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New law requires doctors to tell patients when put on probation




Medicare's proposed changes to doctor's compensation will reduce paperwork, physicians agree. But at what cost to their income?
Medicare's proposed changes to doctor's compensation will reduce paperwork, physicians agree. But at what cost to their income?
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California doctors will have to tell patients if they are on probation for sexual misconduct or other wrongdoing under a new law.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced he signed the first-in-the-nation legislation Wednesday. Patients can already find information online about which doctors are on probation if they know where to look. The law authored by Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo will force doctors to tell patients their probation status and basic details of the terms of their probation.

We discuss what the new law entails, what offenses do physicians have to disclose to their patients and how will the law be applied.

We reached out to the California Medical Association, which has not responded to our request for an interview.

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

Sophia Bollag, reporter for the Associated Press, who has written about the new law; she tweets @SophiaBollag

Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization advocating for taxpayers and consumers’ rights