August 2013 Briefing - RheumatologyLast Updated: September 02, 2013.
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Rheumatology for August 2013. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Final Rules Issued for Individual Shared Responsibility Mandate
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Starting 2014, the individual shared responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act, which calls for each individual to have basic health insurance coverage, will be implemented, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Health Care Savings With Early Accountable Care Organizations
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Early accountable care organization initiatives correlate with lower spending for elderly Medicare beneficiaries, but not necessarily with improved quality, according to a study published in the Aug. 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Imaging Important in Treating Boston Marathon Injuries
MONDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Blast injuries within civilian populations such as the Boston Marathon bombings should immediately be imaged by radiology or computed tomography to quickly assess damage and determine the course of treatment, according to a study published online Aug. 26 in Arthritis Care & Research.
Calcium + Vitamin D Does Not Reduce Joint Symptoms
MONDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Calcium plus vitamin D supplementation does not reduce the frequency or severity of joint symptoms in women, according to a study published online Aug. 19 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Baseline Pain Severity Predicts Worse Long-Term LBP Outcomes
THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Patients' baseline pain and the perception that their pain will persist are significant predictors of poor outcomes for low back pain (LBP) over the short and long term, according to a study published in the August issue of The Journal of Pain.
Tofacitinib Ups Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Response
THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- The addition of tofacitinib to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment regimens improves patient response to non-biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), according to a study published in the Aug. 20 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Implications, Solutions for U.S. Health Disparities Discussed
TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Research on health disparities in the United States, the policy implications of these disparities, and suggestions for improvement of disparities are discussed in "Health Policy Brief: Health Gaps," published Aug. 15 in Health Affairs.
Lateral Wedges No Better Than Neutral Insole for Knee OA
TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with knee osteoarthritis, the use of lateral wedges offers no significant benefit versus a neutral insole comparator, according to research published in the Aug. 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Spinal Radiosurgery Ups Risk of Vertebral Fracture
TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Vertebral compression fracture (VCF) is a common adverse effect in patients receiving spine stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), according to research published online Aug. 19 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Increasing Operating Costs Top Concern for Medical Practices
TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The top five concerns of medical practice executives all relate to financial management, with dealing with increasing operating costs reported as the most difficult daily challenge, according to a report published by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).
Expansion of Pharmacists' Practice Will Benefit Patients
MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The expanding scope of pharmacists' practice will potentially improve patient care but has implications for physicians, according to an article published online Aug. 19 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.
Bloodspot-Based Biomarker Test Identifies Fibromyalgia
MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- A rapid biomarker-based method using blood samples is able to accurately differentiate patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FM) from those with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or osteoarthritis (OA), according to a study published in the Aug. 21 issue of Analyst.
HHS Awards $67 Million to Marketplace Navigators
MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- $67 million is being awarded to Navigator grant applicants and their staff, who will serve as an in-person resource for those requiring additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in Health Insurance Marketplace plans, according to a report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
IOM Describes Themes Relating to Patients' Role in Health Care
FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Themes and messages relating to the role of patients in informed care decisions, knowledge generation, and value improvement were discussed at the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Workshop Proceedings, according to a report published Aug. 15 in conjunction with the transcript of the proceedings.
Osteoarthritis Pain Negatively Impacts a Spouse's Sleep
FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with knee osteoarthritis, pain impacts spouses' sleep, according to a study published in the September issue of PAIN.
Involved Patients Have Better Health Care Experiences
THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Health care providers and patients shape the care experience, and strategies to improve care interactions should also help patients ensure that their needs are met, according to research published in the July issue of Health Affairs.
Doctors Pessimistic About Future of U.S. Health Care
THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians report concerns regarding health care delivery and the future of health care, according to survey findings published by athenahealth.
Nontreatment, Undertreatment of Psoriatic Disease Quantified
THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Nontreatment and undertreatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, including severe disease, is widespread in the United States, according to research published online Aug. 14 in JAMA Dermatology.
Medicare Reimbursement Drives Procedural Over Cognitive Care
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians treating Medicare patients are reimbursed three to five times more for performing common procedures versus providing cognitive care, according to a study published online Aug. 12 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Physicians Should Consider Social Media As Public Space
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A new approach is needed for resolving the physician online identity crisis, according to a viewpoint piece published in the Aug. 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
New Initiative Announced for Patient-Doc Collaboration
TUESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- A new Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare (CPPH) has been launched to advance physician-patient collaboration, according to a report published by the American College of Physicians (ACP).
Eating Fish Cuts Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Women
TUESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Regular consumption of dietary long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in fish is associated with reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in women, according to research published online Aug. 12 in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
Perceived Doc Verbal Abuse Impairs Nurses' Work Attitude
TUESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- For registered nurses (RNs), perceived verbal abuse by physicians correlates with less favorable work conditions and attitudes, according to a study published in Nursing Outlook.
U.S. Hospitals Up Exchange of Electronic Health Information
MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Between 2008 and 2012, hospitals significantly increased their exchange of electronic health information with other providers, according to research published in the August issue of Health Affairs.
Guidelines for Post-HIV Exposure Management Updated
MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Management and prophylaxis recommendations have been updated for health care providers with occupational exposure to HIV, according to guidelines published in the September issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
Medical Center Farmers Market Aids in Medical Home Goals
MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- A seasonal farmers market at a medical center can support the institution's commitment to the goals of the medical home, according to a study published online Aug. 1 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.
Physicians' Malpractice Concerns Predict More Testing
FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians' concerns about malpractice risk predict more aggressive diagnostic testing practices in office-based care, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Ups Risk of Thrombosis, Embolism
FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- The risks of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) are higher in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) than in those in the general population, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
IPAs and PHOs Viable Option for Small Independent Practices
FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- For small and medium-size independent practices, sharing care management and information technology resources with other practices through an independent practice association (IPA) or physician-hospital organization (PHO) is a viable alternative and may improve care for patients with chronic conditions, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.
AMA, AHA Call for Realignment of Meaningful Use Stage 2
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) and American Hospital Association (AHA) are calling for additional flexibility in the timing of the adoption of stage 2 meaningful use of electronic health records, according to a letter written to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Small-Fiber Polyneuropathy ID'd in Fibromyalgia Cases
MONDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Some patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia may actually have small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN), according to a study published online June 7 in PAIN.
Participation Increases in Online CME Activities
MONDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- The number of physicians and non-physicians participating in continuing medical education (CME) has increased, especially in online activities, according to a report published by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
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