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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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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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