CPPPH is an independent, non-profit California public benefit corporation established in 2009 to develop a comprehensive statewide physician health program so that California does not remain one of the few states without such a resource. It is a collaborative effort funded by many medical organizations including specialty societies, county medical societies, as well as the California Hospital Association and liability carriers and medical groups. It provides consultation, coordination, education and network-building. It promulgates guidelines for physician health service providers and policies and procedures for physician health committees. »For other information, see “About CPPPH.”
CPPPH workshops for members and staff of physician health committees. See information about each workshop below. Materials from past workshops are also available.
- Saturday, February 1, 2014 - San Francisco Bay Area Regional Workshop
- Saturday, February 8, 2014 – Los Angeles Regional Workshop
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 – Sierra Sacramento Valley Regional Workshop
- Saturday, April 5, 2014 – San Diego Regional Workshop
OCMA Physician Wellness Event: Bio-psycho-social Approach to the Treatment of Obesity. Speaker: Charles Nguyen, M.D., D.F.A.P.A.
- Wednesday, December 11, 2013. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm PST
Location: Orange County Medical Association
17322 Murphy Avenue, Irvine CA 92614
Guideline documents from different organizations. The most recently added are:
- CMA Guidelines for Physician Well-Being Committees [PDF]
(September 2013 Edition)
This comprehensive 29-page document prepared by CMA Legal Department covers all pertinent areas starting with medical staff bylaws and The Joint Commission Standard MS2.6, continuing through committee policies and procedures, through monitoring, confidentiality and peer review protections.
- Guidelines for Evaluations of Health Care Professionals [PDF]
This guideline from CPPPH describes all the elements involved in getting a clinical evaluation, including qualifications of those who conduct evaluations, the preparation to be completed in advance, and the recommended contents of the report. This document focuses on the evaluations that are used to determine diagnoses, assess severity, identify appropriate clinical interventions, assess patient safety, and/or determine what steps should be taken to protect public safety, and the physician’s personal health and career.
Articles, Sample Documents, Policy Statements
- New York Times: Medicine’s Search for MeaningThis long opinion piece reviews a medical school elective course called “The Healer’s Art” that “is taught annually at 71 schools in the United States (half of the nation’s medical schools) and schools in seven other countries. … And while it is described as a simple elective — a 15-hour course given in five three-hour sessions — many of the doctors who teach it, and the students who take it, see it as part of a movement.” Several California hospitals have started related efforts. One example is Finding Meaning in Medicine which we mentioned in the July issue of this newsletter.“Because it has strong links to the quality of care,” says Dr. Tait Shanafelt of the Mayo Clinic, “promoting wellness is a shared responsibility of individual physicians as well as the hospital or practice group.” You can read the whole NYT article HERE.
- Physician health programmes and malpractice claims: reducing risk through monitoring
Occupational Medicine. April 19, 2013
- Antidotes to Physician Burnout: Fostering Physician Resiliency, Well-Being, and Holistic Development
Medscape. Apr 19, 2013
- Disruptive Physician Behavior: Use & Misuse of the Label [PDF]
Journal of Medical Regulation (2011) Vol. 98, No. 1
- Prognosis for the Recovery of Surgeons From Chemical Dependency | A 5-Year Outcome Study JAMA Surgery (Nov 2011)
Confidential Assistance Over the Phone
The Physicians’ and Dentists’ Confidential Assistance Line is 24-hour phone service providing completely confidential doctor-to-doctor assistance. See brochure.
If you are involved in physician health activities in California, you may find helpful information in these CPPPH e-Newsletters.
- Issue #5, October 2013: MBC Proposed Regulations for Probationers, Updated CMA Guidelines for Well-Being Committees and Monitoring, New York Times Medicines Search for Meaning
- Issue #4, July 2013: Propofol Abuse 1990-2010, Drug Testing as a Monitoring Tool, Finding Meaning in Medicine
- Issue #3, April 2013: Aging, International Doctors in AA, Grand Rounds or Committee Meetings
- Issue #2, January 2013: Resources, Guidelines, Making Well-Being Committees Available, Grand Rounds
- Issue #1, October 2012: Disruptive Behavior, Guidelines, Aging, Grand Rounds