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Court ruling exposes loopholes in medical board's online disclosures

To better appreciate some of the legal problems with the way California's medical board oversees the disclosure of doctors’ disciplinary records online, consider the legal case of the late Orange County skin care pioneer James E. Fulton.

Physicians ready for fight against online disclosure of discipline records

The Medical Board of California has successfully won legislation that will remove a 10-year time limit on the online disclosure of doctors' discipline records. But the board better have its legal team ready, because doctors won't hesitate to challenge the rules in court.

New medical board rules will allow doctors’ misdeeds to go unnoticed

The professional history of California doctor James Privitera includes a series of questionable practices that contributed to the death of at least one patient. And yet the physician's reprimand by the state medical board can be wiped from online records as early as next month.

Everybody Hurts: Medical Board explains new pain guidelines

The Medical Board of California has new guidelines for treating pain with drugs. Two board officials explain how the guidelines will work, and comment on the challenges doctors face in trying to diagnose pain and prescribe relief in short, infrequent patient visits.

Everybody Hurts: California Medical Board recommends compassion, caution in pain management

The Medical Board of California is currently discussing new guidelines for prescription pain medicines. The recommendations urge physicians to better distinguish between types of pain, remain vigilant for abuse, and help addicts find treatment.

DENTAL DANGERS: Dentist’s malpractice claims span three decades

Over a span of three decades in courthouses across Southern California, more than a dozen dental malpractice lawsuits have been filed against Bakersfield prosthodontist Robert Tupac in courthouses across Southern California. The allegations are extensive.

DENTAL DANGERS: How the Dental Board of California investigates dentists

In the most severe cases of complaints against dentists, the Dental Board of California to the California Office of the Attorney General to file an accusation against a dentist on the board's behalf. That's what happened in the case of Dr. Robert Tupac.

DENTAL DANGERS: Local dentist's invisible complaint file underscores dental board's shortcomings

Over three decades, more than a dozen patients have claimed that one dentist’s shoddy work left them with issues varying from excessive drooling to ill-fitting teeth. Meanwhile, state dental regulators have done little.

The Shadow Practice: A Physician’s Problems Can Often Start at Home

According to Medical Board of California records, a doctor under investigation for other professional infractions, ultimately got in trouble for prescribing his wife with addictive drugs. Still they seemed to give him a partial pass.

Licensed for Life? Nearing 90, Doctor Finally Strikes Out (for Now)

What does it take for a doctor to lose his license to practice permanently? A patient dead from "therapeutic misadventure?" A formal finding of unprofessional conduct? Advanced age? Maybe not.

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