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Issue 38, September/October 2015

  • Implementing Signature Informed Consent for Opioid Therapy
  • Medical Librarians in Ethics Consultation
  • Ethical Framework for Prioritizing HCV Treatment
  • New Podcast Series for Veterans
  • New Ethics Consultation Fellowship Program
  • Virtual Ethics Quality Improvement Meeting
  • New EC:BtB Modules Released

Issue 37, July/August 2015

  • Advancing Ethics Consultation Quality: Focusing on Four Key Elements of the Ethics Consultation Record
  • VA Celebrates Compliance and Ethics Week 2015
  • Advances in Clinical Ethics -  Ethics symposium for staff of VISN 17
  • Ethics Symposium for Veterans
  • Dr. Cynthia Geppert Win 2014 William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics

Issue 36, May/June 2015     

  • Accountability in Action: Creating Culture Change at Sioux Falls VAHCS
  • National Healthcare Decisions Day at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
  • A Conversation with Jeffrey Gering
  • Policy and Ethics: Financial Relationships and iMedConsent
  • Preventive Ethics Primer Revised

Issue 35, March 2015

  • Improving VISN-Wide Documentation of Oral Consent for HIV Screening
  • National Compliance and Ethics Week 2015
  • IntegratedEthics Program Champion: Salt Lake City IE Team
  • Informed Consent for Long-Term Opioid Therapy for Pain: Manchester VAMC's Experience
  • Government Ethics Corner
  • VHA Publishes Revised Ethics Policies
  • What We're Reading

Issue 34, January 2015

  • Iron Mountain Spreads Awareness of Ethics
  • Secretary McDonald Presents I CARE Award to IE Committee in VISN 1
  • IE Field Staff Honored with Appreciation Awards
  • Measuring Ethics Consultation Quality
  • Establishing Quality Standards for EC
  • Management Insights: Case vs. Non-Case Ethics Consultation
  • Get Ready for National Compliance and Ethics Week 2015!
  • New Organizational Health Toolkit
  • NCEHC Releases Ethics Guidance for Management of Ebola
  • A New Tool to Support Collaborations between IEPOs and Public Affairs Officers
  • Two New Podcasts from Sound Ethics in Health Care

Issue 33, November 2014

  • Facilities Improve Documentation for HIV Testing Consent Procedures
  • Health Equity for LGBT Veterans
  • IntegratedEthics Program Champion Jefferson O. Rogers
  • Building Justice into Mass Casualty Response Planning
  • IESS Results Indicate Improvements Still Needed
  • NCEHC Holds Advanced Preventive Ethics Training
  • Improving Ethics Consultation with Virtual Coaching
  • EC Volunteers Needed!
  • Ethical Leadership Tools and Guides for Staff and Leaders
  • New IE Acting Chief 

Issue 32, September 2014

  • Cultivating Effective Communication for Promoting Transparency and Sharing Ethical Concerns
  • 1,500 VA Staff Benefit from Advance Care Planning Training
  • IntegratedEthics Program Champion Leah Finch
  • NCEHC Wins Two VHA Office of Communications Awards
  • IESS Results Available Beginning October 1
  • New and Revised Tools Support the Practice of Ethical Leadership
  • Ethical Leadership Articles from IE in Action Now Available As Tear Sheets

Issue 31, July 2014

  • NCEHC Welcomes Acting Director and Acting Deputy Director
  • Thank you for participating in the 2014 Voice of VA Staff Survey
  • Dr. Ellen Fox Reflects on Her Career at VA and the Development of IntegratedEthics
  • 2014-15 VA/University of Chicago Fellows
  • C&E Week Highlights from the Field: VA Staff Promote Ethics with Innovative and Inspiring Programs
  • EC Web Data for First Half of FY14 Reveals Trends in Ethics Consultation
  • New Processes for Entering DNR and Other LST Orders
  • VHA Standardizes Policy on Informed Consent and Patient Education for Long-Term Opioid Treatment

Issue 30, May 2014

  • Realizing a Vision of Ethics Quality in Health Care: An Interview with Dr. Ellen Fox, Executive Director, NCEHC
  • Salisbury Staff and Leadership Share Ideas Over Lunch
  • Shared Decision Making Tops List of Preventive Ethics ISSUES Cycles
  • Ethics Consultants Benefit from Beyond the Basics Training
  • 2014 IE Staff Survey to be Administered June 9-30

