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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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State of Emergency

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director February 17, 2012 at 5:09 PM

This article was written by NPA President-Elect Dr. Cheryl Bettigole and is cross-posted from “The Medical Professionalism Blog” published by the ABIM  Foundation where it was originally posted February 14, 2012. During a recent talk at the Families USA conference, the Reverend Edward Livingston led an animated discussion regarding his groundbreaking work with the Camden […]

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RxDemocracy Promotes Voting – download free workplace poster

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director February 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Simply put, people who have a voice–whether in the exam room, in the voting booth, or in civic and community life–tend to be healthier.   And the more voices there are, the healthier our democracy becomes.  This is Rx: Democracy. The NPA is committed to advancing the civic engagement of physicians and patients through leadership development, […]

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NPA Urgent Action Required: Call Congress about SGR

Posted by February 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Today the Prevention and Public Health Fund faces an immediate threat in the ongoing negotiations to temporarily forestall the impending cut in Medicare physician payments.  A significant portion of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, $5 billion over ten years, has been targeted to offset the cost of the bill.  Additionally, Medicaid spending for hospitals […]

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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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