The Oregon Rheumatology Alliance is a non-profit patient advocacy group dedicated to the care and treatment of patients with rheumatic diseases. ORA was incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 2001.
ORA History of Advocacy: Book Project: 2001 ORA Educates the Public on Arthritis ORA purchased and donated 115 sets of arthritis education to public libraries across Oregon. The books, purchased from the Arthritis Foundation, were:
The Arthritis Foundation's guide to Alternative Therapies by Judith Horstman Your Personal Guide to Living with Fibromyalgia The Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Good Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis The Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Good Living with Osteoarthritis The Arthritis Helpbook by Kate Lorig, RN, Dr. P.H. and James F. Fries, M.D. The Osteoporosis Book; A Guide for Patients and their Families by Dr. Nancy E. Lane
Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers Affiliation: 2002 ORA became the first physician advocacy group to become a member of the Oregon Coalition of Health Care purchasers (OCHCP), which is a non-profit organization of private and public sector purchasers in Oregon and SW Washington. ORA helped educate this coalitions purchasers and insurance providers on appropriate arthritis coverage and care in health plans.
ORA Fellow Travel Scholarship: 2003 ORA secured a grant from Daiichi to be used over a five year period. This grant sponsored medical students and rheumatology fellows to attend ORA's bi-annual meetings, and visit with the head of the OHSU rheumatology fellowship program. This allowed fellows to visit Oregon and consider this state as their practice location. The program was successful in securing Drs' Mollie Thompson and Esther Hwang to Oregon.
Oregon Survey Research Laboratory (OSRL): 2004 ORA commissioned the OSRL to develop and conduct an insurance subscriber satisfaction survey. During the summer of 2004, OSRL administered 1800 surveys to arthritis patients in 24 rheumatology clinics throughout Oregon regarding patient satisfaction with their insurance coverage for rheumatic disease. The results were computed and the data was used to educate insurance providers, health care providers and the general public on the importance and influence of adequate and timely insurance coverage on the quality and care afforded rheumatic diseases. The conclusion was that the insurance companies need to reduce barriers to allow rheumatology offices to provide proper health care to their patients
For more information on how ORA continues to battle for access to quality care for rheumatic patients visit the "ORA Updates" and "Advocacy Articles" page of this website.
Our Current Board of Directors:
Dr. Andre Barkhuizen Dr. R. Peter Bonafede Dr. Daniel Fohrman Dr. N. Paul Hudson Dr. Elizabeth Tindall Dr. Cody Wasner
Membership to ORA is offered to all board eligible or board certified rheumatologists and academic faculty rheumatologists in Oregon and Southern Washington.
ORA hosts two meetings a year:
This is the largest meeting of the year. Members of ORA present highlights of important abstracts presented at the ACR National meeting.
ORA Annual Winter Business and Scientific Meeting
We have successfully presented 13 Annual Winter Meetings, with a consistent attendance of at least 40 rheumatologists at each event. Most meetings offered CME credits. Please email email@example.com for more information about past meetings.