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Dr. Joe L Buford has the following 1 specialty
- General Practice
A general practitioner is similar to a family practitioner in that they treat patients of all ages with a variety of health concerns. These doctors treat everyday ailments, some acute and chronic diseases, and also provid health checkups, physicals, inoculations and preventative care.
General practitioners differ from family practitioners because they are not required to complete an additional residency in family medicine after completing their medical school residency. Like family practitioners, general practitioners will also provide referrals to patients who are in need of a specialist.
Dr. Joe L Buford has the following 6 expertise
- Flu (Human Influenza)
Dr. Joe L Buford has 0 board certified specialties
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Dr. Buford has been my primary care physician for approximately the past fifteen years. He is very professional, is an expert at making quick and accurate diagnoses, as well as knowing how to make appropriate decisions when prescribing medications for his patients. He is an excellent listener and is extremely compassionate. In my opinion, he is the best primary care physician I have ever known.
I have heard Dr. Buford is a great MD but the staff he has is very rude. There is two men who answer the phone. I believe one is Brandon and the other one I can not remember. I was needing info on one of his patients for a facility. I called about 10 times over two days and was greeted every time with "Can you hold please" to which I said "Yes." I did not know that meant for 5-7 minutes. Then to be hung up on or transferred to sit on the phone waiting longer. The waits were not even the biggest problem honestly. It was the way the window witches were when they answered the phone or hung it up. I never was rude or loud. I said please I need this paperwork but it was not taken seriously. Its okay because next time I will be rude in person. Get nicer people to work for you please!
I started with Doctor Buford a few years ago after a friend referred him to me. Before I went to Cabot Medical Clinic for years. I knew something was wrong, but could not figure it out. The first time I went to Doctor Buford he tested me for diabetes and found out that I was diabetic. My cholesterol was over 350, my diabetes was elevated, my kidneys and liver count was not good, ... Well, after taking the medication that doctor Buford has me on everything is working out well. They keep check on my liver, kidneys, cholesterol, and overall wellness on a regular basis. Honestly, I read a couple of the posts that cast a negative shadow over the doctor and staff and I believe that to be so far from the truth. He is the best doctor I have ever been to and the staff are very polite and well trained.
For a doctor that is committed to his job with compassion, he has failed except for his nurse Gayle and an exceptional employee Michael that has since left, to instill that same drive and compassion in his other employees. Expect to be treated rudely and to be lied to by his office. Office Clerk Chrissy Cook usually doesn't want to be bothered by her job and it will take her an extraordinary amount of time to do referrals and often speaking in demeaning tones. Office Clerk Denise Lee has very knowledge of filing claims and often my claims are filled in error and are usually filed months after the visit. She also ordered the staff for patients not to be seen if they owe any money which is done in front of the entire lobby. If payment is owed like copay, they will take away your prescriptions until you go to an ATM down the street and come back. They will also lie booking you weeks in advance for any appointments. These go against the philosophy of Dr. Buford in conversations with him . I have also witnessed on a number of occasions Office Clerks Denise Lee, Leisa House, Chrissy Cook, Amanda, and Tyson James be verbally abuse to Dr. Buford's toxicologist Michael Dean , lunge at him, scream at him, and spend considerable time talking loud enough to bash him in front of patients and drug reps and right before he left was subjected to acts of hate crime and theft by those same clerks. A police report was filed supposedly but from my last visit very little has changed except they lost one of the best employees he had. They often practice the same behavior to Dr. Buford as well. My advice is to ignore his staff most times and ask to speak with Dr. Buford for anything that does not put the patient first.
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.
Patients' Choice Award (2008, 2009, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
On-Time Doctor Award (2016)
Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.
Dr. Buford is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
40 Years Experience
University Of Arkansas For Medical Sciences College Of Medicine
Graduated in 1978
University Hospital Of Arkansas
Dr. Joe L Buford accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
Ambetter Superior Health Plan
- Ambetter Superior Health Plan
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
- Humana National POS
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- Qualchoice Statewide Network
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
Locations & DirectionsJoe L Buford Family Practice, 410 W Pershing Blvd, North Little Rock, AR
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