California Health Care Issues

Tweaks to C.U.R.E.S. Database Reporting and Access

The Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (C.U.R.E.S.) is a prescription monitoring program maintained by California’s licensed physicians, licensed physician assistants, licensed pharmacies, licensed pharmacists, and any other prescribing California health care professionals. On October 2, 2018, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) certified the mandatory statewide

As part of the State of California’s ongoing battle against the spread of COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the formation of the California Health Corps, a measure designed to dramatically expand the health care workforce and staff the additional hospital beds necessary to treat COVID-19 patients.  The breadth of the health corps encompasses nearly

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 is placing unprecedented stress and demand on California physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other medical professionals.  However, despite these urgent demands, the administrative disciplinary system continues to investigate claims of unprofessional conduct, and hearings for nurses and doctors are still being scheduled, prepared, and settled, despite the

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