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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF April 21, 2017 | Archived Issues

Meetings and Events


Grand Rounds


Upcoming CME Conferences

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CME Newsletter - April 2017 (PDF)


Milestones

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CS-Link PCU Appropriateness Enhancement Is Live

A new best practice advisory is now active in CS-Link™ to help identify patients who may no longer require Progressive Care Unit (PCU) level of care. The initiative, which went into effect April 12, is one of several strategies aimed at improving appropriate use of PCU beds. The move is designed to ensure that this level of care is available for patients who meet the approved criteria.

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Rabbi Hier to Speak at Yom Ha'Shoah Event

Rabbi Marvin Hier

Cedars-Sinai will mark Holocaust Remembrance Day with its 33rd annual Yom Ha'Shoah event on Friday, April 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The program will feature Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

» Read more

Engagement Survey Open Until April 30

The annual Engagement Survey is now open, and leaders are encouraging staff to maintain Cedars-Sinai's reputation as one of the best places to work by voicing their opinions through the brief, confidential questionnaire.

» Read more

Dodgers and Cedars-Sinai Celebrate New Season

As the official medical center of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cedars-Sinai is gearing up for the 2017 baseball season with staff ticket discounts and promotional events at the ballpark. Physicians will be able to save more than 40 percent off regular ticket prices for select games when purchasing through a special website for Cedars-Sinai staff.

» Read more

Topics Sought for Morgenstern Debate

Morgenstern

The 14th annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition will convene on Friday, June 2. The debate committee is soliciting topics that are timely and relevant to all specialties.



» Read more

Summer Is Coming, and So Are Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day at the Hollywood Bowl with fireworks and music by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and a special musical guest, Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix. The event on Monday, July 3, is open to Cedars-Sinai physicians and their immediate family members. Cost is $140 per adult and $70 per child 3-11 years of age.

» Read more

Circle of Friends Honorees for March

CoF

The Circle of Friends program honored 378 people in March. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

» Read more

FDA Issues Update on Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently dropped the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy requirements for the erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA) products Epogen/Procrit and Aranesp. ESAs are used to treat anemia resulting from chronic kidney disease, chemotherapy and certain treatments for human immunodeficiency virus, and to reduce the number of blood transfusions during and after certain major surgeries.

» Read more

CS-Link Tip: CURES Update

cs-link logo

Under CURES, the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, healthcare practitioners are supposed to check the designated database within 24 hours before prescribing a controlled substance to a patient the first time. CURES can be accessed through CS-Link™.

» Read more

CS-Link PCU Appropriateness Enhancement Is Live

A new best practice advisory is now active in CS-Link™ to help identify patients who may no longer require Progressive Care Unit (PCU) level of care.

The initiative, which went into effect April 12, is one of several strategies aimed at improving appropriate use of PCU beds. The move is designed to ensure that this level of care is available for patients who meet the approved criteria.

The advisory will appear in those instances when patients with a PCU status order do not meet appropriateness criteria based on clinical documentation in the medical record.

The inpatient physician will be prompted to either:

  • Discontinue the existing PCU order and assign the patient to the appropriate level of care
  • Or select a PCU appropriateness criterion that indicates the clinical justification for continued PCU status

The alert will appear at specified intervals for the remaining time the PCU status order is in effect.

Additional optimization to support PCU appropriateness and resource utilization includes a new orange patient banner indicating the active "PCU Status" that will display for physicians, nurses and pharmacists. It also will hyperlink to an innovative "express lane sidebar" listing of PCU criteria.

Clinicians have the option to wrench in a new "Active PCU order" flag to their "My List" to identify patients with an active PCU status order.

Representatives from the medical staff, nursing, pharmacy, clinical transformation, patient placement and EIS collaborated on the CS-Link enhancement.

Details about the advisory and related PCU optimization can be found in CS-Link job aids which are available on the service center website.

For more information or questions, please contact Todd Griner, nursing executive director, at todd.griner@cshs.org or 310-962-7859.

