Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we hear. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.
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What does a Nephrologist do?
Nephrology refers to a subspecialty of Internal Medicine related to the kidneys. Nephrology is sometimes called "renal medicine". The kidneys perform so many important bodily functions so a Nephrologist must be well versed in kidney disorders as well as other problems that arise due to kidney disfunction.
Does Kidney Disease mean I will need Dialysis?
Not all patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) require dialysis. Being told that you have CKD can be frightening. Seeking consultation with a Nephrologist is the first step in understanding your situation. Our physicians will review your records, explain the situation, and create a customized treatment plan for you.
Do I need a referral?
This depends on your insurance plan. Please contact your insurance provider to determine if a referral from your primary care physician is required. If a referral is required and not provided, your insurance may bill you the full amount of the visit.
I have been referred to a particular Nephrologist. Do I have to see him/her?
While you may have been referred to a particular Nephrologist in our group, you are welcome to see any of our Nephrologists of your choosing. All our Nephrologists are board certified and are accepting new patients.
How do you communicate with my referring physician?
After each office visit, we fax a copy of our office note to your referring physician, usually within 24-48 hours (about 2 days).
Which hospitals in the area do you service?
Our group has privileges at the following hospitals:
Novant Health UVA Prince William Medical Center
Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
What happens if I am admitted to the hospital and I would like you to follow along?
We are more than happy to see you if our services are needed. We ask that your Hospitalist physician contacts our office to request a hospital consultation.
How do you monitor how well my kidneys are working?
We look at the results of blood and urine tests as well as imaging, such as ultrasound.
Where do I have my labs done?
We perform lab testing in our offices. We have a Labtech from LabCorp in our office certain days. You can also may have your blood work done at any lab facility of your choosing
Do I need to fast before my blood work?
No, no fasting is required, unless the providers request it.
How do I see my lab results, send a message to my provider, ask for a medication refill?
To see your lab results, send messages to your provider, Please go to your MyChart Account to www.mychart.acumenmd.com
For a medication refill, Please call your pharmacy. Allow 2-3 days for a medication to be refilled by your provider.