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Practice Information

After Hours Care

Prescriptions and Preauthorizations

Insurance and Claim Forms

Hospital Admissions

Your Infectious Disease Specialist

Travelers Medicine

Services for Travelers

Protection Help

Travelers with Medical Concerns

Appointment Information


After Hours Care

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911, go to the Emergency Trauma Center at Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health or proceed to the nearest emergency department.

One of our doctors is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for medical issues that cannot wait until the office reopens.  Please call our main number, and the answering service will contact the doctor on call.

Prescriptions and Preauthorizations

By telephone:

For prescription refills, please provide:

  • patient name
  • date of birth
  • medication name and dosage
  • pharmacy contact information (name, phone, fax)

For preauthorizations, please provide:

  • patient name
  • date of birth
  • specialist name, test or service

Please allow (24) business hours for the prescription or referral request to be processed.

Insurance and Claim Forms

We participate with most insurance plans and will submit claim forms on your behalf. For your protection, and to assure accurate billing, please bring your insurance card and identification with you to each visit. Please notify us promptly of any changes in your name, insurance coverage or contact information.

Our staff will discuss co-pays and other payment responsibilities with you. 

Co-pays and payments for office visits are expected at the time of service. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards.

If you have a managed care plan, referrals are required to see specialists and for certain diagnostic test and procedures.

Please feel free to discuss any insurance questions with our staff. 

Hospital Admissions

Our practice is proud to be affiliated with Abington Hospital (AH) and its highly qualified medical staff.  We have great confidence in all the specialists, ancillary services and inpatient care at AH.  Should patients need hospitalization, our physicians will care for you and will work with other specialists and other clinicians. As a teaching facility, AH is committed to training the next generation of physicians and residents who may be involved in your care.

When you are discharged, you will receive detailed discharge instructions and your physician will get a report summarizing the care you received. To ensure appropriate follow-up, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule an appointment to update your medication list and answer any questions you may have regarding your hospitalization.

Your Infectious Disease Specialist

The diagnosis and treatment of illnesses caused by bacteria, viruses and other organisms are the specialties of infectious disease physicians.  Among the problems handled are: influenza, hepatitis, mononucleosis, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), lyme disease, pneumonia, endocarditis, tropical diseases and skin and bone infections.

Travelers Medicine

Protecting Travelers from Illness Abroad

When making your “to-do” list for your next trip abroad, be sure to include a visit to our Travelers Medicine. Dangerous infectious diseases that we hear little about in the United States are more likely to be encountered in many other locales.

What’s more, staying in luxury hotels, visiting popular tourist destinations, or traveling on deluxe cruise ships does little to reduce your risks of contracting illnesses while on personal or business travel abroad.

Services for Travelers

The board-certified infectious disease physicians at the Travelers Medicine understand who is at risk and monitor disease outbreaks worldwide, in order to help all travelers stay healthy. Those using the Travelers Medicine services include:

  • Vacationers,
  • Business travelers,
  • Peace Corps and emergency aid volunteers,
  • Missionaries who travel regularly,
  • Naturalized citizens visiting their homelands, and others.

The Travelers Medicine receives data on where specific risks and epidemics are occurring – gathered from government agencies, a travel medicine subscription service and infectious disease professional literature.

Protection Help

Every Travelers Medicine patient sees an infectious disease physician. Based upon continuously updated information and the planned itinerary, every traveler receives:

  • recommended vaccinations,
  • preventive medications,
  • activity cautions,
  • review of chronic conditions and medications being taken,
  • needed prescriptions,
  • advice on food and water safety, preventing mosquito and other insect bites, and how to minimize infections while traveling.

Travelers receive protection for a wide range of diseases, depending upon where they are travelling, including:

Yellow fever: Now active in South America and Africa. Yellow fever vaccine, required for travel to certain mosquito-prone areas, is available only at authorized centers (Abington’s Travelers Medicine is one) which issue proof of vaccination. As a designated center, we also receive notices about worldwide yellow fever outbreaks.

Malaria: Found in Mexico, Central and South America, Africa, India and Southeast Asia. Oral medication can protect, but strains of malaria in certain areas have become drug-resistant. Our expertise and updated resources help us prescribe the right medication for each area.

Hepatitis A: Although less common in the U.S. and Canada, hepatitis A is a greater risk worldwide, especially in Mexico, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Central and South America. Even Greenland is affected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers hepatitis A “one of the most common vaccine-preventable infections acquired during travel.” We provide recommended immunization.

Travelers’ diarrhea: Afflicting as many as 50 percent of those traveling abroad, this debilitating infection, transmitted through food, water and ice, may be spread by food handlers. Travelers Medicine patients receive prescriptions for the correct antibiotic for the area they’ll be visiting (some bacteria have become resistant) and are advised to take the medicine along as it may be unavailable locally when they need it.

Travelers with Medical Concerns

Infectious diseases can be especially harmful to travelers with special medical needs, such as those with chronic conditions such as heart disease or compromised immune systems due to cancer, diabetes, HIV or liver ailments. Review by a Travelers Medicine doctor can determine risk and prevention strategies.

Pregnant women need protection from influenza and malaria. The CDC recommends they receive influenza vaccinations, but many pregnant women go unprotected because they don’t realize that flu is active at different times around the world. Similarly, although the CDC advises pregnant women to stay out of malaria areas, women may continue with their plans anyway. Travelers Medicine physicians can advise women which malaria medications are safe to take during pregnancy.

Appointment Information

Travelers are advised to schedule a visit one month before their trips, to receive all necessary immunizations and review their medical records. Along with the vaccination fee, an office fee may apply. Vaccinations offered are generally not covered by insurance.

For an appointment at Abington’s Travelers Medicine, please call 215-481-6350.

Abington Health Physicians