HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--United Rheumatology, a management services organization of 600 independent rheumatologists, has appointed Andrew L. Concoff, MD, as Executive Vice President, Chief Value Medical Officer.
Dr. Concoff brings a tremendous range of experience to the creation of value-driven initiatives and care re-design in his new role. Over the past fifteen years, Dr. Concoff applied his training as one of the few doctors in the nation to have completed fellowships in both Rheumatology and Sports Medicine to his private practice at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, California. Along with his clinical practice at St. Jude, he served as Medical Director for Outpatient Rehabilitation, leading the transition to evidence-driven physical therapy and the development of a value-based low back pain assessment and treatment program at St. Jude.
Dr. Concoff received a Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health for his research in exercise for knee osteoarthritis. He has remained active in clinical research and teaching, including lecturing nationally on topics including sports injuries, ultrasound, and tendon disorders.(1-3) His published research includes health economic analyses in rheumatic diseases and participation in guideline development on behalf of numerous medical societies. Dr. Concoff has served as a clinical reviewer for the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review(4) cost-effectiveness assessments of targeted synthetic and biologic medications for rheumatoid arthritis. He has been a member the United Rheumatology Medical Policy Committee since 2015, where he currently is Chair of the Ultrasound Guideline Committee.
“I am excited to bring the range of my experience to advance the mission of United Rheumatology - advocating for private practice rheumatologists, like me, across the country,” said Dr. Concoff. “This newly created role will allow me to leverage United Rheumatology’s Clinical Guidelines and analysis of the data collected in its real-world, EMR database to evolve the care we provide to patients by creating and validating initiatives that improve patient outcomes while reducing cost. I am honored to give voice to the quality and importance of the work done every day by United Rheumatology members and will use this new approach in collaborating and negotiating with the varied stakeholders with which they interact, to facilitate the success of their practices.”
Dr. Concoff is based in California and will spend significant time working with rheumatology practices throughout the country on value-based, clinically-integrated care delivery.
“It has been a pleasure getting to know Andy through his work on the Medical Policy Committee (MPC). Andy’s extensive understanding of clinical and economic data on rheumatologic disease and his strong relationships with a wide range of rheumatologists throughout the country enhances the current capabilities of our clinical team. I look forward to working with Andy in defining and implementing value-based precision medicine programs that empower rheumatologists by utilizing clinical data to support their independent decision making,” stated Douglas Tardio, President, CEO of United Rheumatology.
“It is with gratitude and confidence that I welcome Andy to the UR team. UR and I have been fortunate to have input and support from the remarkable team of rheumatologists that forms our MPC. Now, as UR has grown, so too has the scope of our engagement on many fronts: developing our data capabilities; supporting unique clinical trials, working with rheumatologists and payers to define value and quality, and more. While I continue to dedicate myself to UR’s goals and future, having Andy to work with side by side will more than double our capabilities- his contribution will be far more than additive. Andy is a confident and confidence-inspiring leader who has shown the ability to work effectively with a very diverse group of partners,” said Max I Hamburger MD, FACP, FACR, Founder and Executive Chairman, URLLC.
About United Rheumatology
United Rheumatology is the pre-eminent rheumatology care management organization empowering rheumatologists to advance the standard of care. United Rheumatology has developed the largest rheumatology electronic medical records database in the U.S.. The power of United Rheumatology’s clinical data offers an unparalleled platform for physicians, health plans and self-funded employers to jointly develop coordinated care solutions.
- American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting (Chicago, IL, October 2018), “Sports Medicine for the Weekend Warrior: Lower Extremity” and “Battling Chronic Tendinopathy,” and American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting (San Diego, CA, November 2017) “Sports Medicine for the Weekend Warrior: Upper Extremity”
- USSONAR Advanced Rheumatologic Ultrasound Course (Snowbird, Utah, August 2018) “Outcomes Research in Ultrasound by Rheumatologists” and “Novel Integration of Ultrasound into a Rheumatology Practice”
- American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting (Lake Buena Vista, Florida, April 2018 and San Diego, California, November 2017), “Economics of Ultrasound” (Co-Lecture with Chad Carlson, MD)
- Institute for Clinical Effectiveness Research (ICER), “Janus Kinase Inhibitors for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Effectiveness and Value: Draft Evidence Report” October 11, 2019, https://icer-review.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/ICER_RA_Draft_Evidence_Report_101119.pdf