Issue 29, March 2014

  • Beyond VA: Researchers Import IE’s Ethics Consultation Concepts and Materials to Japan
  • Frequently Encountered Myths and Misconceptions About the Local Ethics Consultation Service
  • "Doing the right thing at the right time and in the right place": IntegratedEthics Program Champion Karen Reed, South Texas Veterans Health Care System.
  • VA Removes Penalty for Broken Medical Appointments
  • Voice of VA to Feature IntegratedEthics Staff Survey June 9-30
  • National Compliance and Ethics Week: April 28-May 2
  • Just Released! IE Program Officer's Desk Reference

Issue 28, January 2014

  • “Equality Leaders”: VA Facilities Build a Welcoming and Inclusive Environment for LGBT Veterans
  • VA Palo Alto Engages Entire Facility in “Got Ethics?” Video
  • National Center for Patient Safety Releases Patient Wristband Guidance
  • New Opportunity to Promote IE Program: Ethical Leadership Materials Can Support Fulfillment of Senior Executive Performance Requirements
  • Improving Informed Consent Procedures for HIV Testing
  • Ethics Consultation: Beyond the Basics In-person Training Planned for March 12-13, 2014

Issue 27, November 2013

  • Beyond VA: Southern California Kaiser Permanente Adapts IntegratedEthics Model for Local Use
  • IE Team Welcomes Nurse Ethicist Marilyn Mitchell as Manager for Ethics Consultation
  • New VHA Directive for National Center for Ethics in Health Care
  • Introducing a New Tool Just for IEPO's . . . IEPO Desk Reference

Issue 26, September 2013 

  • Learning Tours: Facilities Share Best Practices of Their Local IE Programs
  • "Virtual" Learning Tour at Tomah (WI) VA Medical Center
  • IE Program Champion: Sheryl Kittelson, MA, VHA-CM, VISN 23
  • Feature: The Role of "Procedural Justice" in an Ethical Organization
  • Ethics Consultation Patient Materials Now Available in Spanish
  • Ethics Education Teleconference
  • Recent Ethics Publications by VA Physicians

Issue 25, July 2013

  • New Online Training Available: Ethics Consultation: Beyond the Basics and Preventive Ethics: Beyond the Basics
  • IE Teams Lead Facility Efforts to Make National Health Care Decisions Day a Success Across VHA
  • IE Program Champion Profile: Douglas B. Sloan, MS, VHA-CM, Former (and first) Preventive Ethics Coordinator at Louisville VA, Medical Center
  • Compliance and Ethics Week Highlights from the Field
  • Redesigned IntegratedEthics Websites Go Live
  • Michael M. Lawson Wins 2012 Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care

Issue 24, April 2013

  • VHA Celebrates National Ethics and Compliance Week April 29-May 3
  • Profile of IntegratedEthics Champion Candace F. Wright, RN, Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care System
  • How to Ease Patients' Access to Their Local Ethics Consultation Service
  • New Triage Tool for Ethics-related Leadership Decisions
  • NCEHC Chiefs Contribute to Lead Article on Ethics Consultation in American Journal of Bioethics
  • NCEHC Selects Two Facilities for IntegratedEthics Learning Tours
  • Special Supplement: Understanding Government Ethics

Issue 23, March 2013

  • Six Papers Analyze VA's Efforts to Evaluate and Improve Ethics Quality
  • VHA to Participate in National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16
  • Academy-Trained Improvement Advisors Can Provide Valuable Resource for PE Teams
  • Promoting Health Equity Across VHA
  • IntegratedEthics Program Meets OIG's Compliance Threshold




Looking for ideas on how to promote IntegratedEthics® at your facility?

IntegratedEthics in Action is intended to rapidly disseminate information and best practices to help facilities and VISNs in their implementation of the IntegratedEthics program. Each issue provides timely and valuable information on:

  • - overcoming common challenges and customizing programs to meet local needs and capacities;
  • - raising staff and patient awareness of IE and acquiring resources to implement IE activities;
  • - sharing promising practices and solutions to IE function-related challenges.

IntegratedEthics in Action is published bimonthly on the NCEHC Web site. Check back often for new issues.

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