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LifeGuard Late-Career Physician Assessment

Aging is a fact of life. One in four of the national physician workforce is over age 65 today. As we age, deficits occur and physicians are not immune. Concerns about cognitive functioning, sight, hearing and behavioral problems can surface. Unfortunately, there are times where a healthcare organization will have concerns regarding patient safety due to a decline in a physician's health or cognition.

The LifeGuard Late-Career Physician Assessment provides an unbiased resource healthcare organizations use to address any potential issues that may be affecting the functioning of a practitioner, such as memory deficits or behavioral or physical problems. If a physician's competency is in doubt, our late-career physician competency assessment will provide the information needed to determine whether or not further action may be needed.

How Does the Late-Career Physician Assessment Work?

Our evaluations follow a standard set of guidelines regarding physical and neurocognitive assessment as well as testing of a physician's functional capacity.

Our neurocognitive screening assessments differ from others in that we provide not only neuropsychological but also personality testing, resulting in a more well-rounded evaluation.

Types of Late-Career Physician Competency Assessment Services Provided

LifeGuard offers two late-career physician assessment options: proactive or reactive assessments.

A proactive senior physician competency assessment is performed before any concerns arise. It is designed to establish baselines for all practitioners in a healthcare organization who have reached a particular age. The determination as to the specific age will be made by the referral source. The evaluation will be performed once a physician has reached the designated age, and further evaluations will take place at intervals specified by the client.

A reactive late-career physician competency assessment is designed to be performed once a particular event occurs that raises concerns. The information gathered through this evaluation will be used to help the physician and referral source develop a plan to address concerns as well as ensure patient safety.

When an assessment indicates that a physician is no longer able to practice, LifeGuard will offer counseling services to assist a physician with defining life after medicine.

Address Questions Through a Senior Physician Competency Assessment

The LifeGuard Late-Career Physician Assessment addresses many pertinent questions regarding physicians as they age. For example, our evaluations examine whether a doctor has the functional capacity to continue to provide safe medical care and whether or not any administrative adaptations need to be considered.

These adaptations can include reducing the physician's work hours, setting a limit of how many patients that physician can see per day, and more. If our evaluations show a doctor can no longer practice safely, we provide counseling sessions to help identify any potential underlying issues that have not been properly treated and/or addressed. Our assessment tools include:

  • Neurocognitive assessment
  • Functional capacity examination
  • Physical evaluation based on job requirements

All LifeGuard team members who participate in a late-career physician assessment have substantial experience in medical education as well as legal and medical expertise. Members also have geriatric expertise and are highly knowledgeable in hospital and medical practice safety, patient expectations and much more.

If you would like to learn more about our LifeGuard Late-Career Physician Assessment or you would like more information on LifeGuard as a whole, please contact us online or give us a call at (717) 909-2590.