Practitioner Health & Wellness Policy

September 5, 2017 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)

FACULTY:  Susan Lapenta and Rachel Remaley

Join us:  A key to excellent leadership is excellent learning!

Designed to be informative for any Medical Staff member, 2017’s Grand Rounds should be particularly helpful for Medical Staff Leadership:  Medical Staff Officers, members of the Medical Executive Committee, Department Chairs, Chairs of the Credentials and Peer Review Committees, and the Chairs of other key Medical Staff committees. 

If you have new members in any of these important positions, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for direct education that we guarantee will be helpful to them in their new roles.

Practitioner health can be a prickly issue to deal with because Medical Staff leaders and Hospitals often find themselves striving to protect patients, comply with laws protecting those with disabilities, and provide a fair process to the affected practitioner.

A detailed Practitioner Health & Wellness Policy can offer a blueprint for handling practitioner health that satisfies all these aims.   In furtherance of this, an effective Practitioner Health & Wellness Policy will define what constitutes an “impairment,” how health concerns should be brought to the attention of Medical Staff leaders and administration, and the process for addressing health issues.  A Practitioner Health & Wellness Policy should also outline the process for reinstatement from a leave of absence for a health issue and the confidentiality of health-related information.

This audio conference will cover these topics and more to assist attendees in developing and implementing a non-punitive process that protects patients, while working to facilitate the rehabilitation of impaired practitioners.

Listen live on September 5, 2017.  Or, purchase the recording (mp3 or CD) of this audio conference to share with Medical Staff members at an upcoming meeting or throughout the year.

Audio conference registration (includes MP3): $250/line

(Additional lines are $50 extra, limit 2 additional lines. Please call us to set up additional lines.)

Audio CD or MP3 only: $250

Click here for a registration form to print and fax to us at 412.687.7692.

This audio conference is part of our Grand Rounds series. Order the entire series and receive a discounted rate.



  • Defining “impairment” — it’s not just drug and alcohol abuse!
  • Should colleagues be required to report health concerns about another doctor? What about self-reporting?
  • Authority to require blood, urine, hair testing
  • Authority to require fitness for practice examination
  • Collegial intervention options for health issues
  • Reinstatement procedures
  • Confidentiality of health-related information


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this audio conference, participants should be able to:

  1. clearly define the many types of impairment that can affect a practitioner’s ability to practice safely;
  2. identify bylaws and policy provisions that give hospital and medical staff leaders the tools they need to identify and evaluate possible impairment issues early; and
  3. identify policy provisions that support collegial intervention to assist impaired practitioners with recovery and safe return to practice, while protecting patients in the meantime.

Education Credit

Instructions on how to obtain your Continuing Education certificate for audio conferences will be e-mailed to the contact person for your organization at the conclusion of each audio conference.

Category 1 CME

Joint Provider Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and HortySpringer Seminars.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CEUs Credit

Other health care professionals are awarded 0.1 continuing education units (CEUs), which is equal to 1 contact hour.

NAMSS Continuing Education Credit

This course has been approved for National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) continuing education credit and NAMSS hereby awards 1.0 NAMSS continuing education credits for participation in this activity.  Accreditation of this educational content in no way implies endorsement or sponsorship by NAMSS.


Mix and Match:  $250 for each individual Grand Rounds audio conference.

Audio Conference Registration:   $1,850/line for all twelve 2017 monthly Grand Rounds (includes BONUS Session entitled Guide to Drafting and Adopting Medical Staff Bylaws, Policies and Rules & Regulations, recorded on December 13, 2016).

Audio Conference & MP3:     $1,850 for all 2017 monthly Grand Rounds (Participation and MP3).

CD Only:     $1,850 for all 2017 monthly Grand Round recordings.

MP3 Only:    $1,850 for all 2017 monthly Grand Round recordings.