Rabbi Hier to Speak at Yom Ha'Shoah Event

Rabbi Marvin Hier 220 px

Rabbi Marvin Hier

Cedars-Sinai will mark Holocaust Remembrance Day with its 33rd annual Yom Ha'Shoah event on Friday, April 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

The program will feature Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Under Hier’s leadership, the center and its highly regarded Museum of Tolerance have become global forces for Jewish human rights.

This year’s program marks the 75th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, the 1942 gathering of senior Nazi officials in Berlin to discuss what they termed the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question" — the systematic extermination of millions of European Jews.

Hier will share the story of Eduard Schulte, a prominent German industrialist and anti-Nazi spy who leaked the first reports of the Final Solution to leading Jewish organizations and Allied nations during World War II. At the time, Schulte’s information was largely ignored, but today his courageous efforts have solidified his standing as an unsung hero.

The event is open to the public. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.

Engagement Survey Open Until April 30

The annual Engagement Survey is now open, and leaders are encouraging staff to maintain Cedars-Sinai's reputation as one of the best places to work by voicing their opinions through the brief, confidential questionnaire.

An email link to the survey was sent to all staff on April 10. It is accessible at cedars-sinai.edu/employeesurvey via computer, tablet or smartphone. The survey closes April 30.

"Your candid feedback is a critical element in helping us to create a workplace that inspires you to do your best work," said Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO. "We count on each of you every day to help our organization be a leader in providing high-value, patient-centered care."

The survey opens on the heels of a recent win for Cedars-Sinai — named the Advisory Board's 2017 Workplace of the Year. The Advisory Board is an independent, international healthcare consulting and research firm. The organization recognized Cedars-Sinai and announced the award at a March 30 summit. The Advisory Board also partners with Cedars-Sinai to conduct the annual Engagement Survey.

"We're honored to have received such a prestigious designation and are committed to being a leading employer," said Andy Ortiz, senior vice president of Human Resources and Organization Development. "Only with your feedback can we maintain a fulfilling work environment where our staff feels engaged, valued and recognized."

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Organizational results will be published in The Bridge and Since You Asked.

"The survey only takes a few minutes, but provides us with invaluable insight," Ortiz said, adding that in healthcare organizations, higher engagement scores correlate with increased patient satisfaction.

"Take advantage of this important opportunity to share your open, candid feedback so that we can, together, create the foundation for our continued success," said Ortiz.

For more information about the survey, contact Organization Development at 310-423-4834.

Dodgers and Cedars-Sinai Celebrate New Season

As the official medical center of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cedars-Sinai is gearing up for the 2017 baseball season with staff ticket discounts and promotional events at the ballpark.

Physicians will be able to save more than 40 percent off regular ticket prices for select games when purchasing through a special website for Cedars-Sinai staff. Discounted prices are offered on more than 65 home games thanks to the partnership, which is now in its third season.

Cedars-Sinai will continue its ongoing Little Dodger Fan campaign. Babies born at Cedars-Sinai are given a co-branded Dodgers knit cap. Photos using the hashtag #LittleDodgerFan will flash on DodgerVision during games and will appear on the Dodgers' website.

On July 30, Cedars-Sinai will be part of the Little Dodger Fan Promo Day, when the first 5,000 little fans will receive a box of Fandages, specially branded Dodgers bandages. Physicians will be able to purchase discounted tickets to this game against the San Francisco Giants. Watch The Bridge for more details.

Cedars-Sinai also will partner with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to promote health and wellness for children and families across the region. In addition, former and current Dodger players will visit Cedars-Sinai patients throughout the year.

Topics Sought for Morgenstern Debate

The 14th annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition will convene on Friday, June 2. The debate committee is soliciting topics.

The chosen topic must cut across all specialties and must be of timely importance to the Cedars-Sinai community.

Please send suggestions to Leo Gordon, MD, Morgenstern Debate coordinator, at leo.gordon@cshs.org.

Last year's debate is available for viewing. Contact Gordon for access.

Summer Is Coming, and So Are Fireworks

Hollywood Bowl 2015

The Hollywood Bowl

Celebrate Independence Day at the Hollywood Bowl with fireworks and music by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and a special musical guest, Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix.

