May 2012

Greetings

We have two quick articles for you. First is information regarding college scholarships from the Arthritis Foundation. The application deadline is June 1st so please read and respond today. Next is an update and appreciation for your patience as Arthritis Health has changed our electronic medical record system.
As always, we thank you for allowing us to be part of your health care.
– Your Staff at Arthritis Health


Arthritis Foundation Scholarship

The Arthritis Foundation is making available college scholarships to students with rheumatic diseases. Scholarships are offered to selected, qualified students attending Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona commencing Fall 2012.

The scholarships are available up to $7500 per year for four years. Applications must be submitted by June 1st, 2012. If you are interested or know of a student who would qualify and benefit from this amazing program, please apply as soon as possible.

For more information about scholarship qualifications and the application process, click here.
For the application form, click here.


Improvements at Arthritis Health

The practitioners and staff at Arthritis Health are always striving to provide our patients with the highest quality of care. We implemented a new electronic medical records and practice management system in February. This new system will help us provide the most accurate and efficient way for us to manage your health care needs including increased connectivity with laboratories, pharmacies, hospitals and your other health care providers.

During this transition, we have experienced a few challenges including delays in Medicare billing and increased waiting times in the office. This is what we are doing to address these issues.

Medicare Billing Delays:
The Medicare billing issues have been resolved as of early May and patients should start seeing their reimbursements shortly. Medicare will be sending out checks within three weeks of the corrections implemented. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and are appreciative of all the patience you have shown us during this transition.

Office Visits Delays;
The waiting times have been addressed with a revision of our schedules includes earlier and later office hours (8-4:40 Monday through Friday) and more time allotted for each visit. We also have limited Saturday hours during the summer (one Saturday a month) and will be starting electronic visits in June. You can schedule an E-Visit with Dr. Howard for a phone or Skype consultation. You can contact us to set up a visit.

From all the staff at Arthritis Health, we thank you for your patience and continued trust in the care we provide.