2010 Member Events

NCRS hosted the Certified Rheumatology Coder Exam/Program.  
March 3-5, 2010
at Fremont Professional Park - 3775 Beacon Ave; Suite 100; Fremont,
CA, 94538

    The CRHC™ is designed to provide a higher knowledge of coding and billing compliance for
    physicians, fellows, practice managers, NPs, PAs and coders/billers in rheumatology practices.

    To prepare for the exam, you will need to attend one or both of the below review sessions,
    which are included in the examination fee. You will also need to pre-register for the Certified
    Rheumatology Exam.
    It typically costs $350, but will only cost $150 per physician (and their billing staff) for the
    course- 2010 paying members of NCRS. Please call 510-791-1300 (Lisa) or email
    norcalrheumatology@yahoo.com to register.

    Review Sessions: March 3 (Wed) 12 noon – 8 PM   OR  March 4 (Thur) 10 AM – 5 PM
    Exam: March 5 (Fri) 12 noon - 5pm  (Detail Schedule)

    For additional information or if you have questions about the Certified Rheumatology Coding
    Course and Exam, visit the ACR Website or contact Antanya Chung at achung@rheumatology.
    org or (404) 633-3777, ext 818.

Topic: The Role of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in Rheumatology
  Speaker: Kristine E. Blik  MSN , ARNP, Bellevue , WA
Date: 7/21/2010 (Wednesday) 6-8pm   Fuki-Sushi Japanese Cuisine, Palo Alto  
(details) - It is organized in partnership with The Association of Rheumatology Health
Professionals (ARHP), part of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).  

October 7,2010 (Thursday) NCRS Annual Case Sharing Meeting at The Boulevard
Restaurant  located at 1 Mission Street, San Francisco.  
Members annual due $100, Fellows attend for free - RSVP required by 10/1!  RSVP
here**  You are cordially invited to attend our yearly case sharing meeting where
rheumatologists from around the SF Bay area come together to share knowledge and
fellowship through lively discussions of interesting cases presented by various members.

Radiology Quiz - Norcal Imaging - Dr. Meghan Blake/Dr Tirman
UCSF case – Dr David Daikh & Dr. Jonathan Graf
Stanford case – Dr Jeremy Sokolove
UC Davis Case - Dr Nancy Lane and Dr. Naama Leibushor
Dr Elaine Lambert's case
Dr Lester Miller's case

Come early to take our rheumatology radiology quiz, presented in power point by Dr Phillip
Tirman, musculoskeletal radiologist, Norcal Imaging, between
6:30 – 7:00 PM.  The
answers and winners of the radiology quiz will be announced at the end of the evening.

October 27, 2010 (Wednesday) 6:30pm–8pm
Phillip Mease, MD, “Update in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spondyloarthritis and Lupus.”  
Location: Location: The Four Seasons Hotel – Runnymede room
2050 University Avenue, East Palo Alto, California, U.S.A. 94303
Tel: (650) 566-1200    Fax: (650) 566-1221   
 RSVP here - By 10/15/10

Dr Mease will summarize ACR, Eular and major rheumatology updates for clinically practicing
rheumatologists. Please arrive early, few of the event sponsors will have table displays and
representatives there to greet you.  
2009 Member Events (2009):
February 25, 2009 (Wednesday) 6:00 PM - Dinner event with Dr. Mark Genovese
Topic: From Clinical Trials to the Clinic -Current and Emerging Therapies for Rheumatoid
- - Viognier Restaurant @ Dragger’s Market, 222 East 4th Ave., San Mateo, CA       

July  16, 2009 (Thursday) 6pm: CME Approved Dinner Program
“The Prevention & Management of Infections in Patients Receiving TNF Inhibitors”
- Jack Cush, MD- Professor of Medicine & Rheumatology, Baylor University Medical Center
- Jerrold Ellner MD - Professor of Medicine, University of New Jersey
Boulevard Restaurant, One Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105   (415) 543 6084   

2009 Annual Case Sharing Meeting -October 8, 2009 (Thursday)
- Viognier (at Dragger’s Market) 222 East Fourth Ave, San Mateo , CA 94401
(650) 685-3727  

6:00 PM – Arrivals & NCRS Board Member Meeting
6:45 PM – Announcements (Barry Shibuya, Michael Stevens, Neal Birnbaum)
7:00 PM Case Sharing – Moderated by Dr Elaine Lambert

Four Interesting Cases Presented By:
Stanford Case - (Umaima Marvi)
UC Davis Case – Dr Nancy Lane
UCSF Case – Dr Sarah Gratton & David Daikh
Dr Lester Miller - Unknown Case