The event on Monday, July 3, is open to Cedars-Sinai physicians and their immediate family members. Cost is $140 per adult and $70 per child 3-11 years of age.

Parking passes also are available. Valet is $50, lower terrace is $21.

To reserve a place, contact Cheryl Verne at 310-423-2681 or cheryl.verne@cshs.org.

Circle of Friends Honorees for March

The Circle of Friends program honored 378 people in March.

Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai. When a gift is made, the person being honored receives a custom lapel pin and a letter of acknowledgement.

Click here for more information about the program and for a list of past honorees.

  • Rachel Abuav, MD
  • Kenneth Adashek, MD
  • David E. Aftergood, MD
  • Keith L. Agre, MD
  • David B. Agus, MD
  • Thomas G. Ahn, MD
  • Michael J. Alexander, MD
  • Farin Amersi, MD
  • Neel A. Anand, MD
  • Sandra E. Anderson
  • Ronald M. Andiman, MD
  • John B. Andrews, MD
  • Renette Grace D. Antonio, RN
  • Thomas Apostle, DO
  • Arash Asher, MD
  • David Austin, MD
  • Babak Azarbal, MD
  • George Baghdassarian
  • Shirin Bagheri, MD
  • Parvaneh Bahmani, MD
  • Esther Baik, MD
  • C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD
  • Mark Bamberger, MD
  • Babak R. Bamshad, MD
  • Siamak Barkhordarian, MD
  • Beverly A. Barlongo, BSN, RN-C
  • Tranell V. Barron, RN
  • Peiman Berdjis, MD
  • Arash Bereliani, MD
  • Jason A. Berkley, DO
  • Satinder J. Bhatia, MD
  • Kurtis Birch, MD
  • Kade T. Birkeland, PharmD
  • Keith L. Black, MD
  • Swaraj Bose, MD
  • Earl W. Brien, MD
  • Barry J. Brock, MD
  • Tara A. Brooke, RN
  • Michael Brousseau, MD
  • Neil A. Buchbinder, MD
  • Matthew H. Bui, MD, PhD
  • Miguel A. Burch, MD
  • Christiane Michele J. Burnison, MD
  • Michael A. Bush, MD
  • David S. Cannom, MD
  • James L. Caplan, MD
  • Jeffrey F. Caren, MD
  • Ilana Cass, MD
  • Dorrie Chang, MD
  • Kirk Y. Chang, MD
  • Piyaporn Chantravat, RN
  • Cheryl G. Charles, MD
  • Timothy Charlton, MD
  • George Chaux, MD
  • Sant P. Chawla, MD
  • Derek Cheng, MD
  • Wendy W. Cheng, MD
  • Ray M. Chu, MD
  • Andrew Chuang, MD
  • Sumeet S. Chugh, MD
  • Alice P. Chung, MD
  • Arnold C. Cinman, MD
  • Paul Cohart, MD
  • Hart C. Cohen, MD
  • J. Louis Cohen, MD
  • Jason S. Cohen, MD
  • Myles J. Cohen, MD
  • William B. Cohen, MD
  • Steven D. Colquhoun, MD
  • Stephen T. Copen, MD
  • Stephen R. Corday, MD
  • David Cossman, MD
  • Alice C. Cruz, MD
  • Donald C. Dafoe, MD
  • Ram C. Dandillaya, MD
  • Catherine M. Dang, MD
  • Dudley S. Danoff, MD
  • Hal C. Danzer, MD
  • Mark M. Davidson, MD
  • Robert M. Davidson, MD
  • Robert W. Decker, MD
  • Zenaida DeJesus, RN
  • Premal J. Desai, MD
  • Stephen C. Deutsch, MD
  • Nicholas Di Domenico, MD
  • Vanessa C. Diaz, RN
  • Alice R. Dick, MD
  • Jack Ditlove, MD
  • Suhail Dohad, MD
