Additional Appointments Available for Covid Vaccines for 6 Months Through 5 Years

Dear Patients,

Coleman Pediatrics has received Moderna’s COVID vaccines for patients ages 6 months through 5 years 364 days old. We will be offering appointments for COVID vaccine clinics for this age group on:

First Dose:                                                                   Second Dose:

Thursday June 30th starting at 5pm                         Thursday July 28th starting at 5pm

Thursday July 7th starting at 5pm                            Thursday August 4th starting at 5pm

Saturday July 9th starting at 9am                             Saturday August 6th starting at 9am

Additional clinics will also be made available as these dates fill. Patients will be required to make appointments for both first and second doses when scheduling and must be available to receive the vaccine on both dates exactly 4 weeks apart. Clinics will be held in our office, Suite 310, on the 3rd floor, unlike previous vaccine clinics. Parent/Legal Guardian must accompany patient to the appointment. Patient must bring their COVID vaccination card to the second dose appointment to receive the vaccine.

Please be considerate of our staff as well as other patients and do not schedule a COVID vaccine appointment at our office if you have already scheduled or received a COVID vaccine with another provider. Please call the office at (301)468-9225 to schedule.

The state has provided our office with an ample supply of this vaccine. We strongly recommend that all eligible patients get vaccinated against COVID as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Drs. Coleman, Thillairajah, & Greenberg

Covid Vaccines Available For Patients 6 Months Through 5 Years Old

Coleman Pediatrics has received a limited shipment of Moderna’s COVID vaccines for patients ages 6 months through 5 yrs 364 days old. We will be offering appointments for the first dose COVID vaccine clinics for this age group on Thursday June 23, 2022 starting at 5pm and Saturday June 25, 2022 starting at 9AM. The second dose COVID vaccine clinics will be held on Thursday July 21, 2022 starting at 5pm and Saturday July 23, 2022 starting at 9AM. Additional clinics will be made available as vaccine shipments arrive. Patients will be required to make appointments for both first and second doses when scheduling and must be available to receive the vaccine on both dates exactly 4 weeks apart. Clinics will be held in our office, Suite 310, on the 3rd floor, unlike previous vaccine clinics. Parent/Legal Guardian must accompany patient to the appointment. Patient must bring their COVID vaccination card to the second dose appointment to receive the vaccine.

Please be considerate of our staff as well as other patients and do not schedule a COVID vaccine appointment at our office if you have already scheduled or received a COVID vaccine with another provider. Please call the office at (301)468-9225 to schedule.

We strongly recommend that all eligible patients get vaccinated against COVID as soon as possible, even if that means scheduling this vaccination through other available COVID vaccination sites. https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine#locator

Sincerely,

Drs. Coleman, Thillairajah, & Greenberg

Coleman Pediatrics Mask Policy 2-28-22

Please be aware that Coleman Pediatrics, as well as the office building in which we are located, still require that everyone over 2 years of age must continue to wear a KN95 or surgical mask while inside the building. We appreciate your cooperation with this policy.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Ages 5-11 yrs

Dear Patients,

Coleman Pediatrics has received a very limited shipment of Pfizer’s COVID vaccines for patients ages 5 through 11 years old. We will be offering appointments for first dose COVID vaccine clinics for this age group on November 13, 2021 AM and November 16, 2021 PM. The second dose COVID vaccine clinics will be held on December 4, 2021 AM and December 7, 2021 PM. Patients will be required to make appointments for both first and second doses when scheduling and must be available to receive the vaccine on both dates exactly 21 days apart. Clinics will be held in the basement level of our building in the same space where flu clinics were held. Parent/Legal Guardian must accompany patient to the appointment.

Please be considerate of our staff as well as other patients and do not schedule a COVID vaccine appointment at our office if you have already scheduled or received a COVID vaccine with another provider. We are currently unable to provide second doses for patients who received first doses with another provider. Due to limited availability, we will be scheduling only 150 patients for COVID vaccine appointments at this time.

We strongly recommend that all eligible patients get vaccinated against COVID as soon as possible, even if that means scheduling this vaccination through other available COVID vaccination sites.

https://montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/children.html

Sincerely,
Drs. Coleman, Thillairajah, & Greenberg

COVID Vaccines for children 5-11 years old

We are aware of the recent decisions by the FDA/CDC for release of COVID vaccines for children 5-11 years old. Once there is official approval for this age group, we will notify our patients. We do intend to have and administer vaccines in a very similar manner as the flu vaccines. Currently, there is no authorized use of booster vaccines for Pfizer in the pediatric population. Should this change, you will be notified.

