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News About HIV Testing

Posted on January 13, 2017

Click here to read a letter from the State Surgeon General about changes to HIV testing including consent requirements. Continue reading

Physician Appointed to Board of Medicine

Posted on January 11, 2017

On October 19, 2016, Governor Scott appointed Hector Vila, M.D. to the Board of Medicine with a term ending October 31, 2018. He filled a vacant position previously held by Nabil El Sanadi, M.D. Dr. Vila, originally licensed in Florida … Continue reading

Florida Board of Medicine New Leadership for 2017

Posted on January 11, 2017

At the December 2, 2016 Board of Medicine Meeting, the members nominated and approved Magdalena Averhoff, M.D. to serve as the Board’s Chair from January 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017. Dr. Averhoff has been on the Board since February … Continue reading

Winter 2016 Newsletter

Posted on January 9, 2017

The Winter 2016 Board of Medicine Newsletter is available. Please click here or the image below to read more.

Notice to physicians whose patients have been evacuated to Georgia

Posted on October 7, 2016

Board Responds to Hurricane Matthew, Authorizes Temporary Licenses for Physicians of Affected Patients Continue reading

Important Notice Due to Hurricane Matthew

Posted on October 5, 2016

Due to impacts from Hurricane Matthew, Governor Scott has issued an executive order regarding the state of Florida Continue reading

Board Chairs, Vice Chairs & Associations’ Meeting Announcement

Posted on September 9, 2016

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) announces the following meetings: Continue reading

Telehealth Survey

Posted on August 10, 2016

Let your voice be heard about telehealth practices in Florida. The Telehealth Survey lets health care practitioners provide valuable information to Florida lawmakers. Continue reading

June/July 2016 Newsletter

Posted on July 28, 2016

The June/July Board of Medicine Newsletter is available. Please click here or the image below to read more.

New Tool to Report Health Care Provider Complaints

Posted on July 19, 2016

The Complaint Portal is a way for consumers to find the correct agency to submit health care complaints in an electronic and secure format. Continue reading

FREE Webinars Now Available

Posted on July 19, 2016

Learn how to add your license to your Online Services Portal account or report your continuing education/continuing medical education (CE/CME) requirements. Continue reading

New Legislation Impacting Your Profession

Posted on July 19, 2016

Click here to view a full list of bill summaries from the 2016 Florida Legislative Session that may impact your profession. Continue reading

New Legislation Impacting Your Profession

Posted on July 12, 2016

During the 2016 Legislative Session, HB 221 passed and was signed into law on April 14, 2016, as Chapter 2016-222, Laws of Florida. The bill prohibits an out-of-network provider from balance billing members of a preferred provider organization (PPO) or … Continue reading

Board Mourns Tragedy in Orlando, Gives Thanks to Health Care Responders

Posted on June 17, 2016

As we mourn the tragic events that occurred in Orlando over the weekend, the Division of Medical Quality Assurance joins friends and colleagues in Central Florida and across the state to thank the dedicated health care professionals who have so … Continue reading

Position Statement on Disruptive Behavior

Posted on June 14, 2016

The Florida Board of Medicine offers its expertise and guidance to health care facilities and other health care professionals in dealing with the issue of disruptive behavior. The American Medical Association (AMA) defines disruptive behavior as physical or verbal personal … Continue reading

New Legislation Impacting Your Profession

Posted on June 9, 2016

During the 2016 Legislative Session, HB 1175 passed and became law on April 14, 2016, as Chapter 2016-234, Laws of Florida. Starting July 1, 2016, health care practitioners are required to provide a good faith estimate of anticipated charges to … Continue reading

New Legislation Impacting Your Profession

Posted on May 20, 2016

Click here to view a full list of bill summaries from the 2016 Florida Legislative Session that may impact your profession. Continue reading

April/May 2016 Newsletter

Posted on May 6, 2016

The April/May Board of Medicine Newsletter is available. Please click here or the image below to read more.

New Legislation Impacting Physician Assistants

Posted on May 6, 2016

Physician Assistants Effective Date: July 1, 2016 Governor Scott signed HB 375 into law on Monday, March 28, 2016.  It relates to Physician Assistants (PA) and includes the following changes to the law: At renewal, PA must acknowledge that he/she … Continue reading

Requirements for Physicians Reporting Supervisory Relationships

Posted on March 17, 2016

Did you know the reporting requirements for physicians differ from the reporting requirements for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners? Section 458.348 (a)(4), Florida Statutes, states “the physician shall submit notice to the board. The notice shall contain a statement that includes … Continue reading

February/March 2016 Newsletter

Posted on March 9, 2016

The February/March Board of Medicine Newsletter is available. Please click here or the image below to read more.  

