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Rheumatology Association of Iowa 6th Annual Meeting This is a past event.

Rheumatology Association of Iowa 6th Annual Meeting

Saturday, February 22 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

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Healthcare professionals who work in Rheumatology. 


Effective management in ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV), specifically Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA) and Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA) include not only the use of evidence-based treatments but also rigorous application of monitoring and preventive strategies to reduce the risk of infection and medication-specific toxicities. Rheumatologists need to be aware of these strategies to provide their patients with the best outcomes.

For the two main forms of Large-vessel vasculitis (LVV), Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu Arteritis (TAK), non-medical management should be considered for disease that is threatening a critical organ or for significant symptoms impacting quality of life.

Today’s challenging health care environment is affecting the way physicians manage their practices, interfering with access to care and forcing them to make difficult decisions. Physicians seek to continue to provide quality care while contending with reduced Medicare reimbursement rates, medical claims, process errors and inefficiency, and legislative and regulatory changes. Rheumatologists need to be aware of emerging trends in practice management, payer reform, and administrative simplification of impact to the success of their practices and quality of patient care.

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