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR EMPLOYERS 

We continue to provide the services you need with your employees’ safety as our highest priority.


RETURN TO WORK STRATEGY

We are able to evaluate all of your employees for COVID-19 to determine if they can safely RETURN TO WORK in a prompt manner.

We are now offering two RETURN TO WORK processes:

  1. For those who have not had a previous positive COVID-19 test, we will perform an examination and COVID-19 test.
  2. For those who have previously tested positive for COVID-19, we will give an examination by history of symptoms. Following this plan, a patient who tested positive for COVID-19 can return to work once examined if they exhibit both of the following:
    • At least 24 hours with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

This method follows the CDC symptom-based strategy for return to work. We do not recommend retesting those who have previously tested positive because they can continue to test positive for up to 6 weeks, even though they are no longer contagious. A second test may simply identify dead virus particles that are still present. A test-based strategy for return to work may needlessly keep people from working that are no longer infected with COVID-19 and are unable to transmit it to others. Our symptom-based return to work strategy has proven to be safe and effective.

THE RETURN TO WORK TESTING WILL REQUIRE A SPECIAL AUTHORIZATION FORM
Return to work status will be provided to the patient and sent to the employer.  Please contact our Corporate Services department at 815-654-2300 or your Account Representative to establish this process for you

ANTIBODY TESTING:
Antibody testing will be very important in the fight against COVID-19, because it may be able to tell us who is protected against future infections and can go back to work or resume normal activities. The FDA has relaxed the usual assessment criteria for these tests to get them to market quickly, and there is evidence many of them will underperform or have serious limitations. We are currently working with several different companies to find the best test that meets our standards for accuracy and also fits our point of care model to have actionable results for our patients and our clients.

As always, please contact the Corporate Services Department (815-654-2300) or your Account Representative for more information. We will continue to update you as the situation changes.


PATIENT ENTRANCE SCREENING PROCEDURE FOR PRE EMP/POST OFFER, DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING, DOT SERVICES, AND OTHER TESTING

All candidates (patients) will be screened before entering the clinic to see if they are symptomatic or have had exposure to a positive COVID-19 case within the last two weeks. If they respond affirmatively to any of the screening questions, they will be allowed to enter the clinic but will be examined in our high-risk exam room.

FOR WORKERS’ COMP TREATMENT
(if symptoms or questionnaire answers raise concerns for COVID-19)

The patient can still have their WC visit treated at the clinic. Information about their COVID-19 concerns will be included in the Work Status report. They will be required to wait in their car until they are ready to be seen (unless an urgent situation).

 


PULMONARY FUNCTION TESTING

Physicians Immediate Care has been working hard to ensure all our services are delivered with a high standard of safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. With new protocols and equipment to fight the spread of respiratory illnesses, we are ready to welcome you back to our clinics for Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT), Silica and Asbestos clearance testing, and Annual Fire Fighter exams.

Special procedure rooms have been prepared at all locations to safely accommodate these tests. Our rooms are equipped with advanced COVID-19 prevention measures unequaled by any other occupational health center in the area. In addition to our standard prevention measures, our rooms are equipped with specialized HVAC for increased airflow, are sterilized using UVC light, and are equipped with AIr Purification Technology which lowers the level of contaminants in the air, through a process known as bipolar ionization and UVC air sterilization. This unique approach significantly improves our clinic air quality.

Please note that our Six Corners is still unable to accommodate respiratory tests at this time; therefore, Respirator Clearance exams, Silica & Asbestos exams, and Fire Fighter exams are not available at this location. For these services, we would be happy to welcome you to our other clinic locations.

An appointment is required for Silica and Asbestos clearance testing and Annual Fire Fighter exams. Contact Corporate Services at 815-654-2300, ext 0 to schedule.