Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Medicine
Thursday, October 27, 2011
|7:30 – 8:15 am||Registrat ion and Continenta l Breakfast|
|8:15 – 9:00 am||
CONFERENCE WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Mary Crossley, Dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Edward Hutchinson, Executive Director, American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Conference Co-Chairs, Aaron S. Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and David Orentlicher, MD, JD, Samuel R. Rosen Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law
|9:00 – 9:45 am
SETTING THE STAGE: WHY DO CONFLICTS OF INTEREST MATTER
|9:45 – 10:00 am||BREAK|
|10:00 – 10:45 am||SETTING THE STAGE: WHAT DO WE KNOW FROM PRIOR CONSENSUS PANELS?
|10:45 – 11:00 am||BREAK|
|11:00 am – 12:30 pm||
REMAINING CHALLENGES: OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO REFORM
|12:30 – 2:00 pm
|2:00 – 3:00 pm
EMERGIN AREAS OF DEBATE: MEDICAL DEVICES
|3:00 – 4:30 pm||
ANALYSIS : LEARNING FROM A CASE STUDY
Friday, October 28, 2011
|9:00 – 10:30 am
SOLUTIONS: “BEST PRACTICES” AND WHAT WORKS IN MANAGING CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
|10:30 – 11:00 am
|11:00 am – 12:30 pm||
MOVING FORWARD: NEXT STEPS
To view the most current agenda go to www.aslme.org.
The American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) is proud to announce an upcoming national conference entitled Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Medicine. The conference is generously funded by a grant from the Highmark Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with additional funding contributed by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences.
Researchers, clinicians, and the public are increasingly concerned about the effects of conflicts of interest in medicine. Studies have shown that sources of financial support impact the design and outcomes of biomedical research and the reporting of results. Physicians’ financial relationships can strongly affect the care they provide to patients. Because eliminating potential conflicts of interest is essentially impossible and may even be harmful, some have called for enhanced transparency about conflicts, while others have sought more strict regulation in this field. Innovative perspectives on managing conflicts of interest in medicine have emerged from an array of disciplines, including physicians, lawyers, economists, and other social scientists, but there have been few opportunities for members of these fields to share their ideas in one forum. The ASLME conference seeks to bring these disparate points of view together to inform and shape policy on this topic.
This one-and-a-half day conference will feature an array of recognized national experts from academia who will discuss, debate, and propose best practices and approaches to the problem of conflicts of interest. This conference intends to foster a cross-disciplinary perspective on pertinent issues, and by the end of the conference, attendees will (1) learn about current consensus panel recommendations regarding management of conflicts of interest, (2) be able to describe remaining challenges to regulating conflicts of interest in key areas of research and medical practice, and (3) help fashion recommendations for the key players and identify other key steps in moving forward. The findings of the conference will be published in a special issue of The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, a leading health law journal read by many academics and policymakers in this field.
About the Sponsors
American Society of La w, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME)
ASLME is a non-profit multidisciplinary educational association whose mission is to provide high-quality scholarship, debate, and critical thought for the community of professionals at the intersection of law, medicine, health care, policy, and ethics. ASLME provides a dynamic forum for its members to engage in a valuable exchange of ideas from a wide range of perspectives. ASLME achieves this goal through two nationally acclaimed journals, the American Journal of Law and Medicine and the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and by holding national symposia on topics of interest to its membership. For more information, visit aslme.org.
Created in 2000, the Highmark Foundation is a charitable organization, a private foundation and an affiliate of Highmark Inc. Its mission is to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals who live in the communities served by Highmark Inc., its affiliates and subsidiaries. The Foundation awards high-impact grants to charitable organizations and hospitals to launch programs aimed at improving community health. It also strives to support evidence-based projects that effect several counties and works collaboratively to leverage additional funding to achieve replicable models.
The Foundation addresses four key areas of health care concern: chronic disease, communicable disease, family health, and service delivery systems. Find more information about the Highmark Foundation at www.highmarkfoundation.com.
Jewish Healthcare Foundation
The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) is a public charity that offers a unique blend of research, education, grantmaking and program management to advance the quality of clinical care and health of populations. Our current focus is promoting safety, best practice and efficiency at the front line of care, and building a workforce to sustain this. To accomplish its goals, JHF created the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) in 1998, Health Careers Futures (HCF) in 2003, and the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform (CHQPR) in 2008. JHF is also a founding member of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). For more information, visit jhf.org.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Pitt Law offers exceptional learning experiences through an internationally recognized faculty and a rigorous academic experience. The Law School prepares students to become excellent attorneys and leaders in both the legal profession and in society by training lawyers to take on the opportunities and challenges of 21st century legal practice in the United States and around the world.
The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences include six schools, which combine to make Pitt a major center of health sciences education and biomedical research. The six schools are the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Public Health, and the Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
Hotel and Travel Information
The conference sessions will take place at the University Club at the University of Pittsburgh located at 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Holiday Inn Pittsburgh University Center, located at 100 Lytton Avenue, in Pittsburgh, PA is offering rooms at a special rate of $127 per night plus taxes to conference attendees. Reservations can be made by calling 412-682-6200 or online at: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/pittsburgh/pitsp/ hoteldetail?groupCode=COI
Be sure to make your reservation by October 6, 2011.
For Driving Directions
For driving directions and other University Club information please go to: www.uc.pitt.edu/banquet/location
Continuing Education Credits
CME & CLE credits will be available to conference participants.
Continuing Medical Education Units
The American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the ACCME.
ASLME designates this educational activity for a maximum of 9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
To ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in this educational program, all faculty are required to disclose to the program audiences any association or apparent conflict(s) of interest that might be related to the content of their presentations.
Continuing Legal Education Units
ASLME is an accredited sponsor of continuing legal education programs according to the regulations of several states. ASLME routinely applies to various states upon request. Attorneys desiring accreditation must notify ASLME upon registering for the conference and must indicate for which state they are seeking credit.