Recognizing Depression among Health Care Practitioners

Posted on February 26, 2016

Recognize when every-day stressors lead to burnout or depression. Learn more about self-care strategies and how to get help by clicking here. Continue reading

ANNOUNCEMENT: MQA Online Services

Posted on February 25, 2016

Services will be unavailable on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9 AM to 4 PM Eastern Standard Time for system upgrades. Continue reading

MQA publishes latest quarterly report

Posted on February 24, 2016

The Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) remains committed to developing and implementing strategies to better serve health care practitioners, license applicants and serve health care consumers. In an effort to update MQA’s 22 health care provider … Continue reading

A New and Improved Search Portal

Posted on February 24, 2016

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance is excited to announce the launch of the new and improved MQA Search Services Portal. Continue reading

Board Revises Florida’s Telemedicine Practice Rule

Posted on February 23, 2016

Effective March 7, 2016, the Board of Medicine’s revised Telemedicine Rule, Rule 64B8-9.0141, F.A.C., goes into effect.  The amended rule reads:   (1) “Telemedicine” means the practice of medicine by a licensed Florida physician or physician assistant where patient care, … Continue reading

Get the Latest Updates & Information

Posted on February 12, 2016

Emergency Rule Requires Immediate Reporting of Suspected or Confirmed Cases by Physicians. To Follow the Department of Health Zika Virus Updates, Click Here. Continue reading

The Florida Board of Medicine Remembers Dr. Nabil El Sanadi

Posted on January 28, 2016

The Florida Board of Medicine mourns the passing of Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, compassionate physician, dedicated board member and former chairman on January 23, 2016. Dr. El Sanadi was first appointed to the Florida Board of Medicine in 2002, serving … Continue reading

Register for the Immunization Summit

Posted on January 24, 2016

The summit is for medical providers, educators and community advocates to discuss the prevention and treatment of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and its related diseases. Continue reading

Quick Report CME Guide

Posted on January 24, 2016

Learn more about the new quick reporting feature to report all of your CME hours completed with the same approved organization at one time. Continue reading

Renewal Statement from Dr. Rosenberg

Posted on January 14, 2016

The incoming Chair, Steven Rosenberg, M.D. recently renewed his Florida medical license and here is what he had to say . . . I recently renewed my license and found that the continuing medical education (CME) reporting process in CE … Continue reading

Innovative Tool to Keep Adults on Schedule for Good Health

Posted on January 11, 2016

Adults are encouraged to discuss their health screenings and immunization schedule with their health care professionals Continue reading

October 2015 Newsletter

Posted on November 3, 2015

Bernardo Fernandez, M.D. Chairman Sarvam TerKonda, M.D. Vice Chairman Board Recognizes Residents At the October 2015 meeting, the Board recognized two residents as part of the Resident Recognition Program: Jack D. Stringham, M.D.— University of Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute … Continue reading

Update: World Directory of Medical Schools Replaces International Medical Education Directory for Purposes of Determining Eligibility for ECFMG Certification and USMLE

Posted on October 13, 2015

Effective June 30, 2015, international medical students and graduates (IMGs) must use the World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory) to determine their eligibility to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). As … Continue reading

Healthiest Weight Florida: A Life Course Approach

Posted on October 6, 2015

Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not for profit organizations, businesses, and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make choices about healthy eating and active living.

Safety Alert

Posted on September 30, 2015

This recall is due to the Food and Drug Administration concern over a lack of sterility assurance. Distributed nationwide to patients, providers, hospitals, and clinics Continue reading

Avoiding delays in renewal

Posted on September 3, 2015

It’s almost renewal time once again for many health care practitioners. If this is your renewal cycle, please note the following information, which can help you avoid some of the most common delays encountered with license renewals. It is important … Continue reading

August 2015 Newsletter

Posted on August 25, 2015

Bernardo Fernandez, M.D.Chairman Sarvam TerKonda, M.D.Vice Chairman The Board of Medicine meets six times each year to conduct disciplinary hearings, licensure hearings and to handle board business including creating and amending rules of the Board. Another role of the Board … Continue reading

Pain Management Physicians

Posted on August 25, 2015

If you are a physician practicing in a Pain Management Clinic and were registered based on the 6th qualification option in Rule 64B8-9.0131, F.A.C., please keep in mind that as a part of your 40 hours of Continuing Medical Education … Continue reading

DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR: Why Should We Deal With Difficult Colleagues?

