Conferences & Symposia

The Ethics of Health Care Reform


Monday, April 7, 2008

This conference explores the tension between viewing the practice of medicine as a moral enterprise versus a market good, and the ethical issues underlying shortcomings of the current U.S. health care system and proposals for its reform. The intended audience for this conference is health care professionals and health policy professionals who are interested in becoming more informed about U.S. health care reform proposals and the underlying ethical foundations for evaluating them.

The Maryland Healthcare Ethics Committee Network (MHECN) is a membership organization established by the Law & Health Care Program at the University of Maryland School of Law. Its purpose is to facilitate and enhance ethical reflection in all aspects of decision making in health care settings by supporting and providing informational and educational resources to ethics committees serving health care institutions in the State of Maryland.

The Law & Health Care Program (L&HCP) at the University of Maryland School of Law combines an interdisciplinary approach to education with research on emerging medical, health policy and law-related issues. In addition to an extensive curriculum, the Program includes a clinical law component and health law practicums and externships. The Program sponsors the Journal of Health Care Law & Policy, and students may earn formal recognition for completion of a Certificate in Health Law. The L&HCP sponsors a variety of conferences and lectures on cutting-edge health law topics.

8:45–9:00 a.m. - Introductory Remarks
Diane E. Hoffmann, J.D., M.S.

9:00–9:45 a.m. - Beyond Bandaids: Curing America’s Health Care System (Watch video)
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.

9:45–11:00 a.m. - Holding HCPs and Patients Accountable for Outcomes (Panel) (Watch video)

Justifying Payment for Performance
Dennis White

Unintended Consequences of Payment Schemes and Regulatory Mandates
Rebecca Elon, M.D., M.P.H.

Pros and Cons of Incentivizing Wellness
Judith Solomon, J.D.
11:00–11:15 a.m. – Break

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. - Balancing Individual Rights, Responsibilities and the Common Good (panel) (Watch video)
The Ethics of the Individual Mandate
Diane E. Hoffmann, J.D., M.S.

Issues Related to E-medicine & Privacy
Keith A. Bauer, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Negotiating the Basic Benefits Package
Jerry Glass
12:30–1:15 p.m. – Lunch

1:15–1:45 p.m. - Contorted Claims in Promoting Reform Initiatives (Watch video)
M. Gregg Bloche, J.D., M.D.

1:45–2:30 p.m. - Ask the Ethics Committee (small group)
Participants act as ethics committee members to discuss the ethics of adding wellness incentives to a hospital’s employee health care benefits package.

2:30–2:45 p.m. – Break

2:45–3:30 p.m. - Moral Assumptions of Health Reform: Comparing Democratic and Republican Proposals (Watch video)
Ruth R. Faden, M.P.H., Ph.D.

3:30–4:15 p.m.Policy Initiatives Related to Quality Cost (panel) (Watch video)
Consumer-Driven Health Care
Marshall B. Kapp, J.D.

Value-Driven Medicine
Jean-Paul Gagnon, Ph.D.
4:15-4:45 p.m. - Health Care Reform Beyond Health Insurance
Marion Danis, M.D.

4:45-6:00 p.m. – Wine & cheese reception

Jointly Sponsored by Harbor Hospital and The Center for Health Program Development and Management at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Also supported by an educational grant from the Leonard C. Homer / Ober|Kaler Law & Health Care Fund.


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