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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

April 1, 2020

By Doug Tardio President, CEOand Patrick MurphyExecutive Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer As part of the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, $350 billion has been set aside to provide small businesses quick access to capital for payroll and other overhead costs. The program is referred to as the Paycheck Protection Program and funds … Read more Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Leveraging Pre-Visit Laboratory Testing to Optimize Visits: Augmenting Telerheumatology Accuracy and In-Person Visit Safety

March 31, 2020

By Andrew L. Concoff, MD, FACR, CAQSM The transition to Telerheumatology involves changes to the physical examination from that typically performed at an in-person visit.  In Telerheumatology, greater emphasis is placed on inspection to account for the lack of palpation, auscultation, percussion.  However, these changes may make the transition to Telerheumatology an anxiety-provoking and uncertain … Read more Leveraging Pre-Visit Laboratory Testing to Optimize Visits: Augmenting Telerheumatology Accuracy and In-Person Visit Safety

Special Coding Advice About Telehealth During The COVID-19 Emergency

March 30, 2020

On Friday, March 27, Sheppard Mullin, the legal partner for United Rheumatology, conducted a webinar on telehealth and all of the emerging changes in response to the Covid-19 pandemic that physician practices need to know and understand in order to provide the care their patients need and deserve in these difficult times. Over 80 of … Read more Special Coding Advice About Telehealth During The COVID-19 Emergency

Ardent Hopes Versus Proven Benefits: The Perils of Indiscriminate Antimalarial Prescription for COVID-19

March 27, 2020

By Andrew L. Concoff, MD, FACR, CAQSM The potential of the antimalarials, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, to treat COVID-19 infection has generated significant enthusiasm.  The initial, nascent data that supports this notion comes in a variety of forms: clinical knowledge of the efficacy of these medications in treating other intracellular pathogens, in vitro data indicating a … Read more Ardent Hopes Versus Proven Benefits: The Perils of Indiscriminate Antimalarial Prescription for COVID-19

Families First Coronavirus Response Act goes into effect April 1, 2020

March 26, 2020

On Tuesday, March 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the effective date of the leaves available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will be April 1, 2020. This law requires certain employers to provide their employees with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The DOL provides a “Questions and Answers” … Read more Families First Coronavirus Response Act goes into effect April 1, 2020

Exclusive Coronavirus Patient Support Program Available for United Rheumatology Members

March 25, 2020

With news about the coronavirus changing every day, it can be difficult for your patients to keep up, and stay safe. That’s why United Rheumatology’ has partnered with CreakyJoints and the Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF), which has created a coronavirus patient support program designed for United Rheumatology patients and their families. As with all CreakyJoints programs, it … Read more Exclusive Coronavirus Patient Support Program Available for United Rheumatology Members

United Rheumatology Supports Our Members in Telehealth Solutions During the Covid-19 Pandemic

March 24, 2020

By Jim AlbanoExecutive Vice President, Operations and Payer Strategies There’s a rising wave around using technology to care for patients through Telehealth platforms in every area of health care as the country works diligently through the Covid-19 pandemic.  Telehealth has been around for years, but very recently, because of the pandemic, CMS has loosened regulations and … Read more United Rheumatology Supports Our Members in Telehealth Solutions During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Close Encounters: Modifying In-Person Visit Procedures to Minimize Transmission

March 23, 2020

By Andrew L. Concoff, MD, FACR, CAQSM In these trying times, it has been tremendously inspirational to see the bravery and commitment of the Rheumatologists who have continued to rise to the challenges COVID-19 presents.  This document will turn our attention to a series of innovative methods that seek to decrease the risk of transmission … Read more Close Encounters: Modifying In-Person Visit Procedures to Minimize Transmission

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