Updated Covid-19 Office Policies

Our office is fully open.

  • Infusion therapy continues without interruption.
  • Patient visits are being conducted both in-office and with remote televisits.
  • The lab is open to draw blood tests.

Please use CURBSIDE CHECK-IN when you arrive to avoid sitting in the waiting room. You can wait in your car or in the building lobby until we let you know that the staff is ready to show you back to the infusion suite, exam room or lab.

Televisits are performed through the Healow app. Please see HOW TO PREPARE FOR A TELEVISIT under Office News on our Home Page

Please note the following COVID office policies:

  • Everyone entering our office MUST WEAR a face mask.
  • Please DO NOT visit our office if you have fever, OR respiratory symptoms such as cough, OR symptoms of a gastrointestinal illness, OR if, in the past 14 days, you have had close contact with someone who has had Covid, OR if you have recently traveled to an area that has had significant Covid infection. If any of these applies, please call to reschedule your appointment or infusion, or to schedule a televisit.
  • These policies apply to everyone, whether you have received the Covid vaccine or not.

Our doctors and staff wear masks and one-use gloves for contact with patients (with the exception of the doctor’s physical exam). We are observing social distancing in the office, with the following exceptions for brief clinical contact:

  • Taking vital signs, such as blood pressure,
  • Your doctor performing a physical examination, or joint injection procedure,
  • Your infusion nurse performing vital signs, IV insertion and/or medication injection, and IV medication adjustment.

Our doctors and staff have all received the Covid vaccination. We strongly recommend that everyone receive one of the 3 Covid vaccines available in the United States (Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson).

At this time, we strongly recommend to all patients that you continue your current medicines, with no changes because of Covid-19. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions, the health consequences of not treating these conditions are considerable, and we recommend continuing your prescribed treatment. Of course, you may call us at any time with questions specific to your case and your medications.

For more information about coronavirus precautions and vaccinations, visit the Maryland Health Department site: www.health.maryland.gov/coronavirus. For more information about Covid-19 from the CDC, visit www.cdc.gov.

For information about getting tested for coronavirus, call the Montgomery County Communicable Diseases Hotline at 240.777.1755. We are not testing for coronavirus or flu in our office.

Welcome to the Center for Rheumatic Diseases and Osteoporosis, PA

New Covid-19 Office Policies

To our valued patients,

In order to protect our patients and staff, and as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 in the community, we have put in place several new office policies:

  • Everyone entering our office MUST WEAR a face mask.
  • Please DO NOT visit our office if you have fever, OR respiratory symptoms such as cough, OR symptoms of a gastrointestinal illness, OR if, in the past 14 days, you have had close contact with someone who has had Covid, OR if you have recently traveled to an area that has had significant Covid infection. If any of these applies, please call to reschedule your appointment or infusion, or to schedule a televisit.
  • We are offering both in-person office visits and TELEVISITS through the Healow app, or through the doxy.me.com platform that works on any browser. Please see Office News on our website home page for more details, after you close this window, and please call our staff with any questions about televisits.
  • We are FULLY OPEN for INFUSION THERAPY without interruption, and we recommend that you continue your infusion therapy on your regular schedule.
  • For your convenience and safety, we offer CURBSIDE CHECK-IN: when you arrive in our parking garage, call the office, and the staff will let you know when your exam room or infusion chair is open and ready for you (usually there is no wait). We practice careful social distancing and frequent sterile cleaning in the infusion suite, and masks must be worn by all patients and staff at all times throughout the office, including in the infusion suite.
  • Our doctors and clinical staff have all received both Covid vaccination doses.


More details about our Covid-19 policies can be found under Office News on the home page of the website, after you close this window. We appreciate you, and value the trust you have placed in our practice in seeking medical care with us. We welcome any questions you have about any of our office policies, either by phone call, or by portal message. For more information about Covid-19 from the CDC, visit www.cdc.gov.