The Patient Transparency and Protection Act Seeks to Address Medical Board’s Legislative Request

By Tala Hughes SB 920 (Hurtado), as amended on March 29, 2022, would amend sections 2220.5 and 2330 of, and add section 2220.8 to the Business and Professions Code regarding the Medical Board of California’s (MBC) ability to request records Continue reading

AB 2060 Aims to Address Medical Board Criticisms with Public Member Majority Board

By Divya Sriharan On February 14, 2022, California Assemblymember Quirk introduced AB 2060, a bill sponsored by the Medical Board of California (MBC) that would establish a public member majority on the Board. Specifically, the bill would amend sections 2001, Continue reading

AB 1636 Aims to Prevent Licensure of Physicians and Surgeons Who Have Committed Sexual Misconduct

By Tala Hughes AB 1636 (Weber), as introduced January 12, 2022, would amend sections 2221, 2232, and 2307 of the Business and Professions Code, pertaining to the Medical Board of California (“MBC” or “Board”) obligations to deny and revoke licensure Continue reading

Medical Board Seeks Significant Reform to Address Recent Controversies

By Divya Sriharan On January 5, 2022, the President and Vice President of the Medical Board of California (MBC) sent a letter on behalf of the Board to California Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Continue reading

SB 65 Seeks to Address Racial Inequities in Reproductive Care by Increasing the Number of Students in Licensed Midwife Training Programs

By Tala Hughes SB 65 (Skinner), as amended September 2, 2021, and as it applies to the Medical Board of California (MBC), adds Article 4 (commencing with section 128295) to the Health and Safety Code to require the Office of Continue reading

Medical Board of California Extended Two More Years after Undergoing Substantial Sunset Review and Major Reform Discussion

By Tala Hughes On October 7, 2021, Governor Newsom signed the Medical Board of California’s (MBC) sunset extension bill, SB 806 (Roth) (Chapter 649, Statutes of 2021), which extends the Board’s sunset date for just two years, to January 1, Continue reading

Senate Rules Committee Confirms Appointment of Three Medical Board of California Members, Looks to Possible Legislation Adding Two More Public Members

By Jonathan Padua On February 3, 2021, the Senate Rules Committee held a hearing to confirm the Governor’s appointments of three members to the Medical Board of California (MBC), Dev GnanaDev, Asif Mahmood, and Richard Thorp, all practicing physicians. After Continue reading

SB 48 Aims to Require Certain Physicians to Complete Four Hours of Continuing Medical Education for Dementia-related Treatment

By Jonathan Padua SB 48 (Limón), as introduced on December 7, 2020, and as it applies to the Medical Board of California (MBC), would amend section 2190.3 of the Business and Professions Code to require all general internists and family Continue reading

Medical Board of California Advises Licensees of New Prescribing and Reporting Rules for Controlled Substances Effective January 1, 2021

By Jonathan Padua On October 2, 2020, the Medical Board of California (MBC) issued a notice to its licensees reminding them about two new requirements, effective January 1, 2021, regarding prescribing and reporting on controlled substances. With respect to prescribing, Continue reading

AB 890 Allows Nurse Practitioners to Expand Their Scope of Practice Despite Medical Board of California’s Opposition

By Ellen Williams AB 890 (Wood), as amended August 28, 2020, amends sections 650.01, 805, and 805.5 of, and adds Article 8.5 (commencing with section 2837.100) to the Business and Professions Code to authorize a two-tiered framework for certified nurse Continue reading