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CPIL's Julie Fellmeth Quoted in Los Angeles Times Article on Substance Abuse Program for Physicians

CPIL's Julie Fellmeth Quoted in Los Angeles Times Article on Substance Abuse Program for Physicians

Los Angeles (April 8, 2016) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) Administrative Director Julie D'Angelo Fellmeth was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article reporting on the California Medical Association (CMA) pushing a measure in the state legislature to reestablish a substance abuse program for physicians

This is the the fifth time since the program's abolition in 2008 that the CMA has pushed for this program, which was repeatedly shown to be a failure during its 27 years of existence. Like some of the association's previous efforts, this one has features that could actually damage patient safety.

The bill would strengthen the secrecy surrounding doctors' participation in substance-abuse programs as well as prevent the Medical Board of California from tracking the progress of licensed physicians through their substance abuse programs.

“Patients won't be able to find out if their doctor has a substance abuse problem. The bill makes that information confidential from the Medical Board too,” said Fellmeth.

Visit latimes.com to read the full article.

About Julianne D’Angelo Fellmeth

Julianne D'Angelo Fellmeth serves as administrative director of the Center for Public Interest Law at USD School of Law and editor of the California Regulatory Law Reporter. She supervises CPIL's student intern program, team-teaches regulatory law courses with Professor Robert C. Fellmeth, and assists law students in their monitoring of agencies and drafting of articles for the California Regulatory Law Reporter.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

Julianne D'Angelo Fellmeth, administrative director of CPIL

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