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What we are celebrating, and what we are still fighting for

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD March 15, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Next week marks the first anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act (PPACA).  This is a good time to remind ourselves what reforms were enacted in the PPACA. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute recently released a report (pdf) analyzing how the PPACA increases access to health […]

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Family Planning Funding, Politics and Infant Mortality: a call for data driven policy

Posted by March 11, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Despite the millions of dollars invested in prenatal care, the US infant mortality rate remains stubbornly high, ranking now 29th in the world.  Republicans and Democrats alike can agree that each of these deaths represents a tragedy and a public health failure.  Only a few interventions have been demonstrated to decrease infant mortality, yet the […]

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Physicians, Executions and the Lethal Injection

Posted by March 8, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Why does the U.S. need to be told by European countries that using medical resources to kill inmates is unacceptable? What will it take for us to step up as a profession against the lethal injection? Whatever our individual stances on the death penalty are, we should come together as physicians and recognize that killing for the purposes of punishment is not within our professional duties.

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New Insurance – Bad Medicine

Posted by March 8, 2011 at 1:01 PM

It is deplorable that because my patient had the good fortune of getting a new job that he is expected to change from an effective, well-tolerated medicine on which he has been stable for 13 years to another expensive medicine that has little or no supporting data.

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Physicians March to Save BadgerCare in Wisconsin

Posted by Jeff Huebner, MD, Chair, NPA Board of Directors March 7, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I want to report that this past Saturday March 5th a large group of physicians announced their opposition to the now infamous “Budget Repair Bill” in Wisconsin in grand fashion. Hundreds medical students and physicians met on State Street near the UW-Madison campus and marched up State Street to the Capitol Square at 11 am. […]

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The Individual Mandate is Necessary, and it is Constitutional

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD March 5, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Many of the reforms embodied in the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act (PPACA) are widely popular, even among those who favor repealing the law (PDF; see the chart on the top of page 3).  The major reform of the PPACA that is unpopular is the individual mandate.  The requirement that everyone purchase health insurance […]

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New NPA Webinar: Nuts and Bolts of Affordable Care Act (View & Share)

Posted by Jean Silver-Isenstadt, MD, PhD, NPA Executive Director March 2, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Narrated Webinar Ready to View and Share with Colleagues Need a better understanding of the new health care law?  Watch this free, one-hour webinar presentation by NPA President Dr. Valerie Arkoosh: “The Nuts and Bolts of the Affordable Care Act–and Current Threats to the Law.” Stay up-to-date on latest developments and gain confidence answering questions […]

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Is the Affordable Care Act (un)constitutional?

Posted by February 27, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Being a native of Germany, I have always had a different perspective on health care in the United States. Coming from a country with near universal coverage, and somewhat naïve, I was surprised that when we were offered health insurance upon entering residency, some of my future colleagues opted to not have coverage for medication. […]

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Join the Conversation: Should Primary Care Physicians quit the RUC?

Posted by February 25, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Obscure acronyms clutter health care speak, but one that we should all know more about is the RUC – the Relative Value Scale Update Committee, a panel created by the AMA.   As Brian Klepper, PhD, and David Kibbe, MD, MBA, recently wrote in Kaiser Health News, the RUC is “a secretive, 29 person, specialist-dominated […]

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