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Colorado will keep its long-term mental health program for doctors after yearlong fight

A power struggle that pitted a state agency against the Colorado Medical Board was finally resolved this week after more than a year of tension.  At issue was the state’s contract with a peer counseling organization that for more than 30 years has helped doctors who struggle with depression, burnout, alcohol and drug abuse, physical […]

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Colorado agency erred in dumping a mental health program for doctors, judge rules

When state officials decided this summer to yank a contract for a peer health agency that has counseled Colorado physicians for 30 years, there was uproar in the medical community.  Hundreds of letters in protest — from doctors, medical students and others — bombarded the governor’s office and the state Department of Regulatory Agencies. How, […]

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Doctors are overwhelmed by coronavirus. So why did Colorado officials just end a 30-year contract with a peer health program?

For more than 30 years, one agency has monitored Colorado physicians struggling with depression, alcohol or drug abuse, physical conditions and behavior problems — doctors seeking help so they can continue to see patients.  The Colorado Physician Health Program, which formed in 1986, has evaluated more than 5,600 doctors for problems ranging from overwhelming sadness […]