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Registration form for Autonomous Advanced Practice Registered Nurse is Now Available

Great news for Florida licensed Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners. The registration application for Autonomous practice is now available. There is no fee associated with submitting the registration application. Eligibility for registration as an autonomous APRN includes the following: 1. At least 3,000 clinical practice hours under the supervision of an allopathic or osteopathic physician within the past 5 year. These hours may include clinical instructional hours. [See Section 464.0123(1)(c) F.S. for complete requirements]; 2. Three graduate-level semester hours, or the equivalent, in differential diagnosis and 3 graduate-level semester hours, or the equivalent, in pharmacology completed within the past 5 years (documentation required); and  3....

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What is a Professional Limited Liability Company?

By: Marcus Leonard   What is a PLLC? Many people are familiar with limited liability companies (“LLC”) including liability protection and other benefits provided by this type of business structure. Slightly different, a professional limited liability company (“PLLC”) is an LLC formed specifically by those who are licensed to provide professional services. The term “professional service” means any type of personal service to the public which requires someone to obtain a license or other legal authorization to perform such service. Many medical professionals are authorized to form PLLC’s, including chiropractic physicians, dentists, osteopathic physicians, physicians and surgeons, doctors of medicine, doctors of dentistry, and...

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Medical Director Responsibilities in a Florida Healthcare Clinic

By: Marcus Leonard The role of medical directors  Apart from the thousands of screaming fans, the role of a medical director is analogous to the role of the head coach on your favorite sports team as both are undoubtedly invaluable to an organization’s success but are also required to absorb responsibility if expectations are not met. A medical director’s role is so vital because a licensed health care clinic in Florida may not operate or be maintained without the day-to-day supervision of a single medical or clinic director. In Florida, medical or clinic directors are paramount to facilities and clinics maintaining a...

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Does the FDA consider Aromatherapy and Essential Oils a Cosmetic or a Drug?

Essential Oils Product Descriptions: Am I a Cosmetic of a Drug? Whether an aromatherapy product is a cosmetic or a drug under the law is determined by the product’s intended use. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act defines “cosmetics” by their intended use, as “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance.” Florida Statute §499.003(12) adopted the FDA’s definition of “cosmetic” verbatim, but further stated that the definition does not include soap. The law doesn’t require cosmetics to have FDA...

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Appointments Made to Autonomous APRN Council

The Boards of Medicine, Nursing, and Osteopathic Medicine have made appointments to the Council on Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Autonomous Practice. Legislation creating the Council went into effect on July 1, 2020. The Council will recommend standards of practice for APRNs who register with the Board of Nursing for autonomous practice. Appointees Board of Medicine Shailesh Gupta, MD (3 year term) Hector Vila, MD (4 year term)   Board of Nursing Charrita Ernewein, DNP, APRN, FNP (2 year term) Vicky Stone-Gale, DNP, APRN, FNP (4 year term) Sandra Williamson, APRN, CNM (3 year term) Kathleen Wilson, PhD, APRN, FNP (2 year term)   Board of Osteopathic Medicine Michelle Mendez, DO (4 year...

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Can I Continue to Run a Medical Practice After the Sole Physician’s Death?

Authored by Marcus Leonard and Jamaal R. Jones, Esq.

Authored by Marcus Leonard and Jamaal R. Jones, Esq. Inevitably, we will all pass away at some point in hopefully the distant future. Some of our deaths will be expected while others will come as a complete shock. Many people formulate a plan for after their passing and make arrangements accordingly for the succession of their personal and business affairs and belongings, while others do not. Occasionally, that deceased person happens to be the only physician in the medical practice. The staff and surviving family members have to quickly determine what their options are and whether they can legally continue to...

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Marcus Leonard is our 2020 Summer Intern

Marcus Leonard is a rising 2L at Florida International University College of Law. Marcus earned a spot on the Dean's List for Fall 2019 and is a member of the Black Law Students Association. Marcus is proficient in Creole and is a Haitian-American. He will be joining Jones Health Law as our 2020 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 Marcus: Where are you from? I was born in...

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How Does a Nurse Practitioner Establish an Independent Practice in Florida?

Effective July 1, 2020, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (“APRN”) will be able to register their own autonomous practice throughout Florida with the passage of House Bill 607. No longer will the APRN have to provide patient care within the framework of an established protocol with a supervising physician if they are properly registered. If the APRN is not registered then an established protocol will still be required. The term Health Care Provider has been re-defined to mean a physician, osteopathic physician, podiatric physician or an APRN registered under Florida Statute §464.0123.   Registering your Autonomous Practice Autonomous Practice is defined as an advanced...

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Criminal Liability for Rationing Medical Equipment During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Recently, a physician client called me and she was very concerned about potentially being charged with murder for rationing medical equipment, such as ventilators, during the COVID-19 Pandemic. She had been instructed by superiors to use the ventilators, which were in scarce supply, only on those patients that had the best chance of recovery. For the others, she would effectively be sentencing them to death and this caused added stress to an already stressful situation. I took the time to alleviate her concerns about potential liability and thought that I would share it with you as well.   Can I Be...

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