The Clinician Health Committee is a medical peer review committee and shall be composed of three members of the Medical Staff, appointed by the President of the Medical Staff, in consultation with the Patient Care Assessment Coordinator.
- 24 - The Clinician Health Committee shall respond to a complaint, allegation or concern regarding illness or impairment of a medical staff member by meeting promptly to review the evidence and interview the medical staff member in question to determine whether evidence supports the conclusion that the practitioner is an Affected Medical Staff Member. A medical staff member who is known to have or who is suspected of having a physical/mental impairment or drug, alcohol or other substance abuse problem shall be required to provide such information, to obtain such examinations, or to submit to such tests as may reasonably be requested by a member of the Clinician Health Committee. The Clinician Health Committee shall have the authority to require an independent physical and/or psychiatric evaluation by an evaluator acceptable to both parties. The evaluator’s findings shall be reported to the Clinician Health Committee .If the Clinician Health Committee finds a reasonable basis to conclude that the medical staff member is “affected”, the Clinician Health Committee shall recommend that the staff member participate in Clinician Health Program, and may recommend that the staff member take a leave of absence for the purpose of evaluation, treatment and counseling. If the medical staff member agrees to participate in the Program, the Clinician Health Committee will develop and recommend a remedial plan, in consultation with Physician Health Services of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the medical staff member, as appropriate. The findings, recommendations and actions of the Clinician Health Committee shall not be used in a corrective action process under Article VI. The Hospital may be required to report certain aspects of the remedial plan to regulatory agencies and/or other entities. The medical staff member shall be apprised of any potential reporting obligations prior to making a decision as to whether to participate in the Program. If the medical staff member refuses to participate in the Program, the Clinician Health Committee shall so notify the President of the Medical Staff. Failure of the staff member to respond within a reasonable time to a recommendation by the Clinician Health Committee for participation in the Program shall be construed as refusal to participate in the Program. A remedial plan may include, but is not limited to, counseling and treatment, urine screening or other surveillance for drug or alcohol use, voluntary curtailment or other change in clinical privileges, and the use of monitors, proctors, chaperones, or supervised practice. The Clinician Health Committee shall monitor the compliance of a medical staff member with the terms of the medical staff member’s remedial plan. The
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