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Association for Medical Ethics Newsletter - November 2013

Registration open for the AME UCI Symposium - Under the Influence - Medicine in the post Physician Payment Sunshine Act World- Changes, Challenges and Confusion

Join Physicians, Legal Experts and Medical Professionals for a wide ranging afternoon discussion on the impacts of transparency on the medical industry on February 28, 2014

From its inception, the Physician Payment Sunshine Act has looked to establish a high level of transparency into existing financial relationships between medical professionals and medical device, pharma and biotech corporations. As the provisions are enacted in 2014, the medical community has a growing list of questions on what needs to be reported, who is required to report and what can be excluded from the CMS reports.

The Association for Medical Ethics and University of California, Irvine have joined together to host Under the Influence - Medicine in the Post Physician Payment Sunshine Act World- Changes, Challenges and Confusion, from 1 pm to 5 pm on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif.


"Through the symposium we are creating an environment that will allow our peers to investigate how the Physician Payment Act will impact our research, practices and business," said Dr. Charles Burton, AME President, former Board Member and past President North American Spine Society (NASS). "The afternoon will explore more than how the payment information will be reported, but also look at the impacts of transparency on our industry from multiple angles."

AME and UCI are offering four Continuing Medical Education (CME) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for the event. For those attending the symposium, the $40 registration fee will include the afternoon event and a cocktail reception immediately following the symposium. Registration information can be found here.

Register Here for the AME UCI Symposium and CME Credits

Featured AME UCI Symposium Speakers at the event will include noted physicians, researchers, attorneys and medical industry professionals:

  • Terry Belmont
    Chief Executive Officer, University of California, Irvine Medical Center
    Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Center Affairs, University of California, Irvine
  • Charles Burton, MD
    President of the Association for Medical Ethics, Neurosurgical Spine Specialist and Medical Director, Sentinel Medical Associates, Editor,, Former Board Member and past President NASS
  • Erwin Chemerinsky, JD
    Dean of the School of Law, University of California, Irvine
  • Howard Gillman, PhD
    Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, University of California, Irvine
  • Ranjan Gupta, MD
    Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Anatomy & Neurobiology and Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine
  • Zeev Kain, MD, MBA
    Associate Dean for Clinical Operations, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, and Professor of Anesthesiology & Pediatrics & Psychiatry & PM&R, University of California, Irvine
  • Allan Korn, MD
    Former Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Scott Lederhaus, MD
    Association for Medical Ethics Board Member and Neurosurgeon, Inland
    Neurosurgery Institute and AME Board Member
  • Charles Rosen, MD
    Co-Founder of the Association for Medical Ethics, Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery University of California, Irvine

Additional panelists will also present updates on transparency in medicine and legal implications surrounding the Physician's Payment Sunshine Act.

Register Here for the AME UCI Symposium and CME Credits

Disclosure Statement: All disclosure and resolution information will be provided to participants in advance of the workshop.

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AME Board Members Interviewed on PODs by the CBS Morning News

Association for Medical Ethics Board Members, Dr. Scott Lederhaus and Dr. Charles Rosen, were recently interviewed by CBS This Morning for an investigative story on Physician Owned Distributorships (PODs).

The Doctors spoke to CBS about how, in some cases, PODs are transforming patient treatments as financial incentives are leading to unnecessary procedures. During the interview, Dr. Lederhaus spoke about how PODs are affecting doctors with in the spinal surgery arena. "The guys that are being egregious could make, just from putting in the implants ... perhaps in excess of a half a million dollars each, per year," Lederhaus said.

  Dr. Lederhaus and Dr. Charles Rosen interviewed by CBS This Morning

Dr Lederhaus recently wrote about controversies surrounding PODs for the AME's August 2013 Newsletter. The article included an in depth look at the warnings issued by the U.S. Department of Health's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) as they pertained to PODs possible violations of Anti-Kickback statutes especially as they relate to the corruption of medical judgment, over utilization, increased costs and unfair competition.

Watch the CBS interview with Dr. Lederhaus and Dr. Rosen here.

Doctors in the News

From the Los Angeles Times
Beleaguered Surgeon Continue to Find Work in California
Medicine: He left Colorado before being disciplined. His success here spotlights seemingly casual approach to monitoring doctors.
By David R. Olmos

A Difficult Case to Diagnose
Controversial urologist offered hope to the desperate; treatment helped some but spawned fraud and malpractice claims. Center wooed patients with free air fare and limousines.
By David R. Olmos

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