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Articles By Tammy J. Tilley

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Study Looks at Opioid Use After Knee Surgery

By Tammy J. Tilley
25 June 2019

A small study looked at whether reducing the number of opioid tablets prescribed after knee surgery would reduce postoperative use and if preoperative opioid-use education would reduce it even more

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ACR Meets With HHS Secretary Azar to Discuss Step Therapy Concerns

By Tammy J. Tilley
17 August 2018

Yesterday, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) met with U.S.

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ACP Releases Paper on Impact of 'Concierge' on Patient Care

By Tammy J. Tilley
11 November 2015

The American College of Physicians released a position paper exploring factors driving the growth of “concierge” and other “direct patient contracting practices” (DPCPs) and the “limited” evidence on their impact on patient care.

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AMA Requests 2-Year Grace Period for ICD-10 Implementation

By Tammy J. Tilley
15 June 2015

Physicians at the 2015 AMA Annual Meeting passed policy calling on CMS not to withhold claim payments based on coding errors, mistakes or malfunctions in the system for two years directly following ICD-10 implementation.

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Is Ultrasound Changing Rheumatology Practice?

By Tammy J. Tilley
11 June 2015

The recent inclusion of ultrasound in the classification criteria of various rheumatic diseases, such as polymyalgia rheumatica and gout, implies this imaging technique is not onlyuseful as a valued diagnostic tool for individual cases, but also on a larger scale, it will improve doctors' ability to

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Eczema associated with osteoporosis and fractures

By Tammy J. Tilley
08 June 2015

NHANES data shows eczema is associated with a higher rate of fractures and osteoporosis. Of the nearly 5,000 people included in the study, seven percent reported a diagnosis of eczema.

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Osteoporosis predisposes to higher risk of sudden deafness

By Tammy J. Tilley
26 April 2015

Patients with osteoporosis had a significantly higher risk of sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) than those without osteoporosis, according to the first and largest Asian population-based study to demonstrate a relationship between the two conditions.

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Patient's fat cells transplanted to treat OA may be effective

By Tammy J. Tilley
26 April 2015

Those who suffer from OA may one day have a new and effective cell therapy, thanks to a team of Czech researchers who studied the effectiveness of using an OA patient’s own adipose (fat) cells in a unique transplant therapy aimed at reducing the symptoms of this prevalent and difficult to treat c

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Poisoning deaths involving opioid analgesics - NY State

By Tammy J. Tilley
22 April 2015

Between 1999 and 2013 opiate-related deaths nearly quadrupled, with the death rate rising from 1.4 to 5.1 deaths per 100,000. These alarming statistics have lead to greater regulation and oversight to opiate use.

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Finally! How a cracking knuckle makes noise.

By Tammy J. Tilley
22 April 2015

Is it the making of a bubble, or the popping of it? Now we know. 

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