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Creative Solutions to Overuse: A New Best Practice

Posted by August 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

It’s been a big Summer for the movement to reduce overused medical procedures. In July, the Proceedings from the National Summit on Overuse were published. In August, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (ABIMF) announced that as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, leading medical specialty societies will release more than 30 new lists […]

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Join Online National Grand Rounds >> Value-Based Prescribing: What Drives Physician Behavior?

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director July 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

  Value-Based Prescribing: What Drives Physician Behavior? Live Webcast – Monday, August 5, 2013 from 7-8pm (EST) / 4-5pm (PST) Register Here Speakers: Richard J. Baron, MD, President  & CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine Dr. Baron, board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics, is President and CEO of the American Board of […]

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Big Pharma Mobilizing Patient Groups in Fight Over Clinical Trial Transparency

Posted by July 22, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Two of the largest pharmaceutical industry trade bodies — the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations (EFPIA) and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhMRA) — plan to mobilize patient groups in the debate on clinical trial transparency. Inform yourself about the leaked memo from industry bodies revealing the pharma strategy. Reported in The Guardian: […]

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All of Our Children…

Posted by July 18, 2013 at 3:39 PM

There is a story of a young rabbi who delivered his entire sermon on Yom Kippur while holding his beautiful baby in his arms.  The congregation smiled at the adorable child and he grinned back, charming everyone.  At the end of his talk the rabbi stopped, looked out at the congregation and asked the following […]

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A Call to Reform or Replace Medicare’s Relative Values Scale Update Committee (RUC)

Posted by July 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM

The Washington Monthly’s article, “Special Deal: The shadowy cartel of doctors that controls Medicare” by Haley Sweetland Edwards, is a call to reform or replace Medicare’s Relative Values Scale Update Committee (RUC)–the committee responsible for deciding what Medicare should pay physicians for the medical procedures they perform. The Washington Monthly, in this article and in […]

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Doctors, Guns, & Medical Gag Laws

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director June 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Written by NPA President Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH. On a recent NPA webinar entitled “Doctors, Guns, & Medical Gag Laws,” attorney Laura Cutilletta of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence walked participants through the recent history of state-based legislative efforts to restrict clinical free speech regarding gun safety. Since 2011, many states have passed […]

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From medical student to resident: What you need to know for the transition

Posted by June 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Written by Rebekah Apple, Physician Services and Support Manager at the American College of Physician Executives and co-editor of LeadDoc “You are entering a phase of your life in which many different things will occur . . . bad things that seem good at first and good things that seem bad at first.” ― Haruki […]

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Tackling sickness at its source: An interview with TED Book author Rishi Manchanda

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director June 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Cross-posted from Ted Blog Rishi Manchanda answers questions about the new TED Book “The Upstream Doctors,” which looks at the environmental and social factors that play a big part in individual health.  We all think we understand the formula for keeping healthy — eat right, exercise, don’t smoke, skip dessert. But that picture is vastly […]

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Doctors, Guns & Medical Gag Laws NPA Webinar June 25 at 9pm(E)

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director June 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

In 2011, Florida became the first state in the nation to enact an extreme new gun law – the Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act – prohibiting doctors from asking their patients about gun ownership.  Despite the fact that the law was immediately challenged in court, several other states have attempted to enact similar policies to limit […]

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Leading the Way: Advocating for Public Health Solutions to Gun Violence

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director June 15, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Written by NPA President Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH. Yesterday marked 6 months since the tragic deaths in Newtown, an event that spurred many of us to action against gun violence.  In that time, many of you have spoken out about the need for improved gun safety laws and for research on how to address this […]

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