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July 2014 Briefing - Rheumatology

Last Updated: August 01, 2014.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Rheumatology for July 2014. 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.

Higher Risk of Vascular Events With Polymyalgia Rheumatica

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Polymyalgia rheumatica is associated with an increased risk of vascular events, according to research published online July 28 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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RA Patients Will Trade Efficacy for Less Frequent, Shorter Treatment

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Based on hypothetical scenarios, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients would accept treatments with lower efficacy and greater risk to achieve lower duration and frequency, according to research published in the July issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

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Slow Progress Toward Meaningful Use Stage 2

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Providers and hospitals are making slow progress toward achieving meaningful use stage 2, according to an article published July 10 in Medical Economics.

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IOM Recommends Restructuring GME Financing

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare support for graduate medical education (GME) should be restructured and based on its value and contribution to the nation's health needs, according to a report published July 29 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

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Access for Pharmaceutical Sales Reps Continuing to Decline

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pharmaceutical sales representatives' access to physicians is continuing to decrease, even in previously rep-friendly specialties, according to a report published by ZS Associates.

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Biologic Treatments for RA Carry Similar Infection Risk

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of hospitalized bacterial infections in older rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients is similar for rituximab or abatacept compared to etanercept, although it is higher for infliximab, according to a study published in the July issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

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Survey IDs Patients' Views on Health Care Provider Quality

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans focus on provider quality related to doctor-patient interactions rather than effectiveness of care when defining provider quality, according to a report published by the Associated Press-NORC (AP-NORC) Center for Public Affairs Research.

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Number of Uninsured Down After ACA Open Enrollment

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a decrease in the number of uninsured following the open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a report published online July 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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mTORC Pathway Involved in Antiphospholipid Sx Vasculopathy

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The mammalian target of rapamycin complex (mTORC) pathway seems to be involved in antiphospholipid syndrome-associated vascular lesions, according to a study published in the July 24 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donations

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Blood donations to the American Red Cross are down substantially, and the agency says an "emergency situation" could arise within weeks.

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Online Reviews Show Patients Value Docs' Interpersonal Skills

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patient reviews indicate that the attributes most valued in physicians include interpersonal skills and bedside manner, according to a report published online July 16 by Vitals.

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Physician Offices Investing in Patient Portals for EHRs

THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Practitioners are continuing to invest in electronic health records (EHRs), specifically to improve access for patients, according to an article published June 13 in Medical Economics.

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National Survey Finds Most U.S. Physicians Are Satisfied

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most U.S. physicians are satisfied, with satisfied physicians more likely to report positive trends in medicine, according to a report published by Jackson Healthcare.

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Legal Risks for Providing Financial Assistance to Patients

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians need to be aware of the ramifications of providing financial assistance to patients, according to an article published July 8 in Medical Economics.

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Gene ID'd in Autoinflammatory Syndrome in Children

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A candidate gene has been identified in an autoinflammatory syndrome in children, according to a study published online July 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Doctors More Likely Than Public to Be Registered Organ Donors

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians are more likely to register to be organ donors than the general public, according to a research letter published in the July 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Increasing Flow of Information Has Impact on Patient Consent

WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The increasing flow of information as part of health information exchanges raises certain issues for patient consent, according to an article published July 8 in Medical Economics.

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Telecare Intervention Improves Chronic Pain

TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A telephone-delivered collaborate care management intervention, including automated symptom monitoring with an algorithm-guided stepped care approach to optimizing analgesics, can improve chronic musculoskeletal pain, according to a study published in the July 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Medical Schools Being Challenged to Find Training Sites

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medical schools are working to find solutions to ensure their students can continue to receive clinical training in spite of the escalating shortage of training sites, according to an article published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

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Weather Conditions Not Associated With Low Back Pain

FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sudden, acute episodes of low back pain are not linked to weather conditions, according to a study published online July 10 in Arthritis Care & Research.

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Melanocortin Receptor Agonist Can Treat Multiple Diseases

FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Melanocortin receptor type 3 (MC3) has protective properties for joint and periodontal tissues, according to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Pathology.

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ACOs Require Overhaul to Health Care Delivery System

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The accountable care organization (ACO) model requires an overhaul for health care delivery, according to an article published June 24 in Medical Economics.

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Most Docs Find M.B.A. Training Advantageous to Their Careers

TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Graduates with dual training in medicine and business increasingly pursue leadership roles and report greater career acceleration, according to a study published online June 20 in Academic Medicine.

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Don't Forget Patient Privacy When Marketing Your Practice

MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Use of marketing by health care providers must be in accordance with federal and state regulations relating to patient privacy, according to an article published June 24 in Medical Economics.

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Three Opportunities Presented for Practice Growth

THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Maximizing the growth potential of a practice over time requires physicians to consider various opportunities, including increasing the size of medical groups, embracing technology, and use of marketing, according to an article published June 24 in Medical Economics.

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AMA: Tips for Managing Medical School Loans

THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Creating a budget and other tips can help medical school graduates to manage their loan repayments, according to an article published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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One-Third of Knee Replacement Patients Improperly Selected

THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) surgeries may be inappropriate, according to a study published online June 29 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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Recommendations Made for Partnering Patients in Health Care

THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Changes need to be implemented in the education system in order to fully integrate patients and their families as equal partners in health care, according to a report based on recommendations made at a conference convened by the Macy Foundation.

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AAFP Urges Changes in Telemedicine Compensation

WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Significant changes should be made to delivery and payment of telemedicine services, according to an article published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

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Tips Offered for Improving Practice Financial Management

WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Establishing clear financial policies for practices and making it easy for patients to pay are two suggestions for improving practices' financial management, according to an article published online June 24 in Medical Economics.

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Health Care Expenditure Has Slowed in United States

WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The growth in U.S. health care expenditure has slowed in recent years, coming some way toward closing the gap with other countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), according to an article in the health of Americans series published online July 1 in The Lancet.

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ACA Offers Opportunities for Prevention, Public Health

TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is fostering collaboration between the public health and health care systems and can improve quality of care and advance population health, according to an article in the health of Americans series published online July 1 in The Lancet.

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CDC: Opioid Prescriptions Vary Widely Among States

TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians in Alabama -- the state with the highest number of opioid painkiller prescriptions -- issued nearly three times as many of those prescriptions as doctors in Hawaii -- the lowest prescribing state, according to researchers with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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