This CPPPH newsletter aims to keep readers abreast of current developements and relevant information about physician health and wellbeing in California.
All past issues of CPPPH newsletter are available from the CPPPH website: www.CPPPH.org.
Wellness activities address quality of life and professional satisfaction for all physicians. Wellbeing activities focus on an individual physician and provide resources for identifying, evaluating, referring, treating, and monitoring for physicians when addiction, mental health, behavioral issues, and the effects of aging are a concern.
Confidential Assistance Over the Phone
The Physicans’ and Dentists’ Confidential Assistance Line is a 24-hour phone service providing completely confidential doctor-to-doctor assistance for physicians experiencing substance use or mental health issues. Call:
- (650) 756-7787
- (213) 383-2691
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Physicians with Addiction
The American Society of Addiction Medicine’s February 2020 Public Policy Statement on Physicians and other Healthcare Professionals with Addiction provides a comprehensive explication of what “impairment” means and what effective responses are.
A copy of the full statement is available HERE
Reporting Allegations of Sexual Misconduct to MBC
The Medical Board has issued the Health Facility Reporting Form that hospitals and health facilities are to use to report allegations of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct made by a patient against a licensed health care practitioner.
The law creates a fine of $50,000 per violation for “any failure to file the report” and a fine of $100,000 for a “willful failure”, as defined in Section 805.8(e).
The report must be made within 15 days. This requirement was created by the passage of Senator Jerry Hill’s SB425 in 2019 that created Section 805.8 of California’s Business and Professions Code.
From the emailed message from the MBC to all licensees dated 1-23-20: “It is important to note that any allegation received by the Board will go through the Board’s normal enforcement process, which includes due process rights for physicians.”
RCMA Conference on Physicians’ Well-Being
Registration is open now for the 32nd annual program of the Riverside County Medical Association conference – this year on Wednesday, May 20. Full information is HERE.
Federation of State PHPs is Meeting in San Diego
The Federation of State Physician Health Programs is bringing its 30th annual meeting to San Diego April 30 to May 3. All who work in the field of health and wellbeing of healthcare professionals are invited to register.
There are 23 sessions on matters related to physician health and wellbeing. Just two examples are:
- What Can Working in Professional Assistance with Federal Judges Teach Us about the Essential Nature of Our Work in PHPs?
- Lessons from the Physician Health Program for Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Implementing Innovations for Aftercare, Recovery Support and Monitoring to Attain Five-Year Recovery