On the Forefront


From unbiased, cutting-edge research to authoritative clinical practice guidelines, the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ACR/ARP) gives you confidence that you have the best and greatest information. Whether it’s about expanding your network or building a strong foundation for you and your team, the ACR and ARP put you on the forefront in the mission of empowering rheumatology professionals to excel and break barriers in patient care.

State & Federal Advocacy

While you are caring for your patients, the advocacy efforts of the ACR are there for you, working to preserve patients' access to high-quality care.

In addressing topics such as eliminating roadblocks to access, like prior authorization and step therapy, supporting the expansion of the rheumatology workforce, reducing the cost of treatment, or ensuring rheumatology professionals are adequately reimbursed, you have a team of experts at the forefront of the policy debates advocating on your behalf.

ACR’s Rheumatology Informatics System for Effectiveness (RISE) Registry

In the continuous evolution of rheumatology research, ACR is using real-world clinical data in advancing our understanding of rheumatologic care. ACR’s RISE registry is a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) and the largest electronic health record (EHR)-enabled rheumatology registry in the United States. RISE allows ACR members and the entire rheumatology community to leverage real-world clinical data to improve and advance our understanding, management, and treatment of rheumatologic disease.

For researchers, RISE provides validated data on nearly 3 million patients. Researchers use RISE to access inclusive and comprehensive rheumatology patient data, treatment pathways, and outcomes analysis. Rheumatology providers, practices, and academic centers use RISE to improve the care experience and health of patients. Users also have the option to report for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Value Pathways (MVPs), as required by CMS.


The ACR is the global gold standard in publishing rheumatology research, covering a wide range of the most critical topics in rheumatology and future trends in practice. Arthritis & Rheumatology (A&R) publishes the highest quality basic and clinical research in rheumatology. Arthritis Care & Research (AC&R) publishes innovative and impactful clinical research that promotes excellence in rheumatology practice. ACR Open Rheumatology (ACROR) publishes high-quality articles reporting on original investigations in all aspects of rheumatology-related research.

ACR's practice publications, including the Business Side of Rheumatology and the Rheumatology Coding Manual provide guidance on building successful and thriving practives, while the Clinical Practice Guidelines are the tools you and your team will rely on to enable effective use of health care resources.

The Rheumatologist is an award-winning monthly newsmagazine that provides ACR/ARP members with practical, evidence-based clinical reviews, analyses, discussions of current research, and legislative actions to help you stay informed and equipped to offer the best rheumatology care possible.

Need to get up-to-date news on a regular basis? ACR Insider, eNewsRheum, and ACR@Work e-newsletters deliver critical national and international news directly to your inbox.

Collaborative Initiatives

In highlighting rheumatology’s relevance to the healthcare community and public, COIN uses rheumatic diseases as case studies for treating complex disease, advancing health equity, eliminating health disparities, and improving the quality of patient lives. COIN achieves this by collaborating with a network of organizations to develop, test, and disseminate solutions to complex rheumatology care problems.

Podcasts & Apps

ACR on Air dives into topics such as recent research on rheumatic disease, practice management solutions, and legislative policies impacting patient care. Tune in bi-weekly for new interviews and commentary that are sure to empower listeners to excel in their specialty.

ACR Journals on Air, the ACR’s newest podcast series, features interviews, commentary, and analysis on research from our three peer-reviewed journals. Tune in for engaging discussions with authors and independent experts about recently published studies, their implications for clinical care, and how they move the field of rheumatology forward.

Rheumatology Research Foundation

Since its founding in 1985, the Rheumatology Research Foundation (the largest private funding source for rheumatology research and training in the US) has invested more than $205 million directly into its two mission priorities: rheumatology training and development and targeted rheumatic disease research. Programs funded by the Foundation train the next generation of rheumatology professionals who are tackling rheumatology’s challenges and working toward discoveries to improve the health of people with rheumatic disease.

Member Testimonials

Hiral Master, PT, PhD, MPH

Being involved with Arthritis Care & Research is truly the best investment of my time as I get an opportunity to further evidence-based care in rheumatology by providing constructive reviews to my peers, as well as expanding my knowledge base as I get global exposure in rheumatology research.

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