Capitol Watchdog: Meetings to Watch This Week

When and how should you find out if your doctor was put on probation by the California Medical Board? Sloppy medical records, inappropriate behavior with female patients and overprescribing with deadly consequences are a few of the reasons your doctor might be on probation. The Board says that its website's licensing portal is adequate, but patient-safety advocates say that a doctor should tell their patients if they are on probation. It will be discussed at this week's Medical Board meeting. Read on for more: 

Wednesday 

Meeting: The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee is on flood management and the upcoming El Niño weather. The hearing is expected to highlight what to expect and how well prepared flood managers and and emergency service agencies are for this year's rainy season. The hearing will begin with a presentation by William Patzert.  Often called the “prophet of California climate,” Patzert is a scientist at the California Institute of Technology’s NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.  He will describe what El Niño is, how this one is shaping up, and what the likely impacts will be.
 
10 a.m. - Van Nuys State Office Building 
6150 Van Nuys Blvd. 
Van Nuys
 
 
Meeting: The Select Committee on Emerging Technologies will be meeting on "The Challenges and Opportunities of the Internet of Things (IoT)," as emerging technology digitizes the physical world with products that contain embedded software systems, sensors, and network connectivity. The commercialization of the IoT has the potential to open new markets, create productivity improvements for consumers, companies, government, and economies. But will also give rise to challenges, including related to privacy, cybersecurity, and interpreting the massive amount of information generated by IoT devices with data analytics.
 
10 a.m. 1 p.m.
International House - Auditorium
University of California, Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720

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Thursday, Friday 

Meeting: The Medical Board of California agenda for this week is jammed packed. It will be discussing the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission on state boards. Boards such as the Medical Board of California have a majority of participants who are active in the fields they regulate. In boards constructed like the CMB, decisions they make could further their own interests rather than the interests of the state or consumers, according to the FTC. It may force major changes, including have more public members on boards.

They will be discussing a push by Consumers Union to require physicians to notify patients when they are on probation. In addition, they will be discussing proposals, and may come to decisions, on creating a program to deal with physicians who have substance abuse problems. Will the Board listen to consumer advocates and ensure that doctors can't secretly go into treatment and avoid accountability to their patients or the Board?  They'll also be getting an update on CURES, the state's prescription drug database. 

Thursday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

The Westirn San Diego 
400 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 9291
Diamond 1 Room
 

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