Rheumatology & Osteoporosis

FAQ

What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is the specialty of musculoskeletal medicine.  There are pediatric and adult rheumatologists who care for a wide variety of both common and rare diseases.  With over 100 types of arthritis, rheumatologists must be detectives, gathering clues, using imaging and laboratory studies. Tools of the trade include thoughtful and sophisitcated medicines, joint injections, infusion services, laboratory studies, xray and bone density (DEXA) machines.

 

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disease.  Many adults over the age of 80 have osteoporosis.  This common condition is assoicated with decreased bone mineral density and fragility fractures.  Risk factors for osteoporosis include age, menopause or low hormone states, history of fracture, height loss, family history of fractures, or dowager hump; certain chronic disease such as RA, Crohn’s and COPD; and particular medications such as corticosteroids, hormone therapies for breast and prostate cancers and some anti-convulsants.

 

How do I schedule an appointment?

We strive to stay on time and appreciate your prompt arrival for your appointment. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to complete any necessary paperwork. We ask for a 24-hour cancellation notice if you can’t make your appointment. If a patient “no-shows” three appointments or if a patient “no-shows” their new patient appointment, we may not reschedule them unless approved by the physician or practice administrator. If you are more than 10 minutes late to an appointment, you may be asked to reschedule.

How do I get my medication refilled?

If you need refills on any medications, please ask at your appointment. Mail order prescriptions may be picked up at your convenience at the front desk. If you run out between appointments, please ask your pharmacy to fax a refill request to us at: 402-464-4447. Our policy is there will be no early refills on medications and no replacing any narcotics/pain medications that are lost or stolen.

What if there is bad weather?

Please call before you start out if the weather is bad to make sure we are open. If we do end up closing, our phone message will have that information. If you had a scheduled appointment, we will call you later to reschedule.

What type of Insurance do you take?

Please call Deb S. with any billing and/or insurance questions you may have. We participate with many insurance carriers including Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Midlands Choice, United Healthcare, Coventry and several other PPO organizations. However, we recommend you contact you insurance carrier for specific coverage details. We do accept Medicare assignment. You can find all of our accepted Insurance here.

How can I pay?

Co-pays are to be paid at each visit. If we find out your insurance has a high deductible or coinsurance, we will request payments to be made at each visit. For individuals without insurance, we request that payment be made at the time services are rendered unless payment arrangements have been approved in advance. Cash, personal checks, MasterCard, Discover and Visa are accepted. There is a $35.00 charge for all returned checks.

Do you visit Hospitals?

Our doctors will be available for rheumatologic hospital consultations if needed. If you need to be in the hospital, your hospital care will be coordinated by your primary care doctor, or an in-patient specialist, who will consult with either of our doctors.

Do you Have a Lab?

We do not have a lab at R&O. We use Nebraska LabLinc (NLL) and Quest Diagnostics as our primary labs. If you would prefer to have your labs drawn at a different location, we are more than happy to accommodate your request. Please check the back of your insurance card, as there may be a preferred lab for your policy.

Hours

Mon — Thur 8am — 4pm
Fri 8am — 12pm

1520 South 70th Street
Suite 200
Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone: 402-464-9000
Fax: 402-464-4447
After Hours: 402-473-1953