No, but a copy of the complaint form may be printed from the website and mailed or faxed.
Complaints can be filed against any healthcare practitioner or facility licensed or regulated by the Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA). Complaints can also be filed against any individual or facility providing heath care services regulated by MQA without a valid Florida license. Information on Regulated Professions
To file a complaint on a non-medical related business or profession, please visit the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Complaints can be filed through our Consumer Services Unit.
Anyone can file a complaint. Complaints should be clearly written or typed, and signed. Complaints can be filed through our Consumer Services Unit.
The department may contact the person filing the complaint to request additional information or to testify in a formal hearing before the Division of Administrative Hearings.
No; however, the person filing the complaint may be required to pay for copies of medical records.
Complaints remain confidential until ten days after the probable cause panel of the Board has determined that a violation has occurred. Patient identity and patient records remain confidential at all times.
Florida Statutes require that if the complaint is opened for investigation, the healthcare practitioner be given a copy of the complaint.
Regulatory complaints cannot be filed over the phone because Florida law requires that the complaint be signed. However, you may file an unlicensed activity complaint over the phone by calling 1-800-HALT-ULA
Complaints can be filed by printing the Complaint and the Authorization for Release of Patient Records forms below or calling 1-888 419-3456 or (850) 245-4339 and requesting by mail. Delays may be avoided by completing all sections of the forms and attaching the requested information. Complaints should be clearly written or typed, and signed.
Yes, as provided below:
- Incidents occurring before July 1, 2006 - no time limit
- Incident occurring after July 1, 2006 - six (6) years.
- If fraud, concealment or intentional misrepresentation of facts prevented the discovery of the alleged violation – 12 years.
- If criminal actions, diversion of controlled substances, sexual misconduct, or impairment by a licensee – no limit.
Complaints against hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes should be filed with the Agency for Health Care Administration.
If the practitioner is found to have violated the law, the department or regulatory board may issue a citation or impose one or more of the following penalties:
- letter of guidance
- restriction of practice
- continuing education probation
- license suspension
- license revocation
The person filing the complaint and the healthcare practitioner will be notified periodically in writing of the status of the complaint. (It is important that the department be advised of any address change.)
Fee disputes (i.e. broken or missed appointments)
Billing disputes (It is the responsibility of consumers to know the terms of their insurance coverage and approved providers.)
Bedside manner or rudeness of practitioners
For additional information, please see Consumer Services