From MedPage Today:
- New Guidelines: Treat Obesity First. Treat weight problems first, then deal with comorbidities like dyslipidemia, hypertension, and impaired glucose tolerance.
- Lower Maintenance Abatacept Dose Maintains RA Remissions. Patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and poor prognosis who achieve remission on standard-dose abatacept at 2 years may be able to maintain reduced disease activity while halving their dose of abatacept.
- ACA Readmissions Program Lacks Early Results. Obama administration officials have warned that ambitious experiments run by the health law’s $10 billion innovation lab wouldn’t always be successful. Now there is evidence their caution was well placed.
- CMS Head Tavenner Resigns. Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is stepping down.