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News Release
10/11/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Anaheim, CA -- The second in a series of musical videos that make the case for mandatory drug testing of doctors was unveiled today on a mobile billboard truck circling the California Medical Association's annual convention at Disneyland. Families who lost loved ones to negligent doctors and reckless prescribing of narcotics joined Consumer...
Video
10/10/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
KABC Coverage of a Consumer Watchdog press conference regarding patient safety. The CA Medical Board estimates 18% of doctors abuse drugs or alcohol. It's time to change this. A proposed patient safety ballot measure requires mandatory drug testing of physicians in California. Learn more at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/pee
News Release
9/26/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Santa Monica, CA – The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group Consumer Watchdog is telling Californians about the list of physicians who have funded the opposition to a mandatory drug testing initiative for doctors. “Substance abuse among California physicians is higher than the general population, yet unlike bus drivers and...
News Story
9/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A bill to suspend licenses for physicians accused of overprescribing medication has passed the California Legislature, but supporters aren’t happy. Senate Bill 670, authored by Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, would have temporarily restricted doctors who are accused of harming patients by improperly prescribing medicine. But last-...
News Release
9/11/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Medical Association blocked another bill aimed at improving patient safety yesterday, prompting consumer advocates and families harmed by dangerous doctors to consider amending a pending patient safety ballot measure to include those reforms the legislature fails to enact this year. SB 670 (Steinberg) would...
News Release
8/22/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- USA Today analyzed a decade of physician discipline records and found endemic problems at the nation's medical boards that have failed to take action against thousands of dangerous doctors despite "findings of serious misconduct that puts patients at risk." California was singled out as one of the problem states....
News Story
8/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The doctors and lawyers are at it again. We've been keeping tabs on formidable foes clashing over the $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damage awards in medical lawsuits, imposed by the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, also called MICRA. Today, supporters of raising the cap take their case to legislative staff. In the good cop/bad cop...
News Release
8/13/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Two major patient safety bills passed a key Assembly committee this morning only after being stripped of key protections after heavy lobbying by the California Medical Association. A Los Angeles Times investigation this week further exposed the overprescribing epidemic in California, reporting that the pharmaceutical...
News Story
8/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
One of the Capitol's longest-running battles – over the state's $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits – is heating up again. Consumer Attorneys of California, whose members press malpractice suits, wants the Legislature to lift the cap or repeal it. Meanwhile, a wealthy man whose children...
Video
8/4/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says there is too much secrecy in the Affordable Care Act contract process. He is supportng legislation that would reduce the secrecy. He also talks to NBC4's Conan Nolan about the controversial "MICRA" CAP.