Drs. Coleman, Thillairajah and Greenberg

Important Updates Regarding Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccine information:

Coleman Pediatrics now has flu shots available for the 2021-2022 season. You may call the
office at (301)468-9225 to schedule an appointment. Please note that “Flu Clinic” appointments
are available for patients that ONLY need a flu vaccine. We will not be able to address any other
concerns during Flu Clinics. If you have other concerns to address, or have previously
experienced – fainting, extreme anxiety, or any other adverse reaction to vaccines, please notify
our staff so that you are scheduled during the regular office schedule.

Flu vaccines are strongly recommended for everyone over six months of age. Children under
eight years old that have not received the flu vaccine previously will require two doses given one
month apart. We will NOT be offering Flu Mist this season.

Flu Clinics will be held in a separate suite located in the basement level at the rear entrance of
our building (first door on the right). For the safety of our patients and staff we ask that you
notify us prior to your appointment if anyone is not feeling well, has had symptoms of illness
within the last ten days, or if any member of the household has had symptoms of illness within
the last ten days, so that we can reschedule the appointment. Face coverings are required for
anyone entering the building over two years of age. We appreciate your cooperation as we work
hard to make sure that all our patients can receive this year’s flu vaccine in the most safe and
efficient manner possible.

Drs. Coleman, Thillairajah, & Greenberg

What will the coming school year look like?

Article published by Contemporary Pediatrics:

What will the coming school year look like?

Lois Levine

A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health, discusses strategies for a live return to classroom learning.

Editor’s note: As we were going to press with this issue, the American Academy of Pediatrics had just released its COVID-19 guidance for schools, which recommended, among other things, universal masking in school for everyone aged 2 years and older.

Sara Bode is associate director of the Community Pediatrics Training Initiative at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); deputy editor of Pediatric Care online, incoming chair of the AAP Council on School Health; and author of the AAP’s current interim school guidance, which was being finalized as we went to press. Bode spoke with Contemporary Pediatrics® about what the 2021-2022 school year will look like as some (but not all) restrictions become more relaxed around COVID-19 protocols.

What do you consider the biggest challenges right now as children prepare to return to school this fall?

Bode: First, just as a background statement, the Council on School Health and the AAP have always had a strong statement about the goal being to get kids back to in-person learning. We knew that remote learning was not going to be ideal for both academic learning and social and emotional health, and that is still our North Star. It remains our focus: to continue to help schools work through what they need to do for every student and do it safely.

I think the biggest challenges different communities across the country are facing is changing their mandates around mitigation measures in public around masking and distancing. It is thinking about what that means for students back in the school environment, because they’re a unique group, especially for kids less than 12 years, who, right now, aren’t eligible for vaccines, as well as for older children who have special health care needs and can’t get vaccinated or may be at risk. How do we do all in-person learning safely?

How do we get schools back to all in-person learning but still maintain a safe environment?

Bode: One of the biggest things, which has already changed from last year, was physical distancing. As an example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations started with 6 ft of physical distancing between students, and our concern from the Council on School Health was: [Is] that really prohibitive? So many schools just were not able to maintain that, so we had already worked in our recommendations to maintain 3 ft to get kids back. The CDC amended their recommendations to 3 ft. From our perspective, we are going to continue to try to maintain that physical mitigation strategy of 3 ft to the greatest extent possible.

Now, that’s important because there are some schools that can’t even get back to all in-person learning with 3 ft distancing. So from a mitigation strategy, it means thinking about what other layers we can add in to help keep kids safe.

We have put schools in a really tough position because in some communities, outside of the school setting, all mandates have been lifted. For example, I’m from Ohio, where there now are no more masking mandates, and they’ve left it up to individual organizations to put those back into place. And I can tell you from just what I’ve seen over the summer that there aren’t very many locations putting that in place. What that means is families are not masking anywhere in public. But then, when their child starts back in school in the fall, we’re going to say, “You know what? Even though they’re not wearing a mask anywhere else, it’s really important for them to come to school and wear a mask.”

And that is so hard for school districts. I think we’re putting them in a tough position because they’re getting a lot of strong opinions on both sides from their community.

Any thoughts or guidance on school cafeterias regarding lunchtime?

Bode: When you take away some mitigation measures, then you have to make sure you’re maintaining others. Eating lunch is a high-risk activity because, vaccinated or not, everybody’s masks are off. Often children are sitting together at social times and lunchtime. I would say that if you have other times of the school day when it’s challenging to maintain that physical distance, you want to really look at your opportunities to make sure kids are distanced farther apart while they’re eating lunch. It’s use of creative spaces, whether that’s staying in the classrooms to eat or, if it’s not inclement weather, going outside, staggering lunchtimes, those kinds of things. Schools have done a great job of using barriers and other strategies to protect students during that mealtime, so that’s going to be important to look at that as a separate consideration.

It’s impossible to maintain distance during contact sports, such as soccer and football. What does that mean for school sports programs?

