IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR EMPLOYERS 

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


TEMPORARY CHANGES TO CLINIC HOURS

Please view individual clinic pages for up-to-date hours.


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 is per the CDC guidelines for Symptomatology 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 is simply identifying dead virus particles that are still present. This method needlessly keeps people from working that are no longer infected with COVID-19 and are unable to transmit it to others.

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

All candidates (patients) will be screened before entering the clinic to see if they are symptomatic, traveled to a hot spot within the last two weeks, or have had exposure to a positive COVID-19 case within the last two weeks.

If your applicant/employee (for any type of visit) has no symptoms and answers to the questionnaire raise no concerns for COVID-19, their Occupational Medicine visit will continue as usual.

If your applicant/employee has symptoms (including fever) or answers to the questionnaire raise concerns for COVID-19, their visit will be treated as below:

FOR PRE EMP/POST OFFER, DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING, DOT SERVICES, AND OTHER TESTING
(if symptoms or questionnaire answers raise concerns for COVID-19)

Candidates cannot proceed with EPS testing. The patient will be provided documentation to return to you, stating the visit was discontinued for your records. They will be instructed to return when they have quarantined for 10 days since the onset of symptoms and symptom-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications.

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. They will be required to wait outside until ready to be seen (unless an urgent situation). We are able to perform X-rays, sutures, etc. Drug & Alcohol testing cannot be performed for High-Risk Patients.

FITNESS FOR DUTY EXAMS
(if symptoms or questionnaire answers raise concerns for COVID-19)

The patient cannot be cleared for work because we are not yet able to test for COVID-19.

 


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. Patients must screen negative for COVID symptoms or exposure before these types of respiratory exams.

Special procedure rooms have been prepared at 42 of our 45 clinics 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 HEPA air filters that remove 99.9% of respiratory virus particles from the air.

Please note that two of our Illinois Clinics – West Loop and Six Corners – are still unable to accommodate respiratory tests at this time; therefore, Respirator Clearance exams, Silica & Asbestos exams, and Fire Fighter exams are not available at these two locations. 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.