Practitioner Impairment in the Workplace

Activity Release: 09/17/2020 Activity Expiration: 09/16/2024


The purpose of this CME activity is to provide information regarding practitioner impairment in the workplace, including emphasis on recognition and rehabilitation, rather than punitive discipline, thereby aiding practitioners in retaining or regaining optimal professional functioning, consistent with protection of patients.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE GAP: This CME activity fulfills Florida legislative medical licensing requirements for physicians, PAs and APRNs.

FACULTY:Celina Makowski, DHA, MBA, CHCP and Javeshia Melton, BS

CONTENT REVIEWER: Patricia D. Moore, PhD, RN

AUDIENCE:For the education of physicians, APRNs, and PAs.


At the conclusion of this CME activity, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the relationship of practitioner impairment on patient safety in a high reliability organization.

2. Discuss the factors contributing to practitioner impairment in the workplace.

3. Identify signs of impairment in the workplace.

4. Explain how statutory requirements impact practitioner impairment.

5. Discuss the Florida impairment reporting laws.

6. Describe Florida treatment programs for impaired practitioners.


* Commercial Support: None * Faculty & Content Reviewer finanical interest: None * CME Committee of Flagler Hospital: No relevant financial interest * Investigational products/products not labeled for use: None


This information in this educational activity is provided for general medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of the practitioner relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition. The viewpoints expressed in this CME activity are those of the authors/faculty. They do not represent an endorsement by Flagler Hospital, Inc. In no event will Flagler Hospital, Inc. be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this CME activity.

It is the practitioner's responsibility to understand and abide by the full text of specific Florida Statutes and Administrative Codes governing Healthcare Provider Impairment summarized in the following slides. Links to the Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Codes content are provided within the slides.


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1. Review Practitioner Impairment in the Workplace presentation power point Adobe pdf slides.

2. Complete the following Independent Reading:

a.Slide 27: The 2019 Florida Statute 456.076: Impaired practitioner programs

b. Slide 30:Physician impairment and rehabilitation: reintegration into medical practice while ensuring patient safety: a position paper from the American College of Physicians.

3. Pass the post-test with a grade of 90% and complete the continuing medical education evaluation. Click here for post-test/evaluation.

4. Credits earned will be reported to CE Broker once post-test/evaluation has been processed by CME Office.


Flagler Hospital is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Flagler Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of two (2.00) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Flagler Hospital is accredited for Florida Board of Nursing 50-664 for continuing education units.