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Columns: A Huge Thank You to 251 People
Thank you to those 251 ACR members who supported RheumPAC in 2010. What do RheumPAC donations get rheumatologists? Access. Even with only 3.5% of ACR members supporting RheumPAC, doors have been opened and the voice of rheumatology is being heard.
From the College: The New Year Brings New Opportunities in HIT
January kicked off a new era for health information technology (HIT). A new year brings new opportunities, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) electronic health record (EHR) incentive program topping the list. But what is meaningful EHR use, and what does it mean for you? What are the steps to get started?
From the College: Shake-up in Washington. What's in Store for Health Policy in the 112th?
Congress returns to Washington this month, and there will be many new faces on Capitol Hill. The recent midterm election will bring significant changes to the 112th Congress, leaving many to wonder what this new dynamic means for health policy.
From the College: 2011 Legislative Outlook Important for Rheumatology
Next year is shaping up to be an important year for rheumatology on Capitol Hill. Issues that remain unresolved by the last Congress include concerns within the Affordable Care Act, the need for a stable Medicare system with fair physician reimbursement, funding for the pediatric subspecialty loan repayment program, and appropriate reimbursement for specialty care. Most congressional leaders, newly elected or re-elected, know very little about arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. That is why it is...
From the College: DEXA Champion Visits Local Rheumatologist
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) visited the Arthritis Center of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Ark., in August to speak with local rheumatologist Michael Saitta, MD, to discuss the importance of access to osteoporosis screenings.
From the College: Increase Rheumatology’s Voice in the AMA
Each June, the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) House of Delegates Annual Meeting is held in Chicago, gathering representatives from various medical state and specialty societies to discuss and develop official policies of the AMA.
From the College: Support for Friends of Rheumatology
RheumPAC—the voluntary, nonpartisan political action committee of the ACR—works to support and elect pro-rheumatology candidates. RheumPAC representatives were busy in May meeting with supporters of the rheumatology community.
From the College: Advocates for Arthritis: My First Time on the Hill
When I first read the request for advocates to fly in to Washington D.C., I was intrigued and curious. I’ve heard of visits to Capitol Hill to present important medical issues but was not really sure how the process worked. Politics can seem daunting and complicated, but I know it is necessary to get Congress on board to address medical care. I was excited to be accepted and ready to learn how to best help my patients in the political arena.
From the College: Advocating for Arthritis: My First Time on the Hill
Amidst the most momentous week of the year’s tumultuous healthcare reform activities, we arrived in Washington, D.C., for the annual ACR Advocates for Arthritis Capitol Hill Fly-In. This was to be my first visit to Congress. Although my alma mater, Georgetown University, was a short distance from the Capitol dome, as a student I had little interest in the political process—particularly as it related to medicine. Now, however, as a young rheumatologist, I am increasingly aware of the impact...
From the College: Leaders in Washington, D.C., Address Advocates for Arthritis Conference
This spring, 120 rheumatologists, rheumatology health professionals, and patient advocates travelled to Washington, D.C., for the ACR’s annual Advocates for Arthritis conference.