CPPPH Guidelines

CPPPH guidelines are designed to assist medical staffs/medical groups and all who are responsible for a provider's heath and ability to practice safely. Copies can be purchased and downloaded from this page.

Drug Testing: What You Test For, When, Why and How

(CPPPH September 2022)

This document is intended to help those who develop and implement the policies and procedures for drug testing — those involved in potentially disciplining physicians (e.g., Medical Executive Committees) as well as those involved in trying to assist physicians clinically (e.g., Wellbeing Committees).

Behaviors that Undermine a Culture of Safety: Policies and Procedures for Medical Staffs and Medical Groups

(CPPPH March 2017)

This document is intended for those in medical staffs, medical groups, and other entities with responsibility for decisions related to evaluating a practitioner's behavior and/or compliance with the organization's code of conduct. It is intended to assist them in the identification of policies and the implementation of procedures for support of professional behavior, and in the effective maintenance of the culture of safety and professionalism within the medical staff and the medical center.

Assessing Late Career Practitioners: Policies and Procedures for Age-based Screening

(CPPPH April 2015)

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.

Guidelines for Evaluations of Health Care Professionals

(CPPPH October 2013)

This CPPPH guideline describes all the elements involved in getting a clinical evaluation, including the qualifications of those who conduct evaluations, the preparation to be completed in advance, and the recommended contents of the report.  This document focuses on 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.

Guidelines for Selecting Physician Health Services

(CPPPH September 2013)

These CPPPH guidelines are addressed to hospital medical staffs and medical groups and all who have professional responsibilities for physician health and patient safety. They are designed to help you make informed choices among possible providers of different kinds of services.

Physician Well-Being Committees: Guidelines

(CMA ON-CALL Document #5177) (CMA January 2023)

These Guidelines are intended to aid hospitals, medical groups, medical societies, specialty societies and any other physician entities to create and operate a committee which assists physicians with matters related to prevention of impairment and maintenance of health, with particular attention to substance abuse or addiction, mental illness, or behavior. Commonly referred to as "Physician Well-Being Committees," these committees assist medical staffs in a variety of ways and play several important roles. They act as educational resources for medical and other organization staff in matters related to maintenance of health and prevention of impairment. The Well-Being Committee (or the"Committee") provides an informal, confidential access point for persons who voluntarily seek their counsel and assistance. It also provides a source of expertise whereby the medical staff may identify health factors underlying a clinical performance problem for which corrective action is under consideration.In the context of a formal investigation regarding clinical performance being conducted by the Medical Executive Committee or similar entity within the organization, the Well-Being Committee may be called upon to determine the presence, and the nature, of an underlying problem and make recommendations related to such problems.