Improving Addiction Outcomes: Lessons from the Physician Health Program Model
Date & Time
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Paul Earley, MD, Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc., President-Elect, Federation of State Physician Health Programs
P. Bradley Hall, MD, FASAM, DABAM, MROCC, AAMRO, President, Federation of State Physician Health Programs, Executive Medical Director, West Virginia Medical Professionals Health Program
Doris Gundersen, MD, Colorado PHP Medical Director, Federation of State Physician Health Programs
Moderator: Daniel Blaney-Koen, JD, Senior Legislative Attorney, American Medical Association, and Member, National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit Advisory Board
CE Certified By: AMA,AAFP,ADA,ACPE,ANCC,APA,NASW
Physician health programs (PHPs) focus on the rehabilitation and monitoring of physicians with substance use disorders as well as mental and physical illnesses. Data confirm that PHPs are very effective: participants with opioid use disorder have a 75% or greater documented abstinence rate at five years. Using similar long-term disease monitoring and contingency management, this model has been extended to other cohorts with impressive results, including airline pilots, DUI offenders, drug-court participants, healthcare and other licensed professionals. These programs have been shown to be very effective and, at the same time, cost-effective.
This session introduces participants to the central elements of these evidence-based chronic disease management programs exemplified by PHPs, comparing and contrasting them with current treatment methods. The presentation will extract the crucial components into a cohesive model — a model that can shift addiction care from its focus on acute care to where it belongs, effective, measured and lifelong disease management.
UPON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:
- Identify the basic components of physician health and similar disease management programs.
- Apply components from the physician health program model that have broad application to addiction management.
- Recognize how each of these identified components improve outcomes.