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NPA’s Second Live Twitter Chat: How Best to Fix Medicaid?

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD July 26, 2011 at 12:53 AM

The 46th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid is July 30th.  Despite the benefits these programs have provided, both find themselves under significant strains due to increasing costs of care, inadequate funding, and political agendas.  Major changes have been proposed to each program–changes that would significantly impact the nature of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and […]

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Do physicians need *more* contact with PhRMA and medical device makers?

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD July 24, 2011 at 9:21 PM

I suppose I should not be surprised, but there is a new organization that opposes the current movement to separate physicians from pharmaceutical (PhRMA) and medical device industry money.  While many of us feel that these medical industries have too much influence on physicians, the Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators (ACRE) apparently feels that […]

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From Invisible to a Player: The Poor in the New Health Care System

Posted by July 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM

This article is cross-posted from San Francisco Chronicle Blog, originally published July 21, 2011. 37 years ago, at the very tail of the civil rights movement, my community health center (CHC) was established in Oakland to fill an unmet and urgent need. A growing population of immigrants were settling in downtown Oakland and had few […]

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Contraception is prevention

Posted by July 21, 2011 at 8:59 AM

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report on July 20, 2011 detailing recommendations to HHS regarding specifically which services will be free. Women’s health advocates, myself included, are thrilled that all contraceptive services, including contraceptive counseling, sterilization, IUDs, condoms, and hormonal methods are included in this list of recommended preventive services. Should contraception be considered prevention?

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Join NPA’s First Live Twitter Chat: How Best to Fix Medicare?

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD July 19, 2011 at 10:06 AM

The 46th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid is July 30th.  Despite the benefits these programs have provided, both find themselves under significant strains due to increasing costs of care, inadequate funding, and political agendas.  Major changes have been proposed to each program–changes that would significantly impact the nature of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and […]

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The Value of Medicaid

Posted by July 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM

An editorial published on July 17, 2011 in the New York Times underscores the value of Medicaid. The editorial notes that recent claims that Medicaid patients receive poor care have been refuted by a recent randomized controlled trial conducted in Oregon. The study is being published by the National Bureau of Economic Research and was […]

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‘Used to’ don’t live here no more: The changing role of primary care

Posted by July 15, 2011 at 3:53 PM

By Trudy Singzon I’ve left the cold summer weather in San Francisco for the hot, humid weather of my hometown in central Pennsylvania. It’s my grandmother’s 85th birthday and most of our extended family is in town for the celebration. I grew up in a small town where my father was a primary care physician […]

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Another reason to preserve Medicare funding: we *NEED* more doctors

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD July 10, 2011 at 10:28 PM

If the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) remains the law of the land after its inevitable Supreme Court review, then an estimated 34 million Americans will gain access to health insurance.  Once they have access, they will seek to establish medical care: perhaps to get a physical, to get care for chronic diseases, […]

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Keep Medicaid strong and protect our children

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director July 2, 2011 at 4:34 PM

This article is cross-posted from The Hill’s Congress Blog, originally publish  at this link.  It was written by Sanjeev K. Sriram, MD, MPH, member (and former Communications Director) National Physicians Alliance. As a pediatrician working in southeast DC, the Medicaid program means more to me than just fodder for heated budget debates on Capitol Hill. […]

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It’s time to stop marketing junk food to kids

Posted by July 1, 2011 at 8:15 PM

(Cross post from BeActive Blog.) I’m often faced with parents who want to know what do do with their kids who are overweight.  There are a lot of causes of obesity, but the major causes are soda and junk food.  The increase in consumption is due to the food industry’s aggressive marketing of junk food […]

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