Department of Consumer Affairs Extends series of Licensing Waivers Pertaining to the Medical Board of California During State of Emergency

By Ellen Williams On August 27, 2020, Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Director, Kimberly Kirchmeyer, issued two orders extending the deadlines for licensing waivers issued as a result of Governor Newsom’s March 30, 2020, State of Emergency proclamation in California, Continue reading

Board of Pharmacy Readopts Emergency Regulation Related to HIV Preexposure and Postexposure Treatment

By Anna Schwartz At its September 17, 2020 meeting, the Board of Pharmacy (BOP) voted to readopt emergency regulations to add section 1747,  Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) to establish a training program for pharmacists to Continue reading

AB 890 Signed Into Law After Opposition from Board of Registered Nursing

By Kendra J. Muller AB 890 (Wood), as amended August 28, 2020, amends sections 650.01, 805, 805.5, and adds Article 8.5 to the Business and Professions Code regarding nursing practitioner guidelines. According to a bill analysis and as defined by Continue reading

Dental Board of California Closely Watches Failed Bill to Regulate Mail-Order Teeth Alignment Companies

By Jonathan Greenbergs On August 8, 2020, AB 1998 (Low) failed to pass the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions, & Economic Development. As amended June 3, 2020, this bill would have amended sections 1680, 1683.1, and 1683.2 of, and added Continue reading

Medical Board of California Endorses Legislation Allowing Pharmacists to Administer Potential COVID-19 Vaccines Without Federal-Level Approval

By Jonathan Padua At its August 13, 2020 meeting, the Medical Board of California (MBC), in anticipation of a potential COVID-19 vaccine becoming available to the general public, voted to support AB 1710 (Wood) (Chapter 123, September 24, 2020) a Continue reading

Contractors State License Board Moves to Mandate Workers’ Compensation Insurance for Its Licensees

By Sabrina Barr At its September 9, 2020 meeting, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) unanimously approved a legislative proposal [item E-3], recommended by CSLB staff and the Board’s Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee, that would amend sections 7125 and 7125.4 Continue reading

Public Utilities Commission Dismisses Executive Director Following California Personnel Board Special Investigation Report on Hiring Practices

By Maddie Orcutt At the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) meeting on August 31, 2020, the CPUC voted to dismiss Executive Director Alice Stebbins in closed session after a public hearing on the matter. Ms. Stebbins had served as the Continue reading

Department of Managed Health Care Orders Aetna to Pay Fine for Improper Denial of Emergency Room Claims

By Meena Kaypour On August 25, 2020, the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) issued a cease and desist order to Aetna Health of California, Inc. with respect to its continued failure to comply with California standards for emergency room Continue reading

California Board of Accountancy Proposes Regulations to Implement AB 2138 and Amend its Disciplinary Guidelines

By Connor Greth On May 8, 2020, the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) published notice of its intent to amend sections 98, 99, 99.1, and 99.2, Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) relating to the denial, suspension, Continue reading