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Guns & Domestic Violence Link

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Director of Project Management November 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

By Mudit Gilotra, MD, family physician practicing in Philadelphia, PA and NPA 2014 Copello Health Advocacy Fellow. The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and the Lautenberg Amendment in 1997 started the process of protecting victims of domestic violence by banning the access to firearms of some people convicted of crimes of domestic violence. However, […]

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Testimony — Gun Violence Prevention Resolution

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media November 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Written by Ricky Choi, MD, MPH, NPA Board Member Gun violence is a concern in many schools across the country. Yesterday, San Francisco Unified School District unanimously passed a resolution to make November violence prevention month and to make gun violence education a key part of the program. I was honored to be present for […]

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What is the Value of Linking Health Care Expenditures and Life Expectancy?

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media November 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM

NPA Values Challenge: “What is clearly not useful is a comparison of life expectancy and health care expenditures as if these 2 variables are always positively related to each other. Across developed countries or across US states, they are not.” In “Critiquing US Health Care,” Victor Fuchs explores what place – if any – the […]

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National Grand Rounds — Profits Over People?

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media November 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

  Please join NPA’s upcoming National Grand Rounds presentation: Profits Over People? Corporate and Commercial Risks to the Patient-Provider Relationship Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 12:55 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. (ET) This event will be webcast live from the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Conference in Chicago, IL RSVP online today to attend. Featured Speaker: […]

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What is the Value of Population Health?

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media November 11, 2014 at 9:51 PM

NPA Values Challenge: “We spend trillions of dollars on health care in this country — yet the allocation of those funds are grossly disproportionate to how other countries spend their health care expenditures. We aren’t focused on population health. Now, with Ebola threatening our population, the truth is out.” In “I’m a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: […]

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Soda Tax Victory in Berkeley

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media November 10, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Written by Lenard Lesser, MD, MSHS 
NPA Member – California Many political pundits are trying to decipher the lessons from the 2014 midterm elections. I will not try and do that here. But, some of the most interesting results have come from ballot measures. While many people voted for conservative officials, these same voters voted […]

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The Scariest Public Health Threat? Ignorance.

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD October 27, 2014 at 5:25 PM

National Physicians Alliance members and leadership were deeply disappointed and disturbed this weekend by New Jersey Governor Christie’s decision to require the arbitrary quarantine of an asymptomatic nurse who had returned from serving overseas to help address the disastrous Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, and by New York Governor Cuomo’s announcement that New York […]

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Dollars for Dudes?

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Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media October 22, 2014 at 11:42 AM

NPA Values Challenge: More than 90 percent of the 300 doctors who collected the most money for speaking and consulting with drug and medical device companies last year are men. In “Dollars for Dudes: Almost No Women Among Medical Industry’s Top-Paid Speakers, Consultants,” ProPublica reporter Charles Ornstein tackles the conflicts of interest and income disparity […]

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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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