Siempre verifique la licencia

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Una visita al médico o al dentista puede ser más placentera al saber que está recibiendo la atención de alguien que ha sido educado adecuadamente en su profesión y tiene licencia para ejercer. Sin embargo, una y otra vez leemos titulares de los contratistas, veterinarios o incluso los médicos que prestan servicios sin la licencia adecuada para llevar a cabo ese tipo de servicios.

Recientemente, la División de Investigación del Departamento de Asuntos del Consumidor de California encontró a un hombre del sur de California que supuestamente se hizo pasar por un veterinario y realizó cirugías a un gato. El hombre conocido como “Doctor Héctor” más tarde fue declarado culpable de practicar como veterinario sin licencia. Héctor Menjivar fue sentenciado a 30 días en la cárcel del condado.  Haga clic aquí para leer una historia del caso en ingles.

Para que usted este seguro que esta recibiendo los servicios de un profesional con licencia que ha obtenido la formación y educación adecuada, verificar su licencia aquí. También puede comprobar cualquier acción disciplinaria contra el individuo acreditado. Aquí  puede presentar una queja ante la oficina apropiada.

Beneficios de la verificación de una licencia profesional de una persona o de una corporación:

– Usted puede evitar que las personas sin escrúpulos o incompetentes promueven servicios engañosos o inseguras

– Usted puede presentar una queja con el Departamento de Asuntos del Consumidor de California

– Usted puede estar seguro de que los profesionales realizarán sus funciones a un nivel aceptable

Recuerde siempre revisar  la licencia en el sitio del Departamento de Asuntos del Consumidor de California en http://www.dca.ca.gov.

 

Be Safe, Check the License

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A visit to the doctor or dentist can be more relaxing if you know you are receiving care from someone who has been properly educated in their field and is licensed to practice.

However, on TV, online, and in the newspaper we often find stories about people who pose as contractors, veterinarians, doctors, and other professionals who provide services without the proper licenses to conduct that type of business or provide that type of service.

It just happened again.

A recent undercover investigation by the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation found a Southern California man posing as a veterinarian, performing surgeries and other veterinary services on pets. The man, known as “Doctor Hector,” was convicted of practicing veterinary medicine without a license; Hector Menjivar was sentenced to serve 30 days in county jail.

To ensure you are receiving services from a licensed professional who has received the proper training and education, verify the license here. While checking the license, you can also look for any past disciplinary actions against the licensee. You can file a complaint with the appropriate board or bureau here.

It pays to check the license! By doing business with a licensed business or professional, you can:

  • Avoid unscrupulous or unqualified people who promote deceptive or unsafe services
  • File a complaint with Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Rest assured that practitioners will perform their duties to acceptable standards

Remember to always check the license at the Department of Consumer Affairs’ website at http://www.dca.ca.gov.

It’s Important To Talk To Your Pharmacist About Your Prescriptions

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The California State Board of Pharmacy recognizes and acknowledges the important role prescription and other medicine plays in our overall health.

Over-the-counter drugs, vitamin and herbal remedies, as well as prescription medications are all forms of medicines patients should understand. The Board of Pharmacy promotes the need for patients to educate themselves about prescription medication, dosages, side-effects and reactions from taking and mixing their medicines.

The best way to use medicines safely and appropriately is to be well-informed with good, reliable information and to aggressively ask questions of your pharmacist, especially when a new medicine is prescribed. Many people fail to realize the health care professional with the most accurate and latest information about their medicine is their pharmacist.

The Board of Pharmacy requires pharmacists to provide oral consultation to a patient or a patient’s representative for all newly prescribed medicines as well as whenever a previously prescribed medicine shows a change in dosage, form, strength or has new directions for use.

Before taking your medicine, be sure you know:

  • The name of your medicine and what it does
  • How and when to take it, for how long, and what to do if you miss a dose
  • Possible side effects and what you should do if they occur
  • Whether the new medicine will work safely with other medicines or supplements
  • What foods, drinks or activities should be avoided while taking the medicine?

Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions.

The Board of Pharmacy promotes patients working with their pharmacists. One key way is by assuring the pharmacist has a list of all medicines, including over-the-counter, herbal, natural and vitamin supplements a patient takes.

