Star Athletes Join Senator Hill & Assemblymember Low on ‘Patient’s Right to Know’ Bill Requiring Doctors on Probation for Sexual Misconduct and Serious Offenses to Notify Patients

June 15, 2018

UPDATE: Senator Hill’s news conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday about key developments regarding the Patient’s Right to Know legislation will be livestreamed at this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGJ_NMub9HA -- June 18, 2018 1:28 p.m.

News Advisory – Office of State Senator Jerry Hill – News Conference in Capitol, Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Media Contacts:
Senator Hill: Leslie Guevarra, 415-298-3404, leslie.guevarra@sen.ca.gov
Assemblymember Low: Maya Polon, 916-319-2028, maya.polon@asm.ca.gov

Star Athletes Join Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymember Evan Low on ‘Patient’s Right to Know’ Bill Requiring Doctors on Probation for Sexual Misconduct and Serious Offenses to Notify Patients

SB 1448 Faces Key Assembly Committee Vote Tuesday

SACRAMENTO – Star athletes team with State Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymember Evan Low on Tuesday to urge support for Senate Bill 1448, the Patient’s Right Know Act, which would require doctors placed on probation for sexual misconduct and other serious professional misconduct to notify patients.

Assemblymember Low, D-Silicon Valley, has joined Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, as principal coauthor of the bill that would require doctors to notify patients of their status if placed on probation for sexual abuse or misconduct involving patients; drug or alcohol abuse that results in harm to patients or impairs the ability to practice safely; a criminal conviction involving harm to a patient’s safety or health; or inappropriate prescribing that resulted in harm to patients and a probationary period of five years or more.

SB 1448 faces a key vote on Tuesday by the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions, which Assemblymember Low chairs.

Star athletes whose testimony helped bring a disgraced doctor and sexual predator to justice join Senator Hill and Assemblymember Low in their news conference and plan to testify during the bill hearing.

WHAT: News Conference

WHEN: 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018

WHERE: Room 317, Third Floor (Historic Side), State Capitol, Sacramento

Speakers at the News Conference include:
Jamie Dantzscher – 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist in Artistic Gymnastics
Jeanette Antolin – Former Team USA Gymnast, 1995-2000
Tiffany Thomas Lopez – Michigan State University Softball Scholarship Player, 1997-2000

BACKGROUND:

Senate Bill 1448, the Patient’s Right to Know Act of 2018, would make California the first state to require that doctors on probation in connection with sexual misconduct and other serious professional misconduct notify their patients of that status and disclose basic details of their terms of probation and any conditions placed on their practice. The requirement would apply to physicians, surgeons, osteopaths, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, podiatrists and acupuncturists who are placed on administrative probation by regulators on or after July 1, 2019.

Doctors are already required to report their probationary status to their insurers and to hospitals and clinics they work with. Patients are not informed; their only way of knowing requires them to take the initiative to periodically check on their doctor’s license status – provided they have a computer and internet access and sift through any legal documents available online.

“Patients have been kept in the dark far too long,” said Senator Hill. “They have a right to know whether their doctor is on probation for a serious offense so they can make informed decisions about their medical care.”

“SB 1448 protects consumers by ensuring patients are aware when their doctors committed egregious misconduct but are still allowed to practice,” said Assemblymember Low. “I am proud to stand with Senator Hill as a coauthor of this thoughtfully balanced bill.”

SB 1448 is the third bill introduced by Senator Hill to require doctors to notify patients if placed on probation. Measures contained in two earlier bills did not survive the legislative process. As proposed in April, SB 1448 broadly called for doctors to notify patients if placed on probation for any offense. The requirement was narrowed to sexual abuse and other serious professional misconduct last month, shortly before the Senate passed the bill 29-3 with seven abstentions.

SB 1448 must clear the Assembly Business and Professions Committee in order to remain an active bill. The committee will hold its hearing on SB 1448 after the news conference. The bill hearing is in Room 4202 in the State Capitol.

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