  • Noam Z. Drazin, MD
  • J. Kevin Drury, MD
  • Julie A. Dunhill, MD
  • Cheryl L. Dunnett, MD
  • Ashkan Ehdaie, MD
  • Karyn Eilber, MD
  • Yaron Elad, MD
  • Joshua D. Ellenhorn, MD
  • Shahrooz Eshaghian, MD
  • Shervin Eshaghian, MD
  • Fardad Esmailian, MD
  • Richard Essner, MD
  • Dennis W. Evangelatos, MD
  • Moses J. Fallas, MD
  • Joel D. Feinstein, MD
  • David E. Fermelia, MD
  • Robert A. Figlin, MD
  • Sarah E. Figueroa, RN
  • David M. Filsoof, MD
  • Christopher R. Fitzgerald, MD
  • Brian L. Flyer, MD
  • Charles A. Forscher, MD
  • Arnold S. Friedman, MD
  • Larry Froch, MD
  • Gerhard J. Fuchs, MD
  • Clark B. Fuller, MD
  • Kristi M. Funk, MD
  • Viliam Furdik, MD
  • Steven S. Galen, MD
  • Eli S. Gang, MD
  • Elayne K. Garber, MD
  • Avrom Gart, MD
  • Ivor L. Geft, MD
  • Leena C. Gibson, MD
  • Armando E. Giuliano, MD
  • Julian A. Gold, MD
  • Richard N. Gold, MD
  • Neil J. Goldberg, MD
  • Sherry L. Goldman, RN, NP
  • Pearl Joy B. Gonzales
  • Nestor Gonzalez, MD
  • Jeffrey S. Goodman, MD
  • Martin N. Gordon, MD
  • Stephen L. Graham, MD
  • Jeffrey R. Gramer, MD
  • Violette G. Gray, MD
  • Leland M. Green, MD
  • Jon B. Greenfield, MD
  • Lloyd B. Greig, MD
  • James Ha, MD
  • Antoine Hage, MD
  • Melinda A. Hakim, MD
  • Behrooz Hakimian, MD
  • David S. Hallegua, MD
  • Solomon I. Hamburg, MD
  • Sabrina Hameed, RN
  • Omid Hamid, MD
  • Michele A. Hamilton, MD
  • Stephanie J. Handler, MD
  • John G. Harold, MD
  • Michael D. Harris, MD
  • Julia M. Harrison, RN
  • Jeffrey S. Helfenstein, MD
  • Theresa C. Henderson, MD
  • Andrew E. Hendifar, MD
  • Heather Henry, BSN, RN-BC, CCRN
  • Allen S. Ho, MD
  • Ivan Ho, MD
  • David M. Hoffman, MD
  • Martin L. Hopp, MD
  • Gabriel E. Hunt Jr., MD
  • Asma Hussaini, MS, PA-C
  • Joseph Isaacson, MD
  • Kristin Jacobs, MS, CEP
  • Marney Jakubowicz, LVN
  • Bojana Jankovic, MD
  • Jay L. Jordan, MD
  • Stanley C. Jordan, MD
  • Peter Julien, MD
  • Steven Kamara, MD
  • David J. Kanani, MD
  • Christopher Kang, MD
  • Saibal Kar, MD
  • Beth Y. Karlan, MD
  • Ronald P. Karlsberg, MD
  • David Kawashiri, MD
  • Stephen P. Kay, MD
  • Ilan Kedan, MD, MPH
  • Walter F. Kerwin, MD
  • Raj Khandwalla, MD
  • Ali Khoynezhad, MD, PhD
  • Hyung L. Kim, MD
  • Irene Kim, MD
  • Lucy Kim, LCSW, ACM
  • Sang D. Kim, MD
  • Jeanlee King-Baettig, RN
  • Michelle M. Kittleson, MD, PhD
  • Robert Klapper, MD
  • Jon A. Kobashigawa, MD
  • Karen Kornreich, MD
  • Stephanie Koven, MD
  • Michael A. Kropf, MD
  • Lyle D. Kurtz, MD
  • Stuart H. Kuschner, MD
  • Marie Kristine A. Lacar, RN
  • Noel B. Lara, RN
  • Letitia Lau, MD
  • Gary E. Leach, MD
  • Thomas J. Learch, MD
  • Ella Louise Leggett
  • Walter Lemankiewicz, RN
  • Roger L. Lerner, MD
  • Ronald S. Leuchter, MD
  • Michael Levesque, MD
  • Meldon C. Levy, MD
  • Andrew J. Li, MD
