Medical Board of California

Each year, about 150 California physicians lose their license to practice medicine due to surrender or revocation. However, only about 10 percent, 15 or so, attempt to reinstate their medical license through a petition for reinstatement. Reinstating a surrendered or revoked California medical license is not a lost cause. With proper preparation, organization, patience, persistence

California State Assembly Bill 1954 (AB 1954) has added a new law, California Business and Professions Code section 2228.5, which shields California physicians from Medical Board punishment for providing medical treatment to patients who merely test positive for THC or report medical cannabis use. Prior to the enactment of this new law, some

California physicians recently arrested for crimes receive a letter from the Medical Board of California that begins “[t]he Medical Board of California has received notification from the Department of Justice of your arrest on [date] by the [name] police department ….”. This letter, captioned “PERSONAL & CONFIDENTIAL”, sternly reminds physicians of their obligation under Business

Investigators, with More Resources, Dig for Evidence of Abuse, Impairment, Health Issues and Errors Beyond Received Complaints

According to the Medical Board of California’s 2022 Sunset Review, the Medical Board of California conducted nearly 10,000 investigations in its 2021-2022 fiscal year. According to the report, during the pandemic the Board struggled with investigations. 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

The Department of Consumer Affairs, or DCA, is a California state government department that is the umbrella organization over almost all California state licensing agencies, from the Medical Board of California  to the California Board of Accountancy.  If a California licensing agency receives a complaint or notice of alleged unprofessional conduct alleged to

The California Medical Board received 8,679 complaints in fiscal year 2015-16 according to its latest comprehensive enforcement activity report.  During that same period, 299 accusations were filed by the Medical Board of California.  Medical license defense cases came from complaints overwhelmingly from the public, but also from complaints from license and professional groups and other

In California professional licensing law, a second or greater drunk driving conviction seems to invite certain discipline.  However, in certain circumstances, the Medical Board of California has been known to investigate and discipline physicians for a single drunk driving conviction.  Although there is but a single conviction, the Board invariably seeks to paint the physician