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From: The Rheumatologist, August 2014

Features

Bariatric Surgery May Help Obese Patients with Gout, Diabetes

Researchers found patients with morbid obesity, gout and diabetes achieved target serum urate concentrations post-bariatric surgery

Long Delays for Appointments Underscore Need for More Rheumatologists

Patient access to rheumatologists a serious concern in rural and underserved U.S. communities

7 Tools to Identify Depression

Why screening for depressive symptoms in patients with arthritis is needed

more Features

From the College

Clinical Documentation Improvement Programs Can Protect Physicians

CDI programs can validate patient care, support accurate coding practices, evidence-based care for quality-reporting measures

Coding Corner Answer: August

Medical decision-making for established diagnosis of gout that is worsening

Rheumatologist Recalls Devastation of Hurricane Katrina

New Orleans-based Luis Espinoza, MD, remembers how storm nearly destroyed rheumatology section at Louisiana State University’s School of Medicine

Coding Corner Question: August

Level 4 coding for a follow-up visit by a patient with gout

Rheumatology Research Foundation Names New Executive Director

Board members promote Foundation’s senior director of research and training, Mary Wheatley, into top leadership role

The ACR Testifies before Congress on Patient Access

The ACR’s Government Affairs Committee chair Will Harvey, MD, brings lawmakers’ attention to Patients’ Access to Treatments Act, problem of specialty drug tiers, excessive cost sharing for patients

2014 Physician Quality Reporting System Incentives, Penalties

Deadlines physicians must meet in 2014 for reporting PQRS data to reap program benefits, avoid fines

The ACR/ARHP Offers Practice Management Track at Annual Meeting

Program features practical training to keep rheumatology practices current with coding, compliance rules, regulations

more From the College

Departments

Patient Test Requests Pose Challenges for Rheumatologists

Ethical challenges physicians face when patients request potentially unnecessary medical tests

Drugs Studied for Use in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Weight Loss

Plus, rheumatology drug news from EULAR 2014

Rheumatologist Volunteers as Pilot for Air Medical Transport

Howard Epstein, MD, spends weekends piloting planes for Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic

Autoimmune Myelofibrosis: A Case Review

Diagnosis, treatment and management of AMF in Hispanic patient with lupus

more Departments

Columns

Is Shared Decision Making Possible in Rheumatology?

A rheumatologist voices skepticism that physicians, patients can arrive at mutually shared healthcare decisions

Walking Aids in Assessment of Rheumatology Patients

Rheumatologists can gain insight into patients’ state of health by watching them walk

Rheumatology Advocacy Starts at Home

The ACR expands advocacy efforts to impact state legislatures, local organizations

more Columns

Meeting

EULAR 2014: Non-Tumor Necrosis Factor Biologics Update

Clinical trials on rheumatology drugs, including sarilumab, show promise for patients with rheumatoid arthritis also taking methotrexate

EULAR 2014: Biosimilar Drug Production Raises Concerns

Rheumatology experts question biosimilars’ safety, efficacy given their complex production process

EULAR 2014: Research on Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spondyloarthritis

Latest findings on rheumatological drug therapies, including methotrexate for RA, tumor necrosis factor inhibitors for SpA

more Meeting

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