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A-22: CEJA Open Forum: Ethical Challenges of Physician Employment

Learning Objectives
1. Describe ethical tensions experienced by employed physicians
2. Explain the challenges of crafting ethics guidance for multiple stakeholders
3. Identify new guidance needed to address ethical tensions in the context of physician employment
1.5 Credits CME

The percentage of physicians who own their own practice has been declining steadily for more than two decades in the face of ongoing change in how and where health care is delivered. As physicians increasingly become employees of large health care institutions and systems—50.2% of 3500 physicians responding to AMA's 2020 Practice Benchmark Survey—they no longer have sole control of how they interact with patients or practice as medical professionals. These new environments can give rise to tensions between expectations different stakeholders have for medicine as a profession and medicine as a business.

This 90-minute live educational activity will feature a 5-member panel comprised of a representative from the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) and stakeholders among physicians who have transitioned from private into employed practice. In addition to questions addressed among panelists the activity will direct a series of questions to participants about their own experiences, with responses captured electronically. Responses will help inform future CEJA work in this area. The session will conclude with a 20-minute “open mike” opportunity for participants to raise additional topics for CEJA's consideration.

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Activity Information

Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content reported no relevant financial relationships.

If applicable, all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

1.5 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

1.5 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;

1.5 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program; and

1.5 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program;

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.

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