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Modern Medicine and Ancient Religion

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD January 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Written by NPA Member E. James Lieberman, M.D. Last July, as he signed a Texas bill that prohibited abortion after 20 weeks and set new rules for physicians and clinics, Governor Rick Perry said “I am pro-life!” That claim is broad enough to be made by a champion of capital punishment: since 2001 he has […]

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J & J’s Monster Settlement – Join the Discussion

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director January 6, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Click Here to RSVP Join NPA’s upcoming conference call presentation Holding the Industry Accountable: Covering Pharmaceutical Industry Marketing Practices Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 9:00 to 10:00pm (EST) Featured Speaker: Ed Silverman Pharmalot, Past Editor Ed Silverman is a prize-winning journalist who has covered the pharmaceutical industry for the past 18 years.  Prior to his […]

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GlaxoSmithKline Stops Physician Payments to Reduce Conflict of Interest

Posted by December 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM

In a bold move, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced that it will make big changes in its marketing practices by no longer paying physicians to promote its products.  You read that right.  Under its new policy, GSK will no longer pay physicians to speak on its behalf to medical professionals at conferences and other events. The […]

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Moving Conflict-of-Interest Policies up a Notch

Posted by December 13, 2013 at 4:13 PM

It’s no secret that medical device and pharmaceutical companies have had long-standing relationships with medical schools and teaching hospitals.  While fruitful research collaborations have their place, marketing-related relationships are deeply problematic.   Although many schools have significantly strengthened their conflict-of-interest policies that govern these relationships, industry still brings biased information into our nation’s medical education training […]

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Increasing Access, Outcomes, and Value: Health Workforce Panel at NPA Annual Meeting Teaches Nuts and Bolts of Building Multi-Professional Teams

Posted by December 4, 2013 at 6:05 AM

The National Physicians Alliance is the first national physicians organization to adopt a health workforce policy that addresses the need for team-based care with non-physicians providers.  This type of reform is increasingly needed as the US faces an aging population and an increase in access to health care under the Affordable Care Act.  As part […]

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Lessons from Public Health

Posted by December 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM

As we look back on a year of Congressional inaction to reduce deaths from gun violence and a year of rhetoric from NRA leaders that seems increasingly to depart from reality, I have been thinking about the remarkable impact that public health and public policy experts have had on motor vehicle deaths in the last […]

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The Smoking Gun

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director December 2, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Written by Bich-May Nguyen, MD, MPH, a family physician practicing in Houston, TX and a 2013 NPA Copello Health Advocacy Fellow. Data from three decades in the US adds to the body of knowledge that gun ownership is related to gun deaths. The authors of this study sought to create the most comprehensive evaluation to […]

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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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