The Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations (FIPO) is a medical organisation representing the majority of the medical professional's organisations in Britain that have private practice committees.
FIPO was formed in 2000 to provide an overarching body for the many specialist and other medical committees acting on behalf of the profession in the independent sector. FIPO will thus provide guidance, policies and co-ordination to these medical organisations. FIPO seeks to work constructively with all independent hospital providers and the private medical insurance industry and hopefully together to advance the cause of independent healthcare.
FIPO also acts to preserve and promote the highest standards of clinical care, reflecting FIPO's concern to put the patient first.
FIPO Surveys, Newsletters and Information for Consultants March 2013
In response to recent changes in Bupa's insurance changes FIPO has issued consultant newsletters and a Patient Leaflet.
Bupa Reimbursement Cutbacks and Open Referral May 2012
Bupa has engaged in an "open referral" for patients whilst simultaneously reducing benefits to patients for consultant fees across a range of specialties.
FIPO Consultant Appraisal Services (FIPO-CAppS) May 2012
This new service for consultants in the independent sector has been set up to provide appraisals, Multi-source Feedback (360º appraisal) and advice on all aspects of revalidation in the independent sector. A Pilot Study has been performed to test the appraisal system.
Competition Commission Inquiry April 2012
A Competition Commission Private Healthcare Market Study has been set up after the OFT completed its report and recommended a more detailed inquiry in to the independent healthcare sector.
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Meeting Reports October 2012
A National-MAC meeting was held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on 24 October 2012.
A meeting on "Significant Events" was held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on 24 October 2012.
Medical Indemnity October 2011
FIPO has commissioned an independent enquiry into professional medical indemnity.
FIPO Quality Statements June 2011
FIPO have produced a Quality Statement on orthopaedic surgery
Two FIPO Consultant Surveys – May 2010 and July 2010
FIPO has carried out two separate surveys in response to questions raised first by AXA PPP in terms of patient reimbursements and second with regards to BUPA’s approach to “quality and consultant recognition”.
- Review an outline report of the May FIPO survey
- Review the detailed results of the May FIPO survey
- Review an outline report of the July FIPO survey
- Review the detailed results of the July FIPO survey
AXA-PPP New Approach on Fee Reimbursements to Consultants - March 2010
AXA-PPP is issuing new instructions for many established consultants asking them to adhere to a new low fixed fee schedule. FIPO has responded with a detailed consultant questionnaire which gives the professional view of this situation.
BUPA Insurance Announce New Terms and Conditions for Consultants – July 2010
BUPA Insurance has announced new conditions for consultants seeking recognition. This has widespread implications for all consultants...
Fee Arrangements - February 2010
FIPO is providing new information and documentation about fee arrangements for consultants, patients and General Practitioners...
FIPO Patient Charter
FIPO launched its Charter on the November 26th 2007 at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster with presentations by the Chairman of FIPO and the Minister of Health Professor Lord Darzi to an audience of patients, professionals, politicians, hospital providers and think tank representatives...
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