Bode: The practicality of those decisions is to maintain the mitigation measures to the greatest extent that they can. We are recommending, particularly for sports, that when they’re not doing the vigorous physical activity— for example, when they come off the field or are on the sideline, all standing in a group—it would be important for them to either socially distance or put on their masks. But when you’re outside and you’re running and actively playing a sport, you may not be able to wear a mask.

Again, this isn’t zero risk. It’s balancing the risks and benefits of each activity. It’s thinking about what are the highest-risk periods and putting those mitigation layers into place while still being allowed to have the sport and play.

Much has been written about children who have fallen behind because of remote access.

Bode: I think this is going to be our biggest ongoing issue and will take continuous vigilance over the next several years. It is not only academic loss; it is also social and emotional. As schools get back to full-time, in-person learning, there will be children that have been really cut off over the past year, from both a peer perspective and an academic perspective. We will really need to think about what support must be put into place for the academic year to help provide the resources for the different levels of groups that need to be identified, for reading skills, math skills, who needs that remediation work, etc—who is ready to move on to the next level. We need to continue to keep the spotlight on as schools need resources for that.

You simply may not be able to, with 1 teacher and 30 students, provide the level of support needed for each student based on their level of academic loss.

Do you think that will translate into bills being put before Congress?

Bode: Yes. This is going to take additional government resources. I think it’s going to take ongoing funding, and not just from the perspective of setting up safety protocols in the school and getting kids back to in-school learning. Once they are there, what support will be needed from a mental health perspective and other behavioral health support? This will really require boots-on-the-ground staff that can help with this and academic learning as well.

What is the best advice that you can give to pediatricians right now as they see children to ready them for the school year?

Bode: So many things! First of all, vaccination, if they’re eligible. If it’s a younger patient, less than 12 years old, there needs to be an open conversation with the family about that back to in-person learning. What does that mean for the rest of the family? Do other high-risk individuals live in the house and have they been vaccinated, so that they are providing that layer of support? Ask questions about what the child has done in the past year. Have they had any in-person learning, or was it all virtual? Not just did they participate, but how many days? What did their attendance look like with virtual learning? What do the parents think about where their child is at in terms of academic levels? Many of our students were on an individualized education plan previously that stopped during the pandemic. Discussion of this will be important. Pediatricians might also talk with the patient’s school personnel early, and work with the teachers to get them any services they need quickly, at the beginning of the school year.

It’s also working with families to talk about how stretched schools have been and supporting the schools in this matter. For pediatricians, that may mean reaching out to teachers more this year than they did in the past. This is all 1 team.

Coleman Pediatrics Updates 7-29-21

Dear Patients,

Coleman Pediatrics continues to make every effort to provide a safe environment for our
patients, families, and staff. To do so we continue to ask that you:

  • Please notify our staff if any member of your household has had any symptoms of illness in the last ten days.
  • Please notify our staff of any travel outside of Maryland, DC, and Virginia within the
    last two weeks.
  • Masks are required for anyone over age two to enter the building.
  • At this time only one parent/guardian will be permitted to accompany the patient into the office. Siblings should not be brought into the office unless other childcare is unavailable.

We strongly encourage all eligible patients and their family members to get COVID
vaccinations. Everyone age 12 years and older is currently eligible for the vaccine. More
information about the COVID vaccines and vaccination appointments can be found by visiting:

https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/vaccine/

Coleman Pediatrics
Drs. Coleman, Thillairajah, & Greenberg

Coleman Pediatrics Announcements 4/28/21

 

We would like to share some exciting news and updates from Coleman Pediatrics!

We are happy to announce that Dr. Coleman will resume in-office care as of June 2021.  If you need to schedule an in-office appointment please call (301)468-9225 as soon as possible, as our schedules will fill up quickly.

We will be offering some limited in person sick visits beginning now at specific times.  We still have plenty of availability for virtual sick visits, which can be scheduled on our website at https://www.coleman-pediatrics.com/patient-resources/virtual-visits . We offer limited COVID PCR testing at specific times with a 24 hour turn around.

Coleman Pediatrics is also pleased to announce that we have extended our lease for the next 10 years. In addition, we will be expanding to the space next door to accommodate sick patients.  This will enable us to keep part of the office for well kids only and the other for sick or injured.  We should have this completed no later than August of 2021 and hopefully much sooner.

 

​Thank you for your continued faith and confidence in Coleman Pediatrics,

Drs.  Coleman, Thillairajah, and Greenberg

TRANSCRIPT: GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ADDRESSES RECORD COVID-19 CASE GROWTH

17 NOVEMBER 2020

Montpelier, Vt. – At a press conference Tuesday, Governor Phil Scott and members of his Administration outlined the trends that informed new mitigation measures enacted last week.

A full transcript of the Governor’s remarks is embedded below. Click here to view the full press conference.

