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ACR Meeting Highlights

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of telehealth, electronic patient portals, and other electronic modalities increased exponentially, enabling healthcare delivery while reducing patients’ and providers’ risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection. Read More ›

According to survey results presented at ACR Convergence 2021, more than half of patients with rheumatic diseases who contracted the COVID-19 virus reported experiencing prolonged symptoms for 1 month or longer. Read More ›

According to results presented at ACR Convergence 2021, the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine was not associated with severe disease flares in patients with rheumatic diseases, although certain medications that are used to treat these conditions were associated with a reduction in vaccine-induced humoral responses. Read More ›

Empowering patients can have a meaningful impact on their healthcare, but this empowerment starts with the clinician, said Jen Horonjeff, PhD, Founder and CEO of Savvy Cooperative, who explained that clinicians can change the trajectory of their patients’ lives by broadening the understanding of their own care beyond simple prescriptions. Read More ›

Atlanta, GA—Results of a clinical trial presented at the 2019 American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting revealed a dramatic increase in opioid-use disorder (OUD) hospitalizations over the past 20 years in patients with rheumatic diseases, including gout, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, low back pain, and rheumatoid arthritis. Read More ›

San Diego, CA—The first issue of Rheumatology Practice Management looked at the 4 phases for im­­­plementing the new International Clas­sification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code sets. At the 2013 meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, Shelly Cronin, CPC, CPMA, CPPM, CANPC, CPC-I, Director of ICD-10 Training at the American Academy of Professional Coders, Salt Lake City, UT, outlined practical strategies that practices can execute as the transition approaches. Read More ›

San Diego, CA—Fraud and embezzlement are prevalent in US businesses, including medical group practices. Knowing the conditions that provide an environment for embezzlement and implementing controls to prevent these conditions are paramount to combatting fraud and embezzlement. Read More ›

San Diego, CA—Every area of a practice’s revenue cycle represents an opportunity to enhance revenue. Current processes will not succeed without an assessment of the current revenue cycle procedures from start to finish in all areas, said Maxine Inman Collins, MBA, CPA, CMC, CMOM, CMIS, a healthcare consultant from Wichita Falls, TX, at the 2013 American College of Rheumatology meeting. Read More ›

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