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Hi everyone

Just wanted to share something with you. I went in to see my rheumy the other day and it was quite a surprise.

Instead of seeing the doctor hershelf, I saw her nurse. She check my wt., b/p, etc. said she the doctor would be in shortly. About 5 minutes later the nurse came back in and said I could go that the doctor didn't need to see me. I told her I had a few questions, she said ok. I told her what I was questioning. She came back into the room with the answers. I never did see the doctor.

This event really upset me. You can imagine how I felt. I am calling my insurance company and refusing to pay the bill for starters. I guess I am in the market for a new rheumy. I am really having problems right now and needed to see the rheumy but didn't get too. Hope this doesn't happen to anyone else.

Thanks for listening and have a good day everyone.

As always Lou :mad: :( :sad:
 

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hi lou

I have had the same experience a couple of times in the past.I must admit I was a little taken back too!!....however on one occassion when I had some questions to ask the doctor the nurse did take me in to see him.

It's understandable that you're upset lou it really isnt good enough :mad:
can you complain about it & ask for another appointment as soon as possible?
were you satisfied with your rheumy before todays event?
It's frustrating because the appointments are not exactly regular.

sorry to hear you are having some problems lou :sad: I hope things settle soon for you.
please keep us updated.
take care :hug:
karen x
 

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That is pretty bad... doing nothing for you but taking vitals! Then likely charging you for a full visit.

I've had occasions where I've had to see the PA in between rheumy visits, but he is a rheumatic specialist PA and is just as good as the doctor so I don't mind. In some ways in fact, he has been better than many residents I have seen and one of the staff physicians.

Good luck in not paying the bill, hope your insurance company agrees, and you may want to write to the doctor's office with your complaint as well. I've known of others that have gotten ER visits zero'd out/not billed after terrible care, this should not be billed/paid either IMO.
 

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Wingspirit,

I would be very upset if I were you. Our Rheumy's need to physically see us as that can tell them as much as blood tests. I know that my rheumy checks my hands and feet and listens to my lungs on everyvisit. A nurse can't tell the fine differences unless they are a NP trained for that. At the Pain Doctor I actually see a NP but she is trained in the specialty of Pain Management.

What area do you live in and what style health insurance do you have?

Take care,
Karen
 

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Thanks for the posts everyone.

Karen: You asked what insurance I have. I have medicare and medicaid. I live in southeastern Georgia. Almost on the Florida border.

I could understand if it were a pa or a np. This was an lpn. I haven't done anything at present, it just happened yesterday. I am going to call medicare on monday or tuesday and talk to them. An lpn is not a doctor.

Thanks again for responding.

Lou
 

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I would be annoyed too ! I would definitely instruct the rheumie that if s/he didn't want to see me then could they please advise me ahead of time and save me a wasted trip.

very odd

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When you said you had a surprise I rather hoped you meant a nice one.
You must feel totally brushed aside. Good Luck with taking this matter further.
x Lola
 

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****** that! Whoops I said the B word Raglet :hehe:

I would be stomping mad :mad:

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Lou,
That is UNACCEPTABLE!!!! You need to write a letter to your insurance and to your doctor. I don't know about your dr., but it takes weeks to get in normally and we have to arrange our schedule and in some cases our spouses schedule to attend the appointment. Karen is right the dr needs to see you:examine your joints,your skin and his other tests.
I would have been seriously ticked off.
Good Luck in getting to the bottom of this.

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Lou,

Is it difficult finding doctors that accept medicaid in your part of the country? I know in many parts of California there are few doctors that will accept medi-cal. I am guessing the medicaid is secondary to the medicare?

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:grrr: How unprofessional! Then you wonder how many other folks this doctor has done that to, little senior citizens coming in for RA without the wherewithall to stand up and complain!

I know Medicare/Medicaid does keep track of doctor complaints, and takes billing for services NOT provided very seriously. Pick up that phone and tell someone what a dirty rat that doctor is! :yell: Egads!
 

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Just wanted to let you know whaat medicare said when I called them. They told me they could not do anything until the doctor filed the claim. Then I could send in a complaint and appeal. The doctor has 16 months to file a claim.

Thanks to all of you for your posts. I will keep you informed.

Lou
 
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