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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

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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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