Review: University Rheumatology

Review: University Rheumatology

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Blue Moon

Nashville, TN

#1 May 30, 2011
I was a patient of University of Tennessee Rheumatology and I was never, not one time, seen by a medical doctor. I will not go back to this group. Before making an appointment with a Rheumatology group, call them and find out if you will be seen by a medical doctor or a nurse pratitioner. I found out the hard way that is what I should have done.
Jennifer

Strawberry Plains, TN

#2 Jun 9, 2011
Blue Moon wrote:
I was a patient of University of Tennessee Rheumatology and I was never, not one time, seen by a medical doctor. I will not go back to this group. Before making an appointment with a Rheumatology group, call them and find out if you will be seen by a medical doctor or a nurse pratitioner. I found out the hard way that is what I should have done.
I should have done the same...I have been 3 times and never been seen by a doctor. Very frustrating, especially when you pay a specialist copay.
Ripped Off

Nashville, TN

#3 Jun 9, 2011
The first time I was at UT Rheumatology, I talked with a nurse practitioner for 20 to 30 minutes and she took a medical history. For that, I paid a co-pay of $40.00 and they charged my insurance $430.00. I'm not kidding. The second time, I also talked with a nurse practitioner for about 20 minutes. And for that, I paid a co-pay of $40.00 and they billed my insurance $140.00. I never saw a medical doctor at UT Rheumatology. I actually never met a rheumatologist in my life.
Classic Rock

Nashville, TN

#4 Jun 11, 2011
Jennifer wrote:
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I should have done the same...I have been 3 times and never been seen by a doctor. Very frustrating, especially when you pay a specialist copay.
What was the name of the doctor that you were supposed to be seeing?
RA Too

Knoxville, TN

#5 Jun 13, 2011
Try Rhum consultants on papermill. They are great. Dr Michisia, Typo! Anyway He is a great Dr. And they do bloodwork at every visit, xray yearly, he examines you at every visit.#1 place to go. And I do not have INS. And my visit is $115 every visit. You have INS your in good luck. Go there , have your family dr do a referral to that dr.
Jennifer

Nashville, TN

#6 Jun 27, 2011
Thanks for the info, RA Too. What does it take to get an appointment with Rhum Consultants?
ANA Titer Thru The Roof

Nashville, TN

#7 Jun 28, 2011
I have lived for the past 23 years on the island of St Croix and have recently moved back to the east TN area. The doctor I was seeing on the island is on trial as we speak, for some kind of billing fraud. I can't get an answer at his office and I can't get my medical reports. What do I have to do to get an appointment with a Rheumatologist? I can't get a referral from my former doctor.
BM and Ripped

Maryville, TN

#8 Jul 2, 2011
why frequent Knoxville rheum offices if you both live in Nashville? Vandy's great! Just wondering...
Just Me

Livingston, TN

#9 Jul 3, 2011
Ripped Off wrote:
The first time I was at UT Rheumatology, I talked with a nurse practitioner for 20 to 30 minutes and she took a medical history. For that, I paid a co-pay of $40.00 and they charged my insurance $430.00. I'm not kidding. The second time, I also talked with a nurse practitioner for about 20 minutes. And for that, I paid a co-pay of $40.00 and they billed my insurance $140.00. I never saw a medical doctor at UT Rheumatology. I actually never met a rheumatologist in my life.
Almost all specialists are all like that - you are right it is unreal. I went to an orthopedic surgeon who charged over $600 for less than an exam of 5 minutes (mostly which he talked about himself).
Just Me

Livingston, TN

#10 Jul 3, 2011
Of course, it is not all profit for the offices & much of the $ goes for staff, loans, etc.
Shelly

Mount Juliet, TN

#11 Jul 7, 2011
Just Me wrote:
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Almost all specialists are all like that - you are right it is unreal. I went to an orthopedic surgeon who charged over $600 for less than an exam of 5 minutes (mostly which he talked about himself).
Wow. I'm very glad to have insurance but I still keep watch on what my insurance is being billed. My board certified OBGYN billed my insurace $160.00 for my annual girlie exam and that included breast exam, pelvic exam, pap smear and whatever else they do. The rheumatology group in the UT professional building bills insurance $430.00 for a consultation with a NP and charges a $40.00 co-pay. My gasterenterologist only bills insurance $65.00 for an office visit, but I am an established patient and he is a board certified GI doc.

The NP at that rheumatology group at UT professional building has her masters in OBGYN and neonatal nursing. Honestly, I looked at her practitioner profile on the state of TN web site for license verifiation. She doesn't have any certification or training in rheumatology, according to her practitioner profile, which, by the way, states that she works for OBGYNs in Maryville and lists her supervising doctors as OBGYNs. I don't know how long she has been at the rheumatology group but I thought the law required prompt notice of change of address and/or supervising doctor. Is it unusual for a rheumatologist to hire an NP who has no training or certification in rheumatology?
Just Me