Posted on August 18, 2015

Martha Brown, M.D., Assistant Director at PRN, provided a presentation on disruptive physicians to the Board at their meeting held August 7, 2015 in Tampa, Florida.  Dr. Brown discussed how disruptive behavior leads to miscommunication and potentially patient harm.  To … Continue reading

Controlled substance prescriber not required on profile

Posted on July 21, 2015

The Department has received numerous calls in recent weeks from physicians expressing concerns that some pharmacists are not filling controlled substance prescriptions if the physician is not… Continue reading

New Chairman and Vice Chairman Begin their Terms on the Board

Posted on July 21, 2015

At the December 5, 2014, meeting of the Florida Board of Medicine, the Board voted to have two members serve as Chairman and two members serve as Vice Chairman for six month terms.  James W. Orr, Jr., M.D., FACOG, FACS, … Continue reading

June 2015 Newsletter

Posted on June 26, 2015

June 2015 Florida Board of Medicine Newsletter Introduction The Board of Medicine meets six times each year to conduct disciplinary hearings, licensure hearings and to handle board business including creating and amending rules of the Board.  Another role of the … Continue reading

2016 MD Renewals

Posted on June 26, 2015

Licenses for medical doctor are renewed by the department in two groups. Group 1 licenses will expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on January 31st of every even year. Group 2 licenses will expire on January 31st of If you are … Continue reading

Board Chairs, Vice Chairs & Associations’ Meeting Announcement

Posted on June 10, 2015

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance announces its annual Board Chairs, Vice Chairs and Associations’ meeting. Continue reading

Calling all Physician Assistants!!

Posted on May 29, 2015

Did you know that all Physician Assistant (PA) licenses expire in even years? That means that your license will expire on January 31, 2016. Did you also know that 2016 is the first renewal period with mandatory Continuing Medical Education … Continue reading

MQA publishes latest quarterly report

Posted on May 27, 2015

The Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) remains committed to developing and implementing strategies to better serve health care practitioners, license applicants and serve health care consumers. In an effort to update MQA’s 22 health care provider … Continue reading

Florida Advisory Council of Medical Physicists

Posted on May 19, 2015

To All Interested Parties: The Florida Department of Health is currently accepting applications from qualified candidates who are interested in serving on the Florida Advisory Council of Medical Physicists. The Advisory Council of Medical Physicists is an advisory council to … Continue reading

April 2015 Florida Board of Medicine Meeting Review

Posted on April 27, 2015

April 2015 Florida Board of Medicine Meeting Review Introduction The Board of Medicine meets six times each year to conduct disciplinary hearings, licensure hearings and to handle board business including creating and amending rules of the Board. At this meeting, … Continue reading

PRACTICE ALERT- Office Surgery Rule Changes

Posted on April 27, 2015

Recently, the Joint Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine Office Surgery Subcommittee made certain changes to Rule 64B8-9.009, F.A.C. (Medical version) and Rule 64B15-14.007, F.A.C. (Osteopathic version). The Committee determined that the rule regarding the standard of care for office … Continue reading

Burnout and Physicians

Posted on April 23, 2015

The Florida Board of Medicine is pleased to bring you “Burnout and Physicians”. This presentation from the Professionals Resource Network (PRN) outlines signs to look for, how physicians are impacted and methods of prevention. Click on image to view pdf file … Continue reading

FDA ALERT

Posted on April 3, 2015

The Florida Department of Health remains vigilant in its efforts to ensure the safety of the public. Currently, the Department is contacting all Florida recipients… Continue reading

Register today to participate in the Spring 5K Fun Run/Walk

Posted on March 6, 2015

Lace up your sneakers and join us by participating in a 5K Fun Run/Walk during the FMA CME Spring Conference! Continue reading

Be Renewal Ready: Update Your Mailing Address

Posted on March 4, 2015

The Florida Department of Health sends renewal notices to licensees at least 90 days prior to the expiration date of their license. To ensure that you receive the renewal notice, it is important that your mailing address on file with … Continue reading

Important Measles Update

Posted on February 27, 2015

Measles is a highly contagious disease, transmitted by respiratory aerosols when an infected person coughs or sneezes… Continue reading

February 2015 Florida Board of Medicine Meeting Review

Posted on February 24, 2015

Introduction The Board of Medicine meets six times each year to conduct disciplinary hearings, licensure hearings and to handle board business including creating and amending rules of the Board. At this meeting, the Board recognized Nabil El Sanadi, M.D. for … Continue reading

