Fla. physicians get new requirements

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 24, 2006

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New laws that took effect in Florida July 1 change continuing education requirements for licensure and renewal, require health care practitioners to identify their credentials to patients and limit the number of satellite offices a doctor can supervise.

For example, health care licensees, including physicians, must provide notice to patients of what type of license they have. A name tag or oral notice to a patient meets the requirement. Advertisements must identify the type of license a practitioner holds.

Continuing education requirements also changed. Among the changes, HIV/AIDS and domestic violence education is no longer required for initial licensure. But one hour of HIV/AIDS education must be completed before the first license renewal. Domestic violence education is now a two-hour requirement every third renewal.

Supervisory relationships with physician assistants and advanced registered nurse practitioners in medical office settings have new requirements. For example, a physician may supervise a PA and ARNP offering primary health care services at no more than four satellite offices, in addition to the primary place of practice.

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