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From: The Rheumatologist, March 2015

Features

Patient’s Journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis Redefines 'Treat to Target'

Rheumatologist Richard Brasington, MD, says patient John Reigstad’s active participation in treatment decisions shows how much improving quality of life matters

NIAMS’ Intramural Research Programs Foster Spirit of Discovery

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases program recognized for excellence in training, innovation

Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative Calls for Better OA Screening, Treatment

COAMI work group advocates to make early detection, intervention and comprehensive care models integral to medical care

Case Report: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Degenerative Disk Disease

Combination therapy includes abatacept for patient with erosive, chronic RA, underlying osteoarthritis and degenerative disk disease

Does Gastric Bypass Result in Reduced Absorption of Methotrexate?

Data suggest changes in physiology of the gut post-bariatric surgery may result in medication malabsorption of immunosuppressive drugs

Rheumatology Practice Merger Pros and Cons

What physicians should consider before they add partners, expand their practice

Seizures in Lupus

Case report highlights important twist to differential diagnosis of neuropsychiatric lupus

Glucocorticoid Use in Rheumatoid Arthritis Management Focus of Ongoing Debate

Questions around prescribing steroids as bridge therapy, in long-term low dosages, or low-dose timed-release formulas, or not at all evoke controversy among rheumatologists

Skin Disease in Rheumatology Patients Should Prompt Collaboration with Dermatologists

Patients with conditions that don't resolve with topical steroids are signal for referral

Generic Colchicine Approved for Gout Prophylaxis

The cost for therapeautic gout treatment may soon go down, thanks to a recent court ruling

First Symposium of the Russian American Consortium for Excellence in Rheumatology Meets in Moscow

Rheumatologists, immunologists from both countries gather, mark new era of collegiality between counterparts

Case Report: Contagious Rash in Active Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Consider a diagnosis of crusted scabies in immunosuppressed patients who develop a persistent, pruritic rash

Giant Cell Arteritis Challenging to Diagnose, Manage

Common form of primary vasculitis difficult to identify, treat, but latest research suggests potential new therapeutic targets

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From the College

Design a Compliance Plan for Your Rheumatology Practice

Tips for creating, maintaining and enforcing an effective plan

How to Engage Congress on Rheumatology Issues without Leaving Home

Ways to connect with Congressional leaders in their home districts

The ACR's Rheumatology.org Adds Tabs to Its Homepage

New "Announcements," "In The News" tabs feature updates to the ACR's programs, industry news and media coverage of the ACR/ARHP annual meeting

Rheumatology Research Foundation Support Helps Investigator Advance Study into Osteoclasts

Researcher Julia Charles, MD, PhD, gets additional funding support from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

The ACR 2015 State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium Scheduled May 1–3 in Chicago

Rheumatology experts to discuss latest therapeutic developments, research findings, scientific advances in specialty

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Departments

Coding Corner Question: March

Coding for chemotherapy infusion with a drug reaction

Certolizumab Pegol Drug Studies Find No New Safety Issues

Plus, updates on clazakizumab, hydrocodone bitartrate extended-release capsules and other rheumatology drug news, safety information

Beware Antitrust Laws When Considering Healthcare Mergers

Analysis of laws governing collaboration of healthcare systems, hospitals and physician practices should be done before consolidating

Rheumatologists on the Move

Awards, appointments and announcements in the world of rheumatology

Coding Corner Answer: March

Coding for chemotherapy infusion with a drug reaction

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Columns

The Diagnostic View: Assess Your Rheumatology Knowledge

Radiograph, MR images of 54-year-old woman with right elbow pain

The Diagnostic View: Our Findings

Radiograph, MR images reveal pigmented villonodular synovitis in 54-year-old woman with right elbow pain

Changes to Rheumatology Maintenance of Certification Program Imminent

The ACR supports revisions planned by the American Board of Internal Medicine to modify its MOC program

Respect Rheumatologists as Responsible Adults: A Call for MOC Reform

A rheumatologist says current maintenance of certification requirements put unnecessary stress on clinicians

When Rheumatology and Cancer Collide

Chronic inflammation, cancer and autoimmunity are inextricably linked

Volunteers Essential to Future of the ACR, ARHP

The ACR/ARHP presidents call for more volunteers, highlight advantages of working to advance rheumatology

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Meeting

The ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting: Immunology Update on Innate Lymphoid Cells

Experts highlight research on the overlap in innate and acquired immune responses underlying rheumatic diseases

The ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting: Microbiota Power

Gut bacteria may hold clues to breakthrough rheumatic disease treatments

The ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting: Innate Immunity at the Core of Rheumatic Disease

Rheumatology Research Foundation Memorial Lectureship honors work of renowned rheumatologist Stephen Malawista, MD

The ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting: Diagnosis, Management of Sarcoidosis in the Heart, Central Nervous System

Without reliable diagnostic tests or evidence-based treatment guidelines, patient symptoms critical to diagnosing disease

The ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting: Rheumatoid Arthritis Management Treatment Recommendations

The ACR shares highlights of in-development guidelines for RA combination strategies, live vaccines and biologics

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