Ironically the North Carolina physician health program (PHP) failed to follow guidelines they themselves introduced and demanded be followed. They could produce no documentary evidence these criteria even exist or even provide a crumb of plausible criteria.
“Professional networks”, “reputation” and other informal sources are fine for some choices. That’s how I picked out my first skateboard.
Resources such as these can play in important role in choosing a shirt, buying new sneakers or even purchasing a car but they do not constitute selection criteria for an assessment in which the consequences and recommendations made for the person being assessed are significant, potentially life-altering and possibly permanent!
And to top it all off the Medical Director of the North Carolina PHP, Dr. Warren Pendergast, was the President of the national organization for state PHPs, the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) at the time of the audit!
The President of the FSPHP being unable to define the selection criteria for approved and mandated facilities is like Anthony Bourdain being unable to explain the ingredients of an omelette.