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

Medical Board Releases Its 2020–2021 Annual Report

By Divya Sriharan On October 5, 2021, the Medical Board of California (MBC) released its Annual Report for 2020–2021 to the public. The Annual Report updates stakeholders on new legislation and describes the Board’s work over the past fiscal year. 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

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

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

New Laws Regarding Security Prescription Form Requirements and CURES Reporting

By Anna Schwartz On January 1, 2021, two laws imposing security prescription requirements on pharmacists and other licenses went into effect after nearly three years in the making. In September 2018, California first enacted AB 1753 (Low) (Chapter 479, Statutes 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