Coronavirus Advisory

ATTENTION – CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE AS OF 6/1/20

Dear Valued Patient,

We hope this message finds you well and healthy. Please note effective 04/06/20, our modified office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00-4:30pm. All in-office appointments, please check in on the first floor (Suite 111) unless instructed otherwise.

We have a limited amount of testing available for COVID-19. If you are concerned for possible COVID-19, please schedule a virtual visit ASAP so we can assess if testing is warranted.

We are continuing to converting in-office visits into virtual visits until further notice. If you have any questions or concerns about upcoming visits, please call our office or send us a portal message. Your provider is in the best position to determine whether an in-person doctor’s office visit is essential at this time. 

Rockville Office: 301-762-5020, press 2. 

Olney Office: 301-933-5050, press 0.

Virtual visits are appropriate for a variety of care needs, including urgent or acute issues, routine follow-up visits, chronic care disease management, medication management, reviewing test or lab results, and lifestyle coaching. Virtual visits are also appropriate for Medicare Annual Wellness Visits and Routine Physical Examinations (with insurance providers Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and United only). During your virtual physical we review lab results, ensure you are up to date on screening procedures, review family history, discuss healthy lifestyle and any symptoms or concerns you may be having. If deemed necessary for an in person evaluation after a virtual physical, we will do so. 

All RIMG providers and specialists have the ability to see you virtually! 

If it is deemed necessary to come into our office, we ask that you come alone, bring your own pen and wear a mask if possible. We regard it our duty and privilege to be available when you need us, especially in a situation like this. We are here for you!

For a virtual visit, you will need to download the myPrivia App on your mobile device OR if using a desktop, you will need Google Chrome, speakers, a camera, a microphone and a strong connection speed.

Download on the App Store - Telehealth Provider App Get it on Google Play - Patient Portal App
  1. Once you call our office to schedule a virtual visit you will receive an email with a link to “Start my Virtual Visit.”
  2. If applicable, you will add your insurance information and submit payment.
  3. Once the provider joins the virtual waiting room, click the blue button “Join Virtual Visit.”
  4. For a Virtual Visit tutorial click here.
We will continue to update this web page accordingly. Thank you for your understanding and helping to keep our patients and community as safe as possible.

COVID-19 Related RIMG Webinars!

We are very excited to offer a series of webinars on a variety of topics throughout the next several weeks led by our RIMG providers! Please see our upcoming and archived webinars below. For questions or comments about our webinars, please contact rimg-webinar@priviamedicalgroup.com. Medical questions should be sent directly to your provider via your personal patient portal as this email is not being continuously monitored. Thank you!


Upcoming Webinars Week of 6/1/2020

We hope that you will continue to join our lecture series during this time of isolation and quarantine. We enjoy staying engaged with our patients and reminding you that we are in this together! If you have missed a past webinar, lecture slides are posted on www.rimgmd.com and we now have a youtube channel with our past webinars! RIMG remains open for virtual visits and we are here for you. We hope you will tune-in and join us in the conversations. 

RIMG WEBINAR SERIES 5/25-5/29

We have had wonderful feedback on our webinar series and we hope that you will continue to join us during this time of isolation and quarantine. We enjoy staying engaged with our patients and reminding you that we are in this together! If you have missed a past webinar, lecture slides and links to webinar recordings are posted on www.rimgmd.com under “COVID-19 Related RIMG Webinars.” RIMG remains open for virtual visits and we are here for you. We hope you will tune-in and join us in the conversations. Also, if you have suggestions for future webinars or comments, please send to rimg-webinar@priviamedicalgroup.com.

1. Tell Me About Your Childhood

Date: Monday, June 1

Time: Noon – 1:00PM

Description: Even small childhood traumas can have big health outcomes in adults. Recent research into Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as divorce, living with a parent with mental health problems or substance abuse issues, and neglect affect health outcomes in a dose dependent response. This is a fascinating and underappreciated correlation that medical professionals work daily with patients to mitigate. This discussion will be an overview of this topic. 

Presented By: Eleanor Tanno, M.D. – Family Medicine 

https://priviahealth.webex.com/priviahealth/onstage/g.php?MTID=e69fdbb8f9868c9035a761ac490178b13

Password: privia

Audio conference: +1-415-655-0003

Access code: 161 116 7106

2. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Date: Wednesday, June 3

Time: Noon – 1:00PM

Description: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects up to 15% of Americans, many of whom are undiagnosed. This condition is characterized by chronic constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and general abdominal discomfort. IBS is intensified in times of stress, such as during this pandemic. Gastroenterologist Dr. Belen Tesfaye will provide an overview of the disorder, including common treatments. 

Presented By: Belen Tesfaye, M.D. – Gastroenterologist 

Moderated By: Eleanor Tanno, M.D. – Family Medicine 

Link: https://priviahealth.webex.com/priviahealth/onstage/g.php?MTID=efe0100fb34c8505cddd283015778a930

Password: privia

Audio conference: +1-415-655-0003

Access code: 161 086 2741

 

Sincerely, 

Rockville Internal Medicine Group


Archived Webinars

Click the links to access archived webinars and/or slides below. More to come! 

Information & Resources to Navigate through COVID-19 Pandemic

Information on transmission, current cases, and signs/symptoms: 

Are you or a friend or family member older than 65? Register for Maryland’s FREE senior daily phone call check in program during the current COVID-19 crisis to ensure you or your loved ones remain safe during this difficult time. https://aging.maryland.gov/Pages/senior-call-check.aspx

Local stores offer early shopping hours for >60 and at risk individuals: If you are older than 60 years of age or considered an at risk individual, many local stores have early shopping hours for you to protect your safety. See list here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/Resources/Files/COVID19GroceryStores.pdf

Need a mask? Tutorial by CDC on how to make your own face mask to help protect yourself and slow the spread of COVID-19.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Montgomery County Public Library has free virtual classes: exercise and others (non-exercise related), available through the following link. http://mcpl.libnet.info/

Comprehensive “SANITY SAVER” LIST: Includes free workout apps, virtual experiences, mental health care, top rated TV shows/ movies, resources for kids, and more! PDF

 

We Welcome Our New Providers!

RIMG is pleased to welcome the arrival of new providers to our team!

Linda Nguyen, MD joined our Endocrinology team in August 2019.
Pasindu Samarasinghe, MD joined our Internal Medicine team in August 2019.
Kharia Holmes, MD joined our Internal Medicine team in February 2020.                                        Christina Council, MD will join our Internal Medicine team in March 2020.

Please call 301-762-5020 opt. 2 to schedule an appointment today!