April 2, 2009 (Thursday) Arthritis Foundation's 43rd Annual Knowles Lecture  
- Concordia-Argonaut Club, San Francisco        
"The New Science of Drug Safety" - Janet Woodcock, MD - keynote speaker -Director, Federal
Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

May 15 – 17, 2009: California Rheumatology Alliance (CRA) Annual Meeting
Omni Hotel, Los Angeles, CA  www.rheumalliance.org/files/CRAAgenda.pdf

Arthritis Foundation 44th Annual Knowles Lecture
    Thursday, April 15, 2010 - Concordia-Argonaut Club, SF
    6:00-8:30 p.m.  For more information and to register click

California Rheumatology Alliance (CRA)  6th Annual Meeting -
Flyer-PDF - May 15th-16th, 2010 (Sat-Sun) at Omni Hotel, San

The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) 2010
June 16-19, 2010 at Rome, Italy   www.eular.org

Community/ Public Events (2010)

4/24/10 (Saturday) 10:30am – Noon  Advances in &
Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
    An Arthritis Foundation event at the Timpany Center ( 730
    Empey Way , San Jose , CA 95128).
    Speakers: Dr Barry Shibuya and
    Susan Kraughto, Certified Life Improvement Series Program

Arthritis Walk 2010  (Livermore, San Francisco, San Jose)
5/ 1/2010 (Saturday)- 2010 Tri-Valley Arthritis Walk -
Livermore, CA. -Location: LifestyleRX, 1119 E. Stanley Boulevard,
Livermore, CA 94550

5/15/2010 (Saturday)- 2010 Arthritis Walk - San Francisco,
CA. -
Location: Crissy Field, Presidio, Mason Street and Crook
Street, San Fran., CA 94129

5/22/2010 (Saturday)- 2010 Arthritis Walk - San Jose, CA.
Location: Cesar Chavez Plaza, Market and Park Avenue, San
Jose, CA 95113

Arthritis Foundation’s 'Bone and Joint Expo' – Oct 16, 2010
(Sat) @ Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Napa, CA

NCRS Community Talks: Speakers’ Bureau
a.        March 22, 2010 (Mon) in SF – Dr Lynda Lee spoke to the
Bay Area Women’s Auxillary Group (Salon Series) on

b.        April 24, 2010 (Sat) in SJ – Dr Barry Shibuya spoke at the
Timany Center about
advances in the treatment of RA and to
advertise the AF’s Aquatics Class

c.        Nov 13, 2010 (Sat) – Dr Barry Shibuya spoke @ Kaiser
Hayward to the Mended Hearts Club about “Arthritis 101”

d.        Dec 4,2010 (Sat) – Dr Barry Shibuya spoke in Milpitas
about RA
Public Events (2009):
June 6, 2009 (Saturday) 10am - noon  
Educational Seminar about Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)  at
Silliman Community Center    Located @ 6800 Mowry Ave, Please
call 1-877-474-8892 to register! Please come to learn about the
latest update in RA, presented by Dr. Shibuya. You will also be
able to meet other patients living better lives with biologic

October 17, 2009 (Sat) 9am-3pm   Arthritis Foundation Bone
and Joint Expo
at Pleasanton, CA.
Hilton Hotel, 7050 Johnson Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94588   
(925) 463-8000; Please check the Arthritis Foundation's Website
Expo updates.

November 14, 2009 (Saturday) 10:00 AM to 4:15 PM.  Young
Adult Arthritis Education Day
: Thriving with Arthritis through the
Prime of Life at Washington Hospital. 2500 Mowry Ave
– Washington West Building, Fremont, CA, sponsored by the
Arthritis Foundation and Arthritis Introspective.  
- To register for the symposium, please go to gotarthritis.kintera.
org or call 1-800-464-6240

December 2, 2009 (Wednesday) 3pm-5pm at Silliman Family
Aquatic Center,
6800 Mowry Avenue
, Newark , CA 94560   
"Arthritis & Exercise: What I Can Do" -
Speaker: Dr Barry Shibuya

- Exercising when you have arthritis is very important, but can be
difficult and challenging to do.  If you learn about the type of
arthritis you have and how to exercise safely, you will have less
arthritis pain, increased muscle strength and less fatigue.  Dr
Shibuya will be speaking about rheumatoid arthritis, a common
form of inflammatory arthritis, which if diagnosed early and
treated aggressively, can be successfully managed with exercise
programs like the Arthritis Foundation ' s Aquatics Class and
3/23/2011 (Wed) 4:30pm - 8pm
Rheumatology Practice Management
Target Audience: Rheumatology Providers, Practice Managers,
Nurses, Billers
Fee: Suggest $10-$20 donation per office staff person (tax deductable receipt given)
Physicians & Other Providers:
Suggested $100 donation per calendar year to attend ALL 2011 NCRS
sponsored events
(tax deductable receipt given)

