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A Physician Response to Occupy Wall Street: Occupy Health Care

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director February 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Statement authored by Dr. Lisa Plymate with input from the NPA Policy Committee, 2/3/2012 We are physicians who are committed to reforming our health care system so that every person has access to affordable, high quality care.  We cannot achieve this without fighting for economic and social justice.  As doctors, we support many principles of […]

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The Greatest Advance for Women in a Generation

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director January 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I attended a health policy conference last week where the buzz was women.  The question on everyone’s mind was: Why aren’t American women angrier that every last one of the Republican candidates for president has threatened to repeal a law that has brought the greatest advance for women in a generation?   The experts had an […]

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Under Addressing the Factors That Cause 70% of Disease

Posted by January 25, 2012 at 4:48 PM

While in residency, I took care of a toddler who was hospitalized following an anaphylactic reaction. During a diaper change at home the child suddenly developed lip swelling and severe difficulty breathing for no apparent reason. The child was urgently brought to the hospital by ambulance and initially treated in the emergency room… Click here […]

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Shining a Needed Light on PhRMA/Physician Interactions

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD January 22, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Recently, National Public Radio’s program “On the Media” discussed the Physician Payment Sunshine Act.  This legislation (PDF; a useful overview is available here–also a PDF) was part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care at and requires that pharmaceutical companies (PhRMA) disclose how much they pay physicians in compensation for being consultants, on speaker’s bureaus, […]

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What do you think will be key to making health reform work in 2012?

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director January 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

This year key features of the health care reform law will be put in place, particularly at the state level.  States are approaching implementation in a variety of different ways.  In “The Fate of Health Care Reform—What to Expect in 2012,” David Jones discusses four key aspects of health care reform in 2012: 1)      2012 […]

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How does the public *really* feel about healthcare reform?

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD December 18, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) are fond of pointing out how much the public opposes the law.  Now, these voices calling for the law’s repeal–with the most prominent voices coming from Republicans (including all the current presidential candidates)–usually overlook one important fact: a substantial portion of opposition to the law […]

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Enough misinformation, already! Join National “Patients Aware” Tele-Town Hall – Dec. 12

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD December 7, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in March of 2010, accurate and reliable information regarding the law has often escaped notice.  Indeed, ever since the infamous false claims that the law would include death panels and a socialist take-over of medicine, the PPACA’s opponents have worked hard to put […]

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Food Stamp Challenge: Insights from a Philadelphia Physician and her Family

Posted by December 6, 2011 at 10:04 PM

This week, my husband, our three sons aged 15, 13, and 11, and I are doing the Food Stamp Challenge as part of an effort led by a group of faith-based groups to bring attention to the importance of food stamps and the dire consequences of cutting this safety net.  This means that we have […]

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Setting the example on healthy eating

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD December 6, 2011 at 11:04 AM

According to this report from America’s Health Rankings, 27.5% of Americans are now officially obese.  This percentage has increased dramatically since the early 1990s.  Given that obesity is connected to increased risks of diabetes, high blood, pressure, and numerous other illnesses, this trend is very concerning.  Health care professionals have been searching for effective ways […]

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New Principles Guiding Wise Choices from ABIM

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director November 16, 2011 at 8:06 PM

The American Board of Internal Medicine has released an important new document designed to help deepen conversations as we work to build a health care system that better meets the needs of patients and society by reducing cost and improving care: Principles Guiding Wise Choices: The Responsibility of Physicians, Patients and the Health Care Community […]

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