California Health Care Issues

California’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, or C.U.R.E.S. (CURES) for short, is a prescription monitoring program aggregating DEA Schedule II, II and IV prescriptions.  Maintained by the California Department of Justice and primarily used by physicians, podiatrists, dentists, physician assistants, optometrists, nurse practitioners, pharmacies and pharmacists, C.U.R.E.S. represents a massive, relatively

As I have written about before, the C.U.R.E.S. database was created and is maintained by the California Department of Justice to track the prescriptions of Californians.  The purpose of this database is ostensibly to detect patient prescription drug abuse and over-prescribing by physicians.  However, C.U.R.E.S. is a huge medical information database that is unprotected from unchecked

The enactment of The Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986 by the federal government led to the creation of the National Practitioner Data Bank, or NPDB, for the reporting of adverse actions, including license discipline, which can be accessed by government and private health care organizations.  The inclusion of inaccurate information in the NPDB

Health care boards in California are increasingly focusing on supervision issues, which can result in discipline for aiding and abetting unlicensed practice.  Two examples of this are a warning recently issued by the Medical Board of California to its licensees, and a recent reversal of a longstanding position by the Physical Therapy Board.  Licensees should