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Charlotte, NC—At the end of the North Carolina Rheumatology Association (NCRA) annual meeting, Shane Anderson, MD, President of the Association discussed the meeting, challenges he faces in his practice as well as his thoughts on ICD-10. Dr Anderson is a Practicing Rheumatologist in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has been the president of the association for the past 2 years.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder that affects the lining, or synovium, of the joints, affects 1.3 million people in the United States.
By F. Randy Vogenberg, PhD, RPh Institute for Integrated Healthcare Co-Founder, Bentelligence Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and related maladies are part of a growing area of interest in chronic diseases among multiple-­market stakeholders. The disease tends to hit adults of working age, often during their most productive years. Although RA and other chronic diseases generally represent a small number of members, they also represent large expenses per member from the perspective of the healthcare services purchaser—especially employers.
By Phoebe Starr New Orleans, LA—An interactive, online tool shows promise in helping patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) self-manage their pain and could prove to be a useful adjunct to office visits for this patient population, according to a poster presented at the 2013 American Pain Society annual meeting by a team of investigators from Inflexxion, Newton, MA. They presented findings from an intervention called painACTION, an online program for the self-management of patients with pain associated with rheumatic disease.

New Orleans, LA—“Patient engagement” is a healthcare buzz phrase, and a critical part of this concept is patient connectivity to information technology (IT). GetWellNetwork is a patient-focused IT system that aims to empower the patient to improve outcomes in a variety of disease states.

By analyzing information from the National Health and Nu­trition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 1988-1994 and 2007-2010, researchers have uncovered a 30% rate of gout prevalence among Americans with severe chronic kidney disease (CKD). They also found significantly higher rates of gout among individuals with lower average estimated glomerular filtration rates (eGFRs) or higher levels of albuminuria, even after adjusting for uric acid levels (Juraschek SP, et al. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2013 Jan 8 [Epub ahead of print]). By Rosemary Frei, MSc
It should be no surprise that medical practices have an obligation to maintain protected health information in certain ways, and to only use and disclose such protected health information as authorized by the patient or otherwise by law. Such requirements are set forth under the Privacy Rule. By Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq
Washington, DC—A rehabilitation program that integrates exercise and self-management, called the Enabling Self-Management and Coping of Arthritic Knee Pain through Exercise (ESCAPE-knee pain), is more cost-effective than outpatient physiotherapy in the management of patients with knee pain, said Michael V. Hurley, PhD, Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences, St. George’s University of London, and Kingston University, London, United Kingdom, at the 2012 American College of Rheumatology meeting. By Wayne Kuznar
By Phoebe Starr Strontium ranelate doses of 1 g daily and 2 g daily slowed the progression of knee osteoarthritis (OA) over a 3-year period in the double-blind placebo-controlled Strontium Ranelate in Knee Osteoarthritis Trial (SEKOIA), investigators reported at the 2012 meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.
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