Welcome to West Michigan Rheumatology.
We understand that our care to you is an essential medical service and that you count on us. Many rheumatology patients have diseases, or take medications, that require intensive monitoring and management. We have adapted so that we can provide care in the safest manner in person and via TeleVisits. Learn more. We strive to see new patients within 2 weeks of referral.
COVID-19 and Vaccine Information
Click to read the CDC Update for High Risk Groups which includes persons including RA, lupus, scleroderma, vasculitis and others treated with immunosuppressives.
The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized three vaccines for prevention of COVID-19: Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19.
It is generally recommended that patients with rheumatic diseases taking immunosuppressive drugs do seek out and take the COVID vaccine. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson Vaccines are ‘dead’ and safe for patients taking medications including prednisone, methotrexate, Enbrel, Remicade, Xeljanz etc.
There is no ‘best’ vaccine or place to get it other than the one that is available to you first. For the most recent CDC updates click here.
Now the national roll-out of the COVID vaccine is now in full swing! Administration is based on a allocation program developed by the State of Michigan. This was updated March 1.
The American College of Rheumatology published guidance on whether there is a need to adjust specific anti-rheumatic drug timing when receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. See the summary below.
The department of Health and Human Services has developed a distribution plan that utilizes all the typical outlets used to give the annual flu vaccine. Multiple private and public outlets are giving the vaccine now.
Click the green hyperlinks below to see information about scheduling a vaccine appointment (or to receive notification when it available for you).
The team at WMR will add more details to this page as they develop.
Integrated Clinical Care
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, and will never be charged a facility fee. 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
MIPS is a mandated medical quality program. 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, and 2020 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 specialty 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