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Medical board may not subpoena patient’s medical records while investigating psychotherapist’s alleged sexual misconduct absent compelling justification

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The California Medical Board, through Executive Director Kimberly Kirchmeyer, investigated Dr. Geoffrey Phillips, a licensed psychiatrist, based on an allegation that he had a sexual relationship with one of his patients, A.M.  After her therapy with Dr. Phillips ended, A.M. divorced her husband, S.M.  S.M. then filed a complaint with…

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Elder Abuse liability may be premised on hospital’s knowing pattern of understaffing in violation of regulations

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Plaintiffs’ operative complaint alleged that decedent George Fenimore, Jr., suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, was prone to wandering away from home, and had begun to suffer an increased number of falls, leading his family to admit him to a local hospital.  He was transferred from that hospital to Resnick…

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