Location: California Cafe Bar & Grill - Stanford Barn
700 Welch Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304     
Phone: 650.325.2233 Fax: 650.325.8068

5-5:45pm: Legislative & Advocacy Update: What’s Going on In
by Aiken Hackett, MPA - ACR Director, Government
    Ms. Hackett will review the current climate in Washington including
    legislative and regulatory issues impacting rheumatology and how
    rheumatology can engage to ensure our messages reach Congress.

6-8pm: Know Your Audit Risk Areas Before the RACs Find Them!
    *** For more info about the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC)
    program that recovered $10.8 Billion in Medicare overpayments, visit
    http://www.rheumatology.org/practice/office/rac.asp ***
    by Antanya A. Chung, CPC, CPC-I, CRHC, CCP - ACR Practice
    Management Director  (404) 633-3777 ext.818 | (404) 633-1870 fax
2011 Member Events:
Imaging Techniques: Evolving Methods in Rheumatoid
Arthritis and other Rheumatic Diseases
Alvin F. Wells, M.D. Ph.D.
Bio - Dr Wells will talk about the emerging imaging techniques (ie.
ultrasound) to diagnose and treat patients with RA...

April 21, 2011 (Thursday)      6:00pm – 8:00pm   
Location: Four Seasons Hotel
Ravenswood Room
2050 University Avenue,
East Palo Alto, California, U.S.A. 94303
Tel: (650) 566-1200    Fax: (650) 566-1221

Program Sponsor:  Abbott
Reception Sponsors: Centocor, Genentech, GE
Healthcare, and SonoSite
Lupus Clinical Update  [Flyer-PDF]
Speaker: Michelle Petri M.D.-John Hopkins
Sep. 13, 2011 (Tuesday) 6:00pm - 8:15pm
Location: InterContinental Hotel, San Francisco
888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
CME Consultants approved 1.5 CME Credit
Post-EULAR Clinical Update:
-Speaker: Arthur Kavanaugh M.D. - UC San Diego
-June 28, 2011 (Tuesday)  6:00pm-8:15pm
- Featured presentation to start at 7pm
-Location: Viognier Restaurant
at Dragger’s Market, 222 East 4th Ave., San Mateo, CA  
In conjunction with CME Consultants -
a CME event

NCRS would like to thank the following exhibitors for their
Abbott, Amgen, Janssen Biotech (Centocor), UCB
Northern California Rheumatology Society
is proud to donate and participate in the
National Psoriasis Foundation's Walk to
Cure Psoriasis

Saturday, June 25, 2011
Justin Herman Plaza: Market Street and The
San Francisco, CA.

Registration at 8:30 a.m. Walks begin at 9:30 a.m.
1K (.62 mi) and 5K (3.1 mi) Walks
- Registration is free!  All ages and pets welcome.

We have a great day planned for you including
entertainment, prizes, vendors, food and fun!

This year, you can meet our Honorary Medical Chair,
Dr. John Koo, with UCSF Psoriasis & Skin Treatment
at the "Talk With A Doc tent". Dr. Koo will
be providing a free consultation before the walk. After
the walk, learn more about psoriatic arthritis from
Barry Shibuya
, President of the NCRS.

Contact: Walk Coordinator, 877.825.WALK (9255) or
July 9, 2011 (Saturday) 10:30AM -12PM
"RA Answers" Event (Flyer)
Silliman Family Aquatic Center -   6800 Mowry Ave.,
Newark, CA 94560;

Are you one of the nearly 1.3 milion people in the US living with
RA? Identify the symptoms and challenges of this disease -
and what you can do about them.  
Speaker: Dr. Barry Shibuya.  

1-800-901-9206  Reference# 635206
to register. RSVP required by 7/6/11
Annual Case Sharing Dinner Event:  
October 6, 2011 (Thursday) 6:00PM- 8:30PM
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, Palo Alto
2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Reception: 6PM-6:45PM
Dinner menu selection:
Salman, Chicken, or Vegetarian
(if select after 9/30, default to Chicken)

Rheumatology Office Management 101A:
Target Audience: Office Managers, Billers, Managing
Providers etc.  
Sep 28, 2011 (Wed) 5:00PM- 7:30PM
Location: TOWN Restaurant
716 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA. 94070
(650) 595-3003  www.townsc.com
Corporate Sponsors:
Nov. 12, 2011 (Saturday) 10:30AM -12PM
"Rheumatoid Arthritis Answers" Free
Silliman Family Aquatic Center
6800 Mowry Ave., Newark, CA 94560.

