Early Diagnosis Of Rheumatoid Arthritis Crucial To Positive Outcomes For Patients

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Preventive Medicine;  Public Health
Article Date: 24 Nov 2010 – 1:00 PST

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Positive outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are closely linked to early diagnosis and treatment with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). A study by researchers in the Netherlands found that patients who are assessed by rheumatologists soon after RA symptoms appear are more likely to experience less joint destruction and improved chances of DMARD-free disease remission. Details of this novel study are published in the December issue of Arthritis Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology.

Cigarette Smoking Increases Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk In African Americans

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Smoking / Quit Smoking;  Public Health
Article Date: 24 Nov 2010 – 1:00 PST

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A new study determined that African Americans who smoke cigarettes have a higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA risk is more pronounced among individuals positive for the HLA-DRB1 shared epitope, a genetic risk factor for RA. Findings from this study the largest to date examining the impact of smoking on RA risk in an African American population are available in the December issue of Arthritis Rheumatism, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

TreatmentTrends®: Gout Study Highlights Differences In Clinical Management Of Gout Between Primary Care Physicians And Rheumatologists

Main Category: Gout
Also Included In: Arthritis / Rheumatology;  Primary Care / General Practice
Article Date: 24 Nov 2010 – 3:00 PST

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BioTrends Research Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent publication of a syndicated report, TreatmentTrends®: Gout. This biannual report provides a comprehensive market overview of current and future treatment trends in gout based on a primary research study fielded among 60 primary care physicians (PCPs) and 123 rheumatologists in the U.S. The report focuses on chronic and acute therapies, perceived strengths and weaknesses of chronic therapies, barriers to broader usage, promotional activity, thought leaders in the field and the anticipated impact of a newly approved agent for chronic refractory gout — Savient Pharmaceuticals’ Krystexxa.

Covidien Collaborates With Arthritis Foundation On Patient-Education Initiatives

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Bones / Orthopedics
Article Date: 24 Nov 2010 – 5:00 PST

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The Arthritis Foundation and Covidien (NYSE: COV) have joined forces to help advance awareness and support for millions of people suffering from osteoarthritis in the United States. Covidien will serve as a sponsor of the Foundation’s Let’s Move Together Movement Tracker, an educational and physical activity resource for those suffering from arthritis. The tracker provides patients with personalized, step-by-step support to reach their exercise goals and stay physically active–an important component of effective arthritis treatment.1,2

Feds Recover $3 Billion In Health Care Fraud And Other Settlements

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Pharma Industry / Biotech Industry;  Medical Devices / Diagnostics
Article Date: 24 Nov 2010 – 4:00 PST

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CNN: “Government lawyers have recovered a near-record $3 billion this year from health care fraud and other settlements, the Justice Department announced Monday.” Assistant Attorney General Tony West said the funds included “a record $2.5 billion in recoveries from huge health care fraud cases against giant pharmaceutical firms. Only in 2006, when the federal government recovered $3.2 billion in total settlements, had recoveries previously hit the $3 billion mark” (Frieden, 11/22).

Government Orders Three Medicare Advantage Plans To Stop Marketing, Enrolling New Members

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 24 Nov 2010 – 4:00 PST

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Statement By Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker On The Rivlin-Ryan Proposal

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 24 Nov 2010 – 5:00 PST

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When it comes to Medicare, the Rivlin-Ryan plan has a very simple solution-make people with Medicare pay more for less coverage. In short, the proposal is an attempt to appear fiscally responsible at the expense of Medicare consumers.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan Faces New Lawsuits, GOP In Florida Looks To Malpractice Reform To Help Draw Doctors To Medicaid Program

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Health Insurance / Medical Insurance;  Litigation / Medical Malpractice
Article Date: 24 Nov 2010 – 6:00 PST

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States Focus On Medicaid Budget Challenges

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 22 Nov 2010 – 0:00 PST

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News outlets covered states and Medicaid.

Canadians Visiting Emergency Departments For Care, Instead Of Seeing Primary Health Care Providers

Main Category: Primary Care / General Practice
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 23 Nov 2010 – 0:00 PST

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Today, the Health Council of Canada released survey results from the 2010 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey. The bulletin called, How Do Canadians Rate the Health Care System? examines Canadians’ insights into the performance of their health care system.