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Washington D.C. Amends its Ban on Non-Compete Agreements

What is a Non-Compete Agreement or Provision? A Non-Compete provision may prohibit current and former employees from simultaneously or subsequently being employed by another entity or operating their own business within a certain geographic radius for a defined period of time (i.e. 2 years) if the employee will provide similar services in a competing field of work. This provision is typically presented to employees upon an employment offer as a part of an employment agreement. A Non-Compete Agreement is a standalone agreement between an employer and employee that has one or more Non-Compete provisions or restrictive covenants. An agreement can also be...

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What are the Differences between a Rural Health Care Clinic and a Federally Qualified Health Center?

What is a Rural Health Clinic? A Rural Health Care Clinic (RHC) is a clinic designed to provide quality care to patients in rural areas. They are Medicare certified programs that must be established in areas designated as rural shortage areas. An RHC is not permitted to care for patients of mental diseases or rehabilitation services. At least fifty percent of the time the clinic is open there must be a nurse practitioner, midwife, or physician assistant to provide care to patients. These medical professionals are under direction of a physician. RHCs are required to staff personnel, but there are no...

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Do Doctors and Nurses Have to Self-Report to the Florida Department of Health if Arrested?

In our society, Medical Professionals have always been held to a higher-than-average standard. Doctors, nurses, and physicians must abide by several professional rules of conduct that not many other employees have to keep in mind. This in turn also means that your personal life is up for scrutiny as well. Ethical standards and moral values are usually private assumptions but for those who have chosen the medical field, those normally private matters can have a deep affect your employment status. Any serious off-duty conduct issue must be reported, reviewed, and taken care of on a case-by-case basis. Florida Requirements for Self-Reporting In...

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Do I Need A Permit to Utilize Sedation Dentistry in Florida?

What is Sedation Dentistry? Sedation Dentistry is a mild to moderate level of sedation used to assist dental patients with attaining a temporary insensitivity to pain while remaining conscious. Typically, this is used for lengthier procedures and is also found to be very beneficial for patients that suffer from anxiety about having dental work done. What are the different types of Sedation Used? There are a few different types of sedation that can be used for dental procedures. The kind of sedation used depends on the treatment or procedure at hand and the level of anxiety the patient suffers from. There are also...

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Do I Need a Biomedical Waste Permit for my Clinic?

Biomedical Waste Permit Regulations Biomedical waste is the inevitable outcome in most health care offices. Professionals in the health care field need to keep up to date information on the regulations for handling any type of biomedical or hazardous/chemical waste that is a result of services provided. While the most obvious concerns are those of public safety and possible health risks, if not stored or disposed of properly, this waste can also result in thousands of dollars in fines.  There are many types of health care waste to consider: biohazard, chemical, pathological, chemotherapy waste, etc. The waste produced by each office...

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Do I need to Register to Perform In-Office Surgeries in Florida

Developments of new drugs and medical technology have enabled physicians to perform treatments and procedures in the comfort of medical offices that were once only able to be performed in hospital settings. To confirm whether obtaining an Office Surgery License is required for your office to perform these surgeries you must carefully examine the rules on office surgeries because they have changed recently.   The Office Surgery Rule On June 25, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 732 into law. This rule provides guidance on how office procedures can be performed. It also delivers certain standards for these offices and requires that...

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How to Open a Group Home for Children, Disabled Persons, and the Elderly in Florida

What is A Group Home? A group home by definition is a residence that offers full time care for those who are unable to care for themselves. Group homes offer assistance for those who are unable to care for themselves due to age or medical disability and can’t be cared for by family members. Group homes are usually smaller than other care facilities with more centralized care and fewer residents (usually 6 beds or under). Typically, 24-hour care and supervision is provided by at least one caregiver around the clock. Group Homes are not typically responsible for the personal care of residents...

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Florida LLC Conversion: Relocating a Business from another state to Florida

Transitioning out of state is a major business decision. As a business owner, there are usually numerous difficult decisions to be made with a permanent or long-term move. Not only can relocating your business to a different state be more convenient, but it can be beneficial for numerous reasons. Benefits of Relocation Some of the potential benefits include: (1) reduced or no state income taxes and (2) paying less for services or merchandise. Fortunately, in Florida the transition is not difficult. Another major benefit to conversion is that the company is allowed to maintain the original Tax ID. For an established company,...

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Can a Florida Licensed Dental Hygienist Administer Anesthesia to Patients Without Supervision?

According to Florida Statute 466.023(1), Only dental hygienists may be delegated the task of removing calculus deposits, accretions, and stains from exposed surfaces of the teeth and from the gingival sulcus and the task of performing root planing and curettage. In addition, dental hygienists may expose dental X-ray films, apply topical preventive or prophylactic agents, and perform all tasks delegable by the dentist in accordance with s. 466.024. The board by rule shall determine whether such functions shall be performed under the direct, indirect, or general supervision of the dentist.   Section (3) of the aforementioned Florida Statute, states that dental hygienists may,...

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Florida Legal Requirements for an Adult Family Care Home

Adult Family Care Homes are Agency for Health Care Administration (“AHCA” or Agency) licensed facilities that provide care to disabled adults and frail elders in a family-type living environment. These adults choose to live with an individual or a family in a private home. One key distinction between an Assisted Living Facility and an Adult Family Care Home (“AFCH”) is that the Provider must also live in the home, which can be owned or rented by that Provider. The home has to meet the local zoning requirements prior to obtaining the AHCA license. The intent behind the Adult Family Care...

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