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Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drug Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis (ART)

Assesses adults diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who were dispensed at least one ambulatory prescription for a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD).

Why It Matters

RA is a chronic inflammatory disease in which the immune system attacks healthy joints.1 It causes inflammation and destruction of joints and can also damage organs.2 RA is progressive, but early intervention with DMARDs can help preserve function and prevent further damage to joints.2

Results

DMARD TREATMENT RATE
CommercialMedicaidMedicare
YearHMOPPOHMOHMOPPO
201788.887.973.977.578.5
201687.887.173.176.877.8
201588.387.871.777.178.8
201488.187.369.576.780.5
201388.187.270.676.280.2
201287.987.269.975.578.8
201187.686.768.972.777.2
201087.787.070.172.877.8
200986.486.670.572.376.4
200885.781.569.470.475.1
200785.378.968.168.773.5
200684.882.367.668.269.7

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2012. “Rheumatoid Arthritis.” http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/rheumatoid.htm
  2. American College of Rheumatology. 2012. “Rheumatoid Arthritis.” http://www.rheumatology.org/practice/clinical/patients/diseases_and_conditions/ra.asp

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