Be Renewal Ready: CME Reporting with CE Broker

Posted on February 19, 2015

For physicians and physician assistants whose licenses are expiring on 01/31/2016, all CME credits must be recorded in CE Broker (CEBroker.com), the official CE/CME electronic tracking system for Florida’s health care professionals and the Florida Department of Health. There is … Continue reading

Board Recognizes Former Chairman and Florida Medical Students

Posted on February 17, 2015

  At the February 6, 2015, Florida Board of Medicine meeting, James Orr, Jr., M.D., Chairman, along with the members of the Board, honored fellow member Nabil El Sanadi, M.D. for serving as the Board’s Chairman in 2014.  During his … Continue reading

Board Announces New Executive Director

Posted on February 17, 2015

The Florida Board of Medicine would like to announce the selection of André Ourso, J.D., MPH as the new Executive Director of the Board. After receiving a Master of Public Health from the College of Public Health at the University … Continue reading

Record CE/CMEs before the deadline and be renewal ready.

Posted on January 14, 2015

The Department encourages you to log in to the tracking system before applying for renewal to ensure your information is complete and accurate. Continue reading

Important Message from the Department of Health

Posted on January 9, 2015

Florida Department of Health advises health care professionals not to inject patients with IV solutions from Wallcur, of San Diego Dear Healthcare Partners: Florida Department of Health is requesting that health care professionals report any administration of Wallcur IV training … Continue reading

Board Announces Chair and Vice Chair for 2015

Posted on January 8, 2015

At the December 5, 2014 meeting of the Florida Board of Medicine, the board voted to have two members to serve as Chair, and two to serve as Vice Chair for 2015. James W. Orr, Jr., M.D., FACOG, FACS, will … Continue reading

Upcoming Rule Hearings

Posted on January 8, 2015

On February 5, 2015, the Florida Boards of Medicine & Osteopathic Medicine Office Surgery Rule Subcommittee will meet to discuss Rule 64B8-9.009, F.A.C. – Standard of Care for Office Surgery. If you would like to appear before the subcommittee to … Continue reading

Message from the Chair

Posted on January 8, 2015

Over 68,000 doctors are currently licensed in the state of Florida. The board’s role is to facilitate physicians to do what they have dedicated their lifetime to – “practice quality medicine.” Continue reading

Florida’s Healthy Promise Campaign

Posted on December 29, 2014

Healthy Promise is a campaign sponsored by the Florida Department of Health to encourage people in Florida to make more informed choices about healthy eating and active living this year. Continue reading

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Posted on November 14, 2014

In 2009, the Florida legislature adopted a new law to address the state’s growing problem with prescription drug abuse and diversion. Continue reading

Florida Veteran Health Heroes

Posted on November 10, 2014

The Florida Department of Health honors and supports veterans, members of the military and their families on Veterans Day. Continue reading

Information on Ebola Virus Disease

Posted on October 17, 2014

The state of Florida is prepared to identify and treat patients who may have Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Continue reading

Unlicensed Activity

Posted on September 30, 2014

The Unlicensed Activity (ULA) Program protects Florida residents and visitors from the potentially serious consequences of receiving health care services from an unlicensed person. Continue reading

Board Chair Selects Three Recognition Award Recipients

Posted on September 15, 2014

During the Board of Medicine meeting in Orlando on August 1st, 2014, Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, Board Chair, presented three Chairman’s Recognition Awards. Continue reading

DEA Classifies Tramadol a Controlled Substance

Posted on September 10, 2014

Under a final rule published in the Federal Register, the pain reliever tramadol is classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance (CS) starting August 18, 2014. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will require manufacturers to print the “C-IV” designation on all labels … Continue reading

DEA Reschedules Hydrocodone Combination Products

Posted on September 9, 2014

On Friday, August 22nd, the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published a Final Rule moving hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to the more-restrictive Schedule II. This Final Rule imposes the regulatory controls and sanctions applicable to Schedule … Continue reading

Patient-Physician Boundaries

Posted on September 8, 2014

In the state of Florida, exercising influence within a patient-physician relationship for purpose of engaging a patient in sexual activity is unlawful and a basis for disciplinary action to be taken against the physician’s license.  As stated in s. 458.331(1)(j), … Continue reading

Take a Loved One to the Doctor Month

Posted on September 4, 2014

Dear Colleagues and Community Partners, The Florida Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health invites you to join us in protecting, promoting, and improving the health of all people in Florida by supporting the statewide campaign “Take a Loved One … Continue reading

