SB 923 (Deleon)
In our last post we said this bill needed to be thrashed before it got trashed. It got both. The thrashing and trashing were well deserved. The language in the bill was insulated such that no money need have ended up in the hands of the PTPs. All of it could have gone to management without violating the language in the printed bill.
AB 584 (Fong)
This bill will rid us of utilization review by doctors who are not licensed in California. These doctors do not have to take the 12-hour pain management course that treating doctors licensed in California are obliged to take. These doctors are enabled to practice medicine without a California license and may get away with malpractice without a blemish on their records. The bill passed the legislature and awaits Governor Brown's signature. Readers of this blog should fax the Governor and advise him to sign it into law (916-558-3177). Don't forget to sign your own fax!