FAQs

Rheumatology is a subspecialty of internal medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases and musculoskeletal conditions. Rheumatic diseases affect the joints and connective tissues, cartilage and tendons; many of these are considered autoimmune diseases, which arise from an abnormal response of the body’s immune system against its own tissues. These diseases can cause pain, swelling, stiffness and deformity of joints, tendons, bones and muscles.

At Center for Rheumatology, our specialists primarily focus on rheumatic conditions and our patients are encouraged to also have an internist.

8640 West Third Street, Los Angeles, California. On the Third Floor – Suite # 300.

We are located east of Robertson Blvd., west of La Cienega Blvd., across the street (south of) the Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers. On the corner of Hamel Rd. and W 3rd St.

Scheduling is done by our office staff. Please call our office to schedule an appointment. Alternatively, you may inquire about scheduling via email at info@centerforrheumatology.com

  • Medicare with most supplemental plans
  • Medicare3
  • Aetna group2 PPO/POS
  • Blue Shield group2 PPO/POS
  • Blue Shield grandfathered individual1 PPO
  • Blue Cross group2 PPO/PO and Federal.

1Individual insurance is that obtained by a person or family, as opposed to group insurance.

2Group insurance is that obtained by an individual or family through a larger organization, usually an employer.

3Responsible for 20% co-insurance and $25 office visit fee.

We do not accept Medi-Cal or HMO plans.

In order to provide outstanding service and care, there is an annual administration fee for non-covered services and increased demands for administrative tasks. New patients will be asked to pay this fee before their third visit to our office, or after the first year of care, whichever comes first.

Yes. Sometimes an insurance company that we do not accept will compensate us for services, usually at a reduced rate. If a patient wants a consultation and have us attempt to bill their insurance for it, we will do so. However, the patient must pay for the consult with the doctor at the time of the visit. Please contact our office for out-of-network and cash rates.

We do not accept Worker’s Compensation or Private Injury cases.

Yes. New patients are expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time, unless prior approved with our front staff. Existing patients are expected to arrive 10 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment slot to ensure a prompt and timely check-in.

Enclosed, handicap accessible, parking is available on the Lower Level and 1st Floor of our building. We do not validate parking. Street parking is available on Hamel Rd., Burton Way, and Willaman Dr., Metered parking is available on West 3rd St.

If you are running late for an appointment, please call the office with your estimated time of arrival. We will try our best to accommodate, but cannot guarantee you will be seen that day. Patients that arrive late for their scheduled appointment may have to reschedule their appointment for another day or time since our physicians make a strong effort to stick to their pre-arranged schedule at all times.

If you need to cancel an appointment, please do so 24 hours in advance. If a patient does not cancel their appointment within the prescribed cancellation period, a $75 cancellation fee will be added to the patient’s account.

A referral is not necessary to schedule a consult with one of our physicians.

For your first appointment, please be sure to bring your driver license, or other form of photo identification, as well as your insurance card(s), or other forms of payment. Any pertinent medical records are also recommended.

For follow-up visits, the office requires current copies of insurance cards at all times. Please bring your insurance card(s) with you if your coverage has recently changed.

Fasting is only required for specific lab tests. Unless one of our physicians has requested you do so, you do not need to fast prior to appointments.

We accept all major credit and debit cards, checks, cash, money orders or cashier’s checks.

Yes. Center for Rheumatology has a full service X-Ray suite which includes DEXA scans.

Our physicians make necessary call backs, usually after normal business hours, unless deemed urgent by the physician.

Medical records are released after the appropriate form is signed. (You can find this here) Upon request, and after physician review, our staff can release your lab results or other medical records in office or by standard or electronic mail. There is no fee for physician-to-physician medical records. There is a nominal fee for personal use medical records and X-Ray discs; the fee depends on the chart size. Please allow 72 hours for processing of medical record requests.

No. Our physicians may access CS-Link to view your records from other Cedars-Sinai physicians, but we do not upload Center for Rheumatology records to CS-Link.

Our physicians and appropriate office staff will evaluate the options given by your insurance company and benefit coverage. If a prior authorization is required, there will be a fee depending on the level of staff involvement.

Infusion therapy provides patients with medication intravenously (IV). It is safe and effective for patients with a severe condition that has not been managed by oral medications or if oral medications are not an option. Center for Rheumatology provides on-site infusion therapies for the treatment of chronic conditions.

Therapy is managed by our team of rheumatologists and experienced nurses. The staff is specially trained in all aspects of intravenous infusion including emergency procedures. You will sit in a comfortable, automated recliner during the therapy, with the option to nod off during the procedure or pass the time with a book, magazine, personal smart phone, computer or tablet.

Medicare and most health insurance plans cover this type of therapy under medical plan benefits. We would be happy to contact your insurance company to determine your coverage.

Please contact your pharmacy to request prescription refills. If there are no refills available, the pharmacist will contact the prescribing doctor to authorize additional refills on your prescription. Medication refills may take up to 48 hours to be completed, please allow adequate time for processing requests.

Please contact the Center for Rheumatology Billing Department by phone at (805) 527-2355.

Balances can be paid by mail or by phone, either with the billing department or the office staff. Please refer to payments accepted above.