Who We Are
The Ohio Association of Rheumatology, formed in 2003 by Ohio rheumatologists, is dedicated to the advancement of quality arthritis and musculoskeletal care for all. The OAR is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.
OAR advocates at the state and local level to promote issues of patient care, reimbursement, and best practices. The OAR wrote a position paper to amend the Quality Cancer Care Preservation Act, recommending that all practitioners who administer biologic agents in the office be reimbursed equally. The OAR advocates amending the Commercial Activity Tax Law to exclude the tax on purchases of biologic medications administered in the office.
The OAR partners with the Ohio State Medical Association, the American College of Rheumatology, and state legislators to effect change. We engage with insurers to improve patient care and access.
At the Annual Meeting, experts discuss timely topics affecting the practice of Rheumatology. These include mechanisms and treatment of rheumatic diseases, advocacy and practice management issues. CME credit is available. The OAR nurtures the interest and development of medical students, house staff and fellows in the field of Rheumatology.
The OAR establishes and maintains guidelines defining appropriate treatment of the rheumatic diseases. The OAR also advocates for and protects patient access to quality rheumatologic care in Ohio.