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Medical Boards, Protecting Patients and Helping Physicians – Not Mutually Exclusive

It is frequently said that the primary role of a state medical regulatory board is to protect the public. Unfortunately, this concept has evolved in some regions suggesting there is a conflict between patients and their physicians.[1] In other words, the message can be sent that patients must be protected from physicians. Truly there haveRead More

Top 8 Mistakes Made by Well-Being Committees and Physician Health Programs

In 2001 the Joint Commission, with input from the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (PHPs), developed standards that require hospitals to have functions similar to what the state PHPs provide for state licensing bodies. These functions include: Education (about problems that can cause impairment, primarily substance use disorders), Early Intervention, Referral for Evaluation andRead More

Phone Intervention: Every Word Matters

During this time of social distancing, it seems appropriate to discuss remote (telephone) intervention. In 2011, we at the Alabama Physician Health Program, where I was then medical director, examined intervention outcomes over the previous 10 years. We found that of the 328 interventions that had been conducted, almost half, 161, were telephone interventions. InRead More

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