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Communicating Changes in Service Offerings: Why “The Clinic is Closed” is Hazardous Terminology

March 20, 2020

By Andrew L. Concoff, MD, FACR, CAQSM I have just heard that a close friend has decided to stop all in-person visits for the safety and well-being of her patients and staff because of the rampant local spread of COVID-19 in her community.  Many of our practices are now experiencing such challenges for the sake … Read more Communicating Changes in Service Offerings: Why “The Clinic is Closed” is Hazardous Terminology

Rheumatology in the Time of COVID-19: Pre-Clinic Visit Screening and Triage

March 19, 2020

By Andrew L. Concoff, MD, FACR, CAQSM An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure As we all know, given the contagiousness of COVID-19, the best way to prevent contracting the infection is to avoid exposure to those who are infected.  This is complicated by the potential for those with mild symptoms, or … Read more Rheumatology in the Time of COVID-19: Pre-Clinic Visit Screening and Triage

Rheumatology in the Time of COVID-19: To Stay Open or To Close?

March 18, 2020

By Andrew L. Concoff, MD, FACR, CAQSM Optimizing Telemedicine Approaches for Either Decision I received word from a practice today, where a patient was heard saying, “I can’t believe you guys are still open, I had assumed that you had closed”.  This is not the first time that an agonizing Rheumatologist has reached out with … Read more Rheumatology in the Time of COVID-19: To Stay Open or To Close?

The latest developments about CMS Telemedicine.

March 17, 2020

Due to the current environment, practices can now utilize the patient portal to initiate a Telehealth visit. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made an exception to a few aspects of this: 1. They are not restricting to rural areas. 2. CMS will now pay clinicians to check in on patients instead … Read more The latest developments about CMS Telemedicine.

Additional Resources For Rheumatologists

Dr. Alvin Wells, a UR Medical Policy Committee Member answers questions on converting to Telemedicine for the Rheumatologist