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Ethics Consultation Quality Assessment Tool: A Novel Method for Assessing the Quality of Ethics Case Consultations Based on Written Records

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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! Dr. John Billig Wins 2016 Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics. Dr. Billig is a Psychology Supervisor at Minneapolis VA Health Care System.

Ethics and Professionalism Grand Rounds, December 8, 2016: CEUs are now available. Click here to view the presentation and take the post-test.
Accreditations: ACCME, ACCME-NP, ANCC, APA, ASWB.

Introducing True North
, the newsletter of the VA National Center for Ethics in Health Care. Issue 1 features the Virtual Quality Improvement meeting, the NCEHC Learning Resources Catalog, Voices of Integrity, and more.

New Dialed In podcast for Veterans and Families! Setting Health Care Goals When You're Seriously Ill - How to make sure you get the health care that’s right for you when you are dealing with a serious health problem.

Servant Leadership: Intersections with Ethics, Business Integrity & Compliance (43:49) A presentation by Dr. Maureen Cash, VHA National Center for Organization Development









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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