Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: American College of Rheumatology Releases First-Ever Rheumatic Disease Report Card

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) today released the Rheumatic Disease Report Card: Raising the Grade on Rheumatology Care in America, a first-of-its-kind report that evaluates just how difficult it can be to live well with a rheumatic disease in the United States.

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: ACR Statement Regarding the Recent CMS Guidance on Indication-Based Formulary Design

While we appreciate the agency’s efforts to make prescription medications more affordable, we have serious concerns about a new CMS guidance to allow Medicare Part D plan sponsors to implement indication-based formulary designs that allow plans to select drugs for their formularies based only on the disease indications they want to use.

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: 126 Patient and Provider Groups to CMS: Proposed E/M Service Cuts Will Hurt Sickest Medicare Patients

A broad coalition of 126 patient and provider groups – led by leading national organizations including the American College of Rheumatology – today sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the agency not to move forward with a proposal that would significantly reduce Medicare reimbursements for evaluation and management (E/M) services provided by specialists, citing concerns that these time-intensive services – which include examinations, disease diagnosis and risk assessments, and care coordination – are already grossly under-compensated and that additional payment cuts would worsen workforce shortages in already strained specialties like rheumatology.

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: American College of Rheumatology Awarded Grant to Focus on Projects That Curb Health Disparities

The American College of Rheumatology was awarded a grant from the American Society of Association Executives to develop a new program, Uniting Collaborators for Innovation (UCOIN), that focuses on creating member-led initiatives that diminish racial and ethnic disparities in patients with rheumatic diseases.

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: 109 Healthcare Groups Urge Congress to Immediately Reverse CMS Policy Linking Physician Payment Adjustments to Part B Drug Costs

More than 100 of the nation’s leading patient and provider organizations – including the American College of Rheumatology – are urging Congressional leaders to immediately reverse a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that will create enormous financial uncertainty for specialty providers and jeopardize patient access to vital Part B drug therapies.

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: ACR Submits Comments to CMS Regarding 2019 Benefit and Payment Parameters Proposed Rule

In its response yesterday to the 2019 Benefit and Payment Parameters proposed rule, which governs the state and federal health exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reconsider proposals that would reduce health exchange insurance coverage, affordability and patient choice.

Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acid Intake May Affect Lupus Outcomes

Higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids was associated with better sleep quality and a decrease in depressive symptoms in lupus patients, among other patient-reported outcomes, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Spine Osteoarthritis Patients & Those Under 65 More Likely to Use Opioids to Manage Pain

A large percentage of patients with end-stage knee, hip and spine osteoarthritis use opioids to manage their chronic pain, especially those who are younger or have symptoms of depression, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Medical Consultation Via Mobile App Lowers Costs and Delays for Arthritis Patients

Researchers in China have developed a new online consultation tool for rheumatic disease patients, which may strengthen the interaction between doctors and patients and lead to more efficient management of chronic illness.

Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Online Education Tool Helps Teens With Juvenile Arthritis Improve Quality of Life

An internet-based health education and self-management program that offers monthly calls with health coaches improved health-related quality of life for participating teens with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, according to research presented at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Obesity Linked with Depressive Symptoms & Increased Disease Activity in Women With Lupus

Obesity is independently associated with worse patient-reported outcomes in women with systemic lupus erythematosus, including disease activity, depressive symptoms, pain and fatigue, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Low Vitamin D Linked to Higher Risk of Renal Disease in Lupus

Low levels of vitamin D were associated with higher rates of end-stage renal disease in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, or lupus, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Biologic Use During Pregnancy May Not Increase Opportunistic Infection Risks in Infants

Using a biologic therapy to manage rheumatoid arthritis may not significantly increase an infant’s risk for developing opportunistic infections like pneumonia, meningitis, and tuberculosis, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.