California Doctor to Reveal Probation Status Under New Law

By Sophia Bollag, Associated Press - SACRAMENTO, CALIF. California doctors will soon have to tell patients if they are on probation for sexual misconduct or other wrongdoing under a new law.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced he signed the first-in-the-nation legislation Wednesday.

Patients can already find information online about which doctors are on probation if they know where to look. But the new law will force doctors to tell patients their probation status and basic details of the terms of their probation.

It will apply to doctors placed on probation after July 1, 2019, for wrongdoing causing patient harm, including sexual misconduct, drug abuse, criminal convictions and inappropriate prescribing.

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