EM1711E "Economics of Medicine: A Physician’s Perspective" (GR-111017)

The purpose of this presentation is to summarize and discuss the factors contributing to healthcare expenditures nationally, interventions aimed at decreasing healthcare expenditures, and the barriers to implementation of these interventions. This presentation will include an overview of healthcare expenditures globally and nationally, diagnoses contributing to rising healthcare expenditures—particularly the roles of sepsis and respiratory failure resulting in mechanical ventilation, physician knowledge of healthcare costs, methods of healthcare cost reduction, and barriers to healthcare cost reduction.

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Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the factors leading to increased healthcare expenditures in the United States.
  • Describe the role of sepsis in driving healthcare expenditures.
  • Describe the role of mechanical ventilation in driving healthcare expenditures.
  • Describe three barriers to healthcare cost reduction.
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  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Catherine Chen, M.D.Catherine Chen, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Catherine Chen received her medical degree from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. She completed internal medicine residency and pulmonary critical care fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests are in medical informatics, and she utilizes her background in computer programming and biomedical engineering to create and leverage databases to answer clinical questions.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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