Do PHPs Bring More Problems than Solutions for Physicians?

SEPTEMBER 2, 2015

Physician Health Programs (PHPs) are state-based plans for doctors with substance abuse or other mental health problems. Some of these programs are now coming under fire for lack of oversight and regulation, as well as unscrupulous billing and contracting. There are anecdotal reports that a number of physicians have had harrowing interactions with PHPs, leading some to become suicidal.

PHPs were initially established to help physicians struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues by providing them with access to confidential treatment while avoiding professional investigation and potential disciplinary action. However, some practitioners view Physician Health Programs as coercive and abusive of their power, particularly as there are rarely avenues for appeal of PHPs treatment recommendations.

Detractors of the Physician Health Programs system claim physicians who voluntarily disclose they have mental health or drug problem can be forced into treatment without recourse, face expensive contracts, and are frequently sent out of their home state to receive the prescribed therapy. In addition, critics assert that there is no real oversight and regulation of these programs.

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