Transcript:

Governor Scott: As you’ve seen, our cases have continued to grow, and Commissioner Pieciak will present more on that in a few minutes. This growth has led to some big steps to slow the spread which we announced on Friday and are now in effect.

As I said last week, each of these steps are targeted to address the areas that our contact tracing data tells us are driving this spike. What was found is that it’s mostly adults from multiple households getting together with friends, inside and outside, and it usually involves alcohol and food with little, if any, mask wearing and distancing. After we urged against these activities and advised limiting them to one or two trusted families, these gatherings – like Halloween house parties and beers with friends after games – continued. And it’s led directly to our record growth.

So, as a result, in addition to requiring quarantine for all non-essential travel, we unfortunately had to ban multi-household gatherings. I know this is incredibly difficult and frustrating, especially with the holidays right around the corner, but it’s necessary and we need Vermonters’ help to get this back under control.

***

I’d like to take a minute to address some of what we’ve heard since we made this announcement, including questions and concerns from people who believe there is inconsistency in our approach, and from people who would prefer we shut down restaurants or schools, or close businesses like gyms and salons but not restrict private social gatherings.

So, let’s talk about consistency. The steps we took were based on data from the contact tracers because from the beginning, we have consistently used data and science to guide our decisions.

I understand it may seem counter-intuitive that restaurants remain open and yet you can’t have neighbors over for dinner. But the fact is, rom October 1 to the time of Friday’s announcement, 71% of outbreaks were linked to social events, parties and people hanging out at a home or at bars and clubs. We’re just not seeing these types of outbreaks linked back to people dining at restaurants or working out at gyms. This tells us the protocols at these businesses are, for the most part, working.

And while we have a number of cases that have shown up at schools, we have very few schools that have experienced transmission from one person to another, which means schools are not driving this either.

***

And this brings me to the next point: In the environment we’re in, we’ve got to prioritize “need” over “want.”

In my view, in-person education, protecting our healthcare system and keeping people working (as long as we can do it safely) are things we need. Parties and cookouts, hanging out with people just to socialize, may be fun, but these things are “wants” not “needs” and they put a lot of people at risk.

Put a different way, with pediatricians making it clear that in-person education is critical to the well-being of our children, I’m going to prioritize keeping kids in school. And, again, schools are not the root of the problem.

I know for many, getting together with family and friends over the last few months has been so important. But I’m hoping by laying out what’s at stake, it will motivate Vermonters to follow this guidance so we can get back together again soon, and safely.

***

I also want to speak to the skeptics again. Make no mistake, I understand that if you want to ignore the science or choose not to believe it for one reason or another, there’s not much we can do to stop you.

But I want to be clear: The number of people in hospitals is growing because some care more about what they want to do rather than what they need to do to help protect others, keep kids in school, keep people working and prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed to the point where care is being delivered in makeshift hospitals. It’s a fact that the consequences of an overwhelmed healthcare system will have a far greater impact on our economy and our well-being than all the prevention and mitigation measures in place across the country.

So, again, the skeptics are right. They can do what they want. But please don’t call it patriotic or pretend it’s about freedom. Because real patriots serve and sacrifice for all, whether they agree with them or not. Patriots also stand up and fight when our nation’s health and security is threatened, and right now, our country and way of life is being attacked by this virus, not the protections we put in place.

***

Look, I understand getting together with family, especially during the holidays, is important. And I understand how hard it is to be asked to keep making sacrifices. As I said last week, I haven’t seen my mom or my daughter in nearly a year. But right now, we’re in the middle of a pandemic and we’re seeing record growth.

And this growth is not because of tourists. It’s not because of restaurants. It’s not because of gyms. It’s not because of schools. It’s because adults continue to get together with other adults – multiple households, inside and outside – in situations, usually involving alcohol, where they stop taking precautions. And then they’re going to work, sending their kids to school, visiting another neighbor who works in a nursing home and spreading the virus at each stop. I don’t believe anyone is doing this on purpose, but it is what’s happening.

I hear the anger out there, the frustration, the anxiety and the sadness. And I get it. So, if you need to take it out on someone, send it my way – I can take it. But what I can’t take is seeing this continue to grow, because it’s putting our healthcare system, our economy and many lives at risk. So, you can question our methods but I’m asking you to please do your part to help.

And by Friday, we’ll be providing more clarity on social gatherings based on questions we’ve gotten to help folks understand what we need from them.

***

I also want Vermonters to know we’re stepping up at the state level as well because this is not all on your shoulders. As we announced last week, we’re continuing to expand our testing and tracing capacity which will help slow this further and hopefully without more restrictions.

Even though Vermont already does more testing per capita than any other state, our goal is to make testing more easily available. To start, we’re opening five testing centers this week in Burlington, Middlebury, Waterbury, Rutland and Brattleboro, which will operate seven days a week. By opening these centers, two-thirds of Vermonters will be within a 30-minute drive of a testing site, and we’ll continue to build on this.