  • Charlene T. Lichtash, MD
  • Daniel Lieber, MD
  • Arthur E. Lipper, MD
  • Milton Little, MD
  • Howard L. Liu, MD
  • Simon K. Lo, MD
  • Joseph Loewy, MD
  • Maryanne Loyola
  • Lorraine N. Lubin, MD
  • Patrick D. Lyden, MD
  • Fataneh Majlessipour, MD
  • Rajendra Makkar, MD
  • Alberto J. Mallari
  • Adam N. Mamelak, MD
  • Laila Massie, RN
  • Ruchi Mathur, MD
  • David N. Matsumura, MD
  • Bryan M. May, RN
  • Philomena McAndrew, MD
  • Robert J. McKenna Jr., MD
  • Sharron L. Mee, MD
  • Hovik S. Mekhjian, PharmD
  • Farhad Melamed, MD
  • Leslie Memsic, MD
  • Maria C. Mendoza
  • Noah Merin, MD
  • Erin Meschter, MD
  • Kiarash Michel, MD
  • Amin Joseph Mirhadi, MD
  • Alain Mita, MD
  • Monica M. Mita, MD, MDSc
  • Cyrus Mody, MD
  • Avinash Mondkar, MD
  • Charles N. Moon, MD
  • Beth A. Moore, MD
  • Wendy M. Morell, RN
  • Manual N. Moreno Perez
  • Nena Musto, RN
  • Mamoo Nakamura, MD
  • Ashkan L. Naraghi, MD
  • Ronald B. Natale, MD
  • Sofia Nava, RN
  • Ricardo Navas, MD
  • Ronen Nazarian, MD
  • Kristin Nesburn, MD
  • David G. Ng, MD
  • Nicholas N. Nissen, MD
  • Paul W. Noble, MD
  • Edward Kazuhisa Nomoto, MD
  • Sun Jung Oh, MD
  • Farah Omidbakhsh
  • Rosa Orellana
  • Jay S. Orringer, MD
  • Adrian G. Ostrzega, MD
  • Guy D. Paiement, MD
  • Megan L. Palermo, RN
  • Shi-Hui Pan, PharmD
  • Stephen J. Pandol, MD
  • Dorothy J. Park, MD
  • Chirag G. Patil, MD
  • A. Randolph Pearlstein, MD
  • Brad Penenberg, MD
  • Deena Perotti, MD
  • Brian Perri, DO
  • Tiffany Perry, MD
  • Glenn B. Pfeffer, MD
  • Alistair Phillips, MD
  • Edward H. Phillips, MD
  • Mark Pimentel, MD
  • Julie I. Pinero, RN
  • Alicia Porter, RN
  • Samuel J. Porter, MD
  • Edwin M. Posadas, MD
  • Irving Posalski, MD
  • Anna Claire Puhky, RN
  • Susan M. Rabizadeh, MD
  • Shervin Rabizadeh, MD
  • David S. Ramin, MD
  • Soroush A. Ramin, MD
  • Danny Ramzy, MD, PhD
  • Rajeev K. Rao, MD
  • Alexandre Rasouli, MD
  • Ali Rezaie, MD
  • Madison F. Richardson, MD
  • Harvey S. Richmond, MD
  • Bobbie J. Rimel, MD
  • Sepehr Rokhsar, MD
  • Grace A. Romulo
  • Robert M. Rose, MD
  • Sonja Louisa Rosen, MD
  • Barry E. Rosenbloom, MD
  • Fred P. Rosenfelt, MD
  • Ruth "Virginia" Russell, MD
  • Amy S. Rutman, MD
  • Stephen A. Sacks, MD
  • Wendy L. Sacks, MD
  • Gloria D. Salapare, RN
  • Vivian L. Salle, RN
  • Howard M. Sandler, MD, MS
  • Gregory P. Sarna, MD
  • Jay N. Schapira, MD, FACP, FAHA, FCCP, FACC
  • Kevin Scher, MD
  • Daniela Schiesaro, RN
  • Wouter I. Schievink, MD
  • Deborah Schmidt
  • Scott Serden, MD
  • Cigal T. Shaham, MD
  • Alan E. Shapiro, MD
  • Omid A. Shaye, MD
  • Michael M. Shehata, MD
  • John L. Sherman, MD
  • Randolph Sherman, MD
  • Arvind M. Shinde, MD
  • Vivian N. Shirvani, MD
  • Daniel Shouhed, MD
  • Nancy L. Sicotte, MD
  • Robert J. Siegel, MD
