Monitoring, Drug Testing, and the Medical Board

of California’s Regulations for its

New Physician Health and Wellness Program

CPPPH Videoconference December 13


Wednesday, December 13, 2023

via Zoom from 12:15pm - 1:45pm (PST)


  • Greg Skipper, MD
  • Center for Professional Recovery, Malibu
  • Nationally recognized researcher and speaker regarding professional impairment, drug testing, treatment and monitoring of health care professionals with substance use disorders
  • Karen Miotto, MD
  • Addiction Psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Chair of the Wellbeing Committee, monitoring mental health, behavioral issues, substance use disorders utilizing FSPHP and CPPPH Guidelines for monitoring agreements and toxicology testing
  • Virginia Matthews, RN, BSN, MBA
  • Program Director, Maximus Diversion Project for California
  • Maximus is the vendor for the Diversion Program of the California’s Osteopathic Medical Board and the Intervention Program of the Board of Registered Nursing as well as programs of four other California health professions licensing agencies

Content & Description:

The presenters will review the core elements of monitoring agreements, emphasizing what medical staff/medical groups should understand when preparing and implementing such an agreement.


The presenters will review specific elements from four documents:

  • CPPPH Guideline on Monitoring (in preparation)
  • CPPPH Guideline on Drug Testing (2023)
  • Federation of State Physician Health Program Guidelines (2019)
  • Medical Board of California Proposed Regulations for the operation of its new Physician Health and Wellness Program

The second half of the session will be reserved for questions and answers.

Registration Fee:

Early bird rate: $150 for the first person and a reduced fee of $125 for up to two additional persons from the same hospital or organization registering at the same time on the same registration form.


Early bird rate closes December 4. On Tuesday, December 5, registration fee is $185 per person with reduced fee of $145 for up to two additional persons.

Cancellation and refunds: For cancellations received by email before December 5, the registration can be transferred to a future program or full refunds can be made. No refunds will be made after December 5.



This course has been approved for 1.50 National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) continuing education credits. Accreditation of this educational content in no way implies endorsement or sponsorship by NAMSS.

The AAFP has reviewed Monitoring, Drug Testing and MBC Proposed Program and deemed it acceptable for up to 1.50 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 12/13/2023 to 12/13/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the role that monitoring plays in treatment outcome.
  • List 2 measures that can be monitored when the monitoring is related to:
  • substance use / addiction.
  • mental health/psychiatric diagnosis.
  • behavior outside of the medical staff’s code of conduct.
  • Describe what elements in the records of monitoring remain confidential and protected by Ev. Code Sec. 1157.


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