Additionally, we’ve started offering testing for all teachers and school staff, with about 1,700 tested yesterday, and that will continue throughout the week. We’ve also brought on additional contact tracing staff, with 40 now working full time, and we’ll be adding approximately 20 Vermont National Guard members and 10 Department of Public Safety staff over the next two weeks.

***

Please remember, that even during these tough times, there is reason for optimism. We continue to see progress and good news about vaccines. As Dr. Fauci said recently, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

And we know we can change our trajectory when we all pull in the same direction because we’ve done it before, and we can do it again. Once we do, we’ll get back to where we were and safely roll back these latest restrictions while we await a vaccine.

https://governor.vermont.gov/governor-scotts-blog/transcript-governor-phil-scott-addresses-record-covid-19-case-growth

 

Reminder Regarding Flu Vaccines

Dear patients,

Coleman Pediatrics is currently administering flu vaccines to our patients for the 2020-2021 season.  Annual flu vaccines are recommended as part of routine preventive care for everyone over six months of age. Children less than eight years old that have not received the flu vaccine previously will require two doses given one month apart. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges that ideally this should be completed by the end of October. We are encouraging our patients to make an appointment to receive their annual flu vaccine as soon as possible, if you have not already.

Flu Clinic appointments are available for patients that ONLY need a flu vaccine. We will not be able to address any other concerns during Flu Clinics. If you have other concerns to address, or have previously experienced – fainting, extreme anxiety, or any other adverse reaction to vaccines, please notify our staff so that you are scheduled during the regular office schedule. We will NOT be offering Flu Mist this season.

Flu Clinics will be held in a separate suite located in the basement level at the rear entrance of our building (first door on the right). You will receive a screening questionnaire prior to your appointment that will be required to be completed before the appointment date.

For the safety of our patients and staff we ask that you notify us prior to your appointment if anyone is not feeling well, has had symptoms of illness within the last ten days, or if any member of the household has had symptoms of illness within the last ten days, so that we can reschedule the appointment. Face coverings are required for anyone entering the building over two years of age. We appreciate your cooperation as we work hard to make sure that all of our patients are able to receive this year’s flu vaccine in the most safe and efficient manner possible.

Sincerely,

Drs. Coleman, Thillairajah, & Greenberg

Important Announcements About Flu Vaccines and COVID-19 Testing

Important updates regarding flu vaccine and COVID testing

 

Flu vaccine information:

 

Coleman Pediatrics now has flu shots available for the 2020-2021 season. You may call the office at (301)468-9225 to schedule an appointment. Please note that “Flu Clinic” appointments are available for patients that ONLY need a flu vaccine. We will not be able to address any other concerns during Flu Clinics. If you have other concerns to address, or have previously experienced – fainting, extreme anxiety, or any other adverse reaction to vaccines, please notify our staff so that you are scheduled during the regular office schedule.

 

Flu vaccines are strongly recommended for everyone over six months of age. Children under eight years old that have not received the flu vaccine previously will require two doses given one month apart. We will NOT be offering Flu Mist this season.

 

Flu Clinics will be held in a separate suite located in the basement level at the rear entrance of our building (first door on the right). You will receive a screening questionnaire prior to your appointment that will be required to be completed before the appointment date. For the safety of our patients and staff we ask that you notify us prior to your appointment if anyone is not feeling well, has had symptoms of illness within the last ten days, or if any member of the household has had symptoms of illness within the last ten days, so that we can reschedule the appointment. Face coverings are required for anyone entering the building over two years of age. We appreciate your cooperation as we work hard to make sure that all of our patients are able to receive this year’s flu vaccine in the most safe and efficient manner possible.

 

 

COVID testing information:

 

We have recently partnered with Privia Medical Group Lab to provide patients with access to testing for COVID-19. If you think your child may need to be tested please contact the office to schedule a virtual visit with our physicians. They will be able to determine if testing is appropriate and provide the order needed for testing.

 

Privia Medical Group Lab is providing testing for patients with an order from our physicians. They are located at: 203 Perry Parkway Gaithersburg, MD 20877. Their hours are Monday –Friday 8:30am – 11:30am. Park in the lot and follow signs to the black tent. In case of inclement weather please call ahead at (201)466-0189 to confirm hours of operation.

 

Drs. Coleman, Thillairajah, & Greenberg

Important Announcements from Coleman Pediatrics

As circumstances with the health pandemic have evolved Coleman Pediatrics has made modifications to our office space, added protocols for staff/patients, and implemented new office policies in order to continue providing the best medical care in the safest environment possible. It is important that we recognize the team effort required between our staff and families within the practice to help protect each other’s health. The most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-19 can be found on their website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

Our physicians continue to be available as needed for patients requiring care related to illness, injury, medication management, and developmental/behavioral concerns during our regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm. One of our physicians will also be available for virtual visits on Saturdays from 8:30am to 12pm.

