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Xunzi, a Confucian philosopher born in 300 BC, is quoted as saying, “In order to properly understand the big picture, everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded and obsessed with one small section of truth.” Read More ›

Carolina Arthritis Center sits in a welcoming brick building in the city of Greenville, NC. Approximately 90 miles west of the North Carolina coast, Greenville is home to East Carolina University, Vidant Medical Center, and numerous businesses, medical practices, and industry. While the city promises the conveniences of urban life, it also boasts plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun, and prosperous farmlands are a short drive away. Read More ›

Melissa Francisco of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) does not mind taking time after regular working hours to help office managers who are confused about points of compliance with the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). The head of registries at the ACR, Ms Francisco knows that part of her job means offering 24-hour support for the hundreds of ACR members’ practices who use the organization’s electronic PQRS reporting support. Read More ›

As today’s healthcare climate evolves, physicians and hospitals continue to explore options for alignment between private practices and healthcare systems. Interest in alignment perseveres despite a challenging healthcare environment, and economic, leadership, and structural issues should all be ex­plored with due diligence prior to agreeing on a final arrangement. In this article, the issues of governance and compensation plans are ex­plored as key elements for hospitals and physicians to consider as they work toward developing successful alignment plans. Read More ›

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued an announcement clarifying individual retirement account (IRA) rollover rules. This change in the position stated in IRS Publication 590, Individual Retirement Ar­rangements, may have an impact on you and how you manage your retirement accounts. As such, the IRS will be rewriting IRS Publication 590 to reflect this change. According to the announcement, it will not be effective before January 1, 2015. Read More ›

We are all familiar with the notion of appealing insurance denials of medication coverage, claims, line item issues of claims, and precertifications for procedures such as biopsies and imaging. While following payer protocols may eventually resolve an immediate issue, the necessary investment of time to resolve these matters becomes frustrating and daunting. An examination of practice–payer relations shows that perhaps a more comprehensive evaluation of this system is needed. Read More ›

Patients with rheumatic, immune-­mediated, inflammatory diseases require extensive and ongoing assessments of their disease state in response to treatment, providing opportunities for nurse–patient education. Evolution of healthcare has led from treatment on an acute-care basis to patients receiving comprehensive care of their chronic condition in a specialized clinic. Read More ›

Psoriatic arthritis, a progressive, potentially debilitating type of arthritic inflammation, affects approximately 7 million people in the United States. An estimated 15% to 30% of patients with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis. Read More ›

Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company committed to improving the lives of patients worldwide, seeking to deliver innovative and life-changing treatments. As part of this commitment, the company aims to provide patients who are prescribed Otezla a positive product experience through specialty pharmacy partnerships, 501(c)(3) foundation support, educational materials, and Otezla SupportPlus, a comprehensive patient assistance program. Read More ›

Charlotte, NC—Although managing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in patients who are pregnant or trying to conceive may be challenging, rheumatologists should aim to improve disease activity and pregnancy outcomes, according to Megan E. B. Clowse, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, Duke Autoimmunity in Pregnancy Registry, Duke University Medical Center, at the North Carolina Regional Association 2014 annual meeting. Read More ›

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