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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 of surgeries that he performs, such as Lasik and PRK; (4) frequency with which we should see an Ophthalmologist, how to monitor one’s eye health, and how lifestyle choices can affect your vision; (5) common eye diseases and how diabetes can lead to vision loss; (5) the evolution and technological advancements in ophthalmology; (6) COVID-19 vaccine’s impact on our vision; (7) balancing work and his personal life, and more.

We touch on a wide range of topics in this podcast that I know you don’t want to miss. Don’t forget to listen and share with anyone that you think would be interested in listening as well.

Dr. Sergio Morello can be reached at:

Phone: 954-859-2020

Web: www.SouthFloridaEyeHealth.com

Address: 7800 W Oakland Park Blvd, Building B, Unit 205, Sunrise, FL 33351

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 you wanted to become a lawyer?

Arlette has wanted to be an attorney since she was a child. She attributes this desire to become an attorney to her resilience and determination stemming from the type of childhood she had growing up.

What interests you about Health Law?

Health Law interests Arlette because it’s gives her the opportunity to work in a diverse field of study. Arlette has a professional background in healthcare where she worked behind a desk and submitted claims to health insurance companies. Now she would like to provide legal assistance to clients to resolve their insurance claims and work with health care practitioners in drafting their contracts and other legal support for their practices.

What are you hoping to gain from being an intern at Jones Health Law?

Arlette is hoping for a challenging, healthy, and productive internship experience from Jones Health Law.

 

Welcome to the JHL Team Arlette! We are happy to have you aboard.

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.

 

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 and eastern medicine; (4) the types of conditions that acupuncture can treat and its benefits; (5) the cost of acupuncture and length of time it takes to experience results; (5) patient demographics in acupuncture; (6) how acupuncture is treated differently from state to state; and more.

We touch on a wide range of topics in this podcast that I know you don’t want to miss. Don’t forget to listen and share with anyone that you think would be interested in listening as well.

Ms. Olivia Gold can be reached at:

Phone: 904-613-9455

Web: www.GoldPointAcupuncture.com

Instagram: @GoldPointACU

Address: 3107 Sawgrass Village Circle, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082

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) poor diet and lack of exercise and the effect it has on oral health; (5) affordability of dental care and the evolution of dentistry; (5) myths and misconceptions about pediatric dentistry; (6) substance abuse’s impact on oral health; and more.

Dr. Marvin Abarca can be reached at:
Phone: 305-285-8341
Web: www.LittleChampionsDental.com

Instagram: @LittleChampionsDental
Address: 1330 Coral Way, Suite 406, Miami, FL 33145

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 drugs across various demographics; (5) practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic; (6) her opinion of pharmaceutical sales reps; and (7) the costs of prescription medication. We touch on a wide range of topics in this podcast that I know you don’t want to miss, such as the COVID-19 Vaccine, testing for COVID-19, prescription medication abuse and more. Don’t forget to listen and share with anyone that you think would be interested in listening as well.

Don’t forget to listen and share with anyone that you think would be interested in listening as well.

Maria Frangos can be reached at:

Email: frangosmaria@gmail.com

Instagram: @mfrxangos

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 you wear to play basketball and why women should stop wearing high heals; (5) what causes varicose veins and planter fasciitis and how to treat them; (6) the role that diet plays in foot conditions (i.e. diabetes); (7) should I be weary of nail salons and how to prevent toe fungus; (8) practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic; and (9) the evolution of podiatry.

We touch on a wide range of topics in this podcast that I know you don’t want to miss especially if you’ve been having lingering foot problems, such as bunions, athletes foot, or toe fungus. Don’t forget to listen and share with anyone that you think would be interested in listening as well.
 
Dr. Graham can be reached at:
Instagram: @graham.dpm
Phone: 941-919-3666
Web: 360-Orthopedics.com

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 in autonomous practice only in a manner that meets the General Standard of Practice. The General Standard of Practice shall be that standard of practice, care, skill, and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent similarly situated health care providers.”

 They don’t mention psychiatric nurse practitioners by name but the revised definition’s inclusion of words like “Mental health promotion, assessment, evaluation” and “treatment of….behavioral and mental health conditions” implies that this is inclusive of the services that a psychiatric NP would provide in a primary care setting.

We are awaiting further comment form the Board of Nursing with additional direction for the scope of services that psychiatric nurse practitioners can provide under this revised definition. I would argue that if the Board of Nursing approves your autonomous practice registration based on your description of providing psychiatric services that the BON is in turn permitting your to engage in autonomous practice for the provision of psychiatric nursing services in a primary care setting.

UPDATE (October 17, 2022): During an October 2022 Board Hearing, the Board of Nursing considered whether it is within the scope of practice for an autonomous practice APRN who is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner to provide psychiatric and mental health treatment, including psychotherapy, to patients with psychiatric and mental health conditions. They also discussed whether it is within the scope of practice for an autonomous practice APRN to prescribe controlled substances under Section 893.03(2), F.S. for greater than a seven-day supply, for treatment for psychiatric and mental health conditions. Also, whether a supervising physician is needed to provide treatment, including psychotherapy, for psychiatric or mental health conditions. (Susan Patricia Lynch, APRN, R.N. – File#1711/304094 was the involved party)

The Florida Board of Nursing, after thoughtful deliberation and consideration of the law, answered “No”. The practice of an APRN, certified as a PMHNP, is not considered to be solely within the definition of primary care and as such, the PMHNP must still maintain a collaborative agreement. 

The BON asked for a continuance regarding the seven day supply of controlled substance class II medications to treat psychiatric mental health issues as the BON attorney wanted to research this subject further. This had not been considered formally by the BON since the passage of HB 607 authorizing a pathway for autonomous practice.

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