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Infusion Center 

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Patients whose conditions are best managed through advanced infusion therapy appreciate the expert care and comfortable surroundings offered by Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates’ practice-based centers. Our four convenient locations and our physicians’ long record of involvement in clinical research trials provide patients with convenient access to the latest medications available for their treatments. This combination of benefits represents a level of service unparalleled in most clinical settings. 

infusion-contentServing metropolitan Washington, D.C. for over 30 years, Arthritis & Rheumatism Associates, P.C. (ARA) has provided infusion services to our patients since 1999. Our attractive practice-based infusion centers are staffed by registered nurses with infusion experience and offer patients a comfortable and convenient office setting in which to receive treatment. 

Through its clinical trials program, ARA has evaluated numerous new medicines for a broad spectrum of conditions. This commitment to research not only enhances the ongoing medical care provided to patients, it also provides our physicians with early access to new therapies that may not yet be available elsewhere.

 


Working with Our Physicians 

Patients who are referred for infusion will first see one of our physicians who will take a medical history and conduct any necessary preliminary investigations. ARA is one of the largest and most highly regarded rheumatology practices in the country. Our physicians have extensive knowledge and experience in the infusion of bisphosphonates and biologics for the treatment of for rheumatologic and inflammatory disorders. 

All ARA offices have x-ray, ECG, and other laboratory services to completely and conveniently meet patients’ needs. Our ACLS trained physicians and nurses are always on site when patients receive their infusions. Physicians are also on call after hours in the event a patient has a delayed infusion reaction. 

After each infusion, an ARA physician or infusion nurse will send a letter of notification to the referring physician. This is to keep the primary care physician informed and allow for the timely scheduling of patient follow-up visits or any adjustments in dosing. ARA physicians will schedule follow-up visits for patient monitoring if necessary, but always respect the role of the directing primary care physician for this therapy. 


The Biologics  

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There are a number of biologic drugs available. The right biologic drug for a particular patient depends on the disease being treated and multiple other factors, which are unique to each person’s case. 

What are the biologics?

Biologics are drug therapies that are designed to specifically target and inhibit a part of the immune system that is overactive. Some conditions often treated with our infusion services include: 

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Vasculitis
  • Dehydration

Common Conditions & Medication Options

CONDITION 

MEDICATION OPTIONS

Osteoporosis

Reclast, Prolia, Boniva

Gout 

Krystexxa

Lupus 

Benlysta, Solumedrol

Rheumatoid Arthritis 

Remicade, Orencia, Actemra, Rituxan, Cimzia Enbrel, Simponi

Multiple Sclerosis 

Tysabri

Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn’s Disease 

Remicade

Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis 

Intravenous Immunoglobulin, Rituxan

Small Vessel Vasculitis 

Rituxan

Hidradenitis Suppurativa 

Remicade

 

Making Your Experience a Pleasing One 

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 ARA infusion facilities are attractive and are designed to provide a relaxed and soothing environment. Our attentive nurses are committed to ensuring the well-being of all infusion patients. 

To help make a sometimes lengthy appointment more comfortable, our four convenient locations feature: 

  • Beautifully designed spaces with natural sunlight and a tranquil décor
  • Comfortable recliners, privacy curtains and cozy blankets when needed
  • Hospitality stations stocked with an assortment of snacks and beverages
  • A variety of magazines and patient educational materials
  • DVDs for movie enjoyment

 

Appointments 

To schedule your initial appointment please call our Central Call Center: 

301.942.7600 AND PRESS “1” 

Following this initial appointment with one of our physicians our scheduling staff will then call you within one week to schedule your actual infusion appointment.

 


Insurance

Our office staff will take care of all insurance company requirements for pre-authorization and/or referrals. We will also file patients’ primary insurance claims. This service provided by our experienced coordinators helps you as well as your primary care physician office to streamline the process.

 

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Biologic Therapies Improve Quality of Life for Arthritis Patients!

Ashley D Beall, MD, FACR
Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C.

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 Meet Our Director of Infusion

dr-actonJohn R. Acton, RN, CRIVI, RNS

John R. Acton, R.N. came to ARA as the Director of Infusion in the summer of 2006. He began his career in the medical field as a Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Navy. Later, he attended Montgomery College, MD where he completed his R.N. degree, graduating with honors in 1992. Following his graduation, he accepted a Fellowship position in the ICU at Washington Hospital Center where he completed advanced training and certification as CCRN and ACLS. John then transitioned to home care where he worked for VNA of Washington, DC (Medstar) from 1994 to 2000 as an advanced practice nurse working with a wide array of seriously ill patients. He continued his training and received national certification as CRNI. He was a mentor for other nurses, conducting training in areas such as physical assessment and IV insertions. From 2000 to 2006 when John joined ARA, he served as lead nurse with Apria Health Care, VA. 

John is a man of many interests, and comes to us with a very diverse background. Prior to his Navy career, he attended the University of Cincinnati where he studied string base and cello; he continues to enjoy playing both instruments today. In the Navy, he was a Medical Deep Sea Diving Tech. Following his Honorable Discharge, he was an Airline Transport Pilot; flew corporate jets and continues to be a Certified Flight Instructor. About eight years ago he developed an interest in Yoga and is currently a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.


 Insurance 

Our office staff will take care of all insurance company requirements for pre-authorization and medical documentation. They will also file patients’ primary insurance claims. Please see our Participating Insurance list.


 Facility Locations

Infusion services are available at all four of our convenient locations.

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 For More Information:

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