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February Newsletter for the Association of Women in Rheumatology
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FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
Every month, the Association of Women in Rheumatology (AWIR) will be sending a newsletter with information and updates from AWIR and other Rheumatology/Industry news. 

WHO WE ARE 

The Association of Women in Rheumatology is a non-profit organization designed to promote the science and practice of rheumatology; foster the advancement and education of women in rheumatology; and advocate access to the highest quality health care and management of patients with rheumatic diseases.

Membership is for physicians, PAs, and NPs that are treating patients with rheumatic diseases. Benefits of membership will allow you to have access to information on mentoring, business development, advocacy, clinical trials, practice alternatives and networking.
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2016 has begun with many changes for our clinical practices. ICD-10 has emerged and most rheumatologists are easily transitioning their patient codes and visits.

Meaningful Use is dead or has just morphed into another CMS being. Practice issues are still upon us. Dealing with all of these challenges can be overwhelming and lead to burnout.  This newsletter will address some of these concerns.

AWIR NEWS

AWIR Membership expanded and PharmDs and PhDs in the rheumatology field can join as members of AWIR. Membership portal open now!

CSRO Fellows Conference in San Francisco 19-20 Feb, 2016. AWIR will have postcards about both East Coast and West Coast meetings with free membership and registration for fellows.

The AWIR Board meets in New Orleans February 26-28, 2016. Our goals are to enhance the membership, and produce exciting agendas for both West Coast and East Coast meetings for 2016. Look for lively panels and awesome networking opportunities.

AWIR will be at the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology in Destin, FL May 12 - 15, 2016 with a booth and all things AWIR. Be on the lookout for us.

AWIR West Coast Meeting Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, AZ May 19-22, 2016. Registration is now open for this exciting meeting and bring the family! You can register on
www.awirgroup.org.
Registration is now open for our West Coast Meeting Scottsdale, Arizona.

You can register here:
http://www.awirgroup.org/#!events/cpb2

Women in Medicine News

Meaningful Use Will Likely End in 2016, CMS Chief Andy Slavitt Says

Meaningful use will likely end in 2016. However be aware that another payment model for physicians will emerge. Understand the issues involved and what may evolve.

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Dealing with the Aggressive Patient

Dealing with an aggressive patient can make your day and week unbearable. These encounters are draining on you and your staff. Understanding this encounter can lighten this burden and allow you to get with your day and week.


 
When faced with a frightening patient it's important to take a step back, literally and figuratively. Doing so you will allow you to evaluate the potential cause of their conduct. Are they angry? Worried? High? Mentally ill? In pain? Grieving? Understanding where they're coming from may help you recognize why you're feeling apprehensive. - See more at: http://www.physicianspractice.com/patient-relations/dealing-aggressive-patient?GUID=FF78800C-D067-4D0A-8B92-72CC39CED54C&rememberme=1&ts=07012016#sthash.HltS4XfV.dpuf
For reasons we can't always put our finger on, some people just seem to have a knack for making us feel uncomfortable. Maybe it's their attitude or tone of voice. It could be a strange feeling we get when we're in their presence. Or we might have an unpleasant history with them that leaves us walking on eggshells every time we find ourselves in the same room. - See more at: http://www.physicianspractice.com/patient-relations/dealing-aggressive-patient?GUID=FF78800C-D067-4D0A-8B92-72CC39CED54C&rememberme=1&ts=07012016#sthash.HltS4XfV.dpuf
 
For reasons we can't always put our finger on, some people just seem to have a knack for making us feel uncomfortable. Maybe it's their attitude or tone of voice. It could be a strange feeling we get when we're in their presence. Or we might have an unpleasant history with them that leaves us walking on eggshells every time we find ourselves in the same room. - See more at: http://www.physicianspractice.com/patient-relations/dealing-aggressive-patient?GUID=FF78800C-D067-4D0A-8B92-72CC39CED54C&rememberme=1&ts=07012016#sthash.HltS4XfV.dpuf
 
For reasons we can't always put our finger on, some people just seem to have a knack for making us feel uncomfortable. Maybe it's their attitude or tone of voice. It could be a strange feeling we get when we're in their presence. Or we might have an unpleasant history with them that leaves us walking on eggshells every time we find ourselves in the same room. - See more at: http://www.physicianspractice.com/patient-relations/dealing-aggressive-patient?GUID=FF78800C-D067-4D0A-8B92-72CC39CED54C&rememberme=1&ts=07012016#sthash.HltS4XfV.dpu
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Medscape Lifestyle Report 2016: Bias and Burnout


With practice energies used with aggressive patients, HER, meaningful use, then family issues physicians burnout. Add bias to this formula and you have an explosion.