Livingston, TN

#12 Jul 7, 2011
Shelly wrote:
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Wow. I'm very glad to have insurance but I still keep watch on what my insurance is being billed. My board certified OBGYN billed my insurace $160.00 for my annual girlie exam and that included breast exam, pelvic exam, pap smear and whatever else they do. The rheumatology group in the UT professional building bills insurance $430.00 for a consultation with a NP and charges a $40.00 co-pay. My gasterenterologist only bills insurance $65.00 for an office visit, but I am an established patient and he is a board certified GI doc.
The NP at that rheumatology group at UT professional building has her masters in OBGYN and neonatal nursing. Honestly, I looked at her practitioner profile on the state of TN web site for license verifiation. She doesn't have any certification or training in rheumatology, according to her practitioner profile, which, by the way, states that she works for OBGYNs in Maryville and lists her supervising doctors as OBGYNs. I don't know how long she has been at the rheumatology group but I thought the law required prompt notice of change of address and/or supervising doctor. Is it unusual for a rheumatologist to hire an NP who has no training or certification in rheumatology?
I do not think there is any additional training for NPs in that field (much of it is hands on or in clinics) but I am not 100% for sure. I know once many NPs get out they may go into specific areas (pain management, obgyn, ortho) instead of doing primary health care etc and may take additional classes but just like physician assistants they can still work in different settings.
I have a nursing degree and our classes went over all the broad aspects (such as med surgery, pediatrics, psych) etc but to be honest I learned more working in pediatrics hospital than I did in school so it is more like specializing in nursing although my education involved general nursing. Of course, NP school is more advanced training and classes.
Good thing to check all MDs & NPs license and background - she may have turned in her address and it may not be updated yet. You are right it is required by law but not for sure the time frame.
Even just going to the health dept costs over $70 (basic NP exam) and first-time pt is over $130 so inflation has hit everywhere! LOL!!
I hope this helps but it seems you do not 'click' with this NP and if you are still not comfortable with her, see about others in the office or MDs. Many places uses NPs and I've mostly had great care from NPs (in fact, one at the health dept dx my obstructed gallbladder when the ER docs had no clue).
You prob could ask if there was anyway to see the doc since you are more comfortable with a MD (you don't wanna rock the boat or burn your bridges since it maybe difficult to get into another specialist soon since the waiting lists are usually long and insurance approval).
Of course, it is hard to find new MDs or specialists in the times we live in but if you are not happy with a MD or NP, look to see if there is a different avenue.

GOOD LUCK and hope it works out for you!!!
Shelly

Mount Juliet, TN

#13 Jul 8, 2011
It did. Thanks and have a great weekend.
Jessica

Knoxville, TN

#14 Jul 19, 2011
Too bad you are not educated on the fact that a nurse practicioner is just as educated as the doctors are. If they weren't, they would not be allowed by law to treat your for you illness or prescribe you medication. I bed that group is better off without a negative person like you!
Blue Moon wrote:
I was a patient of University of Tennessee Rheumatology and I was never, not one time, seen by a medical doctor. I will not go back to this group. Before making an appointment with a Rheumatology group, call them and find out if you will be seen by a medical doctor or a nurse pratitioner. I found out the hard way that is what I should have done.
Blue Moon

United States

#15 Jul 22, 2011
Jessica wrote:
Too bad you are not educated on the fact that a nurse practicioner is just as educated as the doctors are. If they weren't, they would not be allowed by law to treat your for you illness or prescribe you medication. I bed that group is better off without a negative person like you!
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You don't have to be hateful and belligerent just because you disagree with someone.
Blue Moon

United States

#16 Jul 22, 2011
You don't have to be hateful and belligerent just because you disagree with someone, Jessica.
PS Here

Redmond, OR

#17 Jul 22, 2011
Shelly wrote:
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Wow. I'm very glad to have insurance but I still keep watch on what my insurance is being billed. My board certified OBGYN billed my insurace $160.00 for my annual girlie exam and that included breast exam, pelvic exam, pap smear and whatever else they do. The rheumatology group in the UT professional building bills insurance $430.00 for a consultation with a NP and charges a $40.00 co-pay. My gasterenterologist only bills insurance $65.00 for an office visit, but I am an established patient and he is a board certified GI doc.
The NP at that rheumatology group at UT professional building has her masters in OBGYN and neonatal nursing. Honestly, I looked at her practitioner profile on the state of TN web site for license verifiation. She doesn't have any certification or training in rheumatology, according to her practitioner profile, which, by the way, states that she works for OBGYNs in Maryville and lists her supervising doctors as OBGYNs. I don't know how long she has been at the rheumatology group but I thought the law required prompt notice of change of address and/or supervising doctor. Is it unusual for a rheumatologist to hire an NP who has no training or certification in rheumatology?
A NP's basic education and training is very general. It is later in their program that they pick their specialty classes. So even though her specialty education was OB/GYN and Neonatology she still has the education to work in other areas. Most doctors utilize NP's because A) they are qualified and most are very good at what they do and B) it is cheaper to hire a NP than another MD...lol...sad but true :)

If I'm not mistaken they have 30 days to notify the BON of a change in address or supervising physician.
RA Patient

Knoxville, TN

#18 Feb 17, 2012
I have been going to University Rheumatology located near UT Hospital in Knoxville for several years. I have always seen a more than qualified physician and professional staff. I feel that I have received excellent care, if I did not, I would not continue to see them. The staff physicians, nurse practitioner, nurses, and office staff are excellent people. Any physician's office can have problems, but if you are unhappy, you by all means should seek help somewhere else. They have always been willing to talk to me on the phone with any questions that I have and I feel that they have always taken the time to address any problems or concerns that I have had.

Since: Aug 11

Ooltewah, TN

#19 Feb 18, 2012
RA Patient wrote:
I have been going to University Rheumatology located near UT Hospital in Knoxville for several years. I have always seen a more than qualified physician and professional staff. I feel that I have received excellent care, if I did not, I would not continue to see them. The staff physicians, nurse practitioner, nurses, and office staff are excellent people. Any physician's office can have problems, but if you are unhappy, you by all means should seek help somewhere else. They have always been willing to talk to me on the phone with any questions that I have and I feel that they have always taken the time to address any problems or concerns that I have had.
That is what health care should be about. It warms my heart to know there are offices that still understand it.:)
bigT

Knoxville, TN

#20 Feb 18, 2012
You might as well come stalk me here too. Because i'm going to call your Pill Slut friend a bullchit liar.
Her million dollar house is nothing more than a track home with the trampoline moved around to the backyard.

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