November 2019

Beware of “Medicare” Scammers

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is an annual period of time (ending December 7) when Medicare users decide whether to keep their coverage or go with another plan.  It is also a time of increased scams directed at seniors, aimed at getting personal and billing information from seniors.  Please gently remind the seniors in your life not to provide Medicare or personal information over the phone to someone who calls to ask for it.  And, make sure to check Medicare Summary Notices to be sure the charges are correct.  Failing to flag fraudulent charges could negatively affect your ability to ge


Sexual Conduct Reporting to Professional Licensing Boards

It is now the law in California that all health care facilities and “other entities” report any written allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct, made by a patient, against a licensee within 15 days of receiving the complaint. The new law, which responds to USC’s gynecological patient scandal, began as Senate Bill 425 in the 2019 – 2020 legislative year, was approved by the Governor on October 12, 2019.  The bill can be found here: Senate Bill 425.