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Tips for developing and implementing an aging practitioners policy at your organization, Part 1

To help medical staff leaders and committees manage the challenges that can emerge as practitioners age, many organizations have developed policies and procedures that include methods for addressing questions of competency among late-career practitioners. These policies must take into account federal law, which prohibits discrimination against a person solely on the basis of age; violation of this principle could lead to claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as well as unwanted legal proceedings. Furthermore, creating an aging practitioners policy is a nuanced and often tricky process, and securing buy-in from the medical staff can prove even more challenging. Yet, it is the medical staff’s responsibility to ensure high-quality care, and doing so requires continuously verifying practitioner competency. In the following Q&A, Jonathan Goldner, DO, MMM, FCCP, FCCM, addresses questions from MSPs and physician leaders about implementing a successful aging practitioners policy. 

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