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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 There was general agreement among witnesses that our laws are outdated in a world where the drug supply […]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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“Is Poverty a Death Sentence?” Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director September 15, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Testimony submitted by by Sanjeev K. Sriram, MD, MPH on behalf of the National Physicians Alliance at theSenate HELP Committee, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging Hearing:  “Is Poverty a Death Sentence?”  September 13, 2011 Six weeks ago, I bought 300 pencils and brought them with me on the bus ride to my clinic in […]

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NPA Good Stewarship Project Awarded 2nd Grant — Call for Demonstration Projects

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director September 12, 2011 at 11:13 AM

The American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation has awarded a second grant to the NPA to carry on its Good Stewardship project. The first phase of the project, funded by a grant from the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, enabled the NPA to develop a “Top 5″ list of evidence-based, quality-improving, resource-sparing activities that […]

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What Does the 11th Circuit Decision Mean for the Individual Mandate?

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD August 15, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Last Friday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the individual mandate included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  Conservative opponents of the law have claimed this as a blow for liberty, while the PPACA’s liberal supporters believe this ruling will be overturned.  At the end of the day, though–and all […]

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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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