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Jennifer Ruger Elected as Member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD, MSc, MA, MSL, associate professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, has been elected to membership on the Council on…

How Are We Going To Live With Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease confronts us with an ethical challenge: How do we live with dignity and quality of life in the face of progressive disability and, ultimately, death? Patients’ cognitive and decision-making impairments often make them unable to answer this question, and when professionals who provide services for older adults fail to…

Ezekiel Emanuel Further Explains His Prediction That Employers Will Drop Health Insurance

Our recent interview with Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel about his provocative prediction that most employers will abandon health coverage by 2025 struck a nerve with You’re The Boss readers. It came as no surprise that Dr. Emanuel’s claim, first made in his new book, “Reinventing American Health Care,” would be swept…

Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network by Jonathan Moreno

Impromptu Man is the story of an unlikely combination of ideas that have helped shape our time.  Seen through the colorful personality and long career of one of the 20th century’s great innovators, the psychiatrist and psychodrama founder J.L. Moreno, this epic history takes the reader from the creative chaos of Habsburg…

New book by Ezekiel Emanuel: Reinventing American Health Care

The definitive story of American health care today—its causes, consequences, and confusions. In March 2010, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. It was the most extensive reform of America’s health care system since at least the creation of Medicare in 1965, and maybe ever. The ACA was controversial and…

Kevin Volpp and Steven Joffe Named Vice Chairs of Penn Medicine's Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy

Steven Joffe, MD, MPH, and Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, have been named Vice Chair of Medical Ethics and Vice Chair of Health Policy, respectively, in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “I am delighted to announce these…

Comparing Obamacare to Its Alternative

FROM the moment the ink dried on March 23, 2010, Republicans said they intended to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. They have voted more than 40 times to wipe the law from the books. But Republicans have never gotten around to describing, in detail, the set of policies they…

Chris Feudtner honored by the Hastings Center

Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH, director of the Department of Medical Ethics and director of research for the Pediatric Advanced Care Team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is recognized for his leadership in promoting better, more patient-driven care for children at the end of their lives, as well as…

Bioethics Boot Camp at the University of Pennsylvania

The Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking applicants for Bioethics Boot Camp, a three-week workshop in bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, June 8-27, 2014.  At Bioethics Boot Camp, students will be given an intensive introduction to bioethics and will be mentored…

Metrics, Money, And The Ethics Of Behavioral Health Care

Register The purpose of this workshop it to bring together policy makers, researchers, providers and other stakeholders to discuss the implications of healthcare reform and the changing economy, on the behavioral health system. In the last the last 5 years the United States' economy and healthcare system has experienced tremendous changes.…

Out of the Exam Room, and Into the Classroom

If a doctor applies a band-aid with a smile, does a wound heal faster? Maybe not, but in today’s changing health care landscape, health systems, physicians and insurance providers alike are placing more emphasis on patient satisfaction, and recent research suggests that it might not be safe to assume that a…

The Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare

ScattergoodEthics is dedicated to education, research, and resource development for the field of psychiatric, mental, and behavioral healthcare ethics. The program engages in scholarly research, trains and educates clinicians and scholars in mental and behavioral healthcare ethics, sponsors programs and public events, and promotes and advocates for greater attention to the…

Neuroethics begins September 30

This course will examine the ethical, legal and social issues raised by neuroscience. Topics will include the implications of new knowledge of the brain for our understanding of selfhood, for the meaning of privacy, for the distinction between therapy and enhancement, and for national security.Sign Up

Give Clinicians Good Reasons to Call for Ethics Consults

The consensus is, “Ethics consults are useless.” “They never give us any answers.” “They always side with the family.” Clinicians often under-utilize ethics consults because they believe they’re unhelpful or overly time-consuming, says Autumn Fiester, PhD, director of the Clinical Ethics Mediation Program at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine…

We Need To Know More About Wellness Incentives

Recently, the federal government published Final Rules on wellness incentives.  What’s in it for you? From next year, your employer may increase your insurance premiums by up to 50 percent of the cost of coverage if you smoke.  If you’re overweight, you may look at a 30 percent surcharge.  But employers…

Don’t Give Up on Health Care Cost Control

S.G.R. More than 99 percent of Americans have no idea what these three letters stand for. And yet they are extremely valuable: worth about $140 billion. This week, a House committee will finally take up the issue. The S.G.R., or the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, was enacted as part of the…

On the 4th, Let's Celebrate Privacy

Privacy is a recent, hard-won and progressive value. It is not synonymous with individuality but, at least in the West, it is essential to the way post-Enlightenment men and women understand themselves as individuals with human dignity. Privacy is absent from Greek and Roman thought. As late as the 18th century…

Wellness Programs are Good, If Frequently Imperfect

Companies with wellness infused in their health-management plans are realizing success. They are building a wellness culture where employees change lifestyles, improve productivity, lose weight, quit tobacco, reduce health risks and practice early detection. Articles such as Messrs. Lewis and Khanna's are dangerous reminders that our health-care system has become so…

Your Genes Not for Sale

In a unanimous ruling last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected that a patent can be granted to a gene sequence that describes the risk of a disease. Simply stated, you cannot own a piece of the human genome. Praise to the scientists whose hard work discovered the gene, but their…

The Ethics of Not Hiring Smokers

Finding employment is becoming increasingly difficult for smokers. Twenty-nine U.S. states have passed legislation prohibiting employers from refusing to hire job candidates because they smoke, but 21 states have no such restrictions. Many health care organizations, such as the Cleveland Clinic and Baylor Health Care System, and some large non–health care…