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Update from the Chairman

In my last update, I shared that our new 2019 Membership fee structure would result in a reduction in your annual costs for UR participation while supporting our data strategy.  The response from current...
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Healio Newsfeed

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Physician burnout rate decreases

The rate of burnout among U.S. physicians dropped in 2017 but still remains above 40%, according to findings published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.Tait D. Shanafelt, MD, of the department of medicine at Stanford … Read morePhysician burnout rate decreases

National Collaborative for Health Equity aims to level the playing field

Racial and ethnic disparities in health care in the United States have confounded experts for decades. An important reason for this is that the problems are multifactorial, with challenges ranging from residential segregation … Read moreNational Collaborative for Health Equity aims to level the playing field

Women, less educated face worse SpA disease activity, physical function

There exist individual- and country-level health inequalities among patients with spondyloarthritis, with women and less educated people experiencing worse disease activity and physical function, according to data published in the Annals of the … Read moreWomen, less educated face worse SpA disease activity, physical function

Rheumatologists 'very poor' at managing cardiovascular risk in RA

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Rheumatologists are often less familiar with, and need to better manage, cardiovascular risk factors in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to an expert at the annual Basic and Clinical Immunology … Read moreRheumatologists 'very poor' at managing cardiovascular risk in RA

Benefits seen for patients with knee OA who walked golf course, used golf cart

According to a presentation at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting, an increase in joint inflammation was seen when patients with knee osteoarthritis walked a golf course; however, for both walking the … Read moreBenefits seen for patients with knee OA who walked golf course, used golf cart

CreakyJoints Newsfeed

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The 7 Ways Psoriatic Arthritis Can Change Your Nails (and What You Can Do to Avoid It)

Up to 90 percent of people with psoriatic arthritis have nail involvement. Here’s how to treat or prevent PsA nail problems. The post The 7 Ways Psoriatic Arthritis Can Change Your Nails (and … Read moreThe 7 Ways Psoriatic Arthritis Can Change Your Nails (and What You Can Do to Avoid It)

46% of All American Have High Blood Pressure, According to New Guidelines

If you’re among them, you should talk to your doctor about medication and lifestyle changes to lower your BP. The post 46% of All American Have High Blood Pressure, According to New Guidelines … Read more46% of All American Have High Blood Pressure, According to New Guidelines

Shoulder Exercises to Ease Arthritis Pain: 6 Daily Exercises to Try

No matter which type of shoulder arthritis you have, your doctor will recommend shoulder exercises as an important part of your shoulder arthritis treatment plan. The post Shoulder Exercises to Ease Arthritis Pain: … Read moreShoulder Exercises to Ease Arthritis Pain: 6 Daily Exercises to Try

Arthritis Joint Pain: 18 Ways to Get Relief

These pain-soothing tips from doctors and fellow patients may help you find new solutions for your arthritis symptoms. The post Arthritis Joint Pain: 18 Ways to Get Relief appeared first on CreakyJoints.

If You Take Biologics for Severe Psoriasis, It Might Prevent Heart Disease, Too

This is reassuring. The post If You Take Biologics for Severe Psoriasis, It Might Prevent Heart Disease, Too appeared first on CreakyJoints.

FierceHealthcare Newsfeed

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Allscripts posts strong year-end results, but fourth quarter misses expectations

Following selling its stake in Netsmart for $525 million last year, Allscripts posted a 16% revenue boost for 2018, but its fourth-quarter earnings missed Wall Street expectations.

Report: Wait and travel times for patients aren't improving; cost U.S. $89B annually

Over the last decade, travel and wait times for getting healthcare services have been the longest compared to obtaining other professional services like legal, vehicle repair or government services.

Lesson from last year's false missile alert in Hawaii: Social media is crucial in emergency communication

One of the big lessons for emergency communications officials everywhere after the errant ballistic missile alert that panicked millions in Hawaii last year? Get better at social media.

For first time, burnout rate among physicians drops in new survey, now below 45%

There’s some good news when it comes to physician burnout. After climbing for the last six years, a new survey reports the first drop—however modest—in the number of physicians who say they suffer … Read moreFor first time, burnout rate among physicians drops in new survey, now below 45%

UPMC counters Pennsylvania AG, saying he’s unlawfully trying to force a new deal with Highmark 

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is hitting back at Pennsylvania’s attorney general, saying he does not have the authority to force it into a deal with rival Highmark Health. 

Rheumatology Advisor Newsfeed

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Unproven But Profitable Stem Cell Clinics

JAMA features a report on the controversy of stem cell treatments for musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders. Stem cell clinics are popular and proliferating as they are largely a cash business and fall outside of … Read moreUnproven But Profitable Stem Cell Clinics

Treat-to-Target in RA: No Increase in AEs

Implementing a treat-to-target approach for the care of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) did not result in an increase in adverse events or resource use, a post-hoc analysis of a randomized trial showed. In an … Read moreTreat-to-Target in RA: No Increase in AEs

An Association between GCA and IBD ?

A population based analysis from Israel suggests that giant cell arteritis (GCA) patients may be at increased risk for  inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) mainly target. This research was based on sporadic reports in … Read moreAn Association between GCA and IBD ?

FDA's Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Finalized

In response to the growing opioid crisis, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the final Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), designed to reduce the risk of abuse, misuse, … Read moreFDA's Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Finalized

Breast Implant Study: More Worries or Not?

The Annals of Surgery reports on an anlaysis of FDA-mandated postmarket studies, including nearly 100,000 breast implant pprocedures, that showed silicone implants to be associated with higher rates of  Sjögren’s syndrome, scleroderma, rheumatoid … Read moreBreast Implant Study: More Worries or Not?