SB 48

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Dec 07, 2020
  • Senate
  • Assembly
  • Governor

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Abstract

(1) Existing law, the Medical Practice Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of physicians and surgeons by the Medical Board of California. Under the act, a physician and surgeon is required to demonstrate satisfaction of continuing education requirements, including, for certain general internists and family physicians, prescribed hours in a course in the field of geriatric medicine or the care of older patients. This bill would require all general internists and family physicians to complete at least 4 hours of mandatory continuing education on the special care needs of patients with dementia. (2) Existing law, the Physician Assistant Practice Act, authorizes the Physician Assistant Board (PAB) to require a licensee to complete not more than 50 hours of continuing education every 2 years as a condition of license renewal. This bill would require the PAB to adopt regulations to require each person renewing their license, as a condition of license renewal, to complete at least 10 hours of continuing education on the special care needs of patients with dementia. (3) Existing law, the Clinical Social Worker Practice Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of clinical social workers by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) . The act prohibits renewal of a license unless the applicant certifies to the BBS that the license has completed not less than 36 hours of approved continuing education in, or relevant to, the field of social work in the preceding 2 years. This bill would require the BBS, by regulation, to require the continuing education requirement under the act to include at least 4 hours of continuing education on the special care needs of patients with dementia. By expanding the scope of the crime of perjury, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (4) Existing law authorizes the establishment of diagnostic and treatment centers for Alzheimer's disease. Existing law also establishes a grant program for the purpose of research into the causes, treatment, cure, strategies for coping with, prevention, incidence, and prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to ensure that individuals living with dementia and Alzheimer's disease receive a timely diagnosis through, among other things, the training of medical providers and leveraging available federal resources. (5) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

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Mar 02, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing March 8.

Jan 28, 2021

Senate

Referred to Com. on B., P. & E.D.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B., P. & E.D.

Dec 08, 2020

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after January 7.

Dec 07, 2020

Senate

Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

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