FAQs

What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is the Internal Medicine subspecialty related to the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of disorders, most of which involve the musculoskeletal system. Joints, muscles, and bones are commonly affected, but many can involve other other organ systems, such as the kidneys, heart, lungs, and both the central and peripheral nervous system. Examples include rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, lupus (SLE), Sjogren's syndrome, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and a variety of vasculitis syndromes (characterized by further information are available on the Patient Education page.


How do I get an appointment?

Appointments are made by referral only. Established patients are either given follow-up appointments after each office visit or may request an appointment by phone or through the patient portal.


What should I bring to my appointment?

Patients should bring all prescribed medications to the appointment. This includes all bottles, except for those requiring refrigeration. 


Patients should also provide Rheumatology Associates with all medical records related to interval medical care (primary or specialty), which may be faxed, sent electronically, or brought in as a hard copy to be scanned at the office. These records should or may include notes, labs, imaging, and data from any interval hospitalizations.


What time should I arrive at my appointment?

New patients should arrive 30 minutes early; established patients 15 minutes early.


What if I need to cancel my appointment?

Patients are expected to contact the office in advance if they are unable to keep the appointment. A fee may be charged for new patients who do not show up for their initially scheduled consult. An automated system will call patients a few days prior to scheduled appointments to confirm that they will keep the appointment, as well as provide options for rescheduling if necessary.


What insurance providers do you accept?

Most insurance providers are accepted. Please call the office if you have any questions about your specific provider.


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