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Rheumatology Association of Iowa (RAI) 5th Annual Meeting

March 1, 2019 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm

Rheumatology Association of Iowa

Rheumatology Association of Iowa

Friday – Saturday, March 1 – 2, 2019

Quick Conference Information

Registration/Information Desk Hours

Location:Student Common Area
Friday, March 1, 20193:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 2, 20197:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Location:Student Common Area
Friday, March 1, 20195:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 2, 20198:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Online registration will be open through February 19, 2019.
After this date, on-site registration will be available.

Registration Includes

  • Entrance to all sessions
  • Program Materials
  • Welcome Reception
  • Continental Breakfast / Breaks / Lunch


Registration refund requests must be submitted in writing to the RAI Executive Office no later than 2/7/2019. All refund requests will be subject to a $5.00 processing fee. No refunds will be made after 2/7/2019.

Special Considerations

For accommodations on the basis of disability or special dietary needs, please call (847) 517-7225.

Program Schedule Information

Educational Needs

Effective management in ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV), specifically Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA) and Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA) include not only the use of evidence-based treatments but also rigorous application of monitoring and preventive strategies to reduce the risk of infection and medication-specific toxicities. Rheumatologists need to be aware of these strategies to provide their patients with the best outcomes.

For the two main forms of Large-vessel vasculitis (LVV), Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu Arteritis (TAK), non-medical management should be considered for disease that is threatening a critical organ or for significant symptoms impacting quality of life.

Today’s challenging health care environment is affecting the way physicians manage their practices, interfering with access to care and forcing them to make difficult decisions. Physicians seek to continue to provide quality care while contending with reduced Medicare reimbursement rates, medical claims, process errors and inefficiency, and legislative and regulatory changes. Rheumatologists need to be aware of emerging trends in practice management, payer reform, and administrative simplification of impact to the success of their practices and quality of patient care.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of the RAI 2019 5th Annual Meeting, attendees will be able to:

  1. Recognize federal efforts to improve value in healthcare delivery and payment through programs established under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)
  2. Distinguish and contrast pathways for Rheumatologists to be reimbursed under the Quality Payment Program (i.e., the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs).
  3. Evaluate the potential impact of MACRA on Rheumatology practices and estimate the significance of engagement in current and future value-driven delivery and payment models.
  4. Identify opportunities for state and national advocacy, legislative action and our need for representation at the state national level.
  5. Identify the clinical features of ANCA-associated vasculitis.
  6. Describe the approach to diagnosis for ANCA-associated vasculitis.
  7. List the treatment options for ANCA-associated vasculitis.
  8. Describe the diseases that can be associated with large vessel vasculitis.
  9. Identify the clinical features associated with giant cell arteritis and Takayasu arteritis.
  10. Discuss the treatment approaches to giant cell arteritis and Takayasu arteritis.

The Rheumatology Association of Iowa (RAI) 5th Annual Meeting will be held during March 1 – 2, 2019  at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America. All sessions will be located in Amphitheater unless otherwise noted. Speakers & times are subject to change

FRIDAY, MARCH 01, 2019

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration/Information Desk
Location: Student Common Area

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
Location: Student Common Area

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall


5:00 p.m. – 5:05 p.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
RAI President: Michael S. Brooks, MD, FACP, FACR

5:05 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. How Current Iowa Laws Passed Affect those Practicing Rheumatology Today
Speaker: Doug Ommen
Iowa Insurance Division

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
Location: Student Common Area


7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration/Information Desk
Location: Student Common Area

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
Location: Student Common Area

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Practice Management Networking Breakfast
Location: H Classroom 185

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Location: Exhibit Hall


9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome & Announcements

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Keynote Lecture I Vasculitis
Speaker: Carol A. Langford, MD, MHS, FACP
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break/Visit Exhibits

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Keynote Lecture II Vasculitis
Speaker: Carol A. Langford, MD, MHS, FACP
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. RAI Annual Business Meeting
Location: Amphitheater

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Industry Satellite Symposia Lunch
Location: Conference Room 185

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Dessert & Networking in Exhibit Hall

2:00 p.m. – – 4:00 p.m. Advocacy Panel/Presentations
CSRO State Issues
ACR Federal Issues
Arthritis Foundation
Iowa Medical Society

Continuing Education Credit

Iowa Medical Society

  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 5.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the Rheumatology Association of Iowa. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 5.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other: This live activity is designated for 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

General Disclaimer

The statements and opinions contained in this program are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the Rheumatology Association of Iowa or Des Moines University (DMU). The appearance of the advertisements is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality, or safety. Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The content of this publication may contain discussion of off-label uses of some of the agents mentioned. Please consult the prescribing information for full disclosure of approved uses. RAI disclaims responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas or products referred to in the abstracts or advertisements.

Special Assistance

We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us better serve you. Call (847) 517-7225 if you require special assistance to fully participate in the meeting.

Educational Grants

No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


March 1, 2019
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Rheumatology Association of Iowa
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7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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(319) 848-8700
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