The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics offers courses in Bioethics in January and June each year through the Berman Institute Bioethics Intensives (BI2) program. BI2 provides an engaging, non-degree learning opportunity open to anyone interested in exploring bioethics in an interactive short-course format. The courses focus on both theoretical and applied aspects of bioethics and are of practical value to medical, legal, and policy professionals; researchers; scholars; students and others. Prior coursework or experience in bioethics is not required.
Course participants engage with Berman Institute faculty from the Johns Hopkins University’s world-renowned schools of medicine, public health, nursing, and arts & sciences. BI2 faculty represent the Berman Institute’s five areas of focus: biomedical research and discovery, ethics of clinical practice, public health ethics and health policy, and global health ethics and research.
Registration is now open for the January 2014 winter intensive! Course and registration details can be found below. JHU faculty/staff tuition remission and student discounts available.
REFORMING HEALTH SYSTEMS THROUGH ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS (ACOs): ETHICAL, LEGAL & POLICY CHALLENGES
Friday, January 17, 2014 (8:30am – 5:00pm)
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Reforming Health Systems Through Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): Ethical, Legal & Policy Challenges
Course Faculty: Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD; Ruth R. Faden, PhD, MPH; Leslie J. Levinson, JD; Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN
Health care reform increasingly focuses on creating and rewarding the delivery of higher quality care at reduced cost. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are one such reform; since their recent inception, they already involve as many as 31 million Americans in the public and private sectors. Under an ACO model, clinicians and/or hospitals agree to be accountable for the health expenditures of a defined patient population – and share in the savings accrued if they spend less than expected while meeting specific quality measures. Achieving this introduces new challenges for patients, clinicians, health system administrators, and regulators. In their design and implementation, ACOs raise a number of ethical, legal and policy challenges, including:
- developing fair and transparent decision-making processes and incentive structures;
- complying with healthcare anti-trust and fraud and abuse laws;
- identifying whether professional obligations conflict with financial incentives or quality metrics, and addressing the moral distress this conflict can create, and;
- determining ethically appropriate ways to integrate organization-wide patient-centered research into clinical practice while respecting patient autonomy and clinical judgment.
This day-long intensive course brings together experts in ethics, health law and policy to discuss these critical challenges and best-practices for their resolution. Novel approaches and frameworks will be introduced. The course is expected to be of particular interest to clinicians, ethicists, hospital/health system administrators, regulators, health policy and finance professionals, health outcomes researchers, and health lawyers.
Matthew DeCamp MD PhD is Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Johns Hopkins Division of General Internal Medicine. A practicing internist, his current research interests include ethical issues in health reform (focusing on accountable care organizations), social media and medical professionalism, and global health (with special emphasis on short-term global health training). Dr. DeCamp’s research includes both conceptual and empirical methods. Additional relevant experience includes Institutional Review Board membership, as well as teaching and mentorship. He was recently recognized with a 2013 Excellence in Global Health Advising Award by the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health.
Ruth R. Faden PhD MPH is Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics and founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Dr. Faden is the author and editor of many books and articles on biomedical ethics and health policy including Social Justice: The Moral Foundations of Public Health and Health Policy (with Madison Powers), A History and Theory of Informed Consent (with Tom L. Beauchamp), AIDS, Women and the Next Generation (Ruth Faden, Gail Geller and Madison Powers, eds.), and HIV, AIDS and Childbearing: Public Policy, Private Lives (Ruth Faden and Nancy Kass, eds.). Dr. Faden is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the Hastings Center and the American Psychological Association. She has served on numerous national advisory committees and commissions, including President Clinton’s Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, which she chaired. Dr. Faden’s current research focuses on justice theory and on national and global challenges in learning health care systems, health systems design and priority setting, and access to the benefits of global investments in biomedical research. Dr. Faden also works on ethical challenges in biomedical science and in women’s health.
