Telemedicine at Asheville Neurology Specialists

In light of the COVID-19 situation, we have started doing virtual visits for our appointments that can be completed without coming into the office. is our chosen way to communicate for video chat, and it is one of the ways that is reccomended by the Department of Health and Human Services. If you are interested in learning more about telehealth at Asheville Neurology, please call (828) 210-9300 and press 0, or send us a message via your patient portal.

Current Patients with Scheduled Appointments

If you have an appointment currently scheduled with us, you will likely be contacted to switch that appointment over to a virtual format. Theses measures will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and assist in protecting our most vulnerable patients and staff members.



1) Is Secure? complies with the security and privacy requirements of the healthcare industry. Here are the following ways they maintain security:

  • Patient health information (PHI) is not stored, as a result this data cannot be stolen from servers
  • Point-to-point NIST-approved AES 128 bit encryption is used for all video & audio communication
  • Full volume encryption and 256-bit AES encrypted keys used on data stored at rest
  • HIPAA and HITECH compliant servers
  • OSSEC intrusion detection, file integrity monitoring, log monitoring, root check, and process monitoring
  • Annual HIPAA risk assessments conducted
  • Auditing, logging, backup and disaster recovery policies and procedures in place

2) How does work?

This video provides a helpful introduction to

3) How will I be billed for telehealth?

Because of the COVID-19 situation, many health insurance have waived copays for telemedicine visits. The best way to know if you will have a copayment is to call the number on the back of your insurance card. You can also contact our billing department at (828) 210-9300 option 3.

4) What if I have no way to do a video call?

We will make every effort to accommodate you without bringing you into our office, including via phone call or via the patient portal . However if an office visit is deemed essential, we will work to bring you in during our clinic hours. We will also screen you for potential COVID-19 symptoms and possible exposure prior to your arrival.

Asheville Neurology’s Response to COVID-19

UPDATED 3-25-2020

If you have a fever and/or respiratory symptoms (cough/shortness of breath/sneezing) or have been in contact with a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days, DO NOT COME TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.Please call our office at (828) 210-9300 for further instructions.

Our patient population consists mainly of individuals who fall under the “at risk” category for being vulnerable to COVID-19. Therefore we are taking precautions with all people entering our building.

We are limiting people entering Asheville Neurology to only essential caregivers, patients and staff without fevers or contact with people exposed to COVID-19.

We are also working on alternative appointments via telehealth/email and phone visits.

Please work with us as we try to limit the spread of COVID-19 as a community.

We will keep you updated on our progress with telehealth visits.

3-13-2020Asheville Neurology’s Response to COVID-19:

At Asheville Neurology Specialists, we are taking the necessary steps to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus, which causes COVID-19

Our Safety Committee is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will adapt our prevention steps and response to the virus as the situation progresses.

To reduce risk, we have:

•Increased the use of disinfectants to wipe down step stool handrails, doorknobs, restrooms and commonly touched surfaces.
•Installed signage onsite reminding customers of hygiene recommendations.
•Educated our staff to use discretion with our No Show Policy as it relates to reducing the potential spread of the Corona Virus.
•Asked that all patients contact us prior to their appointment with us if:

They are experiencing fever and/or have respiratory symptoms such as coughing/sneezing/shortness of breath.


They may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or have been exposed.


They have traveled to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea, or have been on a cruise in the last 14 days.

This way we can take the appropriate steps to prepare for the arrival of these patients or recommend rescheduling as appropriate.

****As recommended by the CDC, we will also screen all patients with these questions at their appointment.******

ANS Welcomes a New Physician Assistant!

International Women’s Day was this past Sunday. In light of such an inspirational holiday, we think it’s the perfect time to introduce to you our newest Physician Assistant: Allyssa Dennard!

Allyssa completed her Master of Clinical Medical Science at Barry University in Miami, Florida in 2019. She also obtained her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, with a Minor in Public Health. from the University of Florida.

Last year, she worked with Dr. Patton during a clinical rotation and got a feel for our doctors and patients. Now, almost a year later, we are absolutely thrilled to be able to introduce her as a full time provider.

We look forward to everything she will bring to Asheville Neurology Specialists!

2020 Committees at Asheville Neurology

2020 Marks the Creation of 3 Committees at Asheville Neurology Specialists!


Diversity and Inclusion Committee:

The Diversity Committee is committed to helping to create a more inclusive environment for our patients and staff members at Asheville Neurology. The committee will focus on staying up do date on current research regarding diversity and inclusion within healthcare. The committee meets bi-weekly for brainstorming sessions related to the improvement of our current diversity related processes or creation of new ones.

Community and Staff Engagement Committee:

This committee will be responsible for supporting staff engagement and nurturing relationships with Community Organizations such as our referral sources or places that we send our patients for their care. As part of this committee, members will help to plan events for staff members such as the Christmas party, painting w/ a twist event and other staff celebrations. They will also help coordinate fundraising efforts for organizations like the National MS Society or local organizations, such as patient assistance for Boxing programs for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Safety Committee:

This committee will focus on quality improvement as it relates to the health and safety of both our patients and staff members. We will work together on HIPAA and OSHA related initiatives and brainstorm about ways we can learn from incidents or “near misses” at ANS. This team will also work together on the creation of educational material and training for all ANS staff as well as lead auditing practices to ensure compliance.

Each committee is comprised of staff members who are passionate about the issues at hand and who have volunteered their time to work on quality improvement efforts. We look forward to bringing you updates about our goals and our progress as we meet those goals.


Phreesia and Asheville Neurology Specialists

Pre Registering for Appointments at ANS

Pre-Registering at ANS

Did you know that you should “check in” prior to every appointment at Asheville Neurology?

A Pre-Visit email will be sent to you, providing you with a private way to give your doctor all the information he or she needs for your upcoming visit, and saving you time in the waiting room. An email will come from with the subject: “Check-in online for your upcoming appointment.”

What can you expect once I start the Pre-Visit questionnaire?

You will see security questions confirming your date of birth, address and phone number. Once your phone number is confirmed, Phreesia will send you a code via voicemail or text that you must type in before proceeding. You will be asked the types of health-related questions you would normally see on a clipboard in a crowded waiting room.
Consent forms will be provided, which you can sign using your mouse or mobile phone.

If a balance or co-pay is owed for your visit, you will be able to make your payment in the comfort of your own home the day of your visit.

Why does it matter?

Not only does pre-registration save time at check in,  but it also allows our providers to review the clinical information you submit prior to your appointment. The time that would normally be spent taking clinical history is then able to be spent discussing options and making sure that we are meeting your goals for your visit. It also allows us to correct any insurance issues prior to your appointment so that there are no unexpected issues at check in.

Get the most out of your next visit by pre-registering prior to your appointment!

Appointment Reminder Cards are Here

We are excited about our new appointment reminder cards at Asheville Neurology! Although your visit summary will always have the date of your next appointment at the bottom of it, you are always welcome to ask for a reminder card as well.

No Show Policy Updates

Each time a patient misses an appointment without providing proper notice, another patient is prevented from receiving care.

Therefore, beginning 4/1/2019, Asheville Neurology Specialists, PA reserves the right to charge a fee of $50 for all missed appointments (“no shows”) and appointments which are not cancelled with a 24-hour advance notice.

“No Show” fees will be billed to the patient. This fee is not covered by insurance, and must be paid prior to your next appointment. Three “no shows” will result in termination from our practice.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we strive to best serve the needs of all of our patients.

Read any of our practice policies by clicking here.