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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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Worked to Death

Posted by William Jordan, MD, MPH February 24, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I was saddened to learn this week that a patient under my care had died.  A man in his 50s who worked hard on his feet all day in the food service industry, he was afraid of losing his job if he came to the doctor.  He missed countless appointments.  The last time I saw […]

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Donut Hole is Good for Business – Bad for Care

Posted by February 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM

January and February are good for business at my family practice.  One might think I am speaking of influenza outbreaks and increased patient visits for colds and sinus infections.  But in my office, the first months of the year are filled with visits to help my patients dig out of the donut hole – Medicare […]

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NPA’s Ben Schaefer cites seat belt laws in defense of health reform’s individual mandate

Posted by February 21, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Check out the recent op-ed by Ben Schaefer, a cardiologist and member of the NPA Board of Directors, that was published in the Bangor Daily News in Maine. Ben cogently draws a parallel between the necessity of laws requiring seat belt use and the requirement to purchase health insurance that is a cornerstone of the […]

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Save Title X funding

Posted by February 20, 2011 at 4:31 PM

The House budget bill seeks to entirely eliminate funding for Title X family planning programs. Such cuts would harm some of my most vulnerable patients. Title X programs are available to women who don’t qualify for Medicaid, either due to their immigration status or because they make slightly more than the income threshold, but work in jobs that do not offer health insurance.

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Physicians should separate themselves from the pharmaceutical industry

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD February 19, 2011 at 10:10 PM

One of the National Physicians Alliance’s guiding principles states: “We place the best interests of our patients above all others and avoid conflicts of interest and financial entanglements. The health of our patients is our first concern.”  One of the most evident examples of fulfilling this commitment is the Unbranded Doctor campaign, which aims to […]

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What does the public *really* think about healthcare reform?

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD February 14, 2011 at 8:25 AM

The debate surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has been marked by misinformation and dishonest rhetoric by those who opposed the law’s passage and who now oppose its implementation.  Over the last 6 weeks we have heard much about how much the public supposedly opposes the law, and how anxious the public […]

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Increasing Primary Care Physicians

Posted by February 12, 2011 at 9:48 AM

NPA member Stephen Smith has written a compelling piece in the New England Journal of Medicine on how to increase the number of physicians entering primary care. With the implementation of health care reform, demand for primary care physicians will be increasing. In addition, health care systems that promote treatment by primary care physicians decrease […]

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