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Help Counter Industry Spin: Public Comment Period Open Now on New HHS Rules

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director February 7, 2012 at 11:00 PM

One of our core efforts at the National Physicians Alliance is to restore trust and integrity in medicine by eliminating conflicts of interest between doctors and the pharmaceutical industry.  An important opportunity is before us. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services is working on new regulations requiring […]

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Join Call with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Feb 7 at 9PM EST, Topic: Why You Should Care about Healthcare Cost Control

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director February 3, 2012 at 12:01 AM

The NPA is pleased to announce its first policy call, “Why You Should Care about Healthcare Cost Control,” with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel on Tuesday, Feb 7 at 9PM EST. Dr. Emanuel is University Professor and vice provost for global initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former […]

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NPA Petition to Defend Women’s Access to Care

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director February 3, 2012 at 12:01 AM

The National Physicians Alliance is committed to eliminating health disparities and to broadening—not narrowing—access to the full range of essential health care services. This week, two powerful groups have acted to narrow women’s access to care: 1)  The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is protesting the Department of Health and Human Services rule that requires employers […]

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A Physician Response to Occupy Wall Street: Occupy Health Care

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director February 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Statement authored by Dr. Lisa Plymate with input from the NPA Policy Committee, 2/3/2012 We are physicians who are committed to reforming our health care system so that every person has access to affordable, high quality care.  We cannot achieve this without fighting for economic and social justice.  As doctors, we support many principles of […]

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The Greatest Advance for Women in a Generation

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director January 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I attended a health policy conference last week where the buzz was women.  The question on everyone’s mind was: Why aren’t American women angrier that every last one of the Republican candidates for president has threatened to repeal a law that has brought the greatest advance for women in a generation?   The experts had an […]

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Under Addressing the Factors That Cause 70% of Disease

Posted by January 25, 2012 at 4:48 PM

While in residency, I took care of a toddler who was hospitalized following an anaphylactic reaction. During a diaper change at home the child suddenly developed lip swelling and severe difficulty breathing for no apparent reason. The child was urgently brought to the hospital by ambulance and initially treated in the emergency room… Click here […]

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Shining a Needed Light on PhRMA/Physician Interactions

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD January 22, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Recently, National Public Radio’s program “On the Media” discussed the Physician Payment Sunshine Act.  This legislation (PDF; a useful overview is available here–also a PDF) was part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care at and requires that pharmaceutical companies (PhRMA) disclose how much they pay physicians in compensation for being consultants, on speaker’s bureaus, […]

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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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