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NPA Working Hard for Health Care

Posted by November 4, 2015 at 4:56 PM

NPA members have been busy this Fall calling attention to pressing issues in health care including the FDA drug and medical device approval process; 21st Century Cures Act; gun violence; medical gag laws; opioid addiction; and much more. The press took notice! In case you missed theses important stories, here are some highlights: Why the […]

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Politics in the Exam Room

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Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director October 14, 2015 at 9:25 AM

State Laws that Undermine the Practice of Medicine Pose a Significant and Growing Threat, New Report Warns Environmental, Gun Safety, Medical and Women’s Health Leaders Caution that Imposing Politics on Clinical Care Endangers Patients WASHINGTON, D.C. – State laws around the country are intruding into exam rooms and jeopardizing the quality of medical care available […]

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AMSA & NPA Webinar: Fracking, Public Health, & Climate Change

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director October 4, 2015 at 8:47 PM

Fracking, Public Health & Climate Change NPA and AMSA co-hosted this webinar on October 5, 2015 as part of AMSA’s 2015 National Primary Care Week events. Click here for a pdf of the presentation.   Speakers: Sarah Kimball, MD, National Physicians Alliance Ann Alexander, JD and Meleah Geertsma, JD, Natural Resources Defense Council Event Description: A significant and […]

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Physician Self Reflection for Suicide Prevention Month

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director September 30, 2015 at 7:05 PM

Written by Sarah Kimball, MD, NPA Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce Co-Chair At night, after I’ve left my primary care clinic and put away my notes, I am occasionally haunted by a near-miss patient. The one who, at the end of the visit, pauses slightly when I ask if there are any more questions. On a […]

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Fast Food Meat and Antibiotics

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Posted by September 18, 2015 at 7:53 AM

Seventy to eighty percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in livestock production — driving antibiotic resistance that threatens our health. This problem problem can be addressed by big meat buyers and their customers demanding better meat. A new report and scorecard grades America’s 25 largest fast/casual restaurant chains on their meat […]

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Letter From the Coalition to End the Opioid Epidemic

Posted by September 16, 2015 at 8:17 AM

Dear Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden: On behalf of dozens of organizations on the front line of our nation’s prescription opioid and heroin crisis and on behalf of hundreds of thousands of American families devastated by opioid addiction, we are writing to you about a Senate Finance Committee investigation launched in 2012. We respectfully […]

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The Truth about Suicide & Guns – Special NPA Webinar

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director September 10, 2015 at 2:45 PM

September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In recognition we invite you to view the NPA webinar: The Truth about Suicide & Guns  “There are 20,000 gun suicides in the U.S. every year, more than 50 every single day. That’s more than half of all suicides and two-thirds of all gun deaths.” recorded Thursday, September 24, 2015 Video – Podcast […]

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Signs of Overtreatment: How to Avoid Unnecessary Care

Posted by August 21, 2015 at 8:40 AM

Read the full article by Michael Schroeder, Health Editor, in US News Based on various estimates, the national health bill for unnecessary care – or medical waste – is between nearly $500 billion and almost $1 trillion. According to the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, 30 percent of Medicare spending goes to […]

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Happy Anniversary to Medicare and Medicaid!

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Posted by Jeff Huebner, MD, Chair, NPA Board of Directors July 30, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Take a moment to celebrate! Today marks the 50th anniversary of the signing into law of Medicare and Medicaid by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The National Physicians Alliance believes health care is a right, and that all Americans deserve access to high quality, affordable health care. The enactment of Medicare and Medicaid were the first […]

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AllTrials Campaign Launches in US

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Posted by July 29, 2015 at 10:56 AM

Clinical trial results are bedrock to sound treatment decisions. Physicians and patients need to know what they yield. Trial secrecy betrays the trust not only of those who expect their participation to help future patients, but of the broader scientific community dedicated to curing disease. The National Physicians Alliance joins the AllTrials campaign in calling […]

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