Services We Provide to the Community:  

Some of our NCRS rheumatologists give voluntary talks
to community groups
interested in learning about
various arthritis, osteoporosis and related auto-immune
diseases:

- Rheumatoid Arthritis                            
- Osteoarthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis                         
- Low Back Pain / Lumbar DJD
- Psoriatic Arthritis                                 
- Gout
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus           
- Osteoporosis

If your group is interested in having one of our
physicians speak to your group, please fill out this
Request form and email it to our organization at
norcalrheumatology@yahoo.com
   

Someone from the NCRS will call you back within 1-2
weeks to discuss specifics about the talk.
NCRS Medical Financial Support Fund (MFSF)
Click here to download a copy of MFSF Application Form (PDF)

Note:
For 2016 - Application is between 1/1/2016 and 11/30/2016
(deadline extended until 12/23/2016)

One of the greatest challenges facing underinsured patients with
rheumatology diseases is trying to keep up with the rising costs of
deductibles, co-pays, or co-insurances.

NCRS may be able to help qualified individuals* with funding for out-ofpocket
medical bills that they have received. The NCRS is able to award a one-time
grant (maximum $500) to a qualified individual(s). (*Patients qualify for
financial assistance if they have low income or having financial difficulties to
pay medical bills)

Who May Qualify
1. Qualified Rheumatologist:
- Only current-active member-supporter rheumatologist in the San Francisco
bay area counties can assist their patients to apply.
- Current-Active NCRS rheumatologist is defined as
 a paid/donation (minimum $100) member-supporter for this calendar year
 AND attended at least one NCRS events in the calendar year of the
application

2. Qualified Individual:
- Must have been diagnosed with a rheumatology related diseases
- Have a financial need - income eligibility/financial hardship can be certified by
the patient and co-certified by the office manager OR show proof of income via
federal tax return from previous year.

Application Details
All patients are required to complete an application form, and fax to 888-599-
8812. The approval process is generally 2 weeks or shorter. Both you and
your doctor’s office that assist with your application will be notified by mail/fax.
If your application is not approved, we will make every effort to contact you by
phone to explain the reasons for denial.

Amount to apply -- Who receives the payment?

Each NCRS current member-supporter can apply for a maximum of $500 for
either one individual or two individuals with a totally amount not exceeding
$500 (eg. $300 for one, $200 for another individual) per calendar year.
Payment is generally made to the Rheumatologist Office/Provider who help
qualified the patient to apply for this fund. In the case where an individual has
already paid out of pocket for eligible expenses, reimbursement will be paid
directly to the individual.

What to submit?
1. Application Form
2. Individual’s current balance statement with the Rheumatologist office OR a
high balance EOBs (Explanation of Benefits), which includes the primary
insurance payment, adjustment, and amount of patient responsibility, to show
that patient’s responsibility amount is greater than the funds requested.
Clinical Trial Recruitment by various
rheumatologist/clinic:
(coming soon)

Example:
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Lupus
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Psoriatic Arthritis
Gout