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Support CDC Research on Gun Violence


Posted by May 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Good News. NOT ONLY did the House pass the Thompson Amendment yesterday–increasing funding for states to submit additional records of prohibited firearm purchasers to the FBI ‘s National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS), BUT ALSO, on May 21, Senator Markey and Congresswoman Maloney introduced bicameral legislation that would fund $10 million each year from […]

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Ban E-Cigarette Use Indoors and in Public Places

Posted by May 25, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Written by Vikram Krishnasamy, MD, MPH Affiliation: Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency. The views expressed in this editorial are personal and do not reflect the views of Johns Hopkins. We need a ban on e-cigarette use indoors and in public places. The rules for e-cigarettes should be the same as traditional cigarettes. And, why […]

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Major New ProPublica Project: Treatment Tracker

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Posted by May 16, 2014 at 5:49 PM

NPA is excited to share this post from ProPublica’s award winning journalist Charles Orenstein On the day Medicare released a trove of doctor data last month, a number of large news organizations published quick-and-dirty searchable databases that allowed users to see how much doctors earned from Medicare in 2012. They were on top of the […]

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Health Professionals: Ask Trader Joe’s To Be A Leader In Saving Our Antibiotics!

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Posted by May 9, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Few people know better than those on the front lines of medicine how critical antibiotics are to successfully treating patients, and how quickly the power of these precious drugs is disappearing. But while health professionals work to rein in the overuse of antibiotics in humans, antibiotic overuse in the production of food animals is rampant […]

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Medical Student Leaders: What You Need to Know to be an Effective Agent of Change at Your Medical School


Posted by April 24, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Written by Stephen R. Smith, MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and founding member of the National Physicians Alliance. How can you be an effective change agent at your medical school? First of all, don’t underestimate yourself. Students have a tremendous potential to bring about change in […]

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Activism and Advocacy: How Medical Students at the 1969 AMSA Convention Changed the History of Healthcare Advocacy in the United States


Posted by April 21, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Written by Stephen R. Smith, MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and founding member of the National Physicians Alliance. The first American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Convention I attended—it was actually called Student American Medical Association (SAMA) back then—was in 1969. It was an amazing time. The […]

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Protect Clinical Free Speech From Industry-Backed Gag Laws


Posted by April 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Shocking: Under Act 13, physicians in Pennsylvania whose patients are suffering from exposure to fracking chemicals may need to choose between violating a corporate confidentiality agreement and violating their ethical obligations to fully inform patients about chemical exposure.[1] Chemical exposures as trade secrets?! This offensive gag law requires health care providers to sign a confidentiality […]

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NPA Praises CMS Release of Medicare Payment Data

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director April 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Press Release Washington DC—April 9, 2014 Important new data released today by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reveal stunning facts about Medicare payments, perhaps most notably that a mere 2% of physicians and other individual providers collected nearly 25% of the $77 billion total spent by Medicare in 2012.  Already, on the […]

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Helping Women Control Their Fertility


Posted by April 7, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Written by NPA Copello Fellow Dr. Bich-May Nguyen and cross-posted from Me & My OBG During Women’s History Month, I’ve reflected on contraception. The development of the birth control pill over fifty years ago was a turning point for women, allowing them to pursue opportunities outside the home. As a family medicine physician, I enjoy […]

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CME Tweetchat Transcript: New Oral Anticoagulants


Posted by April 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

On April 2nd, NPA led its first ever live CME Tweetchat, spotlighting an unbiased, industry-free CME module from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). If you missed our Twitter CME session, you can review the transcript here: New Oral Anticoagulants. Let us know your thoughts about Twitter as a vehicle for CME delivery […]

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