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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...
Feature
9/1/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Patients Beware Dr. Paul Phinney: Opposes mandaory drug testing for physicians. Opposes mandatory use of the CURES prescription drug database before narcotics are prescribed Opposes mandatory disclosure of medical negligence by physicians Opposes adjusting for inflation the 38 year-old cap on compensation for victims injured by...
News Release
8/12/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Danville, CA – Bob Pack today wrote Dr. Paul Phinney, head of the California Medical Association, with hard words over Phinney’s refusal to acknowledge his family’s suffering and that of other medical negligence victims in his public response to Pack’s ballot measure, “The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act....
News Story
4/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Medical board is too slow to discipline physicians, some critics say Rancho Cordova doctor Wu-Hsiung Su misdiagnosed a lump in a patient's breast in 2003 and failed to follow up on her condition. She died from cancer in 2007. Her family filed a complaint with the Medical Board of California in 2008. Two years later, the agency filed a public...
News Story
4/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Legislators propose turning over investigations of doctors to the state attorney general's office, leaving the board to deal with licensing. The Medical Board of California would be stripped of its power to investigate physician misconduct under a sweeping reform plan by legislators who say the agency has struggled to hold problem doctors...
Blog Post
4/12/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Last month, at an emotional hearing in Sacramento and on the op-ed page of the San Francisco Chronicle, we called for the state agency that oversees doctors to become a stronger regulator or to go out of business.  The Legislature has to renew the doctor-run medical board every ten years, and that’s this year. Sacramento...
Blog Post
3/13/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
There aren't too many great days for patient safety in state capitols, where the medical establishment tends to rule the roost through the power of its political giving and tentacles. But Monday was a great day for patient safety in Sacramento, when powerful testimony reminded legislators of the human cost of inaction. The families of victims...
News Story
3/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer groups and families of patients who have died as a result of prescription overdose tried to make their case Monday at the state's Capitol as to why the Medical Board of California should undergo a major overhaul. Several activists testified before two legislative committees on issues they think need to be addressed, including more...
News Release
6/11/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA --- The California Department of Insurance announced today it has reduced medical malpractice insurance rates for 20,000 doctors insured by The Doctors Company by $21 million using the state’s prior approval rate regulation authority. The Department of Insurance has ordered the top six medical malpractice insurance...