In a true emergency, seek medical attention as soon as possible at the hospital emergency room. I have local hospitals listed on the Cluster Google Map, it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with where they are, in case you should ever need to know.
What I am talking about here are medical problems where you would like to be seen the same day, but you do not feel that it is an emergency. If you go to the emergency room for something that is not an emergency (like for a sore throat or pink eye), they will see you and treat you, but will not admit you to the hospital. In a case like that, there is an additional charge by the insurance company. The emergency room is not to be used as your regular doctor.
Here is the link to the medical insurance information and claim forms: APIA Medical
You may go to any doctor or clinic you choose, but you will pay less if you go to an in-network doctor. You may need to pay up front and submit a claim form to be reimbursed (providing you have met your deductible, if applicable.)
Urgent Care Clinics
These clinics all participate with our medical insurance as of 8/8/2012. This is subject to change, so verify when you make your appointment by telling them you have insurance through First Health Network.
CVS Minute Clinic – www.minuteclinic.com
Open daily – Hours vary by location. No appointment necessary.
Locations including: Annapolis, Bethesda, Crofton, Ft. Washington, Laurel, Rockville, Upper Marlboro & Wheaton
For less complicated illnesses including: Allergies, Bladder Infections, Colds, Ear Infections, Pink Eye & Styes, Sinus Infections, Strep Throat, Swimmer’s Ear, Athlete’s Foot, Cold Sores, and Vaccinations.
Visit their website for a complete list of locations, conditions they will treat and the costs.
Righttime Care Centers – http://www.myrighttime.com/ – 1-888-808-6483
(formerly Nighttime Pediatrics & Adult Care)
Open 11am-Midnight daily. Appointments not required, but strongly encouraged (to reduce your wait time.)
Locations: Annapolis, Columbia, Gambrills, Pasadena and Rockville
Xpress Med Care – http://xpressmedcare.com/
13671 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20906-5214
Monday-Saturday, 9 am-9 pm
Sunday, 10am-5 pm
Patient First – www.patientfirst.com
Open 8 am-10 pm daily. No appointment necessary.
Concentra Medical Center – www.concentra.com
Lanham, (301) 459-9113
Capitol Heights (Steeplechase), (301) 499-4655
Weekends, 9am-3 pm
Secure Medical Care – http://securemedicalcare.com/
10452 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD
(Route 1, 1/2 mile north of IKEA)
Weekends & Holidays, 10am-6pm