Advertising Board Certifications

Posted on July 30, 2014

It is not permitted to hold oneself out as a board-certified specialist unless you have obtained a certification through a specialty board that has been approved by the board. Continue reading

Changes to the Office Surgery Registration Rule

Posted on July 21, 2014

Due to the growth of office-based surgery in the state of Florida, members of the Board of Medicine have proposed changes to the office surgery rule. These changes are intended to clarify the definition of office surgery. During the board … Continue reading

Board Chairs, Vice Chairs and Associations Annual Meeting

Posted on July 15, 2014

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance announces the first combined Board Chairs, Vice Chairs and Associations annual meeting Continue reading

Board Members and Staff Attend FSMB Conference

Posted on June 25, 2014

The Federation of State Medical Boards held their annual meeting on April 23-26, 2014, in Denver, CO. The Florida Board of Medicine was represented by Board Chair Nabil El Sanadi, M.D. and member Sarvam TerKonda, M.D., as well as Board … Continue reading

Boards and Councils Liaison Meeting

Posted on June 13, 2014

This meeting includes a review of how the Health Care Boards and Councils
will each play an integral role in Florida’s Healthiest Weight Initiative Continue reading

Board Shares List of Accomplishments

Posted on June 13, 2014

Reduced Fees:  The Board initiated the rulemaking process to impose a one-time renewal fee reduction for physicians for the 2013-2015 and 2014-2016 licensing biennia.  The proposed rule change would reduce the fees from $360 to $250 only for these two … Continue reading

Emergency Rule Related to Telemedicine

Posted on April 30, 2014

On March 12, 2014, Board of Medicine’s Rule 64B8-9.0141 went into effect wherein the Board set forth standards for telemedicine practice for Florida licensed physicians. Rule 64B8-9.0141(4) specifically precludes physicians from prescribing controlled substances through the use of telemedicine. Shortly … Continue reading

Does your CE/CME Provider report Course Completions?

Posted on April 4, 2014

The Department of Health has partnered with certain CE/CME providers using this seal to eliminate the need for licensees to self-report course completion. Continue reading

Information for Physician Assistants: Prescribing in Florida

Posted on March 20, 2014

In Florida, Physician Assistants (PAs) can prescribe, order and dispense mediations. However, PAs are not permitted to prescribe the medicinal drugs listed in the formulary. Prescribing: In order for a PA to prescribe, the supervising physician must delegate such authority … Continue reading

Information for PA’s – CME Requirements

Posted on March 18, 2014

In Florida, Physician Assistant’s (PA’s) are required to renew their license every two (2) years.  Now, this can be done online. As part of renewal, the PA must complete CME and upload the completed CME into the CE@renewal system prior … Continue reading

Information for Physician Assistants: Completing the Supervision Data Form

Posted on March 6, 2014

Florida law requires Physician Assistants (PAs) to notify the Board in writing within 30 days after employment, or after any subsequent change in the supervising physician. This means when a PA begins employment, ends employment and when there are changes … Continue reading

Converting to a Limited License

Posted on February 24, 2014

If you are a physician considering retirement, but are not ready to give up the practice of medicine, you may be questioning your options.  Placing your license in retirement status prohibits you from practicing medicine in any form, but there … Continue reading

Board Announces Chair and Vice-Chair for 2014

Posted on January 8, 2014

The Florida Board of Medicine is pleased to announce the election of Nabil El Sanadi, M.D. as Chairman for 2014. Dr. El Sanadi, is the Chief of Emergency Medicine for Broward Health in Ft. Lauderdale and is certified in Emergency … Continue reading

Infuenza

Posted on December 20, 2013

The Florida Department of Health reminds pregnant women, and those looking to become pregnant, that the 2013-2014 flu season is underway and to make sure they get vaccinated against influenza. It is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated … Continue reading

Notice to Licensees About Fraudulent Documents

Posted on December 6, 2013

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is aware that documents purportedly originating from DOH requesting information of a sensitive nature have been received by members of the public. These documents request licensees share information that may be used to commit … Continue reading

Take a Loved One to the Doctor Month

Posted on August 12, 2013

Dear Colleagues and Community Partners, The Florida Department of Healths Office of Minority Health invites you to join us in protecting, promoting, and improving the health of all residents and visitors in the state of Florida by supporting the statewide … Continue reading

