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Columns: The Three-Fold Cord of Rheumatology
How the proverbial three-fold cord applies to rheumatology.
From the College: Empower Rheumatology Patients
Patient empowerment and education are important parts of rheumatology care.
From the College: Back Pain and the Role of the Physical Therapist
Back pain is a common occurrence, so much so that most adults will have at least one episode of back pain at some point in their lives. Fortunately, most of these episodes last only a few days and resolve if patients maintain normal activity levels, avoid the detrimental effects of too much bed rest, use over-the-counter pain relievers with caution, and seek the attention of a health professional if the pain or other symptoms persist or worsen over time.
Features: Practices Plan for Coding Changes
It still seems to be a long way off—the changeover to the International Statistical Classification of Disease, 10th Revision (ICD-10) doesn’t become mandatory until October 1, 2013. But when you consider that practices need to look at computer systems, billing methods, and even patient welcome packets, that date is a lot closer than many think.
From the College: The Role of the Physician Assistant in the Treatment of Pain
Pain is a common manifestation of rheumatic conditions. Patients with rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, and osteoarthritis require disease-specific management for controlling acute episodes of pain as well as strategies to control ongoing daily discomfort.
From the College: Health Professionals Bound for Chicago
The 2011 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting program offers a plethora of opportunities for health professionals to gain insight into emerging concepts in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatologic disorders as well as improving quality of life in affected patients.
RA is a chronic disease that people must learn to live with for their lifetime. Occupational therapists (OTs) play a pivotal role in assisting patients with RA with functioning in the face of a disease that causes limitations and deformities.
Psychologists say healthy self-esteem and work ethics are inextricably linked. Whether children are nurtured by circumstances and people who supported their self-esteem or damaged by those that don’t, the way in which they come to perceive themselves plays a big part in how they interact with others throughout their lives.
“I am hard-pressed to sit down with a patient and not take extra time to explain a diagnosis or medication,” says Debra Bancroft Rizzo, MSN, FNP-C. Rizzo, who’s been an NP with the Rheumatic Disease Center in Glendale, Wis., for more than 15 years, is voicing one way her practice can enhance the total patient care experience.1 But educating patients about disease management is only one facet of what nurse practitioners (NPs) bring to the rheumatology practice, she notes. “We...
News: Put It in Writing
Physician extenders, commonly referred to as mid-level providers or practitioners, often offer financial profitability for the practice as well as efficiency, improved quality of care, enhanced flexibility for physicians and greater patient satisfaction. When you hire an extender, it’s important to go beyond a handshake and clearly define the terms of the relationship in a contract. Below are some of the key issues that should be addressed in a mid-level provider’s employment agreement.