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Additional Arthritis Research Needed Among Veterans

Originally published in Veterans Health Today Colin C. Edgerton, MD, rheumatologist at Articularis Healthcare in South Carolina and chair of the American College of Rheumatology’s Committee on Rheumatologic Care and former US Army rheumatologist, discusses the prevalence of arthritis among active and former service members as well as the importance of a dedicated arthritis research …

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Key Elements of a Successful Medical Practice

by Ray Waldrup, CEO Medical practices from all over the country visit Articularis Healthcare Group’s (AHG) Charleston, South Carolina locations and are taken back by the efficiency and caliber of AHG employees. Many are also puzzled by the lack of managers and supervisors we employ. Inevitably, someone always asks, “How do you develop and recruit …

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Is An Alternative Payment Model Just For Rheumatology Possible?

Originally published in March edition of News On Rheumatology Matters (NORM) The healthcare industry has been trying to shift away from the fee-for-service models that can incentivize overutilization towards payment models that reward quality – but these so-called “Alternative Payment Models” have been slow to catch on. However, some practices have embraced the core elements …

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ACR Calls For Abolishing Step Therapy In Letter To Congress, CMS

Originally published in Healio Rheumatology The American College of Rheumatology has called for the removal of step therapy, ranked medications and fail-first policies that are based solely on cost. The call to abolish step therapy is one of several recommendations issued by the ACR regarding drug pricing and access. The recommendations were included in two …

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Arthritis Can Hit Troops And Vets Hard. Here’s How Advocates Want To Respond.

Originally published in Military Times As active-duty personnel and veterans feel the damaging effects of arthritis stemming from their service, advocates are pushing Congress to dedicate more money for research on potential ways to treat and prevent the disease. Veterans are more likely to develop arthritis than civilians, according to an October 2018 study. Other …

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Arthritis Advocacy Spotlights the Military: Veterans, including a rheumatologist, educate lawmakers about arthritis’ impact & the need for research funding

Originally published in The Rheumatologist On Feb. 13, the ACR co-sponsored Arthritis 101, its biennial arthritis advocacy lunch briefing at the U.S. Capitol, highlighting the disproportionate impact of rheumatic disease on active members of the armed forces and veterans. The event, co-sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation (AF), is part of the ACR’s effort to support …

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Articularis Rheumatology Network GPO Collaborates with McKesson

Rheumatology GPO committed to reducing cost, improving quality and advancing rheumatology CHARLESTON, S.C. February 21, 2019 – Articularis Rheumatology Network (ARN) announced that it has selected McKesson, a global leader in healthcare, as the sole distributor for its Group Purchasing Organization (GPO). “ARN GPO is committed to improving healthcare by uniting community-based rheumatology practices across …

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Burnout, Not Otherwise Specified: Defining, Addressing Rheumatologist Burnout

Originally published in Helio Rheumatology Across the country, practicing physicians are experiencing increasing levels of burnout, and rheumatologists are no different, according to national data and experts in the field. Burnout — which occurs when work or personal pressures exceed an individual’s ability to cope with them — can manifest as physical and mental responses. …

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ACR & NPF Highlight Medicare Access Challenges in Capitol Hill Briefing

Originally published in The Rheumatologist Concerns about how the Trump administration’s ideas to lower drug prices could reduce patient access to medicines led the ACR to speak out on many different fronts. On June 25, at a briefing hosted by the ACR and the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), a packed room of Congressional staffers and …

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