Fiscal Management of Infusion Clinics: Academic and Private Practice Perspectives

Session Type: ARHP Concurrent Sessions
Tuesday, November 8, 2011: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
W474b (McCormick Place West)
Business of Rheumatology  SessionSelect

Session Overview:
The use of biologic therapies to block the effects of inflammatory cytokines, e.g., TNF, IL-6, etc., are now part of the mainstream clinical management of rheumatoid arthritis and other immune mediated inflammatory diseases. Infusion based biologics have expanded the role of nurses in rheumatoid arthritis management. Infusion clinics, both academic and private practice settings, have become an important avenue of treatment for many patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Responsible fiscal management of these infusion clinics presents a host of issues that must be addressed in order for infusion clinics to operate successfully. This session will "tackle" some of those issues.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • recognize how infusion clinics  may affect patients and practices
  • describe the steps necessary to manage a successful infusion clinic
  • identify patient assistance and government programs available to help with patient infusion therapy costs
  • discuss how future processes may need occupational therapy change in order to remain successful in the ever changing healthcare marketplace

Moderator: Joyce M. Kortan, RN, Park Nicollet Health Services
11:00 AM
How to Successfully Manage an Infusion Center in the Academic Setting
Victoria L. Ruffing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
11:25 AM
How to Successfully Manage an Infusion Center in the Private Practice Setting
Karen M. Ferguson, Spokane, WA
11:50 AM
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