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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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Which Business Structure is Best for my Medical Practice?

Which Business Structure is Best for my Medical Practice? Over the years many providers have come to my office expressing an interest in owning a medical practice, healthcare facility, or healthcare business. During these meetings, it is important to obtain pertinent background information about the healthcare entity followed by a discussion about some of the regulatory and licensing issues that may arise. Equally important is determining how the healthcare entity should be structured for asset protection and tax purposes. A corporate healthcare attorney like myself can determine whether it is best for you to create a corporation, LLC, or an LLP....

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

Background President Trump he has not taken a firm stance publicly in favor of or opposed to the use of medical marijuana. Currently, he intends to leave the medical marijuana issue up to the individual states. The 2016 fiscal year  omnibus appropriations bill appears to be in line with Trump as it contains language prohibiting the Department of Justice from meddling in state medical marijuana laws. According to a Department of Health report, the state registry now has 16,614 patients. A recent state revenue impact study projects that by 2022 there will be approximately 472,000 medical marijuana patients and $542 million in sales. Many activists expect...

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Annual Meeting of The Florida Society of Anesthesiologists

Jamaal R. Jones recently attended the Annual Meeting of the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. The end goal of the meeting was for participants to: 1. Assess the potential application of emerging issues and advances that affect the practice of anesthesia; and 2. Apply contemporary practice management skills and knowledge of regulatory issues to the efficient and safe delivery of patient care. If you are an Anesthesiologist, Anesthesiologist Assistant, or Nurse Anesthetist and would like to find out the various ways in which Jones Health Law can be of assistance to please contact us!...

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What Are My Options If I’ve Been Wrongfully Terminated From My Hospital Residency Program?

If you are discharged from a medical residency program it is important to examine the language contained in the hospital policies and procedure manual. In the manual it will explain the procedure for internal disciplinary action taken against hospital staff, which may require a mandatory board hearing depending on the alleged infraction. Prior to the board hearing, a neutral intermediary may be utilized so that direct communication between the hospital and the resident is limited. The disciplinary board may be comprised of a three-person panel where you can choose to present your defense. I would advise against signing any documents...

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Lighting Up Florida’s Medical Marijuana Industry

On November 8, 2016, Florida voters approved the use of Medical Marijuana in a constitutional ballot initiative called Amendment 2. This Amendment approved the use of Medical Marijuana in treatment for patients who suffer from specific debilitating medical conditions. These debilitating medical conditions include, but, are not limited to, cancer, AIDS, PTSD, glaucoma, Parkinson’s Disease, epilepsy, and Crohn’s disease. Physicians may also prescribe Medical Marijuana for “other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class” as those mentioned above and “for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for...

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Seeing Through the Smoke of Florida’s Medical Marijuana Industry

As you may be aware, On November 8, 2016, Florida voters approved the use of Medical Marijuana in a constitutional ballot initiative called Amendment 2. This Amendment approved the use of Medical Marijuana in treatment for patients who suffer from specific debilitating medical conditions. These debilitating medical conditions include, but, are not limited to, cancer, AIDS, PTSD, glaucoma, Parkinson’s Disease, epilepsy, and Crohn’s disease. Physicians may also prescribe Medical Marijuana for “other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class” as those mentioned above and “for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh...

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The Business of Healthcare: Post-Election

Jamaal R. Jones, Esq. attended a conference hosted by the University of Miami's Center for Health Sector Management and Policy on March 3, 2017. It was headlined by leaders from across the country. Panelists shared ideas on how the U.S. health care system will continue to evolve and how the anticipated changes will impact consumers, businesses and government over the next four years and beyond. Guest speakers participated in several discussions including: (A) A Conversation on the Election and Global Health Care Issues; (B) Election Impact on Health Care Sectors; (C) Health Care Policies Under the Trump Administration; (D) Election Impact on South Florida Health Care...

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