Joint replacements are the #1 expenditure of Medicare. The process of approving these medical devices is flawed according to the Institute of Medicine. It is time for patients' voices to be heard as stakeholders and for public support for increased medical device industry accountability and heightened protections for patients. Post-market registry. Product warranty. Patient/consumer stakeholder equity. Rescind industry pre-emptions/entitlements. All clinical trials must report all data.
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

w00t! National Physicians Alliance October 19 & 20 in DC

2013 National Conference  FiDA highlight

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the NPA 8th Annual Conference, Washington DC — OCT 19 & 20, 2013

“Leading the Way:  Courage & Innovation in Patient-Centered Reform

Plan to join NPA Members and friends from across the country in Washington DC to share energy, inspiration, and knowledge!

Keynote Address
Courage from the House of Medicine

Otis Webb Brawley, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society

National Grand Rounds
Challenging the Selling of Sickness:
A partnership model for a new social health movement

Leonore Tiefer, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of Sex is Not a Natural Act (Boulder: Westview Press, 2nd edition, 2004)
and Kim Witczak, marketing consultant and patient advocate who became involved in pharmaceutical drug safety issues after the 2003 death of her husband as a result of an undisclosed drug side effect.  In 2008 she was appointed to the FDA’s Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee as a Patient Representative.

2 special training sessions
with one of DC’s premier media teams:
KNP Communications

The Art of Persuasion
This core training has been provided to hundreds of Senators, Congressional Representatives, CEOs, and leaders of nonprofit and government organizations.
This session covers:
  • strategies for connecting with various audiences
  • an interactive overview of nonverbal cues
  • the uses of story
  • techniques for compelling Q+A sessions

Effective Messaging for Preventing Gun Violence

This training will cover messaging guidance on gun violence prevention that has helped to frame the public debate on this issue since the Newtown tragedy.  Key themes include:
  • the personal toll of gun violence
  • the right to be free from violence in our daily lives
  • the changing nature of military-style weapons
  • and effective responses to common attacks on issues such as the 2nd Amendment

Additional sessions will include:

  • Quality, Affordable, High Value Care Systems
  • Policy Making in Federal Agencies
  • Choosing Wisely:  Making It Happen
  • Skill building sessions:  How to do a radio interview and a Hill visit
  • Innovators’ Forum – a place to share your ideas
  • And more… Reserve your seat today!


Plan to join us in Washington DC, October 19-21, 2013

Stay over Monday, Oct 21, to join NPA members on Capitol Hill
and meet with your congressional representatives.


Conference Location

A Facility Owned and Managed by the American College of Surgeons
20 F Street, NW (near Union Station), Washington, DC,  20001
Directions -  Area Map

Hotel & Travel

NPA has reserved a limited number of hotel rooms at a special conference rate of $169/night plus tax at the Washington Court Hotel525 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001 (near Union Station)
Reservations must be made directly with  the hotel at
(202) 628.2100 or (800) 321.3010

*Be sure to specify that you are reserving as part of the National Physicians Alliance group.

Deadline for reservations at the conference rate is
Friday, September 20


Submit a Poster!

Are you doing exciting new research, implementing quality improvement, building a local network, or advocating for an important issue in your state or nationally?  Your NPA colleagues want to learn about it!  Submit your work to our 2nd annual poster presentation at the NPA 8th Annual Meeting, October 19-20, 2013 in Washington DC.  Click here for details.
Contact Becky Martin, NPA Project Manager, if you have questions or need additional assistance, or call 202/420-7896

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