  • John W. Sigler
  • Allan W. Silberman, MD, PhD
  • Alan G. Silverman, MD
  • Steven M. Simons, MD
  • R. Kendrick "Ken" Slate, MD
  • Jason Snibbe, MD
  • Tourage Soleimani, MD
  • Karyn Morse Solky, MD
  • Mitchell J. Spirt, MD
  • Andrew Ira Spitzer, MD
  • Jasminka Stegic, MS, ANP-BC, CCRN
  • Jay J. Stein, MD
  • Theodore N. Stein, MD
  • Jerrold H. Steiner, MD
  • Daniel J. Stone, MD
  • Leslie Stricke, MD
  • Ronald Sue, MD
  • Joseph Sugerman, MD
  • Charles D. Swerdlow, MD
  • Steven Sykes, MD
  • Lillian Szydlo, MD
  • Steven W. Tabak, MD
  • Michele Tagliati, MD
  • Victor F. Tapson, MD
  • Stephan R. Targan, MD
  • David B. Thordarson, MD
  • Janessa Tiu, RN
  • Hitoshi "Tommy" Tomizawa, MD, MPH
  • Sam S. Torbati, MD
  • Dietra Torres
  • Tram T. Tran, MD
  • Alfredo Trento, MD
  • Leo Treyzon, MD, MS
  • Richard Tuli, MD, PhD
  • Mark K. Urman, MD
  • Irina A. Urusova, MD
  • Leticia O. Uy, RN, OCN
  • Akira Uyeki, MD
  • Michael B. Van Scoy-Mosher, MD
  • Swamy R. Venuturupalli, MD
  • Robert A. Vescio, MD
  • Ronald G. Victor, MD
  • Daniel J. Wallace, MD
  • Alan Weinberger, MD
  • Jonathan M. Weiner, MD
  • Michael H. Weisman, MD
  • John Williams III, MD
  • Donald A. Wiss, MD
  • Robert N. Wolfe, MD
  • Clement C. Yang, MD
  • Payam R. Yashar, MD
  • Karen Zaghiyan, MD
  • Evan M. Zahn, MD
  • Phillip C. Zakowski, MD
  • Raymond Zimmer, MD
  • Millard H. Zisser, MD

FDA Issues Update on Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently dropped the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy requirements for the erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA) products Epogen/Procrit and Aranesp. ESAs are used to treat anemia resulting from chronic kidney disease, chemotherapy and certain treatments for human immunodeficiency virus, and to reduce the number of blood transfusions during and after certain major surgeries.

The FDA website has more information.

CS-Link Tip: CURES Update

Under CURES, the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, healthcare practitioners are supposed to check the designated database within 24 hours before prescribing a controlled substance to a patient the first time. In addition, they are supposed to check again at least every four months, if treatment continues with the substance.

To get to CURES from CS-Link™, go to the upper toolbar, where you have WEB ACTIVITIES. Click on State Agencies. CURES is there.

Once you’ve looked up your patient, you can document. Type ".cures."

The list of exclusions is there. For example, you are exempt from checking the database if the patient is under hospice care, or providing post-operative or emergency department treatment with a nonrefillable supply lasting fewer than five days.

If you forget your password or get locked out, email cures@doj.ca.gov or call 916-227-3843.