LifeGuard’s® Active-Retired Physician Assessment Program provides physicians in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a pathway for activation of an active-retired license. Through focused examination related to pharmacology knowledge,
medical records documentation related to prescribing, and legal issues relevant to this license type, the physician can be comprehensively assessed with report findings submitted to the physician and the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine.
For a multitude of reasons, a physician may choose to leave the active practice of medicine. Illness, raising a family and caring for parents are just a few of the difficult life challenges that may require a physician to take an extended
leave from clinical practice. Each state licensing board has different requirements regarding the time away from medicine
that requires the completion of a re-entry program as a requirement for returning to the active practice of medicine.
The LifeGuard® Re-entry /Re-instatement program provides a pathway for physicians who wish to re-enter
the practice of medicine after an absence or for re-instatement of a license following a disciplinary action.
We provide an unbiased, targeted assessment that can validate a physician’s clinical skills and readiness to
re-enter the workforce. If deficiencies are identified, LifeGuard® will provide a recommended path for remediation
to address concerns in the most efficient manner possible.
The world of a physician is constantly changing, which can at times become a stressor that places a strain on the professionalism of a physician. Be it through evidence of specific behaviors or more global belief patterns, concerns with professionalism
continue to emerge.
We provide an unbiased assessment including:
LifeGuard® will provide recommendations and suggest further evaluation as necessary in order to allow the physician to function at their highest level of skill for many years to come.
A nationally recognized program, LifeGuard® has been a vanguard for addressing clinical competency assessment needs for physicians. Conceptualized by physician for physicians; LifeGuard® provides comprehensive assessment services and recommendations for remediation tailored to the individual needs of physicians.
Through customized evaluation programs, we aim to facilitate higher performing physicians, promote patient
safety, and enhance the quality of medical care provided to ensure complete clinical competence. Faculty at
LifeGuard® are all actively practice specialty physicians as well as other provider types, when applicable.
LifeGuard®’s ATM Program combines Assessment, Training and Monitoring to evaluate a provider’s knowledge of prescribing opioids/controlled substances and buprenorphine, as well as appropriate treatment decisions and documentation. Infection control practices are also included in the ATM program suite of services.
The primary areas of focus for our practice monitoring program includes assessment of the physician’s adherence to standards of care and treatment generally related to prescribing of opioids for acute and chronic pain management, buprenorphine
for addiction medicine, other controlled substances and infection control protocol and practices. Key components include: a comprehensive evaluation of current clinical and medical record documentation practices, detailed recommendations for improvement,
and ongoing monitoring to ensure successful implementation of recommended changes or adherence to quality-of-care standards.
Each member of the monitoring team is carefully selected to ensure alignment of their expertise with the needs of the physician being monitored. In preparation for practice monitoring, our team of evaluators will request documentation and conduct
on-site observations at the practice when appropriate. LifeGuard® team members will review all documentation provided and assess care and treatment based not only on the physician’s policies and procedures, but also alignment
with recognized standards of care and treatment. Assessments and plans for remediation are completed in person or virtual remote reviews, followed by supportive clinical strategies, protocols and practices that can be integrated moving forward.
Specific recommendations can include enhancement in medical record processes, participation in tailored medical education (CME) and mentoring.
LifeGuard® has developed a 6-month program to assist emergency medicine physicians with a pathway to return to board eligibility with the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM). The program has been approved by the American Board of
Emergency Medicine. The assessment phase will provide LifeGuard® team members with an understanding of any medical knowledge deficits and/or gaps through use of several assessment tools. A Gallop Clifton Strengths Assessment will be
administered with follow-up sessions throughout the 6-month period to facilitate the identification of the physician’s strengths using their talents most effectively to achieve their exam goals. Individual learning activities conducted through
the program are focused on current emergency medicine topics as well as activities relevant to information gathered about the physician during the assessment phase. Finally, the clinical practice phase entails the oversight of the physician during
their clinical practice by a board-certified emergency medicine physician at the physician’s practice location. A final report regarding the physician’s performance related to established goals is provided to the physician and ABEM.
Physician preceptorship is key to providing a clinical experience that allows the participant a supervised reentry into medical practice. The preceptor is an integral part of the program--providing invaluable expertise, supervision, and evaluation of the participant.
LifeGuard® allows the physician participant to complete a preceptorship which includes assessment of medical knowledge; interpersonal and communication skills; clinical skills; professionalism; practice-based learning and improvement of medical care delivery; legal management and responsibility; and personal growth and development as a life-long learner.
Preceptorship length is determined by a number of factors including future practice intent, length of time out of practice, previous experience and years in practice, and ongoing education (i.e. CME history).
Competent doctors, operating efficiently within teams, are critical to the provision of high-quality and safe care for patients. When deficits go undetected or unaddressed, physician performance and patient safety can be jeopardized. For instance,
performance problems in the domains of knowledge and professionalism have been linked to subsequent disciplinary action by state medical boards.
Remediation is an intervention, or suite of interventions, required in response to assessment against healthcare standards with the aim of remedying underperformance so the doctor can return to safe practice. As a part of each assessment, LifeGuard® issues a comprehensive report. If remediation is needed, LifeGuard® is able to provide oversight and ensure appropriate completion of the recommended remediation plan, as developed by the LifeGuard® team.