Are you one of the nearly 1.3 milion people in the US living with
RA? Learn to identify the symptoms and challenges of this
disease - and what you can do about them.  Speaker: Dr. Barry
 Call 1-800-464-6240  between 9am-5pm or email
anytime to RSVP.
Nov. 5, 2011 (Saturday) 11AM- 4PM  
2011 Fall Mini Conference for Lupus
"Meds, Diet, & Movement"
Kaiser Santa Clara, Room HOS B-6
710 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara, CA 95051.
Dr. Shibuya is one of the speakers.  Registration fee: $20
(include a boxed lunch).  
Please RSVP here
No one will be turned away for inability to pay.
Corporate Sponsors
Event Sponsors:
Diamond Level:
Gold Level:
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2011 Public Events:
2012 Public Events:
2012 Member Events:
Rheumatology Practice Management 201
Preparing and Transforming Rheumatology Practice for 2012-2013
Facilitator: Gary Feldman M.D. and James Jenkins Ph.D.
Board President and Executive Director of California Rheumatology Alliance (CRA)

Date: 4/26/2012 (Thursday)      
Time: 6PM - 8:30PM  (Reception 6-7pm)
Location: California Cafe in Palo Alto
700 Welch Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304 Phone: 650.325.2233

Event format: Short presentation with Round Table Discussion.
A learning and networking event for Rheumatology Physicians and Managers.

With Affordable Care Act and recent healthcare reforms becoming a reality, the transformation of the healthcare market place is
underway. Who will survive? Who will control? Who is ready to face the realignment of the healthcare delivery in this new era?

We hope to help you better understand and manage current uncertainty and developments in this new environment. We will also
discuss current managed care trends, billing and coding, new innovative approaches to increase practice efficiency, and current
rheumatology related news to meet the challenges ahead. Spread the word... hope you can join us.

Free but donations are welcome to support our non-profit organization. Suggested donation of $100 per year to attend
ALL 2012 NCRS events (Tax Deductible Receipt)
RSVP here
by 3/30/2012

2012 San Francisco Bay Area
Patient and Family Education Symposium
South San Francisco Conference Center
Sunday, November 4, 2012  from 10:00am - 3:00pm

Sat, December 1, 2012
University of California San Francisco Medical Center, Moffit Café,
second floor; 505 Parnassus Ave. San Francisco, CA 94143

9:30 a.m. - Registration, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.- Program

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 11 am to 4 pm.

The Women's Building, Auditorium
3543 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
April 28, 2012  (Sat)
9-9:30 Registration, Talk starts 9:30AM

National Psoriasis Foundation

The Domain Hotel
1085 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA
94087  408.247.0800  [Parking: Free]

Dermatologist — Robert G. Greenburg, M.D.,
Rheumatologist — Barry Shibuya, M.D.
April 25, 2012  (Wed)
Arthritis: Current Therapies
in Osterarthritis &
Presented by: Sangeetha "Bala" M.D.

O'Connor Hospital
105 Forest Ave., San Jose, CA 95128

Rheumatology Year-in-Review
(aka "Post-EULAR Clinical Update")
presented by The Rheumatology Education Group LLC (TREG) and MedEd
Consultants International LLC
Speakers: Drs. Orrin Troum (USC) and Arthur Kavanaugh (UCSD)

Date: 8/30/2012 (Thursday) Time: 6PM - 8:30PM  (Reception 6-7pm)
Location: Viognier (at Dragger's Market)
222 East Fourth Ave, San Mateo , CA 94401  (650) 685-3727  www.viognierrestaurant.com
Free but donations are welcome to support our non-profit organization. Suggested donation of $100 per year to attend
ALL 2012 NCRS events (Tax Deductible Receipt)
10/4/2012 (Thursday)
7pm-8:30pm Annual Case Sharing
Location: The Boulevard Restaurant  (with Hosted valet parking!)
1 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105  (Tel: 415.543.6084)          
You are cordially invited to attend our yearly case sharing meeting where
rheumatologists from around the SF Bay area come together to share knowledge and fellowship through
lively discussions of interesting cases presented by various members.
Teleconference/Webminar: August 2012  - various dates/time, 30
mins each
(see PDF flyer for details)

1. Mid-Year Hospital Outpatient Coding and Reimbursement update (PDF flyer)
2. Mid-Year Medicare Physician Payment update (PDF flyer)
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