The Tennessee Medical Foundation Physician’s Health Program (TMF-PHP) maintains a 24-hour phone line for family members, patients, and co-workers to confidentially report concerns about a physician or other licensed health professional; calls made after hours will be returned within 24 business hours. We encourage physicians and other health professionals to contact us directly with questions or concerns before a problem becomes career or life threatening.
The TMF-PHP medical director and/or case managers attempt to verify the reported behavior. If the behavior is not verified, the process is halted or the information is held for further inquiry.
The referred professional is asked to make an appointment for an interview with the TMF-PHP medical director. In exchange for support, the professional is invited to follow the recommendations of the PHP in seeking specified evaluation/treatment at his or her own expense.
Evaluation/treatment is carried out in facilities vetted and approved by the TMF. Professionals affected by other emotional or behavioral conditions are treated with an initial evaluation and subsequently prescribed inpatient and/or intensive outpatient therapy.
Re-Entry into practice usually occurs in the week following treatment. During this period, the PHP is often the health professional’s strongest – and sometimes only – ally. The PHP medical director and case managers work in concert with the treatment center’s recommendations to establish contractual ground rules for re-entry into practice.
Aftercare is usually a five-year process. It is guided by an individualized monitoring agreement, comprised of recommendations from the treatment facility. The TMF offers guidance and accountability in the recommended aspects of each participant’s recovery.
The Tennessee Medical Foundation (“TMF”) protects as confidential and privileged information it generates on participants in its Physician’s Health Program (“PHP”). The TMF-PHP is intended to be a “Quality Improvement Committee” as defined in T.C.A. § 63-1-150 and T.C.A. § 68-11-272. Any and all actions of the TMF and the TMF-PHP are intended to come within the provisions and protections of T.C.A. § 63-1-150 and T.C.A. § 68-11-272 as contemplated in these statutes. In any event, the TMF as a matter of policy does not release copies of any of its records (which are unavailable elsewhere) that are necessarily protected as privileged and confidential under Tennessee and other laws. The TMF will release certain types of information as part of the advocacy process for participants. The TMF release forms need to be completed prior to such release. As a general matter, the release of such information is contemplated as part of the advocacy/after care contracts that participants sign. As an additional protection against unauthorized releases (especially by third parties who receive such advocacy information), the PHP requires that the applicable consent and authorization form(s) be completed by each participant prior to the requested communication or advocacy event.