COVID 19 Notice
Updated March 23, 2020
As of 9 PM March 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has issued a shelter in place order. New Jersey residents are only permitted to leave their homes for essential services, such as groceries, pharmacies, banks, laundromats, and healthcare facilities. The purpose of these social distancing measures is to break the chain of contagion, and reduce the alarming rate of COVID-19 infection we have seen in our area. In addition, the guidelines released by the American Academy of Dermatology strongly urged dermatologists to only handle acute/emergent issues in office until this crisis has passed.
At Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills, we take these orders seriously for the safety of our local community and our staff. The office will be open daily with limited hours, and we will only handle acute and emergent visits in the office. We ask that routine and nonurgent appointments For established patients we are offering telehealth (remote) appointments for issues that can be handled remotely (for example, follow up of an ongoing condition). The goal of these services is to minimize the interruption in care, or to assess the acuity of a skin issue, while maintaining social distancing. To help manage the COVID-19 crisis, Medicare and several of the major insurance carriers have temporarily loosened restrictions of coverage of telehealth services, and we hope to utilize these visits for reasonable continuation of care. Regardless of coverage, we have attempted to make this service affordable. To schedule a telehealth appointment, please call the office during normal business hours to speak to one of our staff members for further instruction.
For the well being of you, your family, your community, and the healthcare personnel working the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly urge you to stay home with your immediate family, leaving the house only for absolute necessities.