Leslie J. Levinson JD is Partner and Chair of Healthcare Practice at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. During his more than 30 years representing public and private companies, Les has completed more than 300 M&A and financing transactions. While he represents a wide range of companies in various industries, Les concentrates his practice on transactions for clients within the healthcare and life sciences industries. He provides representation on acquisitions and dispositions, public and private equity and debt offerings, securities and regulatory compliance and governance matters, restructurings and reorganizations as well as counseling on many other types of business and financial transactions.
Cynda Hylton Rushton PhD RN FAAN is Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics and Professor of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Professional Education Committee of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC). Dr. Rushton is co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Ethics Consultation Service. She also serves as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Ethics and Program Director of the Harriet Lane Compassionate Care Program at The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. She is an international leader in nursing ethics; her seminal work on nurse suffering and moral distress was selected for inclusion in the U.S. Nursing Ethics History project with 25 leading nurse ethicists. She has provided leadership in numerous nursing and interdisciplinary organizations including the Board of Directors of the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, where she was chair and member of the ethics work group. Dr. Rushton served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Increasing Organ Donation and as a consultant to the IOM’s project “When Children Die.” Dr. Rushton’s scholarship in clinical ethics focuses on moral distress and suffering of clinicians, the ethical issues in family-centered care, pediatric palliative care, advance-care planning for children, and conceptual foundations of integrity, respect, trust and compassion.
This one-day course is offered on Friday, January 17, 2014 (8:30am – 5:00pm).
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
The course will be held at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics on the east-Baltimore medical campus of Johns Hopkins University:
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
1809 Ashland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205
Registration before December 14: $500
Registration December 14 – January 17: $550
Discounted rate for Students/Trainees/Fellows: $330
To Register: please complete and return the Course Registration Form (fillable PDF format). Early registration is advised.
Tuition Remission for JHU Employees: Eligible JHU employees, retirees and their spouses/same sex domestic partners who wish to use tuition remission should also download, complete, and submit a tuition remission form (below). Note: participation in this course does not reduce the amount of tuition remission available to employees.
Faculty, Staff, and Retiree Tuition Remission Form
Spouse/Same-Sex Domestic Partner Tuition Remission Form
All completed forms should be emailed to email@example.com or sent via mail to:
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
1809 Ashland Avenue
Deering Hall, Rm 211
Baltimore, MD 21205
The Berman Institute of Bioethics is conveniently located on the medical campus of Johns Hopkins University near downtown Baltimore: one hour from Washington, DC, two hours from Philadelphia, and three hours from New York City. There are numerous reasonable travel options for participants from neighboring cities and states. We are a short taxi ride from BWI Airport, Baltimore’s Penn Station (train), the Baltimore Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, as well as many museums and hotels.
The below-listed hotels are conveniently located and offer JHU discounted rates. If you are interested in student dormitory accommodations on the JHU Homewood campus, please contact us.
Admiral Fell Inn JHU Rate: $149
888 S. Broadway 410-522-7380
Baltimore, MD 21231 www.admiralfell.com
Home2Suites by Hilton JHU Rate: $99
8East Pleasant St. 410-576-1200
Baltimore, MD 21202 www.Home2suites.hilton.com
Inn at Henderson’s Wharf JHU Rate: $189
1000 Fell St 410-522-7777
Baltimore, MD 21231 www.hendersonswharf.com
Marriott Inner Harbor JHU Rate: $169
110 S. Eutaw Street 410-962-0202
Baltimore, MD 21201 www.marriotthotels.com
Marriott Courtyard JHU Rate: $149
1000 Aliceanna Street 443-923-4000
Baltimore, MD 21202 www.marriotthotels.com
Baltimore Aquarium National Aquarium
www.aqua.org 501 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Maryland Science Center Maryland Science Center
www.mdsci.org 601 Light Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
The Walters Art Museum 600 N. Charles Street
www.thewalters.org Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Fort McHenry Nat’l Monument 2400 E. Fort Avenue
www.nps.gov/FOMC/ Baltimore, Maryland 21230
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