Speakers addressed major challenges in coverage and payment facing rheumatology practices, including financial management and obstacles to patient access to treatment.
Disparities, representativeness, algorithmic bias, the disruptive emergence of large language models and continued misinformation spread are key issues poised to transform patient care in American healthcare, FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, MD, said during a recent event.
Patient advocates, researcher-clinicians and academic leaders are calling for closer scrutiny of new technologies applied within healthcare, citing concerns about a lack of consideration for how they may affect patient care.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA — Given the intersection between rheumatology and dermatology for many patients with autoimmune diseases, it’s helpful to hear from specialists in both fields regarding disease management strategies.
Ho et al. found that upadacitinib may impede the progression of bone erosion in patients with RA. Additionally, bone scans of patients with limited exposure to conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs showed bone erosion regression, which may result from upadacitinib’s inhibition of Janus kinase 1.
Stimulating human programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1), a checkpoint inhibitory receptor, with peresolimab may be a viable way to treat autoimmune diseases, according to a study by Tuttle et al. In the study, patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who were treated with peresolimab experienced greater improvements in disease activity than those who received placebo.
An in-person poster hall and networking lounges are among the highlights attendees can expect at ACR Convergence 2023 in San Diego, Nov. 10–15.
Research from Choi et al. provides insights into the risk of infection in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), comparing patients treated with Janus kinase inhibitors vs. tumor necrosis inhibitors. The most frequent infection was herpes zoster, with patients treated with JAK inhibitors having a significantly greater risk of herpes zoster infection than those treated with TNF inhibitors.
In June 2022, I listened to several presentations on gout at EULAR’s European Congress of Rheumatology. Most began with data confirming a sad truth that we, as rheumatology providers, are all aware of: too many patients are taking subtherapeutic doses of urate-lowering therapy (ULT).1,2 Recommendations from the American College of Physicians in 2017 advocated for…
PHILADELPHIA—Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a chronic inflammatory condition that almost exclusively affects individuals older than 50.1 First described in 1888, PMR has been a recognized rheumatic disease since at least 1957. Diagnosing the condition can be challenging.2 Diagnosis is usually made after recognition of the classic clinical features and the patient’s adequate response to a…