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California Public Protection & Physician Health
California Public Protection  & Physician Health, Inc.  Coordinating physician health activities in California
Each email from us focuses on one or more of these areas:
  • Aging
  • Burnout/Stress
  • Case finding and early identification «
  • Committee policies and procedures
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Family issues
  • Guidelines «
  • Mental illness
  • Physical illness
  • Resources «
  • Specialty-specific issues
  • Substance use/abuse «
  • Wellness
Find more on these subjects at www.CPPPH.org.

Confidential Assistance Over the Phone

The Physicians’ 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
    (northern California)
  • (213) 383-2691
    (southern California)

Send Us Your Comments

We want to hear from you. Send comments to CPPPHInc@gmail.com.
If you are involved in physician health activities in California, you may find helpful information here.

Monitoring is the Core of the New Paradigm for Recovery

The post-treatment monitoring strategies developed and refined over the past four decades by organizations responsible for individuals working in at-risk positions including physicians and other health professionals, airline pilots, lawyers  are producing remarkable long-term outcomes according to a report from the Recovery Management Working Group of the Institute for Behavior and Health.  The roster of the Working Group includes three active participants in CPPPH Advisory Groups: Marvin Seppala, MD, Gregory Skipper, MD, and Michel Sucher, MD. 

Commenting on the effectiveness of the monitoring for these professional groups, and questioning why it is not more widely used, the report says that if an effective diabetes management program was available only to certain groups of people in the way that the New Paradigm programs are usually available only to pilots, physicians and lawyers, “the nation would not stand for it.”

A full description of the monitoring components, with references documenting the evidence for their effectiveness, is in the 34-page report. The full text is available on the CPPPH website. It is a valuable resource for all who are responsible for monitoring. 

Evaluations: From Screening to Fitness for Duty Reports


In response to requests, CPPPH has launched a new project that may be of interest to all who request, use, conduct or report evaluations of medical staff members. A day-long workshop, based on the 2013 guideline Evaluations of Health Care Professionals and the guideline currently in development, Assessment of Late-Career Practitioners: Age-based Screening, will discuss all types of evaluations and cover the elements considered necessary in the preparations for any evaluation and what the report should include. Those who complete all parts of the project will receive a certificate of completion from CPPPH. After the workshop, CPPPH will provide, on request, a list of all who have the certificate. Full details about the project are HERE.

Are There Precursors of Substance Use Disorders in American Physicians?
The Federation of State Physician Health Programs held its 12th annual meeting in April in Denver addressing the wide range of issues facing the Physician Health Programs in other states.  Examples are “Best Practices in Drug Testing of Healthcare Professionals: Monitoring Through Biomarkers,” and “Controversies of Pain Management in Recovering Healthcare Professionals.”  You can see the slides from all the presentations HERE.

Of particular interest are the slides from the presentation titled, “Are There Precursors for Substance Use Disorders in American Physicians?” by Michael Oreskovich, MD, FACS, University of Washington that shows the link between burnout and impairment. Click HERE for the presentation.
The organization of programs for registered nurses and health care professionals other than physicians is the National Organization of Alternative Programs, (NOAP). To see the topics covered at their 2014 annual meeting, with copies of the slides, click HERE.


Issue #8, July 2014

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