Published on September 12, 2013 at 8:32 AM
The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act would require physicians to check the electronic prescription drug database before prescribing narcotics, index for inflation the state's 38-year-old cap on compensation for victims of medical negligence, mandate random drug testing of doctors and require physicians to report when they have knowledge of peers who abuse alcohol or drugs on duty. The measure is awaiting a title and summary from the Attorney General.
A second patient safety bill passed out of the Senate last night in weakened form. SB 809 (De Saulnier) provides funding for the electronic prescription drug database, CURES. Amendments backed by the doctors' lobby deleted a provision, now included in the Troy and Alana Pack Safety Act, that would have required physicians to check the database for a patient's prescription history before prescribing narcotics.
SB 304 (Lieu), the California Medical Board sunset legislation, is awaiting an Assembly floor vote. The bill was meant to be the vehicle for broad reform of the doctor discipline system in California. Amendments last month eliminated a key enforcement reform that would have moved all staff investigating dangerous doctors into the Department of Justice. The bill now moves investigative staff to the Department of Consumer Affairs, keeping enforcement staff split and ineffective. It was also amended to extend the life of the California Medical Board for four years; it had previously allowed the Board to sunset.
SOURCE Consumer Watchdog