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Dr. Paula J Mcmurtry has the following 2 specialties
A rheumatologist is a physician who has received extensive training in diagnosing and treating rheumatic conditions. Rheumatic conditions involve the joints, soft tissues, autoimmune system, vascular system, and connective tissues.
Some of the conditions that rheumatologists treat are rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, sarcoidosis, vasculitis, and lupus. These are all conditions that involve a lot of pain and make mobility difficult. Rheumatologists use medications, such as analgesics, NSAIDs, steroids, DMARDs, infliximab, and adalimumab, as well as occupational therapy, in order to decrease pain and improve a patient's quality of life.
- Internal Medicine
An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic.
These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
- Rheumatic Diseases
- Osteoarthritis (Hand and Wrist)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Knee Osteoarthritis
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This is the second rheumatologist I have seen in the Columbia, MO area and hands down is the best doctor I have ever been too. I appreciate her taking the time to talk with me and my husband, very thorough in discussing treatment plans and is knowledgeable about my condition. Her staff is equally friendly and efficient. Highly recommend.
The Dr. Is great. However the nude, rec. Is rude, inconsiderate and has zero compassion for pts. In pain or sick. She needs a new job and the Dr. Would see more satisfied pts. With a caring staff. Dr. M is so nice its a shame, and I'm not the only pt. That agrees. There just are not to many competent rheum. In the area to see so we put up with it. Sad very sad.
The staff is not competent. I waited to here from them for two weeks about the results from an MRI. I usually have results called to me by a doctor within 2-3 days. The doc said it was the hospitals fault for telling me I should hear something in a few days. I don't feel like I am important to this office. Whenever I talk to the nurse/clerk, I get the feeling she is irritated that I have a question.
I believe that Dr. McMurtry is a competent physician. However her office staff run her business in a very unprofessional manner. I arrived over an hour ahead of my appointment time because I was dependent on Medicaid transportation. The office staff didn't check me in upon my arrival, even though I signed in. At the time of my appointment the office staff called me to the window, asking my what my copay was. I replied to the office staff that they should know what my copay was and that my insurance had changed. The office staff then reviewed my insurance card stating that Dr. McMurtry did not accept Medicaid. I asked them WHY they had not read my paperwork, or called to check to see if my information was still correct (since it had been over a year since my last appointment). They said it was my responsibility to notify them that my insurance had changed. I replied that my responsibility was met by my PCP sending them my facesheet containing my information and they would have known that if they had read it. I informed the office staff that Dr. McMurtry was listed as accepting Medicaid and I was not a new patient. I was told that was not true...that they did not accept medicaid. I asked WHY would you allow me to sign in and wait an hour before asking me if my information was up to date. That question was met with quit rude behavior...blaming me, the customer for the problem. What on earth has happened to customer service. Need People in healthcare who CARE about patients/customers and KNOW what their job is. Medicaid paid for a 3 hour round trip...a waste that would have been avoided had the office staff performed there job according to routine health care standards. To bad the office projects on the physician. I believe that Dr. McMurtry is a fine physician.
29 Years Experience
Drexel University College Of Medicine
Graduated in 1989
Dr. Paula J Mcmurtry accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
- Anthem Blue Access PPO
- Anthem Blue Preferred HMO
- Anthem Blue Preferred Plus POS
- Anthem MO Blue Preferred Options
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS IL PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA LocalPlus
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
Coventry Health Care
- Coventry KS PPO
- Coventry MO HMO POS
- Coventry OA EPO Exchange - KS/MO
- First Health PPO
- HealthLink PPO
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
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Locations & DirectionsDrs Brocksmith And Mcmurtry, 1705 E Broadway Ste 220, Columbia, MO
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