We know you may be concerned about news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and its implications for the health of you and your loved ones. Your safety and well-being are our top priority. We want to reassure you that you are under no additional exposure risk when seeking care at our hospital, clinics or Urgent Care facilities. We are taking all necessary measures and precautions to protect the safety of our patients and staff, and patients should feel confident in making and keeping their appointments.
The VRH Community Testing Site is located on Dunning Street near Urgent Care. At your scheduled testing time:
Please arrive at the testing site adjacent to Urgent Care and follow the Covid-19 testing signs.
Park in one of the designated Covid-19 testing parking spots and stay in your car. Please DO NOT enter the building through the main or emergency entrance.
A staff member will come to you with further instructions.
If you have insurance, please be sure to bring your card.
Either print and fill out your testing questionnaire, or fill out the questionnaire online. If you choose to print the questionnaire, please remember to bring it with you to your appointment.
Minors MUST be accompanied by an adult.
If you can’t make your appointment, please call 603-542-7888 to cancel so that others can use the time slot.
Disclosure: Your appointment is for Covid-19 testing only. You will not be receiving a medical screening. If you are seeking medical attention, please visit our Urgent Care Department or Emergency Department.
Test scheduling is between 11am-5pm. Use the link below to schedule.
YOU MUST FILL OUT THE ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE OR BRING A COMPLETED ONE WITH YOU WHEN YOU ARE TESTED. THIS IS MANDATORY TO KEEP TESTING TIMES TO A MINIMUM.
Please follow this link to schedule your appointment
It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health crisis, and we need to remember to avoid making assumptions about others’ perceived symptoms or concerns. The best way to prevent infection is to wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face.
Here are the current CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
Take everyday preventive actions for respiratory infections, such as avoiding close contact (CDC defines as “within 6 ft.”) with people who are sick, staying home when sick, and washing hands often.
Valley Regional Hospital is receiving requests from community members and groups asking if they can assist VRH during the COVID-19 crisis by making face masks. In order to make these masks usable and effective, they must be made according to strict specifications. These are the guidelines recommended by Valley Regional employee and experienced seamstress Shannon Perceval.
We are very grateful for this generous outpouring in response to the VRH’s needs during this challenging time.
Important Infection Prevention
Before starting this project, please ask yourself the following questions:
Have you been in in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
Do you have fever, cough or shortness of breath?
If you are able to answer “NO” to both questions, then proceed with making masks.
If you answer “YES” to either or both questions, please do not make masks. If you are experiencing cough, fever, or shortness of breath and have a concern that you may have COVIC-19 please call your primary care provider for a risk assessment.
Sewing Masks for Donation to Valley Regional Hospital
Video link: https://freesewing.org/blog/facemask-frenzy/IF MASKS ARE NOT MADE TO THE PROPOR SPECIFICATIONS THEY MAY NOT BE SAFE FOR OUR STAFFWhere to bring: Hospital Main Entrance during business hours (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm)Any Questions/ Additional Information:Contact Shannon Percival, VRH Pharmacy Assistant (603) 542-1802 Monday-Friday 8 am-4:30 pm or firstname.lastname@example.org
General questions or further information on the virus can be directed to:
211NH: Dial 211
The New Hampshire Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496
The Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7200.
Implementing Expanded Coverage for Essential COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing and Related Services
The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL) and Treasury jointly issued guidance April 11 implementing legislative provisions specific to COVID-19 diagnostic testing and services from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The guidance is in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) similar to previously issued COVID-19 related guidance from DOL and HHS.
The guidance principally implements the requirement for group health plans and group and individual health insurance (health plans) to cover both certain diagnostic testing and certain related items and services provided during a medical visit with no cost sharing. The following is a summary of key provisions.
Cost Sharing. Beginning March 18, 2020, health plans are required to cover COVID-19 related diagnostic testing and related items and services provided during a medical visit with no cost sharing, which includes deductibles, copayments and coinsurance. In addition, plans cannot impose prior authorization or other medical management requirements on such services.
Diagnostic Testing, Items and Services, and Care Sites. Health plans are required to cover approved COVID-19 diagnostic testing. The serological test, used to detect the presence of COVID-19 antibodies, also is considered an approved test. In addition, items and services related to COVID-19 testing and furnished during a health care provider visit, whether in person or through a telehealth visit, will be covered. Such visits could include traditional sites of care such as provider offices, urgent care centers and emergency departments, as well as non-traditional sites such as drive-through and other testing sites.
Health Plan Reimbursement of Diagnostic Test. Health plans are required to reimburse providers for COVID-19 related diagnostic testing. If the health plan has a negotiated rate with the testing provider in place prior to the COVID-19 national emergency, that negotiated rate would apply during the emergency period. If the health plan does not have a negotiated rate with the test provider (i.e., the provider is out-of-network), the plan can either negotiate a payment rate with the provider or pay the provider an amount that equals the case price for the service listed on the provider’s public website (see below).
Posting of Cash Price. Diagnostic testing providers, including both hospital and commercial laboratories, must post the cash prices for their COVID-19 testing services on a public website. For example, a hospital lab providing diagnostic testing would need to post the cash price on the hospital’s website. HHS is authorized to fine testing providers that fail to comply and submit a corrective action up to $300 per day.
Health Plan Terms of Coverage and Benefit. Health plans would be permitted to make changes mid-year to increase benefits or decrease cost-sharing for services related to COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment. HHS encourages states to take a similar approach in their oversight of health plans.
Cost of Testing
The current cost of the COVID-19 test is $228.00.
If you have questions, please contact the AHA at 800-424-4301.
During the COVID Pandemic, Valley Regional Hospital (VRH) will be taking steps to protect patients, visitors, and health care workers. At various ttimes, this may invlude screening and limiting visitors. Know that your loved one is not alone. All patients are supported by our nursing and other staff throughout their hospitalization. Our care teams will work with families to maximize communication and updates.
Local chaplains will:
– Provide support during end of life care, a crisis, and ongoing recovery
– Provide a listening ear, spiritual and emotional support to patients, relatives, friends, and healthcare workers
– Connect through phone or tele-visits.
During this time consider connecting with loved ones:
– Through frequent telephone and video visits
– Writing notes
– Providing photos, comforting music or other mementos of home to let your loved ones know you are thinking of them