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CHA Comments on Medical Board Proposal

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CHA has submitted comments to the Medical Board of California (MBC) on its proposal to modify the requirement for physicians and other licensees to notify patients about MBC’s role in licensing and disciplining these professionals.   

Current law allows licensees to comply with the requirement by posting signage in an area visible to patients. The proposed new requirement would continue to allow signage but would additionally require a written handout to be given to each patient in their primary language if the signage was not posted in the patient’s primary language.   

In its comments, CHA urges that the MBC allow patients to be notified in a language they understand (which may be different from their primary language) and offers an alternative method of notifying patients for licensees who practice in a clinic or health facility. Comments were due Dec. 27.