Well visits and vaccines may be scheduled as in-office appointments Monday through Friday. Well visit and vaccine appointments are not currently being offered during Saturday hours. Preventive visits are a critical part of overall patient care. Patients between birth and twenty one years of age may schedule routine well visits as per the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations, which can be found at https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/health-management/Pages/Well-Child-Care-A-Check-Up-for-Success.aspx.

Important office policy reminder for patients:

  • Patients scheduled for in-office appointments will receive a screening call from the practice prior to their visit.
  • We ask that you notify us of any recent symptoms of illness, exposure to, or diagnosed illness of any members in the household prior to coming to the office.
  • Please notify the office if anyone in the household has traveled within the two weeks prior to the appointment.
  • In-office appointments should be scheduled at least two weeks after return from travel or any symptoms of illness have resolved.
  • At this time only one parent/guardian will be permitted to accompany the patient into the office.
  • Face coverings must be worn by everyone entering the building. (age 2 years +)
  • Check-in, registration, pre-visit questionnaires, and other documentation may be done in advance through the Privia Patient Portal. If you have not yet registered for the portal please contact the office for assistance.
  • Any patient requiring forms to be completed must have been seen by the practice for a well visit within the previous year (unless form states a specific time frame).
  • Forms to be completed should be submitted as an attachment to a message within the Privia Patient Portal. There is a charge for completion of forms, more information about forms fees can be found at https://www.coleman-pediatrics.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/4261_001.pdf. Forms will be returned via the patient portal once they have been completed and payment has been received. Please allow up to seven days for return of completed forms due to volume during peak times.
  • Annual flu vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Patients receiving their first ever flu vaccine will require two doses given one month apart. We will send another notice to patients as soon as the flu vaccine becomes available for the upcoming season so they may schedule appointments during one of our flu shot clinics or receive it during their upcoming well child visit. More information to follow.

Coleman Pediatrics is always available to address the healthcare needs of our patients. We encourage you to contact us at (301)468-9225 or through the secure Privia Patient Portal at https://8042-1.portal.athenahealth.com/ for assistance.

 

Sincerely,

Coleman Pediatrics

Drs. Coleman, Thillairajah, & Greenberg

Important Announcement from Coleman Pediatrics 5-7-2020

Dear patients of Coleman Pediatrics,

As we all continue to navigate the numerous changes that have come since the Coronavirus outbreak, we want to make sure that our patients are aware of their options for receiving medical care, as well as our new office policies designed to keep everyone healthy.

Our physicians continue to be available to provide virtual visits for all illness, injuries, ADHD, anxiety, depression, developmental/behavioral concerns, asthma, medication maintenance, and any other health concerns you may have. To schedule a virtual visit with your provider please go to:  https://www.coleman-pediatrics.com/patient-resources/virtual-visits/ or call the office at (301)468-9225.

All patients, of any age, are now welcome to schedule in-office preventive care visits by calling (301)468-9225. Online scheduling for in-office well visits has been temporarily disabled, but our staff is currently available to help you with any in-office scheduling needs.

In an effort to provide increased access to important preventive care, some insurance carriers have recently made changes to their coverage policies. At this time Carefirst, Cigna, and United Healthcare have announced that they are temporarily allowing coverage of well visits provided via virtual visit for patients over two years of age. Patients two years old or less must still be seen in-office to receive immunizations and monitor development. Patients seen for virtual well visits may still need to come into the office at a later time (as arranged with their physician) to complete physical exam and any other missing portions of the preventive visit not able to be completed virtually.

We have begun to receive forms to complete for many of our patients. The patient must have had a current well child visit in order for our office to complete any forms. Please send all forms via the patient portal as a message attachment. If you are unsure when the last well child visit was performed please contact the office and we will be happy to assist you.

Our staff will be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and following additional cleaning protocols to provide a safe environment for in-office care. The nurses will continue to contact patients to screen for symptoms of illness, or any known exposure, prior to their scheduled appointment.

For the health and safety of all of our patients and staff we request that all patients:

  • Call before coming to the office if you, anyone in your household, or anyone you have had close contact with experiences any symptoms of illness, or has been recently diagnosed with an illness.
  • Wear required face covering for anyone that will be entering the office over age two years unless they are unable to for medical reasons.
  • Have only one adult accompany the patient being seen into the office for their visit. Additional visitors and siblings will not be able to come to the office at this time.
  • Register for our secure patient portal to receive important communications from our office, schedule appointments, electronically complete registration forms and pre-visit questionnaires.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation, which will allow Coleman Pediatrics to continue to provide the safest environment possible for our families. We believe it is especially important to maintain frequent communication with our patients at this time and are available to address any questions or concerns you may have.