Pharmacists check patients’ complete records and only dispense prescription medications that safely combine with current medicines. If a pharmacist finds your new medicine has potential risks if taken with other items you are taking, they will work with the prescribing physician to dispense the best alternative.

Many people are in a hurry when filling prescriptions. However, when standing at the pharmacy counter, it’s best to take a few minutes to speak with your pharmacist and not opt-out of consultation. Talking with your pharmacist this month, and every month, about prescriptions and other medicines may save your life and the lives of your loved ones as well.

The bottom line for all of us is to ask your pharmacist for advice about your medicines. They are literally the last line of defense and subject matter experts to protect our health. It is also their duty, under California law, to give each patient a complete consultation to assure that new medicines, as well as previous prescriptions with changed instructions, are taken safely.

The California State Board of Pharmacy protects and promotes the health and safety of California consumers by pursuing the highest quality of pharmacist care and the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals through education, communication, licensing, legislation, regulation and enforcement.

Save Our Water, Save Our Trees!

The Department of Water Resources’ Save Our Water program is warning California residents not to neglect trees during this period of historic drought.

While cutting back on water use is critical, trees in irrigated landscapes become dependent on regular watering. When watering is reduced, and especially when it’s stopped completely, trees can die.SaveOurWater

Tree loss can be costly in more ways than one. While tree removal is often expensive, also at risk is an immense range of health, energy, environmental, and economic benefits trees provide:

  • Improve air and water quality.
  • Provide shade to a landscape and reduce water needs.
  • Help keep your home cooler.
  • Slow stormwater runoff and help recharge groundwater.
  • Reduce soil erosion.
  • Add value—sometimes thousands of dollars’ worth—to your home and neighborhood.

Because trees take a long time to grow, helping them out through the drought is critical. Harming or killing trees may eliminate benefits that would take decades to get back.

The Save Our Water program has these recommendations for preserving trees while conserving water:

  • Deeply and slowly water mature trees 1–2 times per month with a simple soaker hose or drop system toward the edge of the tree canopy—NOT at the base of the tree. Use a hose faucet timer (found at hardware stores) to prevent overwatering.
  • Young trees need 5 gallons of water 2–4 times per week. Create a small watering basin with a berm of dirt.
  • Use a bucket in the shower to capture water while it warms up and use that water for your trees.
  • Mulch, mulch, mulch! Four to six inches of mulch helps retain moisture, reducing water needs and protecting your trees.

For more information on saving trees while conserving water, including helpful videos, visit www.saveourwater.com/trees.

Tips for Keeping Your Car and Family Safe: Winter Driving

Most Californians are fortunate to live in areas where the notion of “winterizing” our vehicles is not necessary, but winter driving season is near so keep reading if you live in or are planning to visit an area where the barometric pressure can take a sharp dive well before the winter solstice.

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The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) offers the following tips to keep you, your passengers, and your vehicle safe for driving this winter.

 WINTERIZE YOUR VEHICLE

Below are procedures you may already follow for proper vehicle maintenance, but driving during inclement conditions such as snow and ice really ups the ante.

  • Start with your owner’s manual

Be sure your vehicle is up-to-date on its recommended maintenance, including changing the engine oil and filter, and adding antifreeze, coolant, brake, automatic transmission, windshield wiper and steering fluids if needed.  Be sure to use the correct engine oil because engine oil thickens below a specific temperature.

  • Carry tire chains

Practice placing the chains on your tires before venturing out.  It’s better to get the hang of it before you need to use them.

  • Check the battery

Corrosion, cracks, and dirt can affect battery cables and hinder performance.

  • Be sure your brake system is in good shape

Have a licensed adjuster check pads and linings. Visit the BAR website at www.bar.ca.gov to find a licensed brake station.

  •  Inspect the lights

The inspection should include turn signals, brake, fog, and high beams. Cleaning your car’s lenses can maximize visibility.

  • Check hoses and belts

Look for any cracks, soft spots, or bulges that could be a potential problem and find a qualified technician for any repairs.  Visit the BAR website (www.bar.ca.gov) to find a licensed auto repair technician.

  • Test your vehicle’s heater and defrost systems

Make sure they are working properly.

