Organizational Ethics, Institutional Policy, and Health Law
This conference will provide an overview and discussion of organizational, professional, legal, and policy issues that arise in contemporary health care and clinical ethics services. It is aimed at providing health care and legal professionals with an introduction to the frameworks and skills needed to navigate the complex ethical and legal terrain through various clinical settings. Participants will gain practical experience in discerning the differences and similarities between ethical and legal resolutions of conflicts that occur in treatment decisions and organizational structures. Topics discussed will include advance directives, assessing decision-making capacity, selecting a surrogate decision maker, forgoing life sustaining treatment, utilization of new medical technologies, and health insurance regulation. Many presentations will use a case-based approach to maximize audience participation, and a mock court trial will simulate ethical and legal decision making in “real time.”
Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Pastoral Care and other Health Care Professionals with an interest in healthcare ethics.
At the end of this conference, participants should be able to:
• Understand the relationship between legal and ethical approaches in healthcare with respect to treatment decision making, including the issues of end-of-life decision making, informed consent, and assessing decision making capacity;
• Articulate the legal and ethical perspectives regarding current societal issues in health care treatment, including advance care planning, religious objections/preferences to treatment and the right to receive or refuse health care treatment;
• Discuss the legal and ethical issues raised in medical decision making for vulnerable populations.
No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 12.5 contact hours.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 12.5 continuing education credits.
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.
- 12.50 AAPA Category I CME
- 12.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 12.50 ANCCUPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
- 12.50 ASWB
- 12.50 Attendance