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TSI Healthcare Partners with Articularis Rheumatology Network to Develop First Electronic Payer Approved RA Pathway

TSI Healthcare, a national leader in the sales and support for NextGen Practice Management (PM) and Electronic Health Records (EHR) solutions partnered with Articularis Rheumatology Network to develop the first electronic payer approved Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Pathway. Articularis Rheumatology Network, together with TSI Healthcare, developed the clinical decision support pathway to address pressing needs in community rheumatology.

Rheumatologists have lacked an integrated tool that simultaneously provides decision support and allows for value-based contracting. The RA Pathway assists providers in adhering to evidenced-based guidelines, while incorporating value-based features of interest to payers. The pathway significantly reduces the costs of care for RA patients, while maintaining physician autonomy and providing a mechanism to move from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement. “The fact that the pathway is successfully running with a major payer speaks to its viability, and the benefits to our practice have been enormous,” says Articularis Rheumatology Network Executive Chairman and Chief Medical Officer Colin Edgerton, M.D.

Rather than work with a third party, Articularis Rheumatology Network chose to partner with TSI Healthcare’s development team to embed the pathway algorithm directly into NextGen EHR. Developing the logic in a native way ensured the pathway did not impede the natural workflow of rheumatologists or create any new and unnecessary “clicks.”

TSI Healthcare supports more than 600 independent rheumatologists nationwide and has been a partner of Articularis Rheumatology Network’s founding group, Articularis Healthcare, for nine years. Given the relationship and trust, this direct integration into NextGen EHR was the most logical fit for rheumatologists seeking to join Articularis Rheumatology Network.

“Articularis Rheumatology Network’s mission is supporting the community rheumatologist,” says, Dr. Edgerton. “Articularis Rheumatology Network has grown from the country’s largest community rheumatology practice and therefore understands, in a grassroots way, what a community rheumatologist needs to excel in the current, challenging landscape. We are a collaborative group with a focus on value to members, not organizational profit. Our rapid growth to over 150 rheumatologists within several months has been a testament to this value.”

“With nearly 22 years in the Health IT industry, TSI Healthcare remains committed to providing rheumatology practices of all sizes with the best tools and the best service to ensure their independence and success,” says Alerie Stiles, TSI Healthcare’s Director of Specialties. “Articularis Rheumatology Network’s electronic payer approved RA Pathway is the first of its kind and TSI Healthcare is excited for this seamless integration.”

TSI Healthcare, together with Articularis Rheumatology Network, will demonstrate the RA Pathway workflow at its inaugural Rheumatology User Group Meeting in Chapel Hill, NC, August 2019. A demonstration of the RA Pathway will also be available at the upcoming Articularis Excellence in Community Rheumatology summit in Dallas, TX, August 2019. More information about these summits is available at the Articularis Rheumatology Network’s website This RA Pathway is available exclusively to Articularis Rheumatology Network Group Purchasing Organization Members.

About TSI Healthcare
TSI Healthcare, founded in 1997, is a national leader in the sales and support of customized NextGen Practice Management and Electronic Health Record software. The company’s solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of specialty practices through specialty specific EHR content, top-ranked service, and award-winning software. In addition to core products powered by NextGen, TSI Healthcare also offers Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) Solutions, Patient Portal, Population Health Management, Cloud Hosting, and more. TSI Healthcare’s support and service teams include NextGen Certified Professionals and former practice administrators based in the USA. TSI Healthcare has approximately 200 team members and has provided services to approximately 2,500 providers nationwide since its inception in 1997. For more information, visit, or call 800-354-4205.

About Articularis Rheumatology Network
Articularis Rheumatology Network is a management and group purchasing organization (GPO) committed to advancing community rheumatology while improving the value of care. This is achieved through best-in-class group purchasing, innovative practice performance technology, value-based treatment pathways, clinical and business collaboration platforms, tailored educational activities, and community practice advocacy. Powered by select partnerships, Articularis Rheumatology Network provides member practices with the tools needed to thrive in today’s healthcare environment. For more information, visit, or call 843-329-8831.

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