“I joined United Rheumatology as I have been in solo rheumatology practice for most of the last 36 years and want to stay independent. I worked for Kaiser for the first two years of practice and did not enjoy having someone tell me how many patients to see per day and what days I could and could not take off or how many. I do not perform infusions in the office so I did not join United for the purpose of being able to take advantage of some benefits that can be offered through the GPO model. I joined as I feel that with the future payment models based on quality, that I needed the strength of an organization like United to be able to develop practice guidelines that would be able to demonstrate that I was practicing “quality rheumatology” so that I could receive greater reimbursements in the future. United has made me feel that I have a say in developing these guidelines. The members of United are rheumatologists that I have enjoyed having academic discussions with in the past and will continue to do so in the future. United is composed of rheumatologists that have the same goals that I do. If you share my goals and vision for the future, I urge you to join United Rheumatology as we continue to develop ways to allow rheumatologists to survive and thrive in the future without being bought by a hospital or joining the practice of corporate medicine.”

Robin Dore, MD
Solo Rheumatology Practice – Tustin, California

“Membership in United Rheumatology has already delivered great value for my practice.  I’m the only rheumatologist in a multi-specialty group, and in just one quarter, my membership fee has been returned to me two-fold with the Lyo Cimzia opportunity!  What a great start to 2016!

Through group purchasing with Matrix, I’m also now able to purchase visco supplements without being “upside down”.  I have also benefitted from better pricing on infusion meds and office services, such as document shredding.  The best part is that I did not have to change any of my vendors; Provista has so many contracts that they were able to get me better pricing with the same vendors for office services that I have been using for years.  That has allowed me to keep my local relationships, but benefit from nation-wide pricing.  It’s the best of both worlds.”

Suneya G. Hogarty, MD
Wayne Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine – Goldsboro, North Carolina

“Just a note of “thanks” and to mention a unique benefit from UR, at least to our group. As we discussed a couple of weeks ago, our DEXA is 20 years old or so and on its last legs.  I suspect many practices are in this same boat. We are a 4 person practice in Wisconsin.  We had contacted our DEXA manufacturer and had gone back and forth for weeks, but the price was still high, especially with the way insurance reimbursements have gone down. With your help, we were put in touch with Provista, the supply company through UR’s GPO, Matrix. Apparently we are part of Novation Buying Group through this relationship.  Within 24 hours, I received a price for several thousand dollars LESS than the price that had taken me weeks to get. Same DEXA machine.  This one included shipping.  Even better, it was from my same rep and DEXA company!  She claimed that being part on Novation allowed her to offer this much better price. It will be shipping very shortly.  Plus, they were able to offer a trade in discount. Just goes to show that there are powers of being together as rheumatologists.”

Mark E. Pearson, MD
West Suburban Center For Arthritis – Brookfield, Wisconsin

“As a member of the steering committee for United Rheumatology, when we were having preliminary discussions I emphasized the fact, on more than one occasion, that the driving force in getting our colleagues to join would be financial.  What I meant was that developing guidelines to protect the standard of care, providing assistance with revenue cycle management, and providing information about the business of rheumatology and government affairs, etc. were all important, but people would not join if there was a net expense involved.  Hence, the group purchasing organization would be critical in driving membership.  When it was decided to use Curascript SD as our preferred provider I examined what my practice of 4 rheumatologists was paying for infusible drugs at that time and what our costs would be if we changed to Curascript SD.  Over a 10 month period our savings would have been approximately $65,000.  The cost for our group to join was $10,000.  This does not include any of the recent agreements.  It also does not speak to potential cost savings in other areas, such as office phones, cell phones, revenue cycle, EMR purchases if needed, etc.  To me it seems like a “no-brainer”—getting the same infusible medications for much less money.  You can then consider all of the other valuable offerings of United Rheumatology.”

Alan L. Epstein, MD
Pennsylvania Rheumatology – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“We are purchasing a new ultrasound machine for our practice. The best price we were able to negotiate on our own was $33,400.00. The exact same system throughprovista was $22,822.00.”

Jeffrey Feinstein, MD
San Antonio Arthritis Care Centers – San Antonio, Texas

“We are a moderate sized group by Midwest standards. We could not do better on our own. I doubt even the largest of practices could compete consistently with this Buying Group that spans specialties and professions. In summary, wanted to alert you and say “thanks”. I know our goals at UR go far beyond this type of benefit, but examples such as this show the power of being together and must be told. UR works!”

Mark E. Pearson, MD
West Suburban Center For Arthritis – Brookfield, Wisconsin

“As a member of United Rheumatology I have been extremely pleased with the wealth of services offered. The GPO has provided my practice with huge savings on purchasing medications and other office supplies and products. Additionally, the other benefits such as state of the art practice guidelines, practice management tools, and other policy and office forms have greatly aided my office staff. Most impressively, as a member of United Rheumatology, I was able to take advantage of a formal on-site practice assessment, offered free of charge to active members. This same service, which I looked into several years ago through another party, was expensive and proved cost prohibitive for my practice at that time. This on-site practice assessment was particularly impactful for me as a small solo-practice Rheumatologist in helping me with running my office in a more productive way.”

Tim Howard, DO
Bucks Mont Rheumatology – Quakertown, PA

“We are an 8 provider practice in Indianapolis and we’d like to thank United Rheumatology for their focused mission and the many services offered through membership. While the common goal is to define the standard of care and enhance the practice of independent rheumatologists, we’ve experienced many cost saving benefits along the way. The access to better pricing on biologic medication has been remarkable, with the overall reduction greatly exceeding the cost of membership. We’ve also taken advantage of membership discounts on services and supplies, and we’re currently working with Fulcrum Strategies on contract negotiations. It’s true, the bigger UR becomes, the greater the value they can offer independent practices.”

Douglas B. Smith, MD
Rheumatology Associates, P.C. – Indianapolis, Indiana