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MONTHLY BRIEFINGS - Nov 2017


Rheumatology News (938)

Fri, Dec 15, 2017 - Requiring insurers that participate in Medicare or Medicaid to also participate in Marketplaces in the same geographic area could improve access to insurance, according to a study published in the December issue of Health Affairs. Read More >
Making Insurers Participate in Marketplace Could Cut Volatility
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 - Allopurinol prescribing is more likely if patients meet eligibility criteria at diagnosis, according to a research brief published in the November/December issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. Read More >
Allopurinol Rx More Likely With Eligibility at Diagnosis
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 - Health care spending growth slowed in 2016 following faster growth in 2014 and 2015, according to research published online Dec. 6 in Health Affairs. Read More >
Deceleration in Health Care Spending Growth in 2016
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 - CVS Health's planned purchase of insurance giant Aetna, a $69 billion deal, was announced Sunday. Read More >
CVS-Aetna Merger Has Implications for Doctors' Offices
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 - Health care practitioner groups differ regarding the signs and symptoms that define myofascial pain syndrome, according to a study published online Nov. 1 in PAIN Practice. Read More >
Poor Agreement for Practitioners in Defining Myofascial Pain
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 - For obese and overweight individuals, weight loss through diet and diet and exercise (but not exercise alone) is associated with slowing of cartilage degeneration, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North A Read More >
RSNA: Weight Loss Via Exercise Alone Not Protective for Knees
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 - Clinician denial of some types of tests requested by patients is associated with worse patient satisfaction with the clinician, according to a study published online Nov. 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Read More >
Clinician Denial of Patient Requests Impacts Satisfaction
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 - The Value-Based Payment Modifier is not associated with performance differences between practices serving higher-risk and lower-risk patients, according to a study published online Nov. 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Read More >
Value-Based Payment Modifier Not Tied to Practice Performance