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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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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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