 

Sincerely,

Coleman Pediatrics

Drs. Coleman, Thillairajah, & Greenberg

Important Announcements for Patients of Coleman Pediatrics

Dear patients,

Preventive care visits are a crucial part of maintaining overall health and well-being. Coleman Pediatrics is making every effort to ensure that our patients are able to receive this necessary care as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We are providing in-office well visits for patients aged twelve years or less, and continuing to administer vaccines per the AAP’s vaccination schedule, while following all of the most recent protocols and guidelines.

Due to current circumstances, some insurance companies are now covering well-child preventive visits provided via virtual visit. Patients two years and under will still need to come into the office to receive their preventive care. Certain portions of well visits for older children, such as vaccinations and/or physical examinations, may still need to be completed in the office – possibly at a later date to be determined with your physician.

Both Carefirst and Cigna have recently made changes to their coverage policies, allowing well visits to be provided via our secure virtual visit platform at this time to increase patient access to important preventive care. For insurance carriers other than Cigna or Carefirst, please direct all questions regarding your policy’s coverage of well-child visits performed virtually to their member services department (this number is typically listed on the back of the insurance card).

All patients will need to complete registration, any required forms, and age appropriate pre-visit questionnaires prior to their scheduled appointment. Registration and forms can be completed electronically via our secure patient portal: https://8042-1.portal.athenahealth.com/ . If you need assistance registering for the patient portal please contact our office. Age appropriate pre-visit questionnaires for well-child visits can be found at: https://www.coleman-pediatrics.com/patient-resources/health-maintenance/ . Completed pre-visit questionnaires can be sent to your provider through the patient portal as an attachment under “Messages” prior to the appointment.

A secure link to each of our virtual visits will be sent from noreply@priviamedicalgroup.com to the email that has been provided for the patient/family member. This link must be opened using the Google Chrome browser only. Google Chrome will need to be added to the device you are using if not already installed.

Patients scheduled for virtual well visits or medication follow-ups will be required to provide their current height and weight. If possible, please also provide blood pressure and pulse. Virtual visits should take place with the patient in a well-lit location that allows adequate privacy. This is particularly important for our teenage patients to be able to discuss confidential matters with their physician.

We encourage our patients to use the scheduling flexibility offered at this time to ensure that preventive care and all other medical needs are met throughout this evolving situation. To schedule an in-office well-child visit please call (301)468-9225. If your health insurance covers virtual well-child visits you may schedule online at: https://www.coleman-pediatrics.com/patient-resources/virtual-visits/ or call the office. Virtual visits for all problems, sick visits, medication follow-ups, behavioral, and developmental issues can also be scheduled using this link, or through the office. As always, we are available to address routine care as well as any concerns you may have about your child’s physical or emotional health.

Sincerely,

Coleman Pediatrics

Drs. Coleman, Thillairajah, & Greenberg

Epipen and Epipen Jr. Manufacturer Recall

Epipen and Epipen Jr. prescriptions filled between March 2019 and March 2020 have been recalled by the manufacturer due to the potential for failure of these medications from that time period. Patients that had Epipen or Epipen Jr. prescriptions filled from March 2019 to March 2020 should contact Mylan Customer Relations at 800-796-9526 to get a replacement at no additional charge.

COVID-19 Office Policies Effective 3/24/2020

Coleman Pediatrics is committed to providing a safe environment and the best care for our patients. We are always here for you, and can be reached at (301)468-9225, as well as through our patient portal. In order to protect our patients and staff throughout the current COVID-19 situation, we request your cooperation and understanding as we work through this together.

We have modified the care we provide in the following ways:

  • Anyone who is sick, or has had someone in the home that was sick within the last seven days, should call us at (301)468-9225 before coming to the office. Virtual visits will be scheduled, as needed, after speaking to our front desk or nurse.
  • We strongly encourage you to register for a patient portal account if you have not already done so. This will allow us to provide secure communications and care to all patients efficiently. Please contact the office if you need assistance.
  • We will continue to see patients between birth and twelve years of age in the office for their well visits in order to provide vaccines as per the American Academy of Pediatrics vaccination schedule. One caregiver should bring the patient to the appointment. Siblings and/or additional persons will not be able to come to these visits at this time. Please call prior to your appointment if anyone at home has been sick in the last seven days, or if you have any questions. You can also self check-in prior to your appointment via the patient portal.
  • Existing appointments with Dr. Coleman for well visits in the next two weeks will need to be rescheduled with one of our other physicians, or for a later date, as needed. Dr. Coleman will be available for virtual visits (as they are appropriate) during this time. Please contact the office to schedule.
  • Our office is still completing forms for medications, daycare, camp, school, sports, etc. These can be sent and received through our patient portal as an attachment under “Messages”. All forms to be completed should be sent to the office through the patient portal. In order for us to complete forms the patient must have had a well visit within the last year. Please call the office for assistance with scheduling annual well visits, registering for the patient portal, and/or submitting forms to be completed.
  • We will be offering virtual visits for established sick patients only during our regular Saturday hours. We ask that all other matters be handled Monday-Friday during regular business hours.

