AMA Journal of Ethics July 2015
This month in Journal of Ethics
Patient Care in the ACA Era
ObamaCare Facts reported at the end of first quarter 2015 that 16.4 million people had been covered by insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The most significant health care reform in the 50 years since Medicare and Medicaid, the ACA introduced initiatives designed not only to extend insurance coverage but to improve the value of the care patients receive, while holding rising costs in check. Contributors to the July issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics help readers—particularly physicians and physicians-to-be—understand what the ACA means for patients, clinical research, physician specialty choice, and physician payment.
Learning How Health Care Works Amanda S. Xi, MD We enter medicine to become healers, not economists, yet knowledge of how health care works is necessary to delivery of the highest value care.
Comparative Effectiveness Research Would Contribute More to Ethical Policy Making if Cost Were Considered Kevin D. Frick, PhD Using data from comparative effectiveness studies to inform cost effectiveness analyses or other economic evaluations would strengthen ethical policy making.
Incentives for Physicians to Pursue Primary Care in the ACA Era Kathleen Klink, MD Because health systems with high-functioning primary care services have decreased mortality and improved health outcomes, the sector can be classified as a public good, like police and fire services and public education.
August The Bottom Line: Profit Motive in American Medicine
September Ethical Issues in Gynecologic Oncology
October Physicians, Human Rights, and Civil Liberties
November High Value Care
December Clinical Research Ethics
January Promises and Challenges in Patient- and Family-Centered Care
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