We all have questions about the COVID-19 virus. Lets work through this together.

Start by reading the CDC’s article “Are you at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19”. If you have specific questions please reach out to us via our secure portal or phone.

West Michigan Rheumatology now offers Tele-health follow up visits.

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, the president made an executive order permitting coverage of physician office-based telehealth visits

These 5 to 20-minutes video visits are conducted via computer or smartphone through our secure Healow patient portal which is linked to your electronic medical record. The goals are to evaluate your current status, review labs and renew medications until a traditional office visit is appropriate.   While this is not ideal, we do believe that it can have a place to evaluate new concerns, as well as assure safety and maintain continuity of care.  We have confirmed that most regional  insurers including Medicare, Priority Health and BCBS/BCN are covering this service. 

To participate, you would need to have an account with Healow our free secure web-portal and access to a computer or a smart phone (Apple or Android).   If you do not have a portal account our Telehealth coordinator will assist you when she calls to arrange the appointment. 

We are all trying to work through the hardship of this epidemic and appreciate your support. If you would be interested in arranging a Telehealth Visit , please telephone the office or email your rheumatologist through the web-portal.

Integrated Clinical Care

Welcome to the West Michigan Rheumatology, PLLC.   We strive to provide outstanding care for patients with immune-mediated and rheumatic disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, poly and dermatomyositis, psoriatic arthritis and various types of vasculitis.  Our four full-time rheumatologists bring you the benefit of deep clinical experience and translational research.

In our model of care, we provide patient care, teach medical learners and conduct research seamlessly at one site.  We promise you will always see your rheumatologist, never an assistant.   To make care more coordinated, our electronic medical records are linked and communicate with many other systems including:  MercyHealth, Spectrum Health, MetroHealth, Borgess and Mayo Clinic.

Nationally Recognized Quality

Meaningful use, MIPS and MACRA are federally mandated medical quality programs.   Electronic medical records are used to continuously audit and report your physician’s interaction with each patient.  They attempt to measure and compare quality of care with the goal of improving patient experience by encouraging patient centered care.

In 2017, 2018, 2019 West Michigan Rheumatology achieved a maximum MIPs Quality Score of 100%, distinguishing our practice as providing the highest quality care by the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS).

Championing Shared Decision-Making 

Shared decision-making (SDM) is an underpinning of patient centered care.  It begins with an attitude of mutual respect between the physician and patient and takes form in the dialogue where facts, personal values and choice are shared.  The MSU College of Human Medicine and faculty at West Michigan Rheumatology have been an early leaders in developing and implementing SDM as a clinical science. We have published our translational research in multiple peer reviewed journals.  As shared decision making is identified as a MIPS improvement activity – the use of decision aids to support shared decision-making is one indicator of high quality care.  This demonstrates that listening and caring are core values at WMR.

Committed & Trusted

WMR is an academically oriented community based rheumatology  speciality group. Our four rheumatologists trained in different national centers of excellence:

  • Mayo Clinic
  • Univ of Tennessee – Memphis
  • Univ of Pittsburgh
  • Univ of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Each brings unique experience and perspective.  You benefit from our collective knowledge and collaboration.

Since 1991 we have:

  • Seen >100,000 new patients
  • Trained > 400 medical learners
  • Completed > 70 clinical trials
  • Published > 80 scholarly articles

`The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered.’
William Mayo, MD 1910