Online Safety Community

Does fixing a retirement age for physicians help improve the healthcare system?

The medical profession is different from most others in one vital aspect: Practitioners of this profession don’t retire. The profession allows the physician to continue for as long as her physical and mental faculties allow her to. The US’ Supreme Court judges too, don’t retire, but theirs is judicial service, during which they are paid by the government, while a physician practices on her own.

This practice is built into the profession for many decades, and is one of the factors that motivate people to choose this profession. However, the medical profession needs to consider the consequences of this practice on the healthcare industry. Keeping this in mind, the American Medical Association, in a report released in early 2016, sought to develop guidelines for governing the efficiency of older physicians by introducing a screening procedure to test their competency in providing optimal, high quality healthcare.

The AMA considers this topic to be important because the number of physicians aged over 65 has leapt by more than four times in the past four decades. An astonishingly high percentage -25% of all physicians in the US - are aged over 65. 

Well-founded reasons

The AMA  lists the gradual loss of mental faculties such as judgment, hearing, sight and other related issues as being the cause for concern when physicians are allowed to practice beyond a ripe age, an age at which most other professionals such as pilots and military staff, whose decisions affect human lives directly, retire.

Expectedly, the reactions from the medical profession to the suggestions made in this report –one of over 250 on this topic by the AMA over the years –have been mixed. Some in the medical profession feel they are unnecessarily being fettered and asked to cast away a hard earned privilege, while others are more amiable to the idea of fixing a retirement age for physicians.

Causes for concern

From a healthcare industry perspective, some of the questions that come up with allowing a medical practitioner to continue to serve in the profession without retiring are:

  • Do physicians have the ability to serve their professions well when they enter old age?
  • How efficient and nimble can an aging physician community be in ensuring patient safety, and in filling shortage in the profession it serves, at the same time?
  • Should a retirement age be fixed for physicians?
  • Is it alright for medical staffs and hospitals to place restrictions on physicians based on age, and should hospitals and medical staffs do this?
  • If physicians perceive that they are victims of discrimination and civil rights violations; can they sue?

Getting the right perspective of the issue

MentorHealth, a leading provider of professional trainings for the healthcare industry, will seek to analyze and answer these questions at a webinar that it is organizing. The speaker at this webinar is Elizabeth A. Snelson, who represents medical staffs across the country, focusing on medical staff bylaws, and works for medical societies on medical staff issues.

Interested in going in-depth into this vital question? Want to understand how aging physicians improve or undermine your healthcare service? In order to understand these and related questions, please register for this webinar.

Elizabeth will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Age Restrictions on Medical Staff membership and clinical privileges
  • State Laws affecting physician age restrictions
  • Federal laws affecting physician age restrictions
  • Accreditation requirements related to age-based credentialing
  • Implementation of age-based screening
  • Eligibility for peer review protection

Important personnel in the healthcare industry, such as Medical Staff President/Chief of Staff, those in Bylaws Committees or Credentialing Committees, Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Medical Affairs,    Chief of Staff, Director of Medical Staff, Medical Staff Attorney, Hospital Counsel, Medical Staff Manager, Credentialing Specialist and Human Resources professionals; will gain important value and learning from this webinar.

Views: 13

Comment

You need to be a member of Online Safety Community to add comments!

Join Online Safety Community

Take our poll!

Take our poll!

Latest Activity

Jam Blanco posted a blog post

UST Questions Answered: What is Spill Protection?

Employees in labor industries who are required to undergo underground storage tank (UST) training need to understand the key points in the training courses related to tank spill protection.  Employees who operate tank equipment or perform environmental testing procedures also need training in UST…See More
7 hours ago
Mark Nilson posted events
11 hours ago
Harris Scott posted a blog post

What Are The Most Useful Plugins for WordPress Users?

Website designing is one of the most important things these days. Designing a website contains many hassles though. One needs to find an expert in website designing solution. It is not a job that can be performed by laymen. For efficient website designing, different methods have been used. The era of static website development is over. Now, most of the people want dynamic websites, which are based on seamless content management systems. For…See More
11 hours ago
Elena Lauren posted an event

Node.js Training for Real Time Experts - Free Demo at 4608 Spalding, plano TX 75024 United States (US)

January 25, 2018 to December 24, 2018
What is Node.js?Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform JavaScript run-time environment for executing JavaScript code server-side. Historically, JavaScript was used primarily for client-side scripting, in which scripts written in JavaScript are embedded in a webpage's HTML, to be run client-side by a JavaScript engine in the user's web browser. Node.js enables JavaScript to be used for server-side scripting, and runs scripts server-side to produce dynamic web page content before the page is…See More
11 hours ago

Forum

What's your favorite motivational/safety quote? 103 Replies

Favorite Motivational Quote: If you want something, you'll find a way - If not, you'll find an excuse.Favorite Safety Quote: Don't learn safety by accident!Continue

Started by Michelle Sears. Last reply by Lissa Jan 11.

Python Online Training by QA Training Hub

QA Training Hub is best Python Programing Online Training Center in India. Python Online Training provided by real time working Professional Mr. Dinesh. Data Scientist and RPA Expert  with 18+ years…Continue

Tags: Bangalore, delhi, Hyderabad, best, institute

Started by sonyagarwal Jan 3.

Business Intelligence with Big Data happens at Unipê 1 Reply

the college center of João Pessoa will preserve the 1st assembly at big records, geared toward professionals inside the regions of administration, economics, public control and facts technologies.…Continue

Tags: qliksensetraining, qliksenseonline, qliksense

Started by Soujanya Naganuri. Last reply by Manchun Jan 2.

VMware player error on install vmware tools. 1 Reply

 I've installed the last version of VMware player (4.0.2) and created a virtual machine with ubuntu 10.04. However, some operations with …Continue

Tags: training, online, vmware

Started by emmablisa. Last reply by Manchun Jan 2.

Forklift Training in Calgary

Do you wish to learn forklift driving? A forklift is a type of industrial vehicle that firstly lift the material and then transport it. The forklift machine is capable of lifting heavy loads by…Continue

Started by Gurjinderpal Sandhu Dec 27, 2017.

Badge

Loading…

© 2018   Created by Safety Community.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service