Sung to the Tune of “American Pie”
The Rheumatologist: October 2009
Matt Liang, MD, MPH, addresses patients’ authentic concerns
Handpicked Reviews of Contemporary Literature
Feting ACR’s 75 Years: This month’s annual meeting recognizes organization’s growth
Researchers celebrate boon, but wonder what will happen next
Policy Changes and IFA Codes
Last month’s “Rheumatology Practice Pearls” focused on the denial or return of preauthorization requests because of missing data. This month’s pearls focuses on obtaining authorization for off-label drugs and updating a previous preauthorization.
As healthcare reform ramps up and fists grip tighter around the almighty healthcare dollar, the ACR is moving ahead full force in advocating for your interests in the delivery of healthcare. Through what could be described as “offensive” and “defensive” strategies, the ACR is positioning itself as a visible and active player in the managed care marketplace.
RheumPAC, the ACR’s political action committee, is dedicated to ensuring that rheumatology issues are addressed in healthcare reform. The best way to make sure the issues affecting rheumatology are being heard is to engage in the discussions and to contribute to congressional campaigns.
One cannot open a paper, turn on the television, listen to the radio, or surf the Internet without finding something about healthcare reform. This heated topic is at the center of the media and was the focus of the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) 2009 House of Delegates meeting in June, where President Barack Obama addressed the delegates of the largest physician’s organization in the United States.
Without inspiration, there might be no genius. Likewise, the ACR and AHRP Annual Meeting Planning Committees depend on input from the membership to suggest educational formats, topics, and experts to meet the growing needs and interests of the rheumatology community.
October’s Coding Challenge
October’s Coding Answer
What an incredible journey this past year has been for the ARHP. We have made amazing progress in education, collaboration, and chartering the ARHP’s future.
The Within Our Reach Investigators’ Meeting, held in San Diego in June, was an incredible gathering of researchers funded through the ACR Research and Education Foundation’s (REF’s) Within Our Reach: Finding a Cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis campaign. The focus on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was unmistakable as investigators from around the country presented work ranging from very basic immunology to health outcomes.
The pros and perils of open access publishing
The Vikings were in need of a few good rheumatologists
I am saddened to report that Jerome H. Herman, MD, died on August 30, 2009.
The growth of Arthritis Care & Research into an independent journal
Two former presidents discuss the ACR’s 75 years of progress
Fibromyalgia’s evolution from discrete entity to prototypical central pain syndrome