Upcoming Conferences 

CSRO 2019 Fellows Conference
February 9, 2019
Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel
San Francisco, CA
2019 State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium
April 5 - 7, 2019
Sheraton Grand Chicago
Chicago, IL
2019 Congress of Clinical Rheumatology East
May 2 - 5, 2019
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Destin, FL
Eighth Congress of the International BioIron Society
May 5 - 10, 2019
EMBL Advanced Training Centre
Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
CSRO 2019 State Society Advocacy Conference
September 13 - 14, 2019
Westin Chicago O'Hare
Rosemont, IL
2019 Congress of Clinical Rheumatology West
September 26 - 29, 2019

San Diego, CA
ACR 2019 Annual Meeting
November 8 - 13, 2019

Atlanta, GA

Latest News 

Hospitals Beginning To Practice Non-Medical Switching CSRO has been fielding reports from physicians around the states who have found that their patients are no longer able to access their prescribed treatment. Some hospital systems are no longer carrying biologic originator products, meaning that patients must find an alternative site of care.
Express Scripts Announces New Formulary Design Option This week, Express Scripts announced that it would provide clients with the ability to opt for its new National Preferred Flex Formulary Design. As opposed to favoring drugs that garner the most rebate dollars, the new benefit design intends to favor drugs that have lower list prices to begin with.
CSRO Hosts State Society Leaders at the ACR On Monday, October 22nd, CSRO hosted a breakfast for state rheumatology society leaders present at the ACR. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about emergent patient access issues, CSRO’s plans for 2019, and hear from a speaker who discussed implementation and compliance issues with existing patient access laws.
CSRO Discusses New Drug Payment Model with Key Agency Officials Last week, CSRO’s Past President and National Advocacy Chair, Michael Schweitz, MD, participated in one-on-one discussions with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma and Special Advisor to the Administrator Jeet Guram, MD, to discuss details about the Trump Administration’s potential International Pricing Index Model for Medicare Part B Drugs.
New Data Emerges on Co-Pay Accumulator Programs The CSRO has been deeply concerned about the expanded implementation of a new utilization management tool known as co-pay accumulator programs over the course of 2018.

Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations. The Coalition of State Rheumatology Organization (CSRO)
is comprised of over 40 state and regional professional rheumatology societies whose mission is to advocate for excellence in the field of rheumatology, ensuring access to the highest quality care for the management of rheumatologic and musculoskeletal disease.