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NPA President Explains Affordable Care Act on Martha Stewart Show

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director March 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM

On Monday March 19th, 2012, NPA President Dr. Valerie Arkoosh sat down with Martha Stewart to share information about the Affordable Care Act with a broad television audience. Watch the segment here.

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#MDChat: The 2nd Anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD March 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

This week is the second anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  Next week the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about the PPACA’s constitutionality.  At 9 pm Eastern March 20, National Physicians Alliance will be helping moderate a session of the weekly #MDChat TweetChat discussing the status of […]

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Setting the Stage for the ACA’s Second Anniversary

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD March 13, 2012 at 8:00 AM

In one week, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or ACA for short) will attain its second anniversary.  In preparation for the media attention this milestone will attract, it is necessary to set the stage regarding the ACA’s achievements and popularity. First, a review of what the reforms already in place as a […]

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NPA President on Martha Stewart Show – Monday, March 19

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director March 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

On Monday, March 19 tune in or set your DVR to see National Physicians Alliance President Dr. Valerie Arkoosh featured on The Martha Stewart Show (Hallmark Channel at 10 AM ET/9 AM C – with same day encore airing at 2 PM ET/next day airing, 1 PM ET). Dr. Arkoosh will be talking about the […]

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NPA Welcomes JAMA Coverage of Growing Movement to Promote Good Stewardship of Medical Resources

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director March 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM

On March 7, 2012, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a report highlighting the growing momentum behind efforts within the medical profession to promote good stewardship of clinical resources.[1] This movement began with a project of the National Physicians Alliance, funded by a grant from the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and […]

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The Cost of Making Medical Decisions Political

Posted by March 9, 2012 at 10:52 PM

One of my long-time patients was in for a clinic visit recently, a routine check that seems almost unnecessary.  He has a history of kidney failure and heart disease, but has done well since his kidney transplant more than 8 years ago.  He sees a cardiologist who manages his heart disease, a nephrologist who makes […]

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AMSA’s PharmFree Scorecard: U.S. Medical Schools Head in Right Direction to Avoid Conflict of Interest

Posted by March 9, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Written by Rupin Thakkar, MD, NPA Unbranded Doctor Network Co-Chair, March 9, 2012 While there’s still work to be done, it’s good news that more medical schools in the US are adopting strong conflict-of-interest policies governing pharmaceutical industry interactions at the schools. The American Medical Student Association’s (AMSA) 2012 PharmFree Scorecard reveals that 102 of […]

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When Birth Control Isn’t

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director February 29, 2012 at 11:43 AM

This piece was written by Erin Wyner, MD, a family physician and a NPA-California member.  It was originally posted on the Mom’s Rising Blog, 2/27/2012. As a physician, I am deeply concerned about the extreme opposition from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to important new rules requiring employers that provide health insurance to their […]

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Expanding Health Insurance Coverage Should Reduce Costs

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD February 26, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Without significant changes, healthcare spending in the United States (already one of the highest rates in the world per capita) will continue to increase at an unsustainable rate (PDF).  One of the most important goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is to control the costs of medical care.  Various analyses have […]

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Impact of State Laws That Extend Eligibility for Parents’ Health Insurance Coverage to Young Adults

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director February 17, 2012 at 5:13 PM

This week, Drs. Alex Blum, Lawrence Kleinman, Barbara Starfield, and Joseph Ross published a paper in the journal Pediatrics that suggests that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not only helping millions of young adults get insured – but that insurance means young Americans all across the country are more likely to get the health […]

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