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Reducing health care costs is a priority of employers–and “Choosing Wisely” is a promising model

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD October 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM

In 2009, NPA was funded to identify five steps primary care physicians could take in their daily practices to achieve the highest goals of doctors and patients alike: excellent care that we can afford together.  In early 2011, an article was published that focused on the issue of good stewardship in clinical practice.  This article […]

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Nov. 10-11, 2012 Mark Your Calendars for the 7th NPA Annual Conference! CME available, learn more >>>

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director October 25, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Join us in historic Alexandria, Virginia just minutes from Washington, DC! Click here to view the full program Click here to register –>CME Available This Year!<– AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM (Scroll down or click here for Accreditation details)  Confirmed Speakers Include: Jeffrey Brenner, MD, Director, Institute for Urban Health at Cooper University Hospital; […]

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Not up for debate

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director October 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Tonight is the second Presidential debate. While there will be many important issues discussed, one thing is not in dispute: the critical importance of voting. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the NPA does not endorse any candidate for elected office, but we do believe it is essential for our members to educate the community about issues […]

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National Grand Rounds: Managing Conflict of Interest in Clinical & Academic Settings >> View Online Archive, Earn CME on Your Schedule

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director October 9, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Managing Industry Conflict of Interest in the Clinical &Academic Setting This event was held in conjunction with the American Medical Student Association Empowering Future Physicians Conference on October 12.2012 at Nova Southeastern University and College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. View Webcast Archive and Earn CME This Enduring Material offers a maximum of […]

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Ensure effective, equitable access to birth control

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD September 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM

On August 1st, millions of American women obtained access to approved contraceptive methods without the requirement of a co-pay.  For millions of women, this access will come as their health insurance plans are updated and renewed. Despite the proven health benefits of contraceptive medications (beyond preventing unwanted pregnancies–for example, see here regarding oral contraceptives) many […]

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Policy at the Clinic: The ACA role in a woman’s health decisions

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director September 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Written by Dr. Mary Carol Jennings, NPA member, Boston, MA. From a certain gendered perspective, the identity and social role of the contemporary American woman is determined by motherhood. I mean not that a woman has a “duty to reproduce”, but rather that her access to effective contraception – to the meaningful choice of if […]

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A Great Day for Women’s Health

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD August 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), starting on August 1st women will have increased access to important and meaningful preventive care services without needing to pay a co-pay. Included in these services: an annual well woman visit, birth control, including oral contraception and IUDs, HIV screening and counseling, sexually transmitted infection […]

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Protect patient-centered, evidence-based research

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD July 25, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Last week, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee introduced a bill (pdf) that directly targets efforts at making the United States’ healthcare system patient-centered and evidence-based.  The bill’s targets: The bill would terminate all funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  AHRQ is funded by the government in order to carry out […]

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Governor, Will You Stand in the Clinic Door?

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director July 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

This post was written by Sanjeev K. Sriram, MD, MPH, NPA member and Washington DC area pediatrician, it was originally published on his blog DR .in D.C. on July 10, 2012.  Follow him on twitter at @DrSriram “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” George Wallace said this now infamous line on January 14, 1963 to […]

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The healthcare aftermath of June 28, 2012: What we protected, what is missing, and what we still need to do

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD July 3, 2012 at 8:00 AM

A modified version of this post was first published on the OccupyHealthcare blog, June 29 2012 ——————– On June 28, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). After nearly 2 1/2 years of partisan misinformation, the Court has established the law’s legitimacy. This is an enormous step […]

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