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Jon Wesley Boyd to discuss health insurance and mental healthcare access at Psychiatry Grand Rounds on Dec. 20

For the next Psychiatry Grand Rounds, to be held from 12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, Jon Wesley Boyd, M.D., Ph.D., will present “Having Health Insurance Doesn’t Guarantee Being Able to Access Mental Health Care: Policy and Ethical Considerations.” This broadcast will be held via Zoom/video conferencing. Dr. Boyd is director of the Substance Disorders Treatment Program and co-chair of the Ethics Committee and Consult Service at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. He is also a professor of psychiatry and medical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas and a lecturer on global health and social medicine for Harvard Medical School.

Upon completion of this program, the learner will be able to:

  • Appreciate that health insurance companies have policies regarding accessing mental healthcare that are different from those that apply to accessing other kinds of medical care.
  • Discuss how usual practices of insurance companies can create obstacles for mental health clinicians attempting to provide needed care for their patients.
  • Define how insurance industry practices are problematic with respect to the medical-ethical principles of beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice.

This Grand Rounds presentation, sponsored by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the School’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, is broadcast via video conference to many sites throughout North Dakota and Minnesota and is also streamed via personal computers. If you want information on how to attend, please contact Teresa Klein at 701.293.4101 or

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences designates this Live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.