Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Rheumatology for October 2016. 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.
Few Changes in Employer-Sponsored Insurance 2013-2014
MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Private sector employer-sponsored health insurance offerings were similar in 2013 and 2014, with <3.5 percent of employers dropping coverage and 1.1 percent adding coverage, according to a report published online Oct. 26 in Health Affairs.
Useful Tips Offered for Addressing Negative Patient Reviews
FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — In an article published in Medical Economics, five tips are presented to address negative patient reviews.
Lower Monthly Premiums for Narrow-Network Plans
MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Narrow-network health insurance plans have lower monthly premiums than larger-network plans, according to a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs.
CDC: Complementary Health Use Up With Musculoskeletal Pain
MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Use of complementary health approaches is significantly higher for U.S. adults with musculoskeletal pain disorders, according to a report published online Oct. 12 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Statistics Reports.
Doctors Better Diagnosticians Than Symptom-Checker Programs
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Physicians are twice as likely to get the right diagnosis on the first try as 23 popular symptom-checking computer programs, according to a research letter published online Oct. 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Copay Assist Programs Creating Problems in Health Care Markets
TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Despite offering assistance to individuals who cannot afford expensive medications, copay assistance programs create broader problems in health care markets, according to an Ideas and Opinions piece published online Oct. 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
U.S. Health Care System Is One of the Least Efficient Worldwide
MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. health care system is one of the least efficient worldwide based on a Bloomberg index that assesses life expectancy, health care spending per capita, and relative spending as a share of gross domestic product, according to a report published by Bloomberg.
Strategies Presented for Managing Physician Burnout
FRIDAY, Oct. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Effective strategies for managing physician burnout include mindfulness and stress-management training, according to a review published online Sept. 28 in The Lancet.
Dental Bacteria Generally Not Tied to Rheumatoid Arthritis
FRIDAY, Oct. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Antibodies to periodontal bacteria are generally not associated with elevated risk of rheumatoid factor (RF), according to a study published in the October issue of Arthritis & Rheumatology.
U.S. Smoking Rates Vary Across Counties Within States
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Parts of the Midwest and South have the highest smoking rates in the United States, according to a study published online Oct. 1 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
Doctors Spending in Excess of $32,000 on Health IT
TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Doctors are spending more than $32,000 per year on health information technology (IT), according to an article published in Medical Economics.
New AMA Module Helps Identify Physician Distress
MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new resource has been developed to help physicians identify distressed colleagues and help them to access care, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).
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