December 2, 2016 Conference
Ethical Issues in the Health Care Reform Environment
Return to Session
Dr. Charles M. Zacks, Maine Eye Center, PA (Presenter)
Speaker Session Topic
Although the Affordable Care Act of 2010 is a legislative expression of pressure for health care reform that began at least two decades ago, it is now undisputedly the most important catalyst for an era of unprecedented change in domestic health care systems. While basic precepts of medical ethics remain constant, the changing environment in which we practice presents some new challenges as we strive to maintain our standards of ethics and professionalism. Upholding these standards as we adapt to changes in recording and communication of medical information, a new emphasis on cost-driven patient engagement, and perhaps most importantly a reconfiguration of physician incentives (“pay for performance”), with the associated potential for new conflicts of interest will be discussed.