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November 2017 Briefing - Rheumatology

Last Updated: December 01, 2017.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Rheumatology for November 2017. 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.

Clinician Denial of Patient Requests Impacts Satisfaction

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Clinician denial of some types of tests requested by patients is associated with worse patient satisfaction with the clinician, according to a study published online Nov. 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Value-Based Payment Modifier Not Tied to Practice Performance

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) is not associated with performance differences between practices serving higher-risk and lower-risk patients, according to a study published online Nov. 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Prevalence of Arthritis Underestimated in United States

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of arthritis in the United States seems to have been underestimated, with 91.2 million adults affected in 2015, according to a study published online Nov. 27 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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Essay Adds to Discourse on Impact of Suggestive Jokes

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seemingly benign, recurring patterns of joking around a single theme (joke cycles) can contribute to humorizing and legitimizing sexual misconduct, according to an essay published online Nov. 12 in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.

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New Workflows Have Potential to Address Provider Burnout

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New solutions are needed to address burnout among health care team members, yet, in a catch-22 situation for health industry leaders, change fatigue contributes to burnout, according to a Vocera Communications report entitled In Pursuit of Resilience, Well-Being, and Joy in Healthcare.

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Coffee Consumption Appears to Provide More Benefit Than Harm

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Coffee consumption seems safe and is associated with reduced risk for various health outcomes, according to a review published online Nov. 22 in The BMJ.

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Female Physicians' Spouses More Likely to Work

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Spouses of female physicians are on average more educated and work more hours outside the home than spouses of male physicians, according to a research letter published online Nov. 21 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Baby Boomers Have Increased Risk of Rx Opioid Overdose Death

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals born between 1947 and 1964 have a significantly increased risk of prescription opioid overdose death and heroin overdose death, and those born from 1979 to 1992 also have an increased risk of heroin overdose death, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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High Costs Associated With Physician Burnout, Attrition

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians who are experiencing burnout are more than twice as likely to leave their organization within two years, and this is associated with significant economic costs, according to a report from the American Medical Association.

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Chronic Conditions Increasing Among Childbearing Women

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Between 2005 and 2014, the prevalence of chronic conditions increased across all segments of the childbearing population, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Simple Checklist Can Identify Useful Clinical Practice Guidelines

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A simple, easy-to-use checklist, the Guideline Trustworthiness, Relevance, and Utility Scoring Tool (G-TRUST), can identify useful clinical practice guidelines, according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Many Health Care Providers Work While Sick

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than 40 percent of health care personnel (HCP) with influenza-like illness (ILI) work while ill, according to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

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Docs' Preparedness Influences Exercise Recommendations

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care providers who feel prepared are more likely to recommend physical activity to patients with disabilities, according to a study published online Nov. 16 in Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Health Care Experts in Favor of Patient Contribution to Notes

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health care experts are supportive of OurNotes, an intervention in which patients and families co-produce medical notes with clinicians, according to a research letter published online Nov. 13 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Soluble Interleukin 2 Receptor IDs Sarcoidosis in Uveitis

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Soluble interleukin 2 receptor (sIL-2R) has slightly better diagnostic value than angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) for sarcoidosis in patients with uveitis, according to a study published online Nov. 9 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Doctors Have Extra Two Weeks to Preview Performance Data

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians have two extra weeks to preview their 2016 performance information as a result of a mistake related to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Physician Compare online resource, according to a report published by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Increases in U.S. Health Spending Tied to Health Service Price

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Factors including increases in health care service price and intensity are associated with increases in U.S. health care spending from 1996 to 2013, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Intensity of Exercise Affects Impact on Mortality Risk

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Total physical activity (PA) and moderate- to vigorous-intensity PA (MVPA) are inversely associated with mortality, though light-intensity PA and sedentary behavior are not associated with mortality, according to a research letter published online Nov. 6 in Circulation.

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Pricing Interventions Increase Sales, Intake of Healthy Foods

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pricing interventions seem to improve access to healthy food and beverage options with increases in stocking and sales of these items, according to a review published online Nov. 2 in Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Midlife Systemic Inflammation Tied to Late-Life Brain Volume

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Systemic inflammation in midlife is associated with future neurodegeneration and cognitive aging, according to a study published online Nov. 1 in Neurology.

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Connective Tissue Disease May Raise Post-Abdominoplasty Risks

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with autoimmune connective tissue diseases (CTDs) undergoing abdominoplasty have increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) events and need for blood transfusions compared to those without CTDs, according to a research letter published online Nov. 1 in JAMA Surgery.

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Driving Impairment Warnings Often Not Given With Rx Meds

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Not all prescription drug users report receiving warnings about driving impairment, according to a study published online Nov. 1 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

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RA Associated With Higher Risk of COPD Hospitalization

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased risk of incident chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) hospitalization compared with those in the general population, according to a study published online Oct. 19 in Arthritis Care & Research.

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CMS Launches Initiative to Examine Impact of Regulations

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched an initiative to examine which provider regulations should be discarded or revamped amid concerns that the regulations are reducing the amount of time that physicians spend with patients, according to an article published in Modern Healthcare.

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Two Simple Tests Can ID Fibromyalgia in Pain Patients

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two simple tests can indicate a probable diagnosis of fibromyalgia (FM) in patients with chronic pain, according to a study published online Oct. 23 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

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