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Frequently Asked

  • Yes, we are accepting new patient and are in network with BCBS, UHC, Cigna and Aetna. Please refer to the 'Become a New Patient' page for details on how to become a new patient. If you have any further questions, call out office!

  • When a provider sends a doctor to doctor referral, typically they will send the reason for evaluation along with any previous notes, lab tests and imaging addressing the current issue. In addition they will send other pertinent information including past medical history and any current diagnosis. This information helps us decide whether we're a good fit for you. This process helps save time and cost in making a diagnosis and is standard in the field of Rheumatology.

  • You will have a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms and a detailed discussion regarding the next steps, whether it is continued treatments with rheumatology clinic, or a recommendation to follow back with your referring / primary care provider.

    It is very helpful to bring any relevant lab or other tests or have them faxed to us, prior provider notes to your appointment. New patient appointments are for 60 minutes, but may take less or more time depending on various factors. Your arrival at check in time will allow us time to process your paperwork and ensure you are ready on time for your appointment. Checking in late, at best, takes precious time away from your allotted time; and at worst, might result in you being rescheduled.

  • Please complete the linked medical records release request form to release your medical information and either –

    • Fax it to (919) 851 1900, or

    • Mail it to 1720 NW Maynard Rd, Cary NC 27513

    Please be sure to include medical records recipient’s contact information and feel free to contact our medical records team for any concerns or questions at (919) 344 0180 (ext#1)

  • It’s important to understand that – especially in rheumatology – a positive test does NOT equal a diagnosis. Depending on your specific situation, you may or may not have autoimmune rheumatological condition. Many times a common screening test can be false positive. It requires more than lab work to confirm the condition.

  • We ask that all follow up patients of Cary Rheumatology arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time in order to update any information that may be needed. Please bring a list of updated medicines. Co-payment will be collected during check-in for each visit.. At Cary Rheumatology, we will do our very best to accommodate you if you are late to your appointment. We ask that you call if you know you are going to be late. If you are more than 10 minutes late to check in for your appointment, we may ask to reschedule your visit. This helps us serve our patients with the utmost respect for everyone’s time.

  • We are not specialized in the process of disability determination. Therefore, we do not perform these evaluations nor complete forms related to disability determination. We will provide medical records to state or private entities that perform disability determination with proper consent.


  • Please contact your pharmacy to issue an electronic request for medication refills. Refills will be discussed at each office visit as well. Please allow 2 business days to authorize a refill, possibly longer if your medication requires review of labs needed for monitoring. Refills will not be processed over weekends or holidays, so please plan accordingly. Refills of specialty medications may require longer time as some Speciality medications require Prior Authorization from insurance company. It is patient's responsibility to call our office to inform our staff when there is a change in the insurance poicy. If you are requesting that a medication is sent to a pharmacy other than your preferred pharmacy on file in your medical record, this may result in delays. Please be sure to indicate the appropriate pharmacy at each visit. Pharmacy coverage is often preferred by health insurance benefits and it will be the patient’s responsibility to know what pharmacy is in-network for their insurance.

    Refills will be provided only if you are following up with our practice/providers  as scheduled and having labwork done on time as recommended by our providers as per medical guidelines. Otherwise refills for any rheumatology medication can not be provided (both are equally important and required for all patients).

  • Many of the medications prescribed to treat rheumatologic diseases can cause significant side effects, including low blood counts, or kidney and liver problems. These types of side effects can develop without any symptoms, even in patients who have been on the same medications for years.

    In order to be sure that it is safe for you to continue your medications, we must check your lab work at regular intervals. Actively treating your rheumatic disease is very important. 

  • Labs are checked routinely to make sure your can tolerate the medication being prescribed to you. Labs are due at set intervals for different medications, as recommended by the provider.

     Please set a reminder on your calendar. Lab or your provider will not call you to remind you.

    The lab orders are electronically sent to the lab at the time of visit, you can call and confirm with the lab to see if that have received the order prior to going to the lab. 

  • Yes. For most infections, especially if you have a fever, you may need to hold your immunosuppressive medications, except Hydroxychloroquine. In general you would need to hold Methotrexate, Sulfasalazine, Leflunomide, Azathioprine, Mycophenolate, Xeljanz, Rinvoq, Olumiant, and any biologics/ infusion medications.Please check and confirm with the office by calling (919) 344 0180.

  • Yes. You will need to hold medications for most major surgeries to allow for proper wound healing. Similarly, schedule surgery at an appropriate interval from the infusion of immunosuppressive medication, and allow a few weeks of healing before scheduling your next infusion. Please check with the clinic regarding your specific medication. 

  • Please call our office first to make sure there is no contraindication or reason not to take prednisone.

  • Hold all your immunosuppressive medicine ( except Plaquenil/hydroxychloroquine) until your infections have resolved. If you have COVID or symptoms of COVID then do not take immunosuppressive meds for 2 weeks. Call your PCP or Urgent care if you have symptoms of infection and get treated for infection. Also call and cancel upcoming infusions or in office injections.

  • No you do not need to. If you get sick or have the same symptoms then see PCP and then hold our meds till you feel better from infection and Antibiotic course is complete.

  • After first infusion, it can be normal. But if you have any other symptoms let us know. If  there are any life treatening symptoms at home after infusion then call 911 and go to the nearest ER and then inform our office also.

Common Clinical Questions:


Cary Rheumatology accepts following major insurance carriers as listed below. For any coverage related questions please contact our office or call your insurance for more details. It is patient’s responsibility to get more details from the respective insurance for a detailed coverage for specialist office. Whenever there is a change in the Insurance policy, it is the patient's responsibility to inform our office to ensure we are in network with the new plan and to mail/bring a copy of the most recent policy card. 

Insurance that we don’t accept: Medicaid (any type of medicaid plans).

We are in network with all UHC plans except for UHC Community Plan. Some UHC plan may require separate Referral approval from UHC, refer to your card for details.

We are in network with all Aetna plans except Aetna CVS Healthcare plan.

We are in network with all BCBS plans except (High Performance Network plan).

We are in network with all Cigna plans except Cigna Connect plan.

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