The Exchange

Commentary and Observations from
the Medical Front Lines

 

Welcome to PCE's The Exchange—Stay Current on Issues That Matter Most to You and Your NP/PA Colleagues

PCE is excited to announce the launch of The Exchange, a collection of short commentaries from your NP/PA colleagues on a broad range of topics relevant to your practice. The Exchange will bring you reflections on trends in medicine, observations about new treatments and guidelines, and advice related to career decisions and practicing in today's changing healthcare environment.


Biologics in Psoriasis

Biologics in Psoriasis

The current understanding of the pathogenesis of psoriasis has led to the development of many immune-mediating biologic medications that specifically target overactive inflammatory cytokines. Biologics are different from traditional systemic drugs that impact the entire immune system in that they block the actions of specific types of immune cells and proteins that play a major role psoriatic disease.

There are several biologics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration that a... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology

Understanding the Pathophysiology of Psoriasis

Understanding the Pathophysiology of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory, recurrent, immune-mediated disease that affects more than 8 million people in the United States. It can occur at any ag... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology

CDC Releases an Update to Sexually Transmitted Infection Treatment

CDC Releases an Update to Sexually Transmitted Infection Treatment

We have all been so focused on COVID-19 that many of us missed the updated guidelines on the treatment of two sexually transmitted infections (STIs): Nei... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Public Health, Women's Health

New E/M Coding Definitions for 2021

New E/M Coding Definitions for 2021

The American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology 2021 codebook updates the existing guidelines developed in 1995 and 1997. For new patients,... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Practice Management/Career

Another COVID-19 Vaccine Approved!

Another COVID-19 Vaccine Approved!

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved by the FDA on December 11, 2020 for any person aged 16 years and older. This vaccine requires everyone to receive tw... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Public Health

Health Assessment During COVID-19: The New Normal

Health Assessment During COVID-19: The New Normal

This year has changed how we teach health assessment or provide objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE) to our students. Now, everyone has gone to... Continue Reading

Filed under: NPs & PAs, Practice Management/Career

Can Leading a Healthy Lifestyle Change the Likelihood of Developing Systemic Lupus Erythematosus?

Can Leading a Healthy Lifestyle Change the Likelihood of Developing Systemic Lupus Erythematosus?

An abstract presented at this year's American College of Rheumatology (ACR) conference asked whether the likelihood of being diagnosed with systemic lupus er... Continue Reading

Filed under: Preventive Medicine, Rheumatology

Gastric Bypass or Joint Replacement: Which Is the Better Option for Osteoarthritis of the Knee?

Gastric Bypass or Joint Replacement: Which Is the Better Option for Osteoarthritis of the Knee?

In November 2020, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) hosted a virtual poster presentation. Abstract 1651, "Knee OA outcomes in patients with severe o... Continue Reading

Filed under: Orthopedics, Rheumatology

Out of the Woods? Considerations and Follow-up for When COVID Goes Away

Out of the Woods? Considerations and Follow-up for When COVID Goes Away

As we approach the 1-year mark of COVID becoming globally prominent, we are, unfortunately, also getting into the next surge of cases. At some point, this de... Continue Reading

Filed under: Cardiometabolic, Infectious Diseases, Public Health

Sports Physicals in a Post-COVID World

Sports Physicals in a Post-COVID World

Athletes want to compete and give their best to their sport at every age. COVID has changed this in ways that no one was prepared to imagine. Now that we may... Continue Reading

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