What do these studies tell us about disease mechanisms in lupus?
The Rheumatologist: February 2011
ACR and EULAR update 1981 criteria to reflect modern treatment options
Rankings’ publishers tout their approaches, but many rheumatologists are blasé about making the list
Managing pain is an important part of rheumatologic care—and a focus for the ACR
Europe has much that is new—including innovative research—emerging from its old-world settings
Feedback from our Readers
Lessons learned for dealing with healthcare issues
If your practice electronically submits administrative transactions to verify patient insurance eligibility, file claims, or send or receive remittance either directly to insurance companies or through a clearinghouse, the transaction version for that system will have to be updated by January 1, 2012. The current version 4010 is outdated and cannot accommodate the necessary business transactions for physician practices and healthcare facilities.
In response to the increasing demands of medical necessity and denials for approved drugs, the ACR is taking a large step towards protecting the rights of members when dealing with insurance companies.
Volunteers from the ACR, ARHP, and REF met in Atlanta last month for the annual Leadership Development Conference. This year’s keynote lecture was on the changes in healthcare, including quality improvement and emerging reimbursement models such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the Pay-for-Performance movement. The topic proved to be very important to the group,…
Volunteering can increase perceived self-efficacy, self-esteem, and positive affect, which all can result in enhanced psychological health. Volunteering leads to the opportunity for social interaction or networking many times with individuals with whom you normally would not interact. A 2009 article found that 20% of the volunteers in their study stated that their health had improved since volunteering and that nearly 30% stated that their lives in general were improved in relation to their volunteering. The association between volunteering and greater health and happiness is a definite plus to volunteering in a professional organization such as the ARHP.
February’s Coding Challenge
February’s Coding Answer
Imagine getting a demand letter from a carrier that states your practice has incorrectly billed a procedure for the last year. To make matters worse, the carrier is asking you to return an overpayment, which amounts to thousands of dollars, and they want the full overpayment check within 45 days. Believe it or not, this scenario happens to rheumatology practices across the country.
As a rheumatologist, satisfaction comes in part through providing quality patient care, and one way to demonstrate a commitment to patients is through engaging in continuous professional development. The ACR is dedicated to helping physicians in all stages of their careers participate in the process of lifelong learning.
An ongoing study of key immune system proteins has pinpointed an area associated with increased risk for inflammatory disease and may one day lead to new therapies to control inflammation and rheumatic diseases.
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?
Advances in diagnostic modalities and treatments emerge
Pain treatment varies based on race and gender, and many patients don’t receive optimal care
Researchers explore several factors in the health and well-being of patients with lupus
Trish Cornell, BSc, combines clinical and leadership skills to improve patient management
Hench lecturer highlights complexities of these steroid hormones’ signaling mechanisms
Panush’s perspectives on selections from the literature