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Love Meets Medicine

All Aboard for the Junction!


Dr. Anna Lincoln, MD FAAP
Board Certified Pediatrician
Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP)

Being a good physician was just the beginning. Dr. Lincoln's love of medicine and family seeded an idea that became a dream and now reality. Pediatric Junction is about the way 
Dr. Lincoln thinks pediatrics should be practiced:

  • A Medical Home Not A Doctor's Office
  • Empowering Families To Be Involved
  • Showing Compassion And Respect
  • Information Always Available
  • Hugs And Prayers With Medical Knowledge

Dr. Lincoln is proud to work alongside Nurse Practitioners Courtney Mitchell and Andrea Brune. The Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has endorsed the value of having a
medical home.

What a special bonus to be located in Old Town Buda in the historic home of Dr. Lauderdale.


Important Information for PJ Families Regarding Coronavirus

These information is for Pediatric Junction patients and families only and does not replace medical advice.

NOW OFFERING VIRTUAL VISITS for established patients during regular office hours and Saturdays, 8:00 am until noon.  For the health and safety of our staff and patients, we are currently not accepting walk-in appointments.  Click HERE (AQUI) for details.

We continue to diligently work to make sure we are keeping your children’s health on the right track during the COVID Pandemic. There is a lot of new information since our last update; please read carefully.

WELL EXAMs: Well exams are an essential part of your child’s health, especially when they are due for vaccines. We are asking all children through age 4 to come for well exams and not delay in order to receive immunizations and important growth and developmental assessments. With our protocols in place, we are now able to accommodate older patients as well, especially those requiring vaccines.

Please also consider a virtual well exam for children 5 and older, regardless of the birthday or timing of the 2019 exam; with the exception of a few Aetna plans, all carriers should allow this. Although not ideal without a physical exam, many components of the well exam are actually easier when we are not donned in masks and face shields; you and the provider can make a plan for any in-office follow-up that may be required, such as lab work, vaccines or sports physicals.  No one can predict what the fall will look like for healthcare and families; let’s take the opportunity to help keep healthy kids home now and during the upcoming respiratory season. 

Speaking of sports physicals, here is the link for the 2020 Hays CISD Preparticipation Physical Evaluation form for participants in sports, marching band and other physical extra-curricular activities.  This will be required for any student who has not previously submitted a completed form, such as incoming 7th graders.  The school district is allowing parents to sign a waiver allowing the district to use last year’s physical with an updated Medical History, as long as all of the answers to questions 1-6 on the update are “no” – we have been advised the final waiver will be released to parents soon. Students who do not attend Hays CISD should check with their school districts for updated forms and information.

OFFICE SCHEDULE: We continue our regular hours and are committed to safely distancing our patient families as we adhere to the strict healthcare safety guidelines of the Texas Medical Board and Centers for Disease Control.  As a result, some well-child appointment “shuffling” has to take place, and we will contact you with updated appointment information 1 to 2 weeks in advance. Many sick visits and follow-ups will continue to begin as virtual visits securely on Spruce. This will be changing as insurance carriers modify virtual visit coverage policies, despite the American Academy of Pediatrics’ urging to continue at least 90 days after expiration of the national public health emergency.

COPAYS & COST-SHARING: Beginning in June, some insurance plans are requiring copays and cost-sharing for families similar to in-office visits prior to the crisis.  While they may continue to cover virtual visits, the level of coverage may change, and you may be responsible for your copay, co-insurance and/or deductibles.  We have included a table on the next page with some of this information, however, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE CARRIER TO VERIFY ONGOING COVERAGE.  If your insurance stops covering virtual visits, they may still be an option for your family; we may offer cash-pay pricing.  Some plans, such as all state insurance plans, do not contractually allow this, however. If you have questions regarding the cost of this service to you, please let us know. We are working hard to keep our Pediatric Junction families connected to your medical home here!

IN-OFFICE SICK VISITs: As we head into fall, regardless of what that looks like, there will be a need for more in-office sick visits.  Beginning a visit on the phone or as a virtual visit can help minimize the time patients are in the office and plan for distancing patient families. Depending on the circumstances, an exam may be done in your personal vehicle.

IN-OFFICE CHECK-IN: Process your payments and complete the check-in process prior to arrival, as Phreesia in-office pads are not available; you will receive an email several days before your appointment. Prior to your appointment, you will receive a text message; simply reply “HERE” when you arrive.  Remain in your vehicle, and a medical assistant will give you instructions from there. There are NO WALK-IN appointments at this time.

COVID RISK-ASSESSMENT SCREENING: All staff, patients, and caregivers will complete screening prior to being in the office; screening includes review of recent travel, symptoms and exposure, as well as an in-office temperature check.  For screening purposes, CDC considers a temperature of 100.0°F or greater as significant. In our efforts to minimize exposure, we ask that only one or two well caregivers come to appointments at this time. To meet current healthcare requirements, all adults and cooperative children over 2 years of age must wear a mask. Masks must fit over the nose and mouth and be properly worn at all times while in the office or during a parking lot visit.

PATIENT COMMUNICATION: We will continue to inform our patients about current office policies via Facebook, email, website and Spruce. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this ever- changing healthcare environment.

 

Major Carrier Telehealth Coverage* (as of 7/31/20)

Insurance

Virtual Coverage End Date

Cost Sharing**

Aetna

12/31/20

Yes

BCBS of Texas/Health Select

8/31/20

No

BCBS FED/UT Select/Self-Funded

8/31/20

Yes

Cigna

10/31/20

Yes

GEHA

8/31/20

No

Humana

12/31/20

No

Medicaid / CHIP

10/23/20

No

OSCAR

Date Unknown

Yes

Scott & White

Date Unknown

No

Sendero IdealCare

Date Unknown

Yes

Seton

12/31/20

Yes

TML

Date Unknown

Yes

Tricare

End of national public health emergency

No

UnitedHealthcare / UHC All Savers

9/30/20

No

UHC Self-Funded

9/30/20

Yes

UMR

9/30/20

Yes

* This is only a guide; please contact your individual insurance company for plan-specific details.

** If YES, patient is responsible for copay, deductible and co-insurance normally associated with office visits.

 

Office Information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Spanish)

CDC information on caring for yourself or someone in your home.

Current Patient Openings Available For:
  • Siblings, including foster siblings, with established families in the practice. 
  • Firstborn newborns (availability varies by month)
  • All others, please call.

We accept most major private insurance plans.  Please verify your coverage with your plan.

Most families find it helpful to pre-register newborns prior to final acceptance. Pre-registration will secure your spot in the practice and we will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Please call the office at 512-312-5312 for new patient inquiries and newborn pre-registration. 

 

 

 

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