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The National Center for Ethics in Health Care serves as VA's authoritative resource for addressing the complex ethical issues that arise in patient care, health care management, and research.

We provide information, education, and consultation and oversee nationwide programs and quality improvement projects to help health care practitioners and administrators to understand and apply health care ethics standards.

We also provide information to Veterans, patients, and their families to help them understand ethical issues that relate to their health care experience.


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New! NCEHC announces the publication of a new EthicsRx, Signature Informed Consent Workflows: "Gurney Consent." EthicsRx is a recurring brief publication about health care ethics issues affecting the care of Veterans in VHA. Each issue provides interpretation of and guidance on the implementation of a VHA policy for which the National Center for Ethics in Health Care is responsible, or to which it contributes substantially. The goal of EthicsRx is to clarify policy, clear up misconceptions, and fill gaps in knowledge.

New! NCEHC launches a new podcast series, Dialed In: Helping Veterans Take Control of Their Health Care, created to help Veterans and their families as they face difficult ethical decisions about health care. The first podcast in the series is “What’s An Advance Directive, and Why Should I Complete One?” The podcast discusses advance directives, why it’s a good idea to complete one, and who to talk to before doing so. It can be downloaded here.

Issue 37 of Integrated Ethics in Action - Advancing Ethics Consultation Quality, Focusing on Four Key Elements of the Ethics Consultation Record, VA Celebrates Compliance and Ethics Week 2015, Dr. Cynthia Geppert Wins 2014 William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics.

NCEHC announces the publication of the second edition of Preventive Ethics: Addressing Ethics Quality Gaps on a Systems Level, a primer describing preventive ethics, one of the three core functions of IntegratedEthics. This revised edition includes substantial new material and refinements added since the first edition was released in 2007.

Dr. Cynthia Geppert Wins 2014 William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics - Dr. Geppert, a clinician and ethics consultant at the New Mexico VA Health Care System, was recognized for the difference she has made in the field of health care ethics and in the lives of Veterans. Learn more about her award here 



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National Center for Ethics
in Health Care
Veterans Health Administration
810 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20420
Phone: (202) 632-8457
Fax: (202) 632-8456