Following CDC guidelines, we are encouraging our patients with moderately to severely compromised immune systems should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The plan for now doesn’t call for boosters for recipients of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
We find it necessary to update our COVID protocols due to the rise in cases. Only patients will be allowed in office. Thank you for your consideration.
Rheumatology Associates, PLLC have been following guidelines from Governor Beshear, and the Centers for Disease Control in order to minimize the risk of COVID-19. All office personnel have received their COVID-19 vaccinations.
Keeping patients safe is our top priority.
For the foreseeable future, the following guidelines are in place at Rheumatology Associates, PLLC
Telemedicine instead of in-person visits are encouraged when appropriate.
We offer a HIPAA secure portal capable of a video-conference visit via most smart phones or computers with a camera.
Our staff will be calling you to change your in-office appointment to telemedicine. If you feel you must be seen in the office, please advise the scheduler.
Fever and COVID-19 screening.
All patients entering the office will:
Have their temperature taken.
Be screened for signs of infection, including fever, cough, congestion, or shortness of breath.
Be screened for any known exposures to COVID-19.
Be screened for travel.
Be asked if they have been tested and if they have their results.
If any of the above are positive, patients will need to wait two weeks before being seen.
Universal masking for all direct person to person contact.
All patients are to wear masks at all times.
All patients are asked to bring a mask to their appointment, or one will be provided.
All employees at Rheumatology Associates, PLLC are masked for all person-to-person contact.
Non-traditional waiting rooms.
Patients are asked upon arrival to wait in car and call
502-767-3329 (all other appointments)
For those who need to wait in the building, social distancing measures are employed in the waiting room.
Except for rare exceptions of assisting vulnerable patients.
Visitors are not permitted to wait in the waiting room and should wait in their car.
Rheumatology Associates, PLLC has employed enhanced sanitizing and disinfecting.
Although sanitizing has always been part of our protocol, extra measures are taken to ensure exam rooms, tables, chairs, and equipment are sanitized in between patients.
The above guidelines are essential for us to be able to provide care during this pandemic, and we ask for your cooperation.
Rheumatology Associates, PLLC
*Guidelines from the Governor, the Kentucky Medical Board, and the Centers for Disease Control often change rapidly, and we will do our best to keep this post up to date. However, it is possible the guidelines have changed since this posting, and verbal conveyance of our guidelines at the office take precedence over this posting.