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 Medical Association, California Hospital Association and professional liability insurance carriers. 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 Introduces its new Executive Director, Barbara Thompson
Barbara Thompson joined the CPPPH Team on November 1, 2015 as Executive Director. For details, click HERE.
CPPPH Services and Workshops
- Consultants to Medical Staffs and Medical Groups (click HERE for full description)
- Workshops (See Workshops Calendar and Regional Workshops page)
- Guidelines (Use links below)
CPPPH regional workshops:
For a list of topics and speakers from all past regional workshops, with links to handout materials, click HERE.
2nd Meeting of Western States Health Care Professionals Group
February 19-21, 2016
Crown Plaza Redondo Beach
To register and more information
- Assessing Late Career Practitioners: Policies and Procedures for Age-based Screening [PDF]
This document is intended to assist all those in medical staffs, medical groups, and other entities that have responsibility for decisions related to evaluating a practitioner’s health and wellbeing as they impact the practitioner’s ability to practice medicine safely.
Note that this document is a CPPPH product. Endorsement has been requested from the California Medical Association, the California Hospital Association, and several California specialty societies. All those requests are pending, awaiting the comments of those bodies.
- 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
- Burnout Can Have Devastating Consequences: Take Action Before the Situation Becomes Critical
November 12, 2014
Almost half of U.S. physicians report at least one symptom of burnout – a much higher rate than reported by individuals employed in other occupations. This article presents case studies that highlight ways that burnout can affect patient care. Risk management strategies can facilitate the recognition, prevention and remediation of burnout as early as possible, and ways to address organizational and cultural issues that cause burnout.
- New Paradigm for Recovery
A comprehensive description of the elements that comprise monitoring for persons working in high risk positions — health care professionals, pilots, lawyers, this 34-page, well referenced 2014 report from the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., will be valuable for all who are responsible for monitoring programs.
- Disruptive Physician Behavior: Use and Misuse of the Label [PDF]
Journal of Medical Regulation (2011) Vol. 98, No. 1
This article provides in-depth information about disruptive physician behavior, including discussion of the causes and contributing factors, strategies to manage such behavior, formulation of medical staff policies, and appropriate and inappropriate use of the disruptive label.
The author, Norman Reynolds, MD, of San Jose, California was honored by the Federation of State Medical Boards at its 2014 meeting with the FSMB Award for Excellence in Writing.
- Drug Testing: A White Paper of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
October 26, 2013
The science and the current practice of drug testing are covered in this 115-page, highly referenced paper from the American Society of Addiction Medicine with reviews of all aspects, from patient care and public health to public protection.
- Substance Use Disorders Among Anesthesiology Residents 1975-2009
Records from the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and the Disciplinary Action Notification Service (DANS) of the Federation of State Medical Boards are analyzed in depth in this article (JAMA. 2013;310(21):2289-2296). The authors, from the Mayo Clinic (Rochester) Department of Anesthesiology and the ABA, say, “To our knowledge, this report provides the first comprehensive description of the epidemiology and outcomes of SUD for any in-training physician specialty group.” The full text is available from JAMA.
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.
The newsletter of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs includes information from the presentations at their annual meetings — very interesting and a lot of substantive information.