Rheumatology Practice Management October 2020 Vol 8 No 1

Physicians should not react emotionally to ending a patient–physician relationship, according to Heidi Kocher, Esq, Partner, Liles Parker, PLLC, Plano, TX. At the National Organization of Rheumatology Managers 2020 Practice Managers Conference, held virtually this year, Ms Kocher took a deep dive into the steps involved in navigating this often-precarious process. Read More ›

Earlier this year, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) published an updated version of its guideline for the management of patients with gout. This guideline features 42 recommendations, including 16 strong recommendations, the most prominent of which concerned indications for and use of pharmacologic urate-lowering therapy (ULT) “for all patients with tophaceous gout, radiographic damage due to gout, or frequent gout flares.” The revised treatment recommendations are supported by new evidence from clinical trials that have concluded since the publication of the last gout treatment guideline in 2012. Read More ›

At the Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations 2020 Fellows Conference, Stephen C. McCoy, Esq, Vice President and General Counsel, Patient First Corporation, Glen Allen, VA, spoke to attendees about reviewing and understanding employment agreements. He offered some tricks of the trade and suggested that physicians should be “thinking like an employer” versus “thinking like an employee.” If physicians come at employment agreements a certain way, “You will avoid problems that I see over and over again,” he said. Read More ›

At the Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations 2020 Fellows Conference, Ethel Owen, CPC, Practice Administrator, Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates of Palm Beach, FL, a 7 physician rheumatology practice, shared her experiences on practice management and best practices for new patient development. Read More ›

Medical practices entered a strange new world of patient safety requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, and life will never again be the same. Regardless of size or specialty, all medical practices face significant challenges to protect their patients, community, and staff by reducing the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, while simultaneously maintaining their financial viability. Read More ›

The following clinical trials represent a selection of key studies that are currently recruiting patients with rheumatoid arthritis for inclusion in investigations of new therapies and new regimens of existing treatments for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Each clinical trial description includes the NLM Identifier to be used as a reference with ClinicalTrials.gov. The information below can help rheumatology practice managers and providers direct their eligible patients to one of these clinical trials. Read More ›

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