The Medical Board of California (MBC) has just published its latest edition of its quarterly Newsletter, and for convenience we are including the link: Newsletter Fall 2015
There are various sections of particular interest as follows:
A. Answers to a series of questions that have recently been asked by physicians relating to subjects such as the renewal of your medical license; the requirements for utilizing and/or operating a practice in a name or entity other than one’s own (with the exception of adding Inc. after your true legal name) and the process of applying for a fictitious name permit; guidelines for prescribing pain medications; and the reporting of arrests even though a conviction has not yet occurred.
B. An update on CURES 2.0 (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System) regarding the registering requirements in order for a physician to order, prescribe, furnish, dispense, or administer Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV controlled substances.
C. A section on the compliance requirements of Business and Professions Code 805.1 that mandates the reporting by health care facilities and clinics in a case involving the restriction (for a cumulative total of 30 days or more for any 12-month period) of a physician’s staff privileges, membership or employment; an allegation that a physician has (1) engaged in sexual misconduct of a patient during an examination or treatment; (2) prescribed, administered or used a drug or alcohol to or on him/herself that is either harmful or dangerous to the physician or the public, or impairs the physician’s ability to safely practice medicine; (3) prescribed, furnished or administered controlled substances to a patient without a medical reason; (4) departed from the standard of care in the practice of medicine that evinces gross negligence or incompetence and results in serious bodily injury to or the death of a patient.
D. A detailed explanation and list of tasks that both are and are not permitted relating to the scope of practice of medical assistants.
E. The subject of medical records, and patient rights.
F. A list and summary of disciplinary actions taken by the MBC for the period of May through July 31, 2015. And,