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Traveling or Need Confirmation of COVID-19? Quick Turnaround PCR Testing Now Available in Reno

If you are traveling out of the country, you may have run into the problem of finding a place to get molecular or PCR testing for COVID-19 within the timeframe required by the destination country. Up until recently, your options were limited, and often you had to deal with busy and overworked pharmacy staff or limited-access healthcare facilities. Fortunately, PCR testing is now able to be performed in the office, thanks to some CLIA-waived options. We are pleased to announce that we are now offering rapid PCR testing with a 30-40 min turnaround time, right here at our office in Reno, Nevada.

Welcome Dr. Amy Scullion!

Welcome Dr. Amy Scullion!

Amy Scullion M.D.

Preferred Family Medicine is pleased to welcome Dr. Amy Scullion to our team! 

Dr. Scullion hails from the great state of Ohio, where she not only played in 4 NCAA Basketball Tournaments but graduated Summa Cum Laude at The Ohio State University and went on to complete her Doctorate of Medicine in 2018.  After a family ski trip to Lake Tahoe, she fell in love with the region’s beauty and the endless outdoor activities.  After medical school, she entered the Family Medicine Residency program at the University of Nevada – Reno where she served as Chief Resident.  Dr. Scullion spent some time working at Preferred Family Medicine while in her third year of Family Medicine residency.  She was intrigued by the prospect of practicing direct primary care, where the doctor-patient relationship is more personal and direct.  She is excited to build her own practice and put her skills, caring for the entire family, to work.  She is now accepting patients and will begin seeing patients at Preferred Family Medicine in September 2021. 

Where to get the COVID-19 Vaccine in Northern Nevada?

Where to get the COVID-19 Vaccine in Northern Nevada?

COVID-19 Vaccine is being distributed and administrated per the governor’s “playbook”. Public health and community partners have been designated as “Points Of Dispensing (POD’s)”.  Local physician offices, including Preferred Family Medicine, have been mostly excluded from becoming POD’s until further notice.

COVID-19 and Aviation Medical Exams / Flight Physicals

COVID-19 and Aviation Medical Exams / Flight Physicals

With the recent Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, pilots are asking whether or not they can do a “Virtual Aviation Medical Examination”? 

The answer is no.

The FAA has made it clear, that all Aviation Medical Exams must be done in person.

The FAA will not enforce medical certification expiration through June 30, 2020. However, many pilots are telling us that their employer and/or their insurance still requires an active medical certification despite this temporary action by the FAA to not enforce expiration. 
As a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner, Dr. Christopher Highley is currently scheduling 1st Class, 2nd Class, 3rd Class, and BasicMED exams for those pilots in need of a current medical. 

COVID-19 Testing Survey

Coronavirus COVID-19 Testing Survey We are taking a quick survey to see if there is an interest in rapid testing at the point-of-care (e.g. the office or curbside) for SARS-CoV-2 About Coronavirus (COVID-19) Instant Test Kits for Professional Use Rapid results in 2-5...
Worried about your parent’s health? Get peace of mind, gift them a concierge physician

Worried about your parent’s health? Get peace of mind, gift them a concierge physician

Sometimes trying to figure the perfect gift for our parents can be a daunting task. When we ask them what they would like, more often than not the response is “I have everything I need”. 

But do they really? What if, just what if,  you could give them something that would send the best message of all! A message that said I love and want you to be around for a long time, I want my kids to know you as well as I know you. We think we have the perfect answer to the perfect gift!

Zion Medical Cost Sharing Plus Direct Primary Care Membership – A Smart, Affordable, Health Insurance Alternative

Frustrated with the ever-increasing cost of health insurance?
Are you a freelancer, self-employed, or a business owner responsible for your own health insurance?
Do you have a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) and feel like you are just throwing money away every month?
Would you like to have more control over your health care dollar?

Health-share and cost-share options are a viable alternative to traditional health insurance. With reasonable Initial Unshared Amounts (IUA), similar to a deductible, available for as low as $500, and monthly contributions in the $450-650 range for a family of 4, families and individuals are able to save over 50% over traditional health insurance. Plus, one gains the liberty to choose their own doctor, specialist, imaging center, lab, and pharmacy — putting you in the driver’s seat when it comes to directing your health care.

Does the Renown and Anthem BCBS fiasco have you re-thinking health insurance?

Does the Renown and Anthem BCBS fiasco have you re-thinking health insurance?

In Reno, there are very few choices when it comes to healthcare. One of the largest healthcare systems in Northern Nevada is Renown. With the recent news that Renown Healthcare was possibly going to stop accepting Anthem Blue Cross (BCBS) insurance effective August 1st, 2019, many were faced with the possibility that they may “lose” their doctor. This is disheartening and certainly provoked anger and/or anxiety. However, this also sheds light on the deeper issues that exist within the insurance-driven U.S. healthcare system.