Thursday, June 10, 2010

Reminder For All California Physicians: Beginning June 27, 2010 Your Office MUST Provide Notices Or Post Signs Informing Patients Of Medical Board's Contact Information

Beginning June 27, 2010, all of the State of California's physicians must provide notices or post signs stating the following: "Notice to consumers, medical doctors are licensed and regulated by the Medical Board of California, (800) 633-2322,"

This is a new regulation (Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 1355.4), mandated by California Business and Profession Code Section 138. The purpose of this new requirement is to inform consumers where to go for information or with a complaint about California medical doctors. There are 3 ways that physician may provide this notice as described below.

Physicians may provide this notice by one of three methods:

(1)  Prominently posting a sign in an area of their offices conspicuous to patients, in at least 48-point type in Arial font.  This will be the easiest method and least paperwork intensive. You can cut and paste the notice below, make sure it is in the proper font and frame it in the office. 

(2)  Including the notice in a written statement, signed and dated by the patient or patient’s representative, and kept in that patient’s file, stating the patient understands the physician is licensed and regulated by the board.

(3)  Including the notice in a statement on letterhead, discharge instructions, or other document given to a patient or the patient’s representative, where the notice is placed immediately above the signature line for the patient in at least 14-point type.

    The information must read as follows:

    Medical doctors are licensed and regulated by the Medical Board of California
    (800) 633-2322

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