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The Statin Fiasco

Posted by November 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Written by Stephen R. Smith, M.D., M.P.H., Community Catalyst physician consultant and long-standing National Physicians Alliance member. The new recommendations from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology on the use of statin drugs to lower cholesterol caught my attention as a family physician. Not only were they recommending statins for patients […]

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The Basics of the Affordable Care Act

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director November 29, 2013 at 11:58 PM

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law March 23, 2010. This historic law: Expands access to health insurance coverage for most Americans Provides financial help to low-income individuals & families Sliding-scale tax credits for premium and co-pays available to individuals and families with incomes between 133-400% of the Federal Poverty Level Click here […]

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Making the ACA Work by Putting Patients Before Politics

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD November 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM

From Dr. Jeff Huebner, NPA VP of Policy: “This recent article in the Washington Post caught my eye. It’s nice to hear about success stories in other states – we must continue to work with colleagues in our communities to make sure that everyone has the peace of mind and improved health that will come […]

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New ACA Guides for Patients from Consumer Reports

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director November 13, 2013 at 5:10 PM

We are pleased to once again be able to offer NPA members outstanding, free waiting room materials from Consumer Reports.  These new non-partisan, fact-based guides provide information that will help your patients understand the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Click here to view Health Reform: Seven Things You Need To Know to be Ready Let’s work […]

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Watch NPA Grand Rounds: Challenging the Selling of Sickness

Posted by October 28, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Link to NPA’s complete National Grand Rounds Online Webcast Archive Challenging the Selling of Sickness: A New Partnership Movement of Professionals and Advocates This event was recorded at the 8th Annual NPA Conference in Washington, DC on October 19, 2013. Speakers: Leonore Tiefer, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of Sex is Not a Natural Act […]

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The Wisdom of the Crowd: Finding the Most Promising Innovations to Teach Value

Posted by October 22, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Written by By Vineet Arora, MD and cross-posted from Wing of Zock Earlier this year, we launched the Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Competition in conjunction with Costs of Care and the ABIM Foundation. Why a competition? Not surprisingly, traditional “literature review” yielded little by way of promising strategies for educators who wished to learn […]

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NPA’s Commitment to High-Value Care

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director October 9, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Inspired by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Physician Charter on Professionalism, the NPA’s Good Stewardship Project engaged physician working groups in the primary care fields of internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine to use comparative effectiveness studies to determine “5 Things You Can Do in Your Practice” to provide excellent patient care while […]

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Doctors and Lawyers Recommend Public Health Policies for a More Secure America

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director September 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

The National Physicians Alliance and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence have collaborated to produce a new report identifying evidence-based prevention methods to curb the epidemic of gun violence plaguing the nation. Gun Safety & Public Health: Policy Recommendations for a More Secure America provides the medical community and the public with in-depth research […]

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Patent Medicine Redux: Drug Ads vs. Psychotherapy

Posted by September 24, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Written by E. James Lieberman, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Originally published in Psych Central (2010). Dr. Lieberman is a member of the National Physicians Alliance’s Communications Committee. My father got his M.D. in 1930; I got mine in 1958. Insulin and penicillin came into being […]

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FDA-Approved: Protecting the Legacy of Heroes

Posted by September 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Written by Lisa Plymate, MD, Co-Chair of the National Physicians Alliance FDA Task Force. Dr. Plymate practices primary care internal medicine and geriatrics in Seattle, Washington. I was a 10 percenter. I came of age in the late sixties and was one of only ten women in my medical school class, the only woman in […]

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