Under a new law signed by Governor Brown this week, physicians on probation for certain disciplinary actions after July 1, 2019 will be required to notify patients about their status before an appointment. The requirement applies only to physicians who are on probation for hurting patients through sexual misconduct, drug abuse, or improper prescribing, or if the physician has been convicted of a crime that involves harm to a patient. The California Medical Association ensured that amendments to the law guaranteed due process and appropriately defined patient harm. To read more, go to http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-doctor-probation-law-20180920-story.html.