August 2013 Chairmans Recognition Award

Posted on August 12, 2013

During the Board of Medicine meeting in Deerfield Beach on August 2nd, 2013, Chairman Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah presented a medical student from the University of Miami (UM) with the Chairman’s Recognition Award for exemplifying the professionalism, moral character, compassion, … Continue reading

Multistate Epidemiological Sterile Injections Investigation

Posted on June 14, 2013

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Continue reading

June 2013 Chairmans Recognition Awards

Posted on June 11, 2013

At the Board of Medicine meeting in Tampa on June 7th, 2013, Chairman Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah presented two medical students with the Chairman’s Recognition Award Continue reading

The Board

Posted on May 21, 2013

The Board is comprised of fifteen volunteer citizens appointed by Florida’s Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate to serve the citizens of Florida… Continue reading

Board Recognizes FIU Student at April Meeting

Posted on May 9, 2013

At the Board of Medicine meeting in Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton on April 5th, 2013, Chairman Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah presented one medical student with the Chairman’s Recognition Award for exemplifying the professionalism, moral character, compassion, and intellect essential to the … Continue reading

CE/CME at Renewal – A New Approach to License Renewal

Posted on April 17, 2013

The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, will now review your continuing education records in the electronic tracking system… Continue reading

Risk Management or Ethics CME Available

Posted on March 27, 2013

Risk Management or Ethics CME Available Attend a Florida Board of Medicine Meeting, sign in and earn 5 hours CME in ethics or risk management. WHEN: June 7, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. WHERE: Wyndham Tampa Westshore700 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, … Continue reading

Medical Expert Witnesses: Providing Insight and Preserving Integrity

Posted on March 19, 2013

Medical Expert Witnesses are active licensed physicians in the State of Florida who provide valuable insight into medical negligence cases and help regulate the medical profession. In order to become an expert witness in the State of Florida, an active … Continue reading

New Regulation for Office Based Surgery Transfer Agreement Requirements

Posted on March 5, 2013

Effective March 3, the Department will now also accept transfer agreements under contract between the hospital and facility from licensed hospitals within reasonable proximity in offices where the physician performing procedures does not have staff privileges, or a transfer agreement within 30 minutes proximity as required by rule 64B8-9.009(b)1. Continue reading

Board of Medicine Honors Two Medical Students

Posted on February 14, 2013

At the Board of Medicine meeting in Jacksonville on February 1st, 2013, Chairman Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah presented two medical students with the Chairman’s Recognition Award for exemplifying the professionalism, moral character, compassion, and intellect essential to the future leaders of the medical profession. Continue reading

Florida Board of Medicine: Take a Pause

Posted on January 17, 2013

The Board of Medicine’s Surgical Care/Quality Assurance Committee has been reviewing Rule 64B8-9.007, F.A.C. Standards of Practice… Continue reading

New Regulation for Physicians Performing Liposuction

Posted on January 17, 2013

Effective January 3, 2013 any physician who performs liposuction procedures in which more than 1,000 cubic centimeters of supernatant fat is removed… Continue reading

Inspiring Quality in Surgical Health Care

Posted on January 11, 2013

Inspiring Quality in Surgical Health Care – Quality Improvement Programs that Improve Outcomes and Reduce Costs Health care quality is a hot topic everywhere today, from infections and readmissions, to preventable errors and public reporting. As surgeons, we have a deeply … Continue reading

Board Announces New Chair & Vice-Chair

Posted on December 17, 2012

The Florida Board of Medicine is pleased to announce the election of Zachariah P. Zachariah, M.D. as the 2013 Chairman of the Board… Continue reading

Electronic Fingerprinting

Posted on December 14, 2012

Effective January 1, 2013, applicants for initial licensure must use a LiveScan service provider to submit a set of fingerprints to FDLE … Continue reading

Human Trafficking

Posted on December 13, 2012

Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. According to international, federal and state law, human trafficking involves exploitative… Continue reading

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Posted on December 12, 2012

Section 893.055, Florida Statutes, requires health care practitioners to report to the PDMP each time a controlled substance is dispensed to an individual… Continue reading

Recognition

Posted on October 25, 2012

At the October 12, 2012 Florida Board of Medicine meeting, the Board of Medicine held two special presentations as part of the ongoing effort to promote the health and safety of both residents and visitors in the State of Florida. … Continue reading

Fraudulent Correspondence

Posted on October 18, 2012

Fraudulent Correspondence Purportedly from Department of Health Investigative Services It has been brought to our attention that someone has been sending out fraudulent letters to pharmacies claiming to be from the Department of Health’s Investigative Services. These forgeries are of … Continue reading