Do patient self-reports provide valid data for evidence-based care in rheumatology practice?
The Rheumatologist: December 2011
Are recent controversies over metal-on-metal hip replacements and an IOM report cause for worry?
ARHP recognizes health professionals for their contributions to the field
Rheumatologists face challenges and unique opportunities in the coming year
A final column full of many thanks and a few parting thoughts
Honoring two amazing rheumatologists and the amazing patients they serve
Did you know that the health information stored by your practice could be one of your most valuable assets?
As the 2011 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting ends, those of us on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee (AMPC) take time to reflect on the process and on the product.
At the age of 10, Chad E. Fragle was hospitalized for Legg-Perthes disease at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. What was a very difficult time for him and his family led to a bright and hopeful future. With the support of his family, specifically from his father, who helped start a golf tournament fundraiser to fight the disease still in existence today, Fragle was given access to administrative leaders within the hospital.
December’s Coding Challenge
December’s Coding Answer
Perhaps the most personally rewarding aspect of working with the ACR Research and Education Foundation (REF) is seeing the success that can come from setting lofty goals. First and foremost, the REF is a goal-oriented organization. The staff and volunteers are not only committed to the goal of ensuring the future of rheumatology, but they aspire to reach high and to lead in this effort.
On September 13, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Coalition held a congressional briefing to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the organization’s honoring of congressional champions who have been instrumental in supporting NIAMS and the NIH. The Coalition is a group of more than 70 medical, patient-advocacy, and science-based organizations (including the ACR) dedicated to advancing the critical research of the NIAMS and the NIH. The Coalition’s mission is to elevate understanding of the value of the NIAMS among policy makers and the public to foster increased support of the Institute.
The ACR is pleased to welcome the newest members of the ACR board of directors and ARHP executive committee. These new members were confirmed in November during the 2011 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting. Over the next two issues of “From the College,” you will be introduced to these new members and learn what they want to gain from their experience as new board and executive committee members.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6 … the final days to implement Version 5010 are here!
Learn when and how to refer a patient to a physical or occupational therapist or other specialist
Practices face many challenges when adopting EHRs
The holiday season is here and I certainly enjoy receiving gifts as much as anyone. We have been either educated about declining—or forbidden to receive—gifts from pharmaceutical companies, but these are not the only source of gifts. A few years ago, I discovered a private physical therapist was located only a few blocks from my office.
Key issues to address in your employment or independent contractor agreement
Colleagues and contributors share thoughts as the first editor’s tenure comes to a close
Here are some steps to help you get started down the road to Meaningful Use.
The ethics of ultrasound