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Is it All Bad?

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director October 19, 2014 at 9:15 AM

In this month’s Atlantic, Meghan O’Rourke explores the roots of unhappiness experienced by both patients and doctors in our health care system: “Doctors Tell All–And It’s Bad” In this sobering piece, O’Rourke writes, “In the course of our lives, most of us will urgently need care, sometimes when we least expect it. Currently, we must […]

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The Evidence on How to Talk about Evidence

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media October 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Please join NPA’s upcoming National Grand Rounds presentation: “The Evidence on How to Talk about Evidence.” This event will be webcast live from NPA’s 9th Annual Conference in Yonkers, NY on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (EDT). Click here to RSVP for this webcast. (There is no cost to register.) Featured […]

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What is the Value of Teaching Stewardship?

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media October 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM

NPA Values Challenge: The CBO’s $95 Billion reduced projection in Medicare spending means that “the federal government’s long-term budget deficit is considerably less severe than commonly thought just a few years ago.” In their NYT piece, “Medicare: not such a budget-buster any more,” Margot Sanger-Katz and Kevin Quealy take on an issue addressed in NPA’s […]

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Suicide Prevention Every Month of the Year

Posted by Ricky Choi, MD, MPH, NPA Board Member September 29, 2014 at 11:08 PM

While suicide prevention month concludes in a few days, suicide will be on the minds of many for the other eleven months of the year.  Suicide claims the lives of nearly 40,000 Americans every year and affects the lives of victim’s family, loved ones and entire communities.  As the third leading cause of death for […]

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Tools to Bolster Conflict of Interest Policies

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media September 29, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Have you been struggling with how to prevent or manage conflicts of interest when collaborating with the pharmaceutical and device industries? Are you looking for resources to assist in your efforts to further improve your institution’s Conflict of Interest policies? Community Catalyst, a national non-profit health care advocacy organization, has written a COI Policy Guide […]

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Tell Congress: Pass the Medicare Advantage Participant Bill of Rights Act

Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media September 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM

The National Physicians Alliance, along with the the Center for Medicare Advocacy and the Medicare Rights Center, needs your help calling on Congress to pass the Medicare Advantage Participant Bill of Rights Act. This legislation – introduced by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) – prohibits plans from dropping […]

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Risky Medicine: How COI May Affect Clinical Guidelines and Decision Making

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media September 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

This lecture series highlights advocacy and policy experts who provide technical assistance and leadership development for physicians, residents, and medical students interested in conflict-of-interest reform efforts. Risky Medicine: How COI May Affect Clinical Guidelines and Decision Making  Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 9pm EDT Click Here to RSVP  Featured Speaker: Lisa Cosgrove, PhD Professor at […]

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What is the Value of Clinical Time?

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media September 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM

In his provocative NYT piece, “Busy Doctors, Wasteful Spending,” Dr. Sandeep Jauhar tackles an issue addressed in NPA’s July 2014 policy brief, Value and Values in Health Care. NPA leaders have endorsed the principle that clinicians needs more time to understand patients better and to create and maintain healing relationships. Does Jauhar nail it or […]

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Spotlight on “Upstream Doctors” TED Talk

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media September 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

TED.com is featuring a recent TED Talk by NPA board member Rishi Manchanda MD MPH, in which Manchanda makes the case for moving healthcare upstream. This talk, based on Manchanda’s book The Upstream Doctors, engages a lay audience in thinking differently about health care and comes at an exciting time. A growing number of partners […]

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Speakers Confirmed for NPA Annual Conference

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media September 6, 2014 at 1:35 PM

The National Physicians Alliance Annual Conference and Healthcare Summit will take place October 24 & 25, 2014 at the Consumer Reports National Research and Testing Center in Yonkers, New York, on the Hudson: “Price, Profit, & Reward: Winners and Losers in Healthcare Transformation.” Confirmed speakers include: • Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD—Senior writer for The New York […]

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