FSPHP Insights 

June 19, 2024

FSPHP Stands in Support of Health Professionals in California:

FSPHP Leadership Presents in Support of a PHP Model Program Consistent with the FSPHP PHP Guidelines to the California Medical Board

The FSPHP Past Presidents, Chris Bundy, MD, MPH, Washington Physicians Health Program Executive Medical Director, and Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM, Georgia Professionals Program Medical Director were invited to present evidence regarding the efficacy of the FSPHP PHP Model at the May California Medical Board. The invitation followed FSPHP’s submission of Comments in November 2023 to the CA Medical Board expressing concerns for the newly proposed regulation of the Physician and Surgeon Health and Wellness Program coupled with comments regarding problems with the existing Uniform Standards.   READ MORE

FSPHP Executive Director Honored with the 2024 Edward J Khantzian Physician Health Distinguished Service Award from Massachusetts Physician Health Services, Inc.

FSPHP Executive Director, Linda Bresnahan, has been honored with the prestigious 2024 Edward J. Khantzian Physician Health Distinguished Service Award from the Massachusetts Physician Health Services, Inc. and its Board of Directors for her exceptional dedication and invaluable contributions to the field of physician health.

This award was established in 2015 to recognize professionals who have made a significant contribution to the cause of improving the health, well-being, and effectiveness of physicians and medical students. Dr. Edward Khantzian spent more than 40 years studying psychological factors associated with drug and alcohol abuse and was devoted to his patients and the many lives he touched in his work.  He was a founder and essential leader of the Physician Health Services, Inc. (PHS) since before PHS' incorporation in 1993.  PHS has reached and helped thousands of physicians and students under his guidance, wisdom, and caring. PHS gives out the Edward J. Khantzian Physician Health Distinguished Service Award every year to someone affiliated with PHS who has gone above and beyond in service to PHS participants and physician health.

Ms. Bresnahan has “provided untiring and passionate dedication to the cause of physician health nationally,” stated Mark Albanese, MD, Medical Director, Physician Health Services, Inc., Massachusetts Medical Society. 

Public Policy Committee Publishes FSPHP Issue Brief: Effective Communication Regarding PHP Confidentiality

The FSPHP Public Policy Committee has prepared the Issue Brief "Effective Communication Regarding PHP Confidentiality" to offer Physician and Professional Health Programs (PHPs) recommendations for promoting clear and effective communication about confidentiality.

Confidentiality is fundamental to the PHP model, which aims to minimize barriers like stigma, shame, and fear of professional repercussions. These barriers can deter individuals from seeking help, potentially allowing illnesses to progress to the point of impairment.

The recommendations in this Issue Brief align with and expand upon the relevant content found in Section 2 of the FSPHP 2019 Guidelines: Physician Health Program Fundamental Principles.

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FSPHP Task Force to Support Safe Haven Publishes Position Statement / Action Plan: Enhancing Confidential Care for Physicians and Healthcare Professionals through FSPHP State Physician Health Programs (PHPs)

The FSPHP Task Force to Support Safe Haven recognized the need to define safe haven terminology and establish standards for physician and healthcare professional programs to clearly understand its concept. The purpose of the position statement is to create a safe mechanism for physicians and healthcare professionals to seek help while safeguarding the privacy of their protected health information.

The action plan aims to address known confidentiality barriers that may prevent healthcare professionals from seeking necessary support, early intervention, or treatment from their state physician health programs when facing well-being challenges.

The following Triad of Confidentiality served as the foundation for developing the proposed legislative and regulatory changes outlined in the action plan:

  1. Confidentiality of PHP information encourages self-referrals, and early intervention.
  2. Confidential referrals to a PHP increase utilization of their services as an efficacious alternative to discipline.
  3. PHP compliance results in non-disclosure of protected health information on licensure/credentialing/insurance and certification applications.

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Ad Space available in Fall 2024 issue of Physician Health News

This highly anticipated issue is currently in development and will feature session summaries from the FSPHP 2024 Annual Education Conference, which took place in Nashville this past April.   

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