The ACR will continue this dialogue with physicians and patients. In fact, development of a second list—for pediatric rheumatology—is underway and the list will be published later this year. We welcome ACR member feedback and active engagement on this issue at both the national and local levels. As rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals, we play a unique and vital role in guiding patients toward the most effective rheumatology care. However, we also have a responsibility to be good stewards of the healthcare resources at our disposal. I encourage us all to preserve a healthy balance between these two goals in our daily practices to ensure that the most effective care continues to be available to the patients who need it.
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Dr. Uknis is professor of medicine and senior associate dean for admissions and strategy at Temple University in Philadelphia. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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