Issue #32 March/February 2021


This CPPPH newsletter aims to keep readers abreast of current developements and relevant information about physician health and wellbeing in California.

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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:

  • (213) 383-2691


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Research about PHPs and Health Professionals

The Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) strongly advocates for the use of empirical data to understand physician health program (PHP) outcomes. On the Federation’s website, this page is devoted to listing articles that report the studies. Twenty articles are listed there.

The Federation’s Research Committee is co-chaired by Lisa Merlo, PhD and Karen Miotto, MD. Dr. Merlo is Director of Wellness Programs for the University of Florida College of Medicine and Director of Research for Florida’s PHP. Dr. Miotto is Director of the UCLA Physician and Faculty Wellness Program and a member of the CPPPH Board.


FSPHP 2021 Virtual Education Conference

In the Federation’s meeting this year, presentations are spread in sections over 4 days – Tuesday, March 30; then Thursdays, April 1, 8, and 15. Richard Barton, Esq., a member of the CPPPH Attorney Advisory Group, is speaking on Challenges in Navigating Disability Discrimination and Privacy Laws in Addressing Physician Health. Greg Skipper, MD, a member of CPPPH Clinical Advisory Group, is speaking on Female Physicians with Substance Use Disorders: Outcomes and Challenges. The full list of topics, speakers, and times is HERE.

Policies Addressing Late Career Physicians

A number of medical staffs are currently preparing policies and procedures to address the fact that the cognitive decline associated with age has the potential to affect a clinician’s patient care. The medical staffs are, accordingly, deciding on different approaches to screening and assessments at the time of renewal of privileges (See the CPPPH 2015 Guideline Assessing Late Career Practitioners).

The next two CPPPH/CSAM noontime videoconferences are titled The Impact of Cognitive Decline on Physician Performance.
Part I: How to Think About It – Thursday, March 18, 2021.
Part II: What to Do About It – Thursday, May 20, 2021.

If you have received notices and the links to register for previous CPPPH/CSAM videoconferences, you are already on the mailing list to receive registration information for these sessions. If not, CLICK HERE to ask to be put on the mailing list.


Changes to the CPPPH/CSAM Videoconferences

Beginning in May, CPPPH/CSAM videoconferences will shift to accredited programs with a registration fee: $50 per person or $75 for two or three persons registering together from the same hospital or organization. Accreditation from AAFP will provide 1.5 house of CME credit. Full details are described on this page of the CPPPH website.

Available from CPPPH

You can read all the past issues of CPPPH eNews HERE.
Five CPPPH guideline documents are available HERE.



Issue #32, February/March 2021

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