Press Release

  • Arthritis Northwest Announces an Innovative Value-Based Agreement with Major Health Plan

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    Spokane, WA – Arthritis Northwest announced a new shared savings contract, established with a large Washington State health plan, designed to provide medication cost transparency to physicians and to remove strict step therapy barriers for patients. The new agreement incorporates a Medication Clinical Management (MCM) program, an innovative model that is expected to lower cost […]

  • Rising Concerns About the Coronavirus: What Does This Mean for Patients with Chronic Illnesses

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    What does the spread of coronavirus mean for patients with chronic illnesses, such as inflammatory arthritis? With more than 80,000 detected cases of the virus internationally, this is an important question for rheumatologists to be considering. A patient that is immunocompromised must take extra care to know the symptoms of the virus. While the beginning […]

  • 2020 Medicare Fee Schedule: Top Five Things for Physicians to Know

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    The 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule promises to lighten the administrative load for physicians in 2021 with news about changes in coding for outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services. CMS estimates that under their proposal, rheumatologists would see on average a 15% payment increase, beginning in 2021. The proposed coding changes recognize the value of […]

  • APMs & Refining Your Practice

    Excerpt from The Rheumatologist, April 2019 Karen Ferguson, practice administrator for Arthritis Northwest, Spokane, Wash., offered lessons from her experience in helping refine a seven-rheumatologist, 60-employee practice’s habits of documentation, patient communication and handling referrals. The idea has been to link rheumatologists, primary care physicians and patients throughout the care process, putting the foundation to succeed under […]

  • Discus Analytics and American Rheumatology Network Announce Partnership, Collaboration on Value-Based Pathways and Digital Tools

    Discus Analytics and American Rheumatology Network (ARN) have announced a new partnership, designed to provide much-needed tools and resources for independent rheumatology practices. Discus Analytics’ flagship digital software platform, JointMan®, supports physicians in managing and tracking rheumatoid arthritis patient outcomes and quality metrics in real-time. The platform enables physicians to document and report on care […]

  • eyeforpharma Philadelphia Awards

    The eyeforpharma Philadelphia conference was created to give you a vision for your 2020 plans. The awards are designed to recognize those who are already leading the way and inspire those who are making plans to do so.

  • Discus Analytics’ JointManClinical Population Health Tool wins ‘Customer Innovator Award’ at eyeforpharma Philadelphia Awards 2015

    The JointMan® Clinical Population Health Tool developed by Discus Analytics overcame sophisticated competition from Onyx, IMS Health and Shire to win the ‘Most Valuable HCP or Healthcare initiative’, one of the most competitive categories at the eyeforpharma Philadelphia Awards 2015. The awards were announced last night, and were determined by a panel of industry leadership […]

  • Patients Take a Front Seat in the Exam Room

    A Patient-Centered Model of Excellence in Rheumatologic Care Discus Analytics, whose ongoing mission is to transform clinical data into insights and intelligence, has announced a strategic partnership with ContextMedia, Inc., a Chicago-based company that is the leader in point-of-care patient education, focused on engineering high levels of patient engagement through technological innovation. Notably the first […]

  • Physician Payment Reform and Outcome- Based Performance

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    “Our nation cannot control runaway medical spending without fundamentally changing how physicians are paid.” This is the backbone of a report published by the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform in March. The 14-member commission was comprised of physicians from a variety of specialties, as well as others who are experts in health care policy, […]

  • Jumping into the deep end of the data pool

    hether you look at economic trends, recently passed legislation or imminent payment reform, there is no getting around the fact that current healthcare spending in America is unsustainable. The question of when healthcare reform will affect the day-to-day functioning of our practices has been answered, and that time is now. Some liken our situation to […]