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 Focuses on Reform and Distinctions for Medical and Midwife Assistant Certifying Organizations in 2021

By Divya Sriharan On June 4, 2021, the Medical Board of California (MBC) published notice of its intent to amend sections 1366.3, 1366.31, and 1379.07, Title 16 of the CCR regarding Medical and Midwife Assistant Certifying Organizations and Administration of Continue reading

California Supreme Court Defines Scope of Anti-SLAPP Law in Peer Review Proceedings Dispute

By Tala Hughes On July 29, 2021, in Bonni v. St. Joseph Health System, 11 Cal. 5th 995 (2021), the California Supreme Court issued an opinion holding that statements made in connection with peer review proceedings and the required reporting Continue reading

Court of Appeal Sides with Medical Board of California and other State Agencies in Opioid Litigation Discovery Dispute

By Jonathan Padua On January 15, 2021, in Board of Registered Nursing v. The Superior Court of Orange County (Johnson & Johnson), 59 Cal. App. 5th 1011 (2021), the Fourth District Court of Appeal issued a peremptory writ of mandate 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

Department of Consumer Affairs Further Extends Series of Licensing Waivers Pertaining to the Medical Board of California During State of Emergency and Prioritizes Complaints Against Licensees Who Divert COVID-19 Vaccines

By Ellen Williams In December 2020 and January 2021, Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Director, Kimberly Kirchmeyer, issued a series of orders extending the deadlines for licensing waivers issued as a result of Governor Newsom’s March 30, 2020 State of 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