Consultative Rheumatology

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Subspecialty Clinics – Consultative Rheumatology

About our practice:

The Johns Hopkins Consultative Rheumatology Clinic at Good Samaritan Hospital is staffed by board-certified rheumatologists who are all attending physicians and faculty members of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In addition, clinical fellows in rheumatology work in the clinic under the supervision of an attending physician. Clinical fellows are physicians who have completed three or more years of training in internal medicine and are now receiving 2-4 additional years of training as rheumatologists. They provide continuity care for patients in this practice during their tenure in our department. It is our mission to provide excellent clinical care while seeking to better define the causes, natural history, and best treatment approaches for rheumatologic diseases.

Meet Our Physicians and Faculty

Alan Baer, M.D., Director, Rheumatologist Carol Ziminski, M.D., Rheumatologist Jill Ratain, M.D., Rheumatologist Thomas Grader-Beck, M.D., Rheumatologist Homa Timlin, M.D., Rheumatologist Philip Seo, M.D., Rheumatologist

Meet Our Part-time Physicians and Faculty

Ira T. Fine, M.D. Howard Hauptman, M.D. Peter Holt, M.D. Iredell W. Iglehart, III, M.D. Andrea Marx, M.D. David McGinnis, M.D.

Meet Our Fellows

Tanmayee Bichile, M.D. Laura Cappelli, M.D. Eric Gapud, M.D. Colin Ligon, M.D. Karim Masri, M.D. Christopher Mecoli, M.D. Nadia Morgan, M.D. Eleni Tiniakou, M.D.

Meet Our Staff

Clinical Manager Shannon Bishop Medical Office Coordinators Brittany Hale Cathy Henry Renee Kirk Dana Lawrence Our medical office coordinators manage your referral to our clinic, the scheduling of your appointments, refilling of your prescriptions, and completion of medical disability forms. They also perform a large number of tasks inherent to a busy medical practice. Medical Assistant Kierra Perlie – Kierra is a Certified Medical Assistant. She greets you and takes your vital signs prior to escorting you to an exam room. She monitors exam room equipment, and makes sure clinic supplies are stocked. She also helps physicians with routine procedures when needed. Registrar Erica Mitchell – Erica is a Patient Service Coordinator and often the first person who greets you as you enter our clinic. She ensures that you are properly registered and billed.

Gout Clinic

The Gout Clinic treats patients who have a known or suspected diagnosis of gout or pseudogout.

Office Hours

Appointment hours vary by physician. Our office hours are 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Our telephones are attended by our Medical Office Coordinators between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The phones are unavailable from 11:30 to 12:30 PM, for lunch. During non-office hours, calls are handled by the answering service who will contact the covering physician for you.

Appointments

New Patients:

Please call our office at 443-444-4646 and press option 1 at the prompt. The following information must be faxed to our office at 410-630-7496 in advance of your appointment:

  • A referral letter from your physician.
  • Copies of your relevant medical records, including those from other rheumatologists whom you have seen and from other physicians managing your current illness
  • Relevant laboratory results
  • Results of X-rays, MRI and CT scans

We want to make the most of your first visit; therefore, we perform a records review process. This review process generally takes no longer than 72 hours and enables us to determine which of our physicians would be most appropriate to evaluate you. On the day of your appointment, please:

  • Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to allow time for registration.
  • Bring your insurance card
  • Bring a a photo I.D.
  • Bring your co-payment

Return Patients:

Appointments can be made by calling 443-997-1552 and selecting the appropriate prompt for your physician.

Cancellations:

We ask that you please notify us as soon as possible regarding cancellations of appointments. Unfortunately, if you do not cancel your appointment with at least 48 hours notice, you will be billed a $30.00 fee. This fee will not be covered by your insurance company.

Prescription Refills

Usually, your pharmacy will fax a refill authorization request to our office. This process minimizes errors in the transmission of information about your medication and dosage. If you call our office for a prescription refill, please have the following information available:

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • The medication name
  • The medication dosage
  • How you are taking the medication (once daily, twice daily, etc.)
  • The quantity needed (one month or 3 month supply)
  • The pharmacy phone number
  • A contact number where you can be reached, in case we have questions.

We do not fill prescriptions over the weekend or holidays. Some prescriptions require prior authorization by your insurance plan, and this may take several days to obtain. Please plan ahead and request refills at least 3 days before running out of your medications.

Insurance / Billing Information

We are participating with the following insurance payors:

  • Aetna Health Plan
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst BlueChoice HMO
  • CIGNA
  • Coventry Healthcare
  • EHP
  • First Health
  • Great West/One Health PPO
  • Humana Choicecare
  • InforMed/CHP
  • Kaiser
  • MDIPA HMO
  • Maryland Medical Assistance
  • Medicare Part B*
  • Multiplan PPO
  • NCAS
  • One Net PPO
  • Optimum Choice HMO
  • Priority Partners MCO
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • Tricare Reserve Select
  • Tricare Standard
  • United Healthcare
  • US Family Health Plan

*We do not participate with out-of-state Medicaid or Medicare Advantage/Replacement plans

Patient Forms

Patient Resources

Address and Directions

Good Samaritan Hospital Russell Morgan Building, Suite 507-508 5601 Loch Raven Boulevard Baltimore, Maryland 21239 Phone: (443) 444-4646 FAX: (410) 630-7496 Complimentary parking is available in Lots C,D & E. Directions

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