Diagnosis and treatment of this rare and poorly understood condition
The Rheumatologist: September 2011
Let your time with residents provide training opportunities, not undermine efficiency
Simple tasks campaign targets lawmakers, referring physicians and others who influence rheumatology
Conquering natural disasters and the ExCel to experience global rheumatology
Feedback from our readers
It is no surprise that understanding health information and navigating the U.S. health system can overwhelm even the savviest patients with advanced literacy skills. Data from the National Adult Literacy Survey suggest that nearly 50% of all adults have problems understanding many aspects of healthcare, including prescriptions, appointment slips, and health education materials.
Networking opportunities can make a large educational conference experience feel truly meaningful, memorable, and beneficial. Make your annual meeting experience memorable by participating in networking options that appeal to you.
Captain Lisa Rider, MD, a physician-scientist and clinical researcher at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., was named 2011 Physician Researcher of the Year by the Physicians Professional Advisory Committee of the United States Public Health Service. The award was presented in recognition of her basic and clinical research into myositis. Her recent research findings have included: definitions of improvement as a primary composite endpoint for myositis clinical trials, discovery of a novel autoantibody in juvenile dermatomyositis and discovery of new immunogenetic risk factors for juvenile myositis. Her epidemiologic and clinical studies in myositis have made substantial contributions to public health practice.
With the support of the ACR Research and Education Foundation (REF) Awards and Grants program, Ornella Rullo, MD, has developed research that may help rheumatologists better treat pediatric patients.
Pain is a common manifestation of rheumatic conditions. Patients with rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, and osteoarthritis require disease-specific management for controlling acute episodes of pain as well as strategies to control ongoing daily discomfort.
This year, key congressional committees that oversee healthcare have held hearings on the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and are discussing various payment reform options. The ACR has submitted testimony to the key committees encouraging Congress to:
September’s Coding Challenge
September’s Coding Answer
Due to federal regulations and the variety of audits that now exist, the ACR has developed an overview of guidelines and identified a list of resources to keep handy to ensure all current guidelines are strictly followed.
Practice management changes and opportunities in 2012
For Further Reading
Patient-centered information technology is an increasingly popular way to help manage complex diseases
Rheumatologists may need to speak up to get a place in these new healthcare groups
Two rheumatologists receive prize for significant research discoveries
The ethics of ultrasound
Information on new approvals and medication safety
Panush’s perspectives on selections from the literature
Being the voice of rheumatology is critical to improving care for our patients