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Integrated Clinical Care

As rheumatologists, we offer consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services for in-patients and out-patients.  All outpatient services are at our office on East Paris SE in Grand Rapids.   In our model of care, we provide patient care, teach medical students and residents and conduct research seamlessly at one site.   You will always see the rheumatologist, never an assistant.  In addition we offer convenient, low-cost digital x-rays, bone density testing, and biologic therapy infusions.  We perform consultations at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital.   Our electronic medical records are linked and communicate with many other systems including:  Spectrum Health, MercyHealth Partners, MetroHealth, Borgess and Mayo Clinic.

Nationally Recognized Quality

Meaningful use, MIPS and MACRA are federally mandated medical quality programs that are now embedded in the workflow of physicians.  Electronic medical records are used to continuously audit and report your physician’s interaction with each patient.  They attempt to measure and compare quality of care with the goal of improving patient experience by encouraging patient centered care. Reporting and exceeding MACRA requirements will increasingly will impact how we are paid and are essentially a requirement to provide medical care in the USA.   As shared decision making is identified as a MIPS improvement activity – the use of decision aids to support shared decision-making is one indicator of high quality care.

In 2017 West Michigan Rheumatology achieved a maximum MIPs score of 70, distinguishing our practice as providing the highest quality care by the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS). 

Championing Shared Decision-Making 

Shared decision-making (SDM) is an underpinning of patient centered care.  It begins with an attitude of mutual respect between the physician and patient and takes form in the dialogue where facts, personal values and choice are shared.  The MSU College of Human Medicine and faculty at West Michigan Rheumatology have been an early leaders in developing and implimenting SDM as a clinical science. We have published our translational research in J Rheumatology, Arthritis Rheumatism, Patient Education & Counseling and Medical Decision Making. Our work has been promoted by Medscape.com, MyCME.com, The Rheumatologist as well as at numerous national academic meetings. This demonstrates that listening and caring are core values at WMR.

The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered.     William Mayo 1910

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