state appeals court reinstates california's right-to-die law - for now
The Fourth District Court of Appeals in Riverside issued an immediate stay Friday, June 15th putting the End of Life Option back into effect. The court also gave opponents of its decision until July 2nd to file objections.
The California law allows adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor has determined that they have six months or less to live.
As stated in a previous update, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia ruled that the law was illegally considered and passed during a special legislative session on health care and because of this ruling, doctors could no longer prescribe life-ending medication to dying patients, and a patient who had already been provided with the medication would be committing suicide by taking it, with implications for insurance coverage.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who had asked the appeals court to stay Ottolia's ruling, praised the decision.
“This ruling provides some relief to California patients, their families, and doctors who have been living in uncertainty while facing difficult health decisions,” Becerra said. “Today’s court ruling is an important step to protect and defend the End of Life Option Act for our families across the state.”
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OMBC announces Changes to Cme cycle
Effective January 1, 2018 the Continuing Medical Education Cycle (CME) will change from three (3) to two (2) years. This change in the CME cycle will align with the two (2) year license renewal cycle. Under this new CME cycle change, licensees will have to complete 100 hours (to include a minimum of 40 AOA 1A or 1B hours). Physicians will be required to submit documentation of the 100 hours in the two (2) years preceding your license renewal. For more information regarding this change please click on the following link: http://www.ombc.ca.gov/licensees/change_in_cme_cycles.pdf
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