  • Change wiper blades

Unless you recently purchased a pair, it is best to err on the side of caution and purchase new, quality, windshield wiper blades.

  • Inspect tires

Balding or underinflated tires reduce your vehicle’s handling and traction and can be a safety hazard.  Check the air pressure in your tires regularly, including the spare.

 

KEEP IN MIND

Road trips during the winter months, although beautiful, can be dangerous.  Below are additional precautions and items you might consider bringing while traveling in winter.

  • Share your plans

Let family members or friends know your dates of travel and proposed travel route.

  • Carry a road atlas

GPS reception can become compromised in remote areas or during storms.

  •  Bring extra windshield washer fluid

During a snowy or messy day of driving, you may use your windshield wipers and the washer fluid more than usual.

  • Fill’er up!

Your vehicle may become your life source should you become stranded during a winter road trip.  The more fuel you have, the longer the vehicle can idle to heat the interior of the car in an emergency.

  • Pack on the pounds

Keep sand bags or two 20-pound bags of kitty litter in the trunk to help add weight to improve rear wheel traction.  Sand and liter can also be spread on the ground in front of or behind wheels to provide traction if you get stuck in the snow.

BE PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED

Pack a winter safety kit with the following essentials.

  • Jumper cables
  • NOAA Weather radio with re-chargeable battery and crank power option and phone/tablet charger through USB connection and flashlight
  • Extra batteries for smartphone
  • Basic first-aid supplies
  • Bottled water and non-perishable snacks
  • Fleece blankets
  • Extra clothing
  • Road safety flares
  • Windshield ice-scraper and brush
  • Tool kit
  • Cellphone and car charger

The Bureau of Automotive Repair has created a brochure with the above tips and more (http://www.bar.ca.gov/pdf/BARWinterTips.pdf) to help you get your vehicle winter road trip ready.

Board of Optometry Wants You!

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The California Board of Optometry is recruiting Subject Matter Experts to assist in the Board’s Law Exam Development Workshops. The next workshop is scheduled for November 2, 2015.

Contribute to the profession of optometry by becoming a Subject Matter Expert and assisting the Board in upcoming workshops. Experts have the opportunity to meet and work with other licensed optometrists from around the State on the development, review, and grading of the California Law and Regulation Examination (CLRE). Many experts find the experience very rewarding and choose to return year after year.

For more information and to register, click here or visit the Board of Optometry’s Web site.

Board of Chiropractic Examiners: New Pubs Online

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Looking for concise explanations of what chiropractic care is and what the Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Board) does? The Board has two new publications available that may have the answers to your questions

First, there’s the Board’s new About Us publication, available online in English and Spanish.

Here’s a quick sampling of some of the information you can find in About Us

  • Chiropractic is a health care profession that emphasizes the power of one’s own body to heal itself, without the use of drugs or surgery.
  • The Board licenses and regulates California chiropractors who provide chiropractic care in a variety of settings.

The second new publication from the Board is A Consumer’s Guide to Chiropractic Care, also available online in English and Spanish. Read through the pamphlet and find out important information such as what happens during a chiropractic adjustment, how to select a chiropractor, what to expect at your appointment, and how to file a complaint.

To download the publications, visit the Board’s website at www.chiro.ca.gov, or contact the Board at (916) 263-5355 or by e-mail at chiro.info@dca.ca.gov.

Updated Consumer’s Guide to Auto Repair

BAR_ConsumerGuide_CVRWBIf you’re like most Californians, you depend on your vehicle. When it needs service or repair, you want the work done quickly, correctly, and at a reasonable cost.
By following the tips in the recently updated Consumer’s Guide to Auto Repair from the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), you can keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure a good working relationship with your auto repair shop.
For more valuable consumer information from BAR, visit www.bar.ca.gov or call toll-free at (800) 952-5210.

CalBRE: Sales Materials Can’t Imply Agent Is Independent of Broker

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The California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) issued an advisory informing licensees that sales materials cannot contain terms that imply the existence of a real estate entity independent of a licensed broker and that sales agents owning a fictitious business name or “team name” must include both a team member license number and broker license number on all sales materials. Sales materials include “for sale” signs and print and electronic media.

Click here to see the advisory.