Important Information on Fraudulent Emails to Practitioners

Important Information on Fraudulent Emails to Practitioners

The Florida Department of Health (Department), Division of Medical Quality Assurance, is warning Florida health care practitioners about a fraudulent email and phishing attempt sent to Florida healthcare practitioners.

Scammers are posing as the Department and offering to provide licensees with “important information” concerning a temporary change to your license status. This email did not originate from the Department.

Healthcare practitioners will never receive unsolicited calls or emails from the Department where personal information is requested, payments are demanded, or threats against your license are made. We want to protect our health care practitioners from fraud schemes. If you receive an email that looks suspicious, do not click on any links or attachments, or provide any personal information. If you have any questions, please contact our customer contact center at (850) 488-0595.

Governor DeSantis declares State of Emergency for Hurricane Ian

Governor DeSantis declares State of Emergency for Hurricane Ian

On Friday, September 23, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis declared a State of Emergency to prepare for Hurricane Ian.

Medical professionals and workers, social workers, and counselors with good and valid professional licenses issued by states other than the State of Florida may render such services in Florida during this emergency for persons affected by this emergency with the condition that such services be rendered to such persons free of charge, and with the further condition that such services be rendered under the auspices of the American Red Cross or the Florida Department of Health.

Under a State of Emergency, a pharmacist, in his or her professional judgment, may dispense up to a 30-day emergency prescription refill of maintenance medication to persons who reside in an area or county covered under the Executive Order and to emergency personnel who have been activated by their state or local agency but who do not reside in an area or county covered by this Executive Order. In accordance with section 465.019(4)(b), Florida Statutes, a hospital that operates a Class II or Class III institutional pharmacy located in an area or county covered under this Executive Order may prescribe and dispense a supply of a medicinal drug lasting up to 72 hours.

However, this statutory allowance specifically prohibits dispensation of a medicinal drug listed in Schedule II appearing in chapter 893 and is not permitted under section 465.0275, Florida Statutes.

In the event a pharmacist receives a request for a prescription refill and the pharmacist is unable to readily obtain refill authorization from the prescriber, the pharmacist may dispense a one-time emergency refill of up to a 72-hour supply of the prescribed medication; or a one-time emergency refill of one vial of insulin to treat diabetes mellitus, irrespective of the issuance of an Executive Order.

The full version of the Governor’s Executive Order may be found at: EO-22-219.pdf (

Website Server Maintenance Notice

Website Server Maintenance Notice

Please be aware of website server maintenance for MQA Websites beginning Friday, July 8th at 5:00PM EST. This will effect all Florida Board websites including FLHealthSource.  The maintenance will take around 24-48 hours for the updates to be completed.

Meningococcal Disease and Vaccines

ICYMI: Florida Department of Health Advises on Meningococcal Disease and Vaccines in