Governor signs Eggman bill improving access to doctor disciplinary records

Monday, August 25, 2014

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Stockton Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman improving online access to doctors’ disciplinary records was signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill, Assembly Bill 1886, requires the most serious disciplinary action taken against physicians to be posted on the website of the Medical Board of California indefinitely. That information includes:

  • A revocation, suspension, probation, or limitation on practice with the exception of a licensee being subject to a temporary restraining order or an interim suspension order.
  • A malpractice judgment or arbitration award reported to the medical board.
  • Discipline from a board of another state or jurisdiction
  • Any misdemeanor conviction that results in a disciplinary action or an accusation that is not subsequently withdrawn or dismissed.

The bill also requires that malpractice settlement information and public letters of reprimand be posted for five years, and citations for three years.

AB 1886 was supported by the Center for Public Interest Law and the Consumers Union, as well as by the Medical Board of California. Visit the website of the Medical Board of California, here.