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Medicine as a Profession (MAP) Ethics Project

The medical practice environment is constantly changing. Increasing focus on population-based health care can challenge the physician's obligation to his or her patients. Resolving competing demands requires ethical principles of patient care that are embraced by physicians, patients, and managed care leaders alike.

With support from the Medicine as a Profession (MAP) Project of the Open Society Institute, ACP's Ethics & Professionalism staff collaborated with the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Ethics Program to bring together a working group of patients, consumer advocates, physicians, managed care organization leaders, and ethicists to assess principles of ethics and professionalism in a changing practice environment.

Statement of Ethical Managed Care Principles

The working group, led by Gail Povar, MD; developed a joint statement of ethical principles entitled "Ethics in Practice: Managed Care and the Changing Health Care Environment" to help guide all parties involved in the delivery of managed care. The report was endorsed by the ACP's Board of Regents, and was published in the July 20, 2004 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

More information on the project can be requested from Lois Snyder Sulmasy, JD, at lsnyder@acponline.org, or at 215.351.2835.