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Author: Jamaal R. Jones, Esq.

Jones Health Law > Articles posted by Jamaal R. Jones, Esq.

Physician Assistants Scope of Practice Expansion in Florida

By: Arlette Rodriguez   Just as is the case with Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, the Florida Legislature has recognized that Physician Assistants (PA) are capable of performing certain health care activities that they were previously prohibited from performing. The changes are largely administrative and does not significantly increase the independent clinical services that they may provide to a patient. On June 29, 2021, the governor approved House Bill 431, which expands the scope of practice for Physician Assistants. The provisions set forth in the House Bill 431 took effect on July 1, 2021. The following is a non-exhaustive list of some of the...

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Jones Health Law Podcast: Episode 7 – Seeing Things Clearly with Ophthalmologist, Dr. Sergio Morello, Jr., M.D.

In this episode we are discussing Ophthalmology with Sergio Morello, Jr., M.D.! Dr. Morello has been practicing Ophthalmology for over 30 years in both his native Brazil as well as the United States. Dr. Morello recently partnered with a colleague to open South Florida Eye Health with locations in Sunrise and Aventura, Florida. During our discussion, Dr. Morello discussed a range of topics including: (1) Growing up in Brazil with a family of physicians and then moving to the United States to practice Medicine; (2) distinctions between Ophthalmologists and Optometrists; (3) a typical day in the office and the types...

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Arlette Rodriguez is our 2021 Summer Intern

Arlette Rodriguez is a rising 2L at Barry University's Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. Arlette is Cuban-American and is fluent in Spanish. She will be joining Jones Health Law as our 2021 Summer Intern. Internships at Jones Health Law are designed to give our interns the tools that they will need to successfully practice law once he or she graduates from law school. Here are a few things that you should know about Arlette: Where Are you from? Arlette was born in Cuba and moved to Miami, Florida where she has lives since she was about one year old. Why did you decide that...

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Jamaal Jones is voted the “Most Valuable Member” by the Health Law Section of the Florida Bar

Jamaal R. Jones, Esq. received the inaugural "Most Valuable Member" award by the Health Law Section of the Florida Bar for 2020-21. Mr. Jones also received recognition for serving as the Health Law Section's Editor-in-Chief for 2020-21. It's a huge honor to be recognized by one's peers and Mr. Jones thanks all of those who voted to bestow him with this award.  ...

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Jones Health Law Podcast: Episode 6 – Healing Conversation with Acupuncturist Olivia Gold

In this episode we are discussing acupuncture with Olivia Gold, A.P., Dipl.O.M.! Ms. Gold a NCCAOM Board Certified Acupuncture Physician and Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and runs her own practice called Gold Point Acupuncture. During our discussion, Ms. Gold discussed a range of topics including: (1) Her training and what it's like studying Chinese medicine, the pros & cons of being an acupuncturist, and what a typical day is like in the office for her; (2) she defines acupuncture and the other types of Chinese medicine; (3) myths about acupuncture and how she educates clients on the difference between western...

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Jones Health Law Podcast: Episode 5 – Healthy Smiles with Pediatric Dentist Marvin Abarca

In this episode we are discussing oral health with Pediatric Dentist, Marvin Abarca, D.D.S.! Dr. Abarca is a Board-Certified Florida licensed dentist and after several years of practicing recently opened his own dental clinic called Little Champions Pediatric Dentistry. During our discussion, Dr. Abarca discussed a range of topics including: (1) His training and finishing top of his class at an HBCU, the pros & cons of being a dentist, and what a typical day is like in the office for him; (2) differences between general and pediatric dentistry; (3) how to maintain oral health in kids and teenagers; (4)...

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Jones Health Law Podcast: Episode 4 – Dose of Reality with Pharmacist Maria Frangos

In this episode we are discussing COVID-19 and prescription medication with pharmacist, Maria Frangos! Ms. Frangos is a licensed pharmacist in the New York City area and works in a private retail pharmacy. During our discussion, Ms. Frangos discussed a range of topics including: (1) Her training, practicing as a woman, the pros & cons of being a pharmacist, and what a typical day is like in the office for her; (2) the evolution of the pharmacy industry; (3) substance abuse and diversion of prescription medication; (4) the long term effects of prescription drug abuse; (5) different types of prescription...

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Jones Health Law Podcast: Episode 3 – Podiatry with Dr. Jemaar Graham

In this episode we get down and dirty with Podiatry! Dr. Jemaar Graham is a Florida licensed podiatrist who treats individuals as well as athletes who suffer from foot injuries and conditions. During our discussion, Dr. Graham discussed a range of topics including: (1) His training, practicing while black, the pros & cons of being a doctor, and what a typical day is like in the office for him; (2) Foot Fetishes and plastic surgery for feet"; (3) myths about podiatry; (4) the most common types of conditions and recovery after serious foot injuries; (5) What type of sneakers should...

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Can Florida Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners Register their Autonomous Practice for Primary Care Services?

Recently, the Board of Nursing voted to approve the following revised language for adoption by rule as the definition of “primary care practice”: “Includes physical and mental health promotion, assessment, evaluation, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, inclusive of behavioral and mental health conditions”. This definition would be read in conjunction with Section 464.0123(3), Florida Statutes. The Board also voted to accept the recommendation, also for adoption by rule, from the Council on APRN Autonomous Practice for “standards of practice” as: “Advanced practice registered nurses who are registered pursuant to Section 464.0123, F.S., shall engage...

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