A week ago, I presented a live webinar “The Perilous Physician Licensing Landscape” to over 50 physicians with guest panelist Dr. Michael Langan.
Here’s a link to the replay and the handout. You’re welcome to share it with whomever you feel might benefit.
Free webinar: “The Perilous Physician Licensing Landscape”
It’s understandable why so many physicians registered. Because the problem is huge. The numbers of complaints that medical boards receive and investigate (a significant number anonymously) is staggering. And too many physicians are put through a needless “guilty until proven innocent” ordeal costing them tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees and even lost practice income. And that doesn’t even include the financial and immense psychological costs incurred if you’re sent to a Physicians Health Program for “assessment.”
While the threat of a malpractice suit is ever-present, and sadly too many of us know the hazards of being named a defendant, fewer physicians are exposed to the challenge of getting entangled in a medical board investigation, a mandatory PHP assessment or a hostile peer review.
You or a colleague may be amongst them. If so, you’re in that select group of physicians who have to get up to speed quickly in dealing most effectively with these challenges. We can help.
And we know – all too well – that most physicians really have no idea how nasty and complex things can become in these dealings.
Both Michael and I have delved pretty intensively into understanding these entities, their unchecked power and the mind-boggling cost and effort required to challenge their sovereignly immune deliberations, preserve all of one’s due process and civil rights, while maintaining one’s practice and protecting one’s patients from dangerous and unwarranted interruption of care.
Too often, and too late, one may discover that notions of due process are little more than apparitions. That perhaps is the most shocking realization at the outset.
And it really derails most docs.
In our thousands of hours of case consultation and study, we came to some startling conclusions about these processes which we share in our webinar.
We’ve also seen how each physician so ensnared has had to fight their battle as though she or he and their counsel were the only ones who’ve ever travelled this path.
With the overview you’ll get from our webinar, and further the wealth of insight and strategy considerations we offer in consultation, you’ll discover that you and your colleagues don’t have to face this battle alone, using up your life savings and psychological reserves to engage in costly and nearly inevitably futile legal battles.
It’s vital to realize: the decisions you make from the outset of engagement with these entities will set you on a pathway that, unexamined, WILL extremely limit your subsequent courses of action. Bottom line, you’ve got to become fully educated about the territory and the choices you’re given and actively involved in the process. In these cases, ignorance, brashness and passivity spell disaster.
And that’s why we offered this webinar and why we’ve embarked on providing in depth case consultation, guidance and support.
We’re staunch physician advocates who know the territory and who insist on fairness and transparency.
This isn’t about ignoring bona fide issues of legitimate concern. We don’t believe in skirting issues. If a physician or other healthcare provider has a bona fide impairing mental illness or substance abuse problem or significant behavioral disorder (e.g. legitimately assessed “disruptive physician” et al.), we believe they ought to – and need to – address these issues in the most straightforward and ethical manner possible.
But we also believe that EVERY PHYSICIAN and healthcare provider under the jurisdiction of a state occupational licensing board and a so called “Physicians Health Program” not only deserves but is entitled to due process and respectful, professional and ethical treatment.
We know the pain and we know the cost of being ensnared in these potentially career-ending proceedings. We’ve borne witness to hundreds of physicians’ and other healthcare professionals’ stories and offered countless hours of support and guidance.
We have many insights to share about this danger-laden territory, in fact too many to compress into this 30 minute webinar. But we wanted to make sure we provided an overview in the most concise way possible. We believe that this knowledge could mean the difference between returning to practice and having all that you’ve worked for taken away.
Here’s the link again to our free webinar:
You may also have colleagues who could greatly benefit from this ground-breaking webinar. We welcome getting the word out so we can help guide many more physicians – naive, vulnerable and overwhelmed – through these dangerous straits. So feel free to pass this along. We’re confident they’d appreciate knowing about it too.
Kernan Manion, MD
p.s. by the way, we offer all viewers a free 30 minute “case scenario” confidential discussion. The direct link to schedule that is in the replay email you’ll get as soon as you register.