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Protect Health Care – Physician Voices Make a Difference!

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director March 1, 2017 at 7:20 AM

The NPA is actively working to ensure that consumer protections and coverage expansions guaranteed through the ACA are built upon, not dismantled. NEW Resource! Threats to Medicaid:  Understanding the House Health Care Bill & the Senate Dynamics a slide presentation by Edwin Park and Ellen Nissenbaum with the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities (NPA […]

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Curbing Unfair Drug Prices: Recommendations for State-Level Initiatives to Rein in Rx Prices

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director August 8, 2017 at 6:34 PM

The Yale Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP), in collaboration with the National Physicians Alliance and the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, has released a policy paper entitled, “Curbing Unfair Drug Prices: A Primer for States.” This paper is intended to catalyze and further state-level initiatives to rein in prescription drug prices. The high cost […]

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Tom Price, RUC, and Reasonable Physician Fees

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director August 7, 2017 at 11:39 AM

Written by James Rickert, MD, NPA Board Member and Orthopedic Surgeon CMS’ reliance on the American Medical Associations Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) to set physician reimbursement rates is misguided and should be curtailed.  Things were moving this way under the Obama Administration with officials within CMS taking greater and greater responsibility for determining appropriate […]

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NPA Speaks Out on Senate Vote on Motion to Proceed with ACA Repeal

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director July 25, 2017 at 10:55 PM

The National Physicians Alliance continues to oppose efforts by Republicans in the Senate to take away healthcare from millions of our patients and ask millions more to pay more for less. Through a rushed and secretive process, the Senate has taken a dangerous step forward in wreaking havoc on our patients lives and the healthcare […]

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Action Update – Senate Vote on Health Bill Tuesday

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director July 24, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Just when we thought the Senate Republican’s healthcare efforts would fail to advance, it now appears a vote will be held tomorrow. Two pieces of legislation are being considered: the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), or a straight repeal and delay of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Though it is unclear which bill will go to […]

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NPA Statement on Newest Senate Health Care Bill – Devastating Cuts to Medicaid and Impact on Patients – Too Little Help for Opioid Crisis

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director July 14, 2017 at 1:10 PM

“By now stripping away many of the healthcare consumer protections passed under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), allowing insurers to discriminate based on pre-existing conditions and selling plans that are essentially junk coverage, Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans took an already very harmful bill and made it even worse. This bill still contains devastating […]

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#DoctorsSpeakOut Against the Better Care Reconciliation Act

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director July 2, 2017 at 10:30 PM

Physicians across the nation are deeply concerned over the proposed Senate health care bill and are speaking out.  Members of the NPA, the Clinician Action Network, and #DoctorsSpeakOut are submitting comments and short video-recordings to be shared with senators.  Tell us in just 1-2 sentences why “Medicaid Matters to My Patients.” Read comments, see more […]

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Take Action to Stop the Senate Health Care Bill!

Posted by Drew Hudson June 23, 2017 at 12:48 PM

There are events going on over the next few days to help stop the Senate from passing the American Health Care Act. Please use the list below to look for events in your state and register. You can also search for events using the following tools: – Town Hall Project – Organizing for America Volunteer […]

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NPA Calls on Senators to Protect Health Care & Open Legislative Process

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director May 25, 2017 at 5:19 PM

Today, the NPA sent the letter below to key Senate leaders. We encourage you to read on, consider sharing the letter with colleagues, and contacting your own Senators to express your concerns – click here to find their contact info. NPA Calls on Senators to Protect Health Care & Open Legislative Process Senator Orrin Hatch, […]

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How Our Obsession with “Quality Metrics” Drives Overuse

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director May 17, 2017 at 11:53 AM

Written by Stephen R. Smith, M.D., M.P.H., NPA Founding Board Member & NPA-CT Steering Committee Member Like nearly all clinicians, I get an annual “report card” on my clinical performance based on a set of “quality metrics” with data gleaned from our electronic health records. While many will attest to being driven crazy by these […]

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NPA Statement on Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director May 15, 2017 at 5:05 PM

National Physicians Alliance Statement on Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder The National Physicians Alliance supports access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder, including medication-assisted therapies such as methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone.  Only 1 in 10 people with substance use disorders currently receive treatment.  We hope that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will […]

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