Health Care Law

Physician Residents Beware – Problems during your residency could prevent you from obtaining your medical license in California

Recently, we have seen an uptick of physicians experiencing problems obtaining licensure by the Medical Board of California (“Board”) for perceived “unusual circumstances” during residency. As is the case for all physicians seeking licensure in California, the Board requires the physician to provide all records from their respective residency program(s). Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago
Municipal Law

Better than Expungement?

In California, one can have certain criminal convictions dismissed or “expunged” from one’s record, as we have written about before, but that does not delete the fact that they occurred – Expungement only gives relief from the criminal penalty. Applicants for state licensure must still list the convictions, if asked. Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago
Health Care Law

CURES Usage Now Mandatory for Prescribing Controlled Substances

The Controlled substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), California’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) maintained by the Department of Justice (DOJ), is a database of Schedule II, III and IV controlled substance prescriptions dispensed in California. CURES Version 2.0 tracks all Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances dispensed Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago
Health Care Law

What is Locum tenens practice?

You’ve heard of a substitute teacher? Meet your new Latin term of the day: Locum tenens, where a doctor, nurse, dentist, or other medical professional can be a “substitute” in a number of healthcare settings (clinics, research facilities, correctional institutions, mobile deployments, even insurance companies and law firms). Literally meaning Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago