Your Appointment at 9th Street Internal Medicine

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. We must register you and record any changes in your health insurance, prescription drug coverage, and contact information. If you cannot come to a scheduled appointment, please inform us at least 24 hours in advance so we can offer this time to another patient. We will charge a no-show cancellation fee if you fail to cancel and do not show up for a scheduled appointment.

Urgent and Next Day Appointments

If you have an urgent problem, call us at (215) 440-8681. We can see you for a same day and next day appointment. These are available with shorter wait time and lower costs than the emergency room. Early evening appointments are also available 2 days per week. Learn more about our urgent care services.

Walk-in Hours

We also have limited walk-in hours available. See attached for details.   Announcement

New and Current Patients Physicals

Please print these forms and complete them prior to your appointment. We need this information in order to care for you. If you are anticipating blood testing you may want to fast prior to your visit.

Lab and Testing Results

We will inform you of all lab and other test results that your NSIM provider orders within 7-10 days. You will be informed about both normal and abnormal results.

DO NOT ASSUME THAT EVERYTHING IS NORMAL IF YOU DO NOT HEAR FROM US.

Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, sometimes we do not receive reports on testing that we have ordered. No news means we have not received results. If you have not heard about your test results after 10-14 days, call our office with the name of the test and the telephone number and facility name where it was performed so that we can retrieve the results.

Billing and Insurance

All office visit copays are required at time of service. We accept cash, checks and most major credit cards. We participate with most insurance plans. We are not currently accepting new patients with Medical Assistance Plans. It is your responsibility to understand whether your insurance has limits on the doctors you can see, or the services you can receive.

If you provide complete and accurate information about your insurance, we will submit claims to your insurance carrier and receive payments directly from them for services. Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance, other deductible amounts, or payments for services not covered under your plan. You will be notified in advance if services provided may not be covered.

COVID-19 Update

As your primary care providers, we at Ninth Street Internal Medicine and MDVIP would like to encourage everyone to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them. We believe in both the safety and efficacy of this vaccine. If you would like to learn more about how mRNA vaccines work, we encourage you to visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html to learn more. Anyone who still has questions or reservations about getting the vaccine should schedule a phone appointment to discuss with your doctor. This vaccine is the best way for all of us to end this pandemic and get back to normal life!

We encourage everyone who is interested in receiving the vaccine to register with their local health department.

The vaccine is being offered in phases in an effort to get as many high-risk individuals vaccinated as quickly as possible. Please be patient as we go through these phases and understand there will be some variability based on your county of residence, and some of these phases will overlap. Currently we are in Phase 1a (healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities). Some areas are now starting Phase 1b (frontline essential workers, people over age 65, and younger adults with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, heart disease, COPD, and others). There will be continued updates as vaccine is offered to additional groups, and checking your local health department website is the best way to know when it will be your turn.

We have applied through the Philadelphia Health Department to be a vaccine distributor, but we have not received any vaccine yet. We will send updates via email and the NSIM website if we are approved to distribute vaccine in the future. If you are offered the vaccine through your employer or pharmacy or local health department, you should get the vaccine that way. We will do our best to keep everyone updated as more information becomes available.

You can learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and distribution here:

https://www.pennmedicine.org/coronavirus/vaccine
https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Vaccine.aspx

Sincerely,
Ninth Street Internal Medicine and MDVIP

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Call us at (215) 440-8681