Over 54 million U.S. adults suffer from arthritis, which is the leading
cause of disability and accounts for one out of ten clinic visits

This ECHO series creates a virtual space where primary care providers and specialists can collaborate to increase access to care for patients with rheumatologic disease and promote awareness of the impact of rheumatologic disease on the health and wellness of patients in the primary medical home. The series will focus on early disease identification, efficient and effective evaluations, improved transitions of care for patients in need, and broaden the range of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions appropriate for the primary medical home. We will build connections between healthcare providers to maximize patient evaluation and to facilitate consultations and co-management.

The growing rheumatologist work force shortage is affecting patient access to rheumatologic care across the country. The asymmetric distribution of rheumatologists and current health economic trends mean that this shortage is going to be felt greatest in rural regions and safety net medical homes. We hope to build an ECHO-driven virtual medical neighborhood that can be part of the solution.

Sessions include a brief didactic presentation by an expert and discussion of participant-submitted cases. Participants are highly encouraged to submit de-identified patient cases for group discussion and expert consultation.

Register by topic using the separate registration links below.

Rheumatology in Primary Care

Audience:
Primary care providers (MD, DO, NP, PA) and registered nurses (RN) in Colorado

Schedule: 
Ongoing weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Tuesdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT

 

TOPIC: RHEUMATOLOGIC LABS
Sept. 13: A Simplified Approach to Patient Presenting with Inflammatory Arthritis
Sept. 20: Understanding Rheumatologic Labs

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TOPIC: RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
Oct. 4: Diagnosis and Principals of Treatment
Oct. 11: Extra Articular Manifestations
Oct. 18: Health Care Maintenance Considerations

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CME: 
Our application is pending approval. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the series (1.0 credit per session).

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