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Florida Pharmacists Must Use E-FORCSE To Combat Opioid Abuse

By: Saamia Shaikh, Esq., OMS-III In 2011, Florida legislator’s enacted the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, also known as, the Electronic-Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substances Evaluation (“E-FORCSE”). The program has legally expanded the role of dispensing pharmacists by requiring them to report the distribution of controlled substances.   E-FORCSE requires dispensers of controlled substances to report, within seven days, information regarding the prescriber and the patient for any prescription filled for controlled substances. Specifically, a patient’s demographic information, DOB, gender, as well as the prescriber’s demographic information, DEA number, NPI number, and license number must be reported. Additionally, dispensing information such as the...

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Jamaal Jones Moderates SFMGMA and NAHSE Event

  On August 24, 2017, Jamaal Jones moderated an event that was organized by the South Florida Medical Management Association (SFMGMA) and the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). The event was titled "Great Healthcare Leadership Wanted: Navigating Your Career."    The panelists diverse employment backgrounds allowed them to offer very insightful perspectives on climbing the ladder in the healthcare industry. The panelists discussed a broad range of topics such as:   Factors that contribute to the successful ascendancy into high level leadership positions Gaining visibility in the work place & community Building a reputation, effective networking, and navigating the workplace Pursuing...

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Jamaal Jones Attends Palm Beach Pediatric Society Meeting

  On August 30, 2017, Jamaal R. Jones, Esq. attended a Palm Beach Pediatric Society Member's Event. There was a social hour followed by a two-hour presentation titled "Back to School -- It's Time to Sleep! A Medical and Behavioral Approach to Sleep Disorders in School-Age Children and Adolescents".   The objective for the presentation was for attendees to be able to: (1) Describe how to take a sleep history; (2) Differentiate the categories of sleep disorders; and (3) Summarize the different techniques for evaluation and management of sleep disorders.   The event was held at the West Palm Beach Marriott....

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Negotiating Malpractice Insurance in Physician Employment Contracts

Medical Malpractice Insurance is an essential part of any physician’s practice. According to the American College of Physicians, “Medical Malpractice” insurance is a specialized type of professional liability insurance that covers physician liability arising from disputed services that result in a patient’s injury or death. Injuries may present themselves immediately or at some time in the future. Malpractice insurance requirements will vary depending upon several factors including, but, not limited to how long you have been practicing, the size of your practice, specialty, prior claims filed against you, etc. Many providers receive their malpractice insurance  through their hospital employer while...

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Florida Senate Bill 8A Effect on Physicians’ Medical Marijuana Practices

Under SB8A, a “qualified physician” is a person who holds an active and unrestricted license to practice medicine in compliance with the physician education requirements. In order to be approved as a qualified physician, the physician must successfully complete a 2-hour course and exam by either the Florida Medical Association or the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. The exam will not cost more than $500. This requirement also applies to those seeking to become Medical Directors in medical marijuana treatment centers (“MMTC”)....

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