Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Rheumatology for November 2019. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

U.S. Life Expectancy Dropped Since 2014 for Working-Age Adults

TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — U.S. life expectancy increased from 1959 to 2016 but has been decreasing since 2014, according to research published in the Nov. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Rates of Joint Surgery Higher With Psoriatic Arthritis

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The five-year incidence rate of joint surgery in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patients is twice as high as in the general population, and this rate has remained steady over time, according to a study published in the November issue of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

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Electronic Health Record Usability Graded F by Physicians

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The usability of current electronic health records (EHRs) is classified as unacceptable, with physician-rated EHR usability independently linked to the odds of burnout, according to a study published online Nov. 14 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Employee Premiums, Deductibles Eating Larger Share of Income

THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — During the last decade, health care costs have eaten up a larger share of income for millions of middle-class Americans with employer coverage, according to Trends in Employer Health Care Coverage, 2008-2018, a Nov. 21 report from The Commonwealth Fund.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Comorbidities Before, After Diagnosis

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There are associations between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and multiple comorbidities before and after diagnosis, with inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, and venous thromboembolism (VTE) occurring more often before RA diagnosis versus controls, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Weight Loss Tied to Loss of Hip Bone Density in Older Adults

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Obese and overweight older individuals who lose weight have lower bone mineral density (BMD) in their hips, according to a study published in the November issue of Obesity.

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White House Wants Hospitals, Insurers to Provide Actual Costs of Care

MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — New rules requiring hospitals and insurers to disclose the actual prices for common tests and procedures before they are performed have been proposed by the Trump Administration.

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Bipartisan Bill to Curb Drug Costs Backed by White House

MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A bipartisan Senate bill that would curb prescription drug costs is being backed by the Trump administration as a new poll shows that many Americans think the White House has done little to tackle the issue.

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Survey of U.S. Registered Nurses Points to Worsening Shortages

THURSDAY, Nov. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The 2019 AMN Healthcare Survey of Registered Nurses raises concerns about the outlook for the nursing profession in the United States.

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Imaging Rates Continue to Rise Despite Efforts to Reduce

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Despite initiatives to reduce the use of medical imaging, rates continue to rise in both the United States and Ontario, Canada, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Medical Practices Burdened by Regulatory Requirements

TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The vast majority of group medical practices report that regulatory requirements, including prior authorization and quality payment programs, are burdensome, according to a survey released by the Medical Group Management Association.

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Seriously Ill Medicare Beneficiaries Face Financial Hardship

MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Seriously ill Medicare enrollees experience considerable financial distress, according to a report published in the November issue of Health Affairs.

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Dr. Stephen Hahn Nominated to Head FDA

MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Radiation oncology expert Stephen Hahn, M.D., has been nominated as the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner.

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Coronary Calcium Score May ID CV Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis

MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The Coronary Calcium Score (CCS) may be a useful tool in cardiovascular (CV) risk assessment among female patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published in the October issue of the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

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Recommendations Developed to Address Clinician Burnout

FRIDAY, Nov. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout, a new report published online Oct. 23 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, recommendations are presented to address clinician burnout.

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Risk for Birth Defects Not Increased With Adalimumab

FRIDAY, Nov. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Adalimumab exposure in pregnancy does not increase the risk for birth defects, according to a study published online Oct. 18 in PLOS ONE.

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