Submitted by Carmen Balber on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:38
Would you want to know if your doctor was in addiction treatment and failed a drug test? Shouldn't he have to tell the hospital he works at? What about the state Medical Board responsible for disciplining physicians who place patients at risk?
Submitted by Carmen Balber on Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:04
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.
Submitted by Carmen Balber on Wed, 03/16/2016 - 15:26
The California Medical Association should get over its reactionary opposition to reform that would curb the prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic.
Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new painkiller prescription guidelines recommending that doctors check state prescription drug databases before prescribing opioids to a patient. This simple tool has been proven to reduce overprescribing, but only when doctors are required to use it.
Submitted by Carmen Balber on Tue, 03/01/2016 - 09:55
California taxpayers dodged a bullet yesterday with the passage of a high-stakes bill to help fund Medi-Cal.
Legislative Democrats and nearly a dozen Republicans approved a plan to trade existing taxes for a new tax on insurers to raise more than $1 billion in needed health care funding and preserve federal Medi-Cal matching funds.
Submitted by Eddie Barrera on Tue, 02/16/2016 - 12:37
The California Medical Board had one job to do when it came to protecting patients from doctors on probation: Make it easier for patients to know. The Board failed, and now state Senator Jerry Hill is trying to rectify that error by proposing legislation.