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Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. November 2011, Volume 13, Number 11: 747-845.

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November 2011 Contents

Health Reform and the Practicing Physician

Ethics Poll

One of the core features of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is that, effective January 1, 2014, individuals will be required to purchase health insurance or face financial penalties. Exemptions to the fine are made in cases of financial hardship or certain religious beliefs. Do you support this individual mandate requiring that everyone purchase health insurance?
Another feature of the Affordable Care Act is that insurers will be prohibited from refusing coverage or charging higher premiums to individuals because of their pre-existing medical conditions. Do you support this prohibition?
Many experts argue that, without the individual mandate to increase the number of enrollees, health insurers will be unable to stay in business, given the law's requirement that they not charge extra for pre-existing medical conditions. If we take that argument as fact, does that change your answer to question #1?

From the Editor

Leading through Change

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Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Political Discussions in the Exam Room
Commentary by Jack P. Freer
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:753-756.

Physician Involvement with Politics-Obligation or Avocation?
Commentary by Thomas S. Huddle and Kristina L. Maletz
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:757-764.

New Guidelines for Cancer Screening in Older Patients
Commentary by Lisa M. Gangarosa
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:765-768.

Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education Financing and the Role of the Volunteer Educator
Thomas J. Nasca
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:769-774.

The Code Says

The American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics' Opinion on Pay-for-Performance Programs and Patients' Interests
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:775-776.

Journal Discussion

The Effects of Congressional Budget Reconciliation on Health Care Reform
Eugene B. Cone
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:777-782.

The Physician Group Practice Demonstration-Valuable Model for ACOs?
Todd Ferguson
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:783-786.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Constitutional Challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act-A Snapshot
Lizz Esfeld and Allan Loup
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:787-791.

Policy Forum

Maine's Medical Liability Demonstration Project-Linking Practice Guidelines to Liability Protection
Gordon H. Smith
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:792-795.

Aligning Values with Value
Audiey C. Kao
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:796-798.

American Medical Association Policy—The Individual Mandate and Individual Responsibility
Valarie Blake
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:799-802.

Medicine and Society

Health Reform and the Future of Medical Practice
Randy Wexler
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:803-807.

History, Art, and Narrative

History of Medicine

How Medicare and Hospitals Have Shaped American Health Care
Robert Martensen
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:808-812.

Medical Narrative

Inside the Senate-Physician Congressional Fellow's Experience with Health Care Reform
Scott M. Palyo
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:813-816.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

The Affordable Care Act—A New Way Forward
Vivian Ho
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:817-821.

ObamaCare-The Way of the Dodo
Michael F. Cannon
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:822-829.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:830-842.

About the Contributors
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