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Mandated Reporting - Exceptions

In Massachusetts, there is a law that requires all health care providers (including doctors, nurses, psychologists, and others defined in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 111, section 1) to report to the Board of Registration in Medicine (BRM) whenever there is a reasonable basis to believe that a physician is in violation of any of the laws, rules, or regulations of the BRM. This law is set forth at G.L. c. 112, § 5F.

This includes reporting to the BRM when there is a reasonable basis to believe that a physician is practicing medicine while impaired by drugs or alcohol, or when a physician is a habitual user of drugs or alcohol.

There is also an exception to this mandated reporting requirement, which would allow mandated reporters to report to Physician Health Services instead of the BRM in certain defined circumstances. Specifically, the following requirements must be met for a diversionary report to be made to PHS:

  • The circumstances must involve a drug or alcohol problem
  • There must be no allegation of patient harm
  • The physician must agree to participate in PHS
  • The reporter must receive confirmation within 30 days from PHS that the physician is in compliance with the program

These specific requirements are set forth in the regulations of the Board of Registration in Medicine.

By serving as an approved diversionary program, PHS is able to provide confidential support services and assistance to a wider range of physicians facing problems of substance abuse.

Mandated Reporting - Obligations to Consider

 
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPEN POSITION AT PHS

PHS is actively recruiting for a Medical Director. This is a unique opportunity to be an important part of a mission driven non-profit organization that supports the health, well-being, and effectiveness of physicians and medical students in MA. PHS is currently accepting applications, through the job posting here: MMS website. Please review the job description and apply. You may also contact a member of the search committee: Mary Anna Sullivan, MD, Chair, PHS Board of Directors; Glenn Pransky, MD, Director, PHS Board of Directors; Booker Bush, MD, Director, PHS Board of Directors; Dustin Patil, MD, Director, PHS Board of Directors; Bara Litman-Pike, PsyD, Executive Director PHS.

PHS is looking for great candidates to apply to this important position. We welcome your interest. The job is posted on this link on the MMS website.**

ANNOUNCEMENT

PHS is sad to announce that Dr. Steven Adelman has decided to step down from his current position as Medical Director of Physician Health Services, Inc at the end of February 2021. During his eight (8) years of service his efforts have touched the lives and helped the careers of more than one thousand distressed physicians and medical students. He has brought a commitment and passion to the pursuit of PHS’s mission, while expanding the breadth, depth and quality of its services. His success is our success.

Dr. Adelman is planning to pursue other professional interests and opportunities. As PHS begins its search for a new Medical Director, Dr. Adelman will be an important part of our search team, and he will work closely with PHS’s Executive Director, Dr. Bara Litman-Pike.

PHS is very grateful for Dr. Adelman’s leadership and service. His work and that of his staff has been a source of pride to all of us at PHS and MMS. The medical profession and its patients are the ultimate beneficiaries of his tireless efforts.

PHS is looking for great candidates to apply to this important position. We welcome your interest. The job is posted on this link on the MMS website.

The 23rd PHS Annual Dinner Gathering, originally scheduled for May 6, 2020, will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date in 2020 due to the current COVID-19 healthcare crisis. PHS looks forward to seeing everyone and will send an announcement once a new date has been determined. Please contact 781-434-7404 if you have questions. Thank you for all you do.

As you may know, the Board of Registration in Medicine has enacted new regulations for Massachusetts licensed physicians.  Please be assured that PHS continues to provide confidential consultation and assistance, without change, to MA physicians, medical students, and medical leaders. Please feel free to call PHS (781-434-7404) with any questions. 

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