 
When faced with a frightening patient it's important to take a step back, literally and figuratively. Doing so you will allow you to evaluate the potential cause of their conduct. Are they angry? Worried? High? Mentally ill? In pain? Grieving? Understanding where they're coming from may help you recognize why you're feeling apprehensive. - See more at: http://www.physicianspractice.com/patient-relations/dealing-aggressive-patient?GUID=FF78800C-D067-4D0A-8B92-72CC39CED54C&rememberme=1&ts=07012016#sthash.HltS4XfV.dpuf
For reasons we can't always put our finger on, some people just seem to have a knack for making us feel uncomfortable. Maybe it's their attitude or tone of voice. It could be a strange feeling we get when we're in their presence. Or we might have an unpleasant history with them that leaves us walking on eggshells every time we find ourselves in the same room. - See more at: http://www.physicianspractice.com/patient-relations/dealing-aggressive-patient?GUID=FF78800C-D067-4D0A-8B92-72CC39CED54C&rememberme=1&ts=07012016#sthash.HltS4XfV.dpuf
 
For reasons we can't always put our finger on, some people just seem to have a knack for making us feel uncomfortable. Maybe it's their attitude or tone of voice. It could be a strange feeling we get when we're in their presence. Or we might have an unpleasant history with them that leaves us walking on eggshells every time we find ourselves in the same room. - See more at: http://www.physicianspractice.com/patient-relations/dealing-aggressive-patient?GUID=FF78800C-D067-4D0A-8B92-72CC39CED54C&rememberme=1&ts=07012016#sthash.HltS4XfV.dpuf
 
For reasons we can't always put our finger on, some people just seem to have a knack for making us feel uncomfortable. Maybe it's their attitude or tone of voice. It could be a strange feeling we get when we're in their presence. Or we might have an unpleasant history with them that leaves us walking on eggshells every time we find ourselves in the same room. - See more at: http://www.physicianspractice.com/patient-relations/dealing-aggressive-patient?GUID=FF78800C-D067-4D0A-8B92-72CC39CED54C&rememberme=1&ts=07012016#sthash.HltS4XfV.dpu
Read the full article
 
The Importance of a Medical Practice Business Plan


Helping with these practice issues can be dampened with a strong business plan. Review your practice critically.


 
When faced with a frightening patient it's important to take a step back, literally and figuratively. Doing so you will allow you to evaluate the potential cause of their conduct. Are they angry? Worried? High? Mentally ill? In pain? Grieving? Understanding where they're coming from may help you recognize why you're feeling apprehensive. - See more at: http://www.physicianspractice.com/patient-relations/dealing-aggressive-patient?GUID=FF78800C-D067-4D0A-8B92-72CC39CED54C&rememberme=1&ts=07012016#sthash.HltS4XfV.dpuf
For reasons we can't always put our finger on, some people just seem to have a knack for making us feel uncomfortable. Maybe it's their attitude or tone of voice. It could be a strange feeling we get when we're in their presence. Or we might have an unpleasant history with them that leaves us walking on eggshells every time we find ourselves in the same room. - See more at: http://www.physicianspractice.com/patient-relations/dealing-aggressive-patient?GUID=FF78800C-D067-4D0A-8B92-72CC39CED54C&rememberme=1&ts=07012016#sthash.HltS4XfV.dpuf
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Making Stronger Interpersonal Connections


Enhancing your interpersonal relationships will assist you in practice issues, home issues and being a better physician, mother and partner.


 
When faced with a frightening patient it's important to take a step back, literally and figuratively. Doing so you will allow you to evaluate the potential cause of their conduct. Are they angry? Worried? High? Mentally ill? In pain? Grieving? Understanding where they're coming from may help you recognize why you're feeling apprehensive. - See more at: http://www.physicianspractice.com/patient-relations/dealing-aggressive-patient?GUID=FF78800C-D067-4D0A-8B92-72CC39CED54C&rememberme=1&ts=07012016#sthash.HltS4XfV.dpuf
For reasons we can't always put our finger on, some people just seem to have a knack for making us feel uncomfortable. Maybe it's their attitude or tone of voice. It could be a strange feeling we get when we're in their presence. Or we might have an unpleasant history with them that leaves us walking on eggshells every time we find ourselves in the same room. - See more at: http://www.physicianspractice.com/patient-relations/dealing-aggressive-patient?GUID=FF78800C-D067-4D0A-8B92-72CC39CED54C&rememberme=1&ts=07012016#sthash.HltS4XfV.dpuf
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