SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE – ConvenientMD and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine today announced they are partnering to open a COVID-19 testing site at Anthem’s office on Gannett Drive in South Portland. Both companies announced the opening of a test site in Portsmouth, N.H. yesterday.
Before visiting the testing site, patients will first be evaluated at home by a ConvenientMD provider using telehealth capabilities. After evaluation, the provider will determine eligibility for testing and refer the patient to the high-volume COVID-19 test site. Anyone in Maine can visit this testing site, and if under 18, a legal guardian must be present at the time of the virtual urgent care service.
“As a member of the medical community, ConvenientMD is working hard to reduce unnecessary visits of patients to the ER and local hospitals,” said Dr. Mark Pundt, President and Chief Medical Officer of ConvenientMD. “Our partnership with Anthem allows us to continue to push forward and expand our ability to test for COVID-19 in the safest way possible for our patients, employees and the community. Anyone in Maine now has access to call (207) 358-7400 to speak with a provider in a virtual face-to-face visit in the safety of their home, who will evaluate and, if indicated, refer them for COVID-19 testing while remaining in their vehicle.”
“Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is committed to working with our provider partners in Maine to keep our communities safe during this health crisis. That’s why we’re glad to work with ConvenientMD to increase patient access to testing in the Greater Portland area as identifying those patients who are COVID-19 positive will ultimately help to prevent the spread of this virus,” said Denise McDonough, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. “From expanding access to telehealth to increasing access to testing, we will continue to support efforts to help Mainers access the care they need during this crisis.”
“Anthem’s financial support will allow ConvenientMD to provide COVID-19 testing on a much larger scale. The push to provide additional testing services is in response to the unmet and growing need to identify COVID-19-positive patients as the virus spreads,” said Gareth Dickens, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of ConvenientMD. “Anthem was also one of the first insurance companies to waive all fees related to COVID-19 assessment and testing. This enables doctors and providers to screen and test patients as well as provide education once test results are received, all at no cost to patients.”
Virtual Urgent Care services and COVID-19 screening and testing when indicated are available at this time from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., seven days a week. To be evaluated for COVID-19, call (207) 358-7400.
ConvenientMD is a leading provider of urgent care and walk-in medical services in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. Anthem has been providing health benefits in Maine for more than 80 years.
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine
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About ConvenientMD Urgent Care
Headquartered in Portsmouth, NH, ConvenientMD is a healthcare provider dedicated to delivering the best medical care and experience for patients throughout New England. By offering fast, quality care at an affordable rate, ConvenientMD is raising the bar for urgent care and reshaping the delivery of modern healthcare. Each urgent care center provides an advanced array of services—including X-rays, IVs, labs, and minor surgical procedures—as well as staff committed to following an innovative, full-service approach to satisfying patients’ demands for convenient, compassionate treatment in an urgent care setting. To learn more, please visit: www.convenientmd.com