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Keeping politics out of the exam room

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Posted by March 1, 2016 at 3:38 PM

Written by Mark Ryan, MD, Vice President of Communications for the National Physicians Alliance, and crossposted from Ramifications – the Richmond Academy of Medicine magazine As a family physician, each time I see a patient I have a number of issues I try to cover. I see how my patients are doing with their chronic […]

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Tragic Loss of Patient Safety Advocate

Posted by January 22, 2016 at 3:04 PM

Written by Kim Witczak, NPA Board Member and founder of 2016 started out with the tragic reminder of how fragile life is. Last week one of my good friends – Karen Langhart took her life. She was just 56 years old. I will never forget when I first met Karen in 2012 about 6 […]

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4th Annual Lown Institute Conference

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Posted by January 20, 2016 at 8:49 AM

Sign up today for the 4th Annual Lown Institute Conference, Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the JW Marriott Chicago. This year’s conference features a special academic research day, which kicks off the conference on Friday. Open to clinicians, researchers, patient advocates and medical, nursing and public health representatives, the conference will […]

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Turning Frustration Into Positive Action

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director December 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Written by Tobie Smith, MD, MPH and Sarah Kimball, MD, NPA Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce Co-Chairs December 14th will mark the sad third anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings. And the number of victims of gun violence continues to grow. As physicians, we are called to advocacy by the fact that our nation continues to […]

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What the Planned Parenthood Shooting Means for Medicine

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director December 5, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Written by Tehreem Rehman, MD/MPH student at Yale/Johns Hopkins invested in social justice work and health policy, and member of the NPA Policy Committee. Cross-posted from the Huffington Post, 12/5/2015. The horrific shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs that left three dead serves as a stark reminder of the grave consequences of inflammatory politic […]

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Deregulating the FDA: Back to thalidomide?

Posted by December 3, 2015 at 9:19 AM

Written by Eileen Cronin, Ph.D. and Lisa Plymate, M.D. The 21st Century Cures Act, which sailed through the House and is now in the Senate, calls into question the FDA’s current regulatory process. Its supporters claim the FDA process prevents innovation in pharmaceutical products. As someone injured by thalidomide in 1960, I (Cronin) am concerned […]

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Physician Perspective: Politics & Care

Posted by December 2, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Written by Sarah Kimball, MD, NPA Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Co-Chair Most of the time, I feel deep satisfaction about being a physician who advocates patient-by-patient. Yet there are times where it feels that the tide of politics rises too high for me to stay satisfied focusing on each person in front of me. […]

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My Doctor Would Never Do That

Posted by November 23, 2015 at 1:40 PM

NPA President William Jordan earlier this fall spoke at Data & Society about conflict of interest in physician prescribing and billing. Large databases of physician behavior have been made available by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other sources to reveal practice patterns in delivering services and prescribing medications. Critics complain that […]

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Metrics that Matter


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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