CA Medical Board to Post Doctor Discipline Online Indefinitely
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that requires the Medical Board of California to post public information on serious disciplinary action against doctors online indefinitely. Assembly Bill 1886 by Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman from Stockton keeps information posted that’s currently taken down after 10 years. The information includes revocation, suspension, probation or surrender of a license, or equivalent action by the state medical board or a board in another state.
AB 1886 was sponsored by the board, which suggested last year that the 10-year limit be removed to make physician records more transparent. Since the website states it posts all publicly available information on a physician or surgeon’s license, there was concern that consumers would be misled into believing — incorrectly — that some doctors had no record of discipline.
Source: Kathy Robertsonm, Sacramento Business Journal [8/26/14]