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NPA Webinar: New ACO Final Rule (view & share)

Posted by Drew Hudson November 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Please click below to view a recording of the NPA 1-hour webianr on the newly released final rule for Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) with Kavita Patel, MD, MSHS, Managing Director for Clinical Transformation and Delivery, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution. (Recorded 11/11/2011) Dr. Patel is a fellow in the Economic […]

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Occupy Healthcare

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD November 4, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Why do we need to occupy healthcare?  Why are we here, on this website, calling for change?  We are so often told that America has the best healthcare system in the world.  If that were so, then there would be no need to change anything.  We could continue running things as we currently are, and […]

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Every day is Medicine Day. Today is Food Day.

Posted by October 24, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Every day is Medicine Day.  Every time a family doctor like me sees a patient who struggles with weight gain, diabetes, or high blood pressure, I give them medicine.  But today is different.  Today is Food Day. To be honest, I have long tried to emphasize the importance of food choices in preventing and treating […]

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Five in Five to Survive: Top 5 lists, non-communicable diseases, and global health

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD October 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

(The following post was written by Irène Mathieu, a second-year medical student at Vanderbilt.  Irène attended the NPA’s Annual Meeting last weekend, and wrote this post in part related to the meeting’s presentations.  Irène’s blog can be read here.) ——————– The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread like crazy to cities across the country, including […]

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“Top 5″ Tops $5 Billion

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director October 5, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Adoption of the Top 5 Lists in Primary Care generated by the National Physicians Alliance Good Stewardship Project would generate an annual savings of $6.76 billion according to an article published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine by Drs. Salomeh Keyhani, Minal S. Kale, Tara F. Bishop, and Alex D. Federman. The research letter, […]

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Big soda won’t solve obesity problem

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director September 20, 2011 at 7:00 PM

If a pharmaceutical company offered me or any other doctor money to prescribe one of its drugs, we would be expected to reject it. Despite criticism from the Inquirer Editorial Board and City Council, Mayor Nutter’s decision to reject an antiobesity program funded by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with money from the soda lobby […]

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The Message We Must Communicate

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD September 19, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Despite the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) being just about 1 1/2 years old, there are still many Americans who do not understand what the law means. Ironically, this includes a large number of uninsured Americans, who stand to benefit significantly from the law. Some have argued that this lack of understanding results […]

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The Analog Doctor

Posted by William Jordan, MD, MPH September 18, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Is health technology the next PhRMA?  I’m not talking about medical devices, like implantable debrillators, which are marketed to doctors and lobbied for in Washington along the same lines as medications.  Rather, there is a storm of health technology approaching that promises to make itself indispensable. By way of explanation, I am attending the final […]

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Lawmakers call for a dose of urgency in addressing U.S. drug safety

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director September 16, 2011 at 8:00 PM

This article is cross-posted from “Postscript-A Blog by Community Catalyst”, originally published, 9/16/2011 The buzzword at a Sept. 14 hearing on securing the pharmaceutical supply chain was one not often heard in the current congressional climate: “consensus.” There was general agreement among witnesses that our laws are outdated in a world where the drug supply […]

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Join Us! NPA 6th Annual Meeting – Washington DC, October 1 & 2, 2011

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director September 16, 2011 at 6:00 PM

  Click here for the conference page!       Many thanks to our 2011 annual meeting sponsors: American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation Boyer-Rosene Moving and Storage Campaign for Better Care Pearl Insurance California HealthCare Foundation, based in Oakland, California PLoS Medicine The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation Health Affairs

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