Because our patients are immunocompromised,
Dr. Bunin is no longer accepting patients who are unvaccinated.
Please use the patient portal for all communications,
including scheduling your appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a referral?2019-01-29T23:27:39+00:00

Certain insurances require a referral to see specialists.  With a referral, we receive your medical history (results of bloodwork, images and physician notes), which is essential in your first consultation.

Do I need to draw labs (blood tests) prior to my first visit?2019-01-29T23:28:08+00:00

No. After your first visit, we will order any blood tests necessary.

I already tested positive for my disease. Why do I need to come in?2019-01-29T23:28:12+00:00

It’s important to understand that – especially in rheumatology – a positive test does NOT equal a diagnosis. Depending on your specific situation, you may not have the disease, and the consequences for a misdiagnosis can be severe.

What should I bring to my first visit?2019-01-29T23:28:17+00:00

We will review your medical history chronologically since birth. It is very helpful to bring some information; ask your relatives or friends to help fill in the details, as this often turns up crucial clues…

Do you take my insurance?2020-10-27T20:52:49+00:00

We proudly participate with Aetna, Cigna, Health Choice Life, Medicare-WA, Premera Blue Cross, and Regence Blue Shield. There are different plans within each of these insurance programs. We advise that you contact your insurance company to confirm that we are in your network.

What’s with the dogs?2019-01-29T23:28:31+00:00

Dr. Bunin’s two huskies, Lailah and Chase, are almost always in RheumCenter, providing therapy to patients and a calm, family feel to the office.  If you are uncomfortable with dogs, we understand, but we respectfully urge you to find another rheumatologist. They are as much a part of RheumCenter as Dr. Bunin herself.

What if I’m not good using computers?2019-01-29T23:28:37+00:00

As a private solo practice, RheumCenter is much more reliant on the Patient Portal than larger clinics or hospitals. You must be able to use the portal to ensure the best care.  If this is a problem, we respectfully insist you find another rheumatologist.

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