For virtual visits you will need to do the following:

  • Register/confirm your email with our office. Register for patient portal access.
  • Log in to patient portal and digitally sign consent forms.
  • If using a cell phone for virtual visit you must download and install the “My Privia” app from the app store on your phone.
  • Virtual visits require Google Chrome browser. Please make sure you have this browser installed and open all links from us using Chrome only.
  • Please make sure your device has the camera and microphone turned on and enabled.
  • Once a virtual visit has been scheduled you will receive an email from “noreply@email.priviamedicalgroup.com” containing the link for the visit. Some patients have reported this email going to spam/junk folder. If you do not receive the email within a few minutes of scheduling (up to one day before scheduled appointment time) please check your spam/junk folder. The sender “noreply@email.priviamedialgroup.com” can be added to your contacts to prevent this in the future.
  • Follow the email link in Chrome to “Start My Check-In” at least ten minutes prior to your appointment time. Confirm insurance or self pay information, digitally sign consent to treat/agree to the terms of use, and test technology for audio/video/connection.
  • Please be prepared for the virtual visit by having the patient in a private, well-lit room (particularly for older kids and teens).
  • Follow the link in Chrome to “Start My Virtual Visit” within ten minutes prior to scheduled appointment. The provider will join the visit at the appointment time. You will be able to see and hear your provider, and they will be able to see and hear you.
  • If the virtual visit is for a sick patient please take their temperature prior to visit. If a rash is involved please send a clear picture of the rash as an attachment under “Messages” in the patient portal prior to virtual visit.
  • For medication refills please get patient’s height/weight prior to virtual visit (if possible, also provide pulse and blood pressure). Be prepared to provide this information to your physician.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns we are here to address them for you. Thank you for allowing us to continue to provide excellent care for your family.

 

Coleman Pediatrics

Drs. Coleman, Thillairajah, & Greenberg

Important Announcement for Patients of Coleman Pediatrics

We are closely monitoring the status of the novel Coronavirus. Most people who have contracted Coronavirus have mild illness. Children, in particular, have a milder course. Testing is not generally useful or recommended.
As of March 17,2020, in order to keep the community as safe as possible, we are advising rescheduling well child checks and converting non-urgent appointments to telemedicine (video) visits as needed. Newborns and babies who need checkups and immunizations are an exception. Please know that we are here for you to meet all of your needs as safely as possible.
Please note: If you or members of your family are experiencing fever, cough, difficulty breathing, vomiting, or diarrhea, it is very important that you call the office before coming in for your appointment.  We ask that, when you do come in for an appointment, please arrive with just one parent or guardian and the child who needs to be seen.
Sincerely,
Coleman Pediatrics
Drs. Coleman, Thillairajah, & Greenberg

Coronavirus Announcement

Dear Valued Patients,

As Coronavirus (COVID-19) remains a frequent topic of global news, we want to reassure you that our practice is monitoring the situation closely.

The following preventive measures should be taken to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).

Visit our Newsletter page for COVID-19 resources.

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New After-Hours Phone Triage System

Dear Patients and Families,

As of January 1, 2020, Coleman Pediatrics will be transitioning to a new after-hours phone triage system. When you call the office, you will be connected with an answering service. They, given the need, will transfer you to a triage nurse. The nurses are very well trained and will provide answers to your urgent needs. Dr. Coleman, Thillairajah, or Greenberg will be contacted immediately if needed. All the messages received will be seen by the on-call physician and will be responded to by one of the physicians or nurses at Coleman Pediatrics.

Again, this system is for urgent issues that can’t wait until the next business day. It is not for appointments, prescriptions, billing, or other non-emergent needs as these call will not be addressed.

If you have questions, please call the office to discuss with any of the doctors or nurses.

Drs. Coleman, Thillairajah, and Greenberg

We encourage you to call us BEFORE you seek treatment elsewhere

We strive to be available 24/7. We understand that there are off hour
needs and that going to other facilities may at times be convenient and/or
necessary. However, continuity and coordination of care are important. We
encourage you to call us BEFORE you seek treatment elsewhere: we can offer
timely counseling of the problem, minimize unnecessary use of after-hours
urgent care visits, or call ahead and direct you to the proper source of
care. We want to remind you again that we have online scheduling available
for sick and well visits.

– Drs. Coleman, Thillairajah, & Greenberg

We Are Members of Privia Medical Group

As of February 26, 2018, we are proud members of Privia Medical Group!