Discus Analytics and American Rheumatology Network Announce Partnership, Collaboration on Value-Based Pathways and Digital Tools

By Karen Ferguson, CEO of Discus Analytics, LLC.

Discus Analytics and American Rheumatology Network (ARN) have announced a new partnership, designed to provide much-needed tools and resources for independent rheumatology practices.

Discus Analytics’ flagship digital software platform, JointMan®, supports physicians in managing and tracking rheumatoid arthritis patient outcomes and quality metrics in real-time. The platform enables physicians to document and report on care pathways that supports point of care decision support and population health. The forward-thinking company built capabilities in JointMan® that now support key criteria for value-based payment models (VBM). The platform is electronic health record (EHR)-agnostic and integrates seamlessly with most EHR systems.

ARN is a physician-owned and led affiliation of independent rheumatology practices. ARN supports independent rheumatology practices through best-in-class group purchasing, value-based contracting to include treatment pathways, and through meaningful and practice-focused data analytics. ARN’s insights are rooted in years of experience helping independent rheumatology practices by increasing revenue and reducing expenses.

Members of the ARN’s can now acquire JointMan® licenses at no cost to the practice.

“As payment models evolve, rheumatologists need a proven approach to care pathways, patient management, and payer negotiation. Digital platforms like JointMan®, become the backbone for value based contracting, allowing for pathways and real-time data sharing to communicate patients’ needs and outcomes for accountable care,” says Karen Ferguson, Discus Analytics’ Chief Executive Officer. “By partnering with ARN, we can leverage JointMan®’s industry-leading technology and tools, aligned with ARN’s powerful group purchasing organization and community thought leadership.”

”Value based contracting is growing quickly, with huge benefits for patients and rheumatology practices,” says ARN Executive Chairman, Dr. Colin C. Edgerton. “Rheumatologists need tools like JointMan® to help them run pathways and other VBM efforts in their practices.”

Both organizations have paved the way in establishing a care pathway for RA, developing and implementing rheumatology’s first two value-based payer contracts in the nation.

About Discus Analytics, LLC.
Discus Analytics, LLC., is a healthcare company specializing in the capture, analysis, and application of actionable clinical data. Our mission is to transform clinical data into insights and intelligence, deliver this information where and when it is needed, and establish a new standard of care that will ultimately improve patient outcomes. The company’s flagship product, JointMan® gives rheumatologists a decided advantage in presenting an opportunity to promote patient-centric care and flexibility to meet the patient’s needs and preferences by rewarding and supporting value based models through care coordination and evidence-based care. Learn more at http://t3jointman.com/.

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