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Metrics that Matter

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Posted by William Jordan, MD, MPH November 20, 2015 at 1:21 PM

As a family doctor in a community health center, I’ve seen a major shift toward measuring what we do. For most of my patients, this would be a surprise. They assume we have data on what we’re doing, what works, and what doesn’t. And then we act to improve. Our patients rarely see behind the […]

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Providing Light on the Sunshine Act

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Posted by November 19, 2015 at 8:05 AM

Written by Yusef Sayeed, MD, MPH, MEng, CPH, NPA FDA Task Force Member Recently, I was invited to a local medical society meeting. The promotional flyer promised “a nice dinner followed by the speaker (topic outlined in the notice).” It did not mention any pharmaceutical industry sponsorship. When I arrived at the meeting I was […]

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Webinar Invite: Doctors, Drilling & Disclosure

Posted by November 17, 2015 at 1:05 PM

Politics in the Exam Room: Doctors, Drilling and Disclosure Please join us for this webinar Monday, November 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm EST Register Here Speaker: Ann Alexander, JD Senior Attorney, Midwest Program, National Resources Defense Council Ann Alexander is a litigator and policy advocate whose work covers a broad range of key Midwest regional […]

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The Raising of America

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Posted by November 17, 2015 at 7:30 AM

The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation is a documentary that explores the questions: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How might we, as a nation, do better? The series investigates these questions through different lenses: What does […]

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Reflection on NPA Lobby Day 2015

Posted by November 16, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Written by Bich-May Nguyen, MD, MPH, a family physician practicing in Houston, TX and a 2013 NPA Copello Health Advocacy Fellow It’s not easy lobbying a congressperson whom you know is opposed to what you support. For the National Physicians Alliance lobby day this year, we met with legislative aides to discuss federal funding for […]

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NPA Working Hard for Health Care

Posted by November 4, 2015 at 4:56 PM

NPA members have been busy this Fall calling attention to pressing issues in health care including the FDA drug and medical device approval process; 21st Century Cures Act; gun violence; medical gag laws; opioid addiction; and much more. The press took notice! In case you missed theses important stories, here are some highlights: Why the […]

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New Report: Politics in the Exam Room

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Posted by October 14, 2015 at 9:25 AM

State Laws that Undermine the Practice of Medicine Pose a Significant and Growing Threat, New Report Warns Environmental, Gun Safety, Medical and Women’s Health Leaders Caution that Imposing Politics on Clinical Care Endangers Patients WASHINGTON, D.C. – State laws around the country are intruding into exam rooms and jeopardizing the quality of medical care available […]

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AMSA & NPA Webinar: Fracking, Public Health, & Climate Change

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director October 4, 2015 at 8:47 PM

Fracking, Public Health & Climate Change NPA and AMSA co-hosted this webinar on October 5, 2015 as part of AMSA’s 2015 National Primary Care Week events. Click here for a pdf of the presentation.   Speakers: Sarah Kimball, MD, National Physicians Alliance Ann Alexander, JD and Meleah Geertsma, JD, Natural Resources Defense Council Event Description: A significant and […]

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Physician Self Reflection for Suicide Prevention Month

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director September 30, 2015 at 7:05 PM

Written by Sarah Kimball, MD, NPA Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce Co-Chair At night, after I’ve left my primary care clinic and put away my notes, I am occasionally haunted by a near-miss patient. The one who, at the end of the visit, pauses slightly when I ask if there are any more questions. On a […]

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Fast Food Meat and Antibiotics

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Posted by September 18, 2015 at 7:53 AM

Seventy to eighty percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in livestock production — driving antibiotic resistance that threatens our health. This problem problem can be addressed by big meat buyers and their customers demanding better meat. A new report and scorecard grades America’s 25 largest fast/casual restaurant chains on their meat […]

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