Massachusetts Medical Society: Universal Health Care 2018

Universal Health Care 2018

Universal Health Care 2018

The past decade has seen an incredible tumult in our nation’s approach to health care policy, with the adoption of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) followed by a series of challenges for it and to it. How did we come to the health care system that we have now and where does it succeed and fail? What does the near future have in store for the ACA and for health care policy overall? Would we be better off with a dramatic move to a single-payer option or with a more incremental approach to reform? What lessons can be gleaned from attempts at state-level innovations? What will be the politics of this issue in the 2018 and the 2020 elections? And what is in the best interest of patients? 

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the current structure of the US health care system and where there are gaps in access to care
  • Describe the current state of the ACA and its successes and failures in broadening access to health care and current and future challenges
  • Compare single-payer options beyond the ACA for achieving universal health care
  • Identify additional options beyond single-payer for achieving universal health care
  • Reflect on the political debate around access to health care and the relationship between this topic and both the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential elections
  • Synthesize the discussion to look at the future of health care over the next five years in Massachusetts and the country at large

Nancy Turnbull is Senior Associate Dean for Professional Education at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Jonathan Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1992
Benjamin Sommers, M.D., Ph.D., is associate professor of health policy and economics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. 
James Morone is the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Studies at Brown University
Matthew Fiedler is a fellow with the Center for Health Policy in Brookings' Economic Studies Program. 
Sarah Kliff is a senior policy correspondent at, where she focuses on making complex health care policy understandable
Amy Rosenthal’s career has focused on public health, politics, and non-profit management.   

Course Fees
Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member Physicians: Free     
MMS Resident/Student Member: Free     
Non-Member Physicians: Free 
Non-Member Resident/Student: Free       
Allied Health Professionals/Other: Free      

Format:  Video & Slides 

CME Credit:  5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Accreditation Statement  
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement 
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

 MOC Approval Statement 
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:  

Allergy and Immunology
Family Medicine
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Nuclear Medicine
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry & Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA).

Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 5.00 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.  

Exam/Assessment: Please respond to the reflective statement at the end of the course to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Activity Term
Original Released Date: December 4, 2018      
Review Date: N/A      
Termination Date: December 4, 2021  

System requirements:

Windows 10
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
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Firefox 18.0+
Chrome latest version
Safari 12+
iOS devices beginning with OS version 10 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)
Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.

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