As you know, physicians, physician assistants, podiatrists, medical psychologists, dentists, and dental hygienists (healthcare professionals) often find themselves caring for others continuously. However, these health care professionals also need assistance at times, and we want you to know that it is ok to ask for help. It is the primary role of the Healthcare Professionals' Foundation of Louisiana (HPFL) Professionals' Health Program (PHP) to offer assistance to health care professionals who may be suffering from difficulties such as substance use issues, depression, anxiety, etc., in addition to a host of physical ailments and disruptive behavior patterns. The HPFL PHP supports healthcare professionals who are in our program and advocates for them with hospitals, health plan networks, malpractice insurance carriers, licensure boards, etc.
Of noteworthy importance, the assistance offered by the HPFL PHP is confidential. For example, any physician, physicians assistant, podiatrist, medical psychologist, dentist, or dental hygienist (healthcare professional) who is experiencing a problem with substance use for which they have not been adequately treated or monitored, can access the HPFL PHP without any obligation on the part of the HPFL PHP to notify the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) or the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry (LSBD). In fact, a physician enrolled in the HPFL PHP for the first time can answer “No” on their license renewal to questions #1 and #2. There are some circumstances which the HPFL PHP is mandated to report to the LSBME or LSBD. The HPFL PHP is obligated to inform when it receives information indicating a professional has diverted prescription drugs for trade or sale, information of a professional acting inappropriately with a patient (boundary violation), a return to substance use once in the program, or noncompliance. However, in all cases, the LSBME, LSBD, and the HPFL PHP mutually support early detection and treatment of professionals.
If you or someone you know could use the assistance of the HPFL PHP, please do not hesitate to contact us at 888-743-5747.