Medical Board

Bill Deadline in Sacramento Leaves Patients Hanging

With bill deadlines this week, the news coming out of the legislature for patients is mixed.

The hearing for SB 572, that would have eliminated nearly every disciplinary action by the Medical Board for doctors, was postponed. Since this week is the last chance for bills to pass out of policy committees, this scary concept is toast for 2017 unless there’s an ill-advised gut-and-amend later this year.

Can Lawmakers Handle Drug-Dealing and Dangerous Doctors?

Democrats in Sacramento are basking in a national spotlight as reporters and pundits pick apart high-profile votes on transportation, cap and trade and immigration and speculate if, and how, they will turn a legislative supermajority into concrete action to resist Trump administration policies. Yet the industries that traditionally rule the roost in the statehouse are not sitting this session out.

Can Medical Board Oversight of Dangerous Doctors Be Reformed?

Four years ago, state lawmakers delivered a scathing indictment of the Medical Board of California for failing in its primary mission: patient protection. Physician oversight remains broken four years after that legislative “sunset review” committee threatened to shut down the Medical Board if it did not improve patient protection. Consumer Watchdog testifies at the sunset review hearing today and will call for the Board to be disbanded if it cannot improve. 
 

Are Medical Board Examiners Relying On Alternative Facts?

The Medical Board of California should soon have to answer for its failure to properly investigate accusations that a doctor's negligence harmed or killed a patient.

It would be unthinkable to decide the merits of a rape case without collecting evidence and interviewing both the victim and the accused. It is equally inconceivable that the Medical Board would close a complaint involving potentially life-threatening negligence after a medical expert gets only the doctor’s side of the story. Yet that appears to be the outcome of too many patient complaints to the Board. 

Meth and Medicine: What Patients Deserve To Know About Their Doctors

UPDATE Saturday May 9 -- Those watching Friday's Medical Board meeting from home can be excused for coming away thinking they are champions of patient safety. Members said so often enough.  But true to form, the Board stuck with doctors' interests when they voted to support SB 1177 and take a neutral if amended stance on SB 1033.

Will Lawmakers Protect Doctors Or Patients In New Legislation?

If California lawmakers plan to move forward with creating a state-sponsored "diversion program" for treating substance-abusing doctors, it should not be a secret country club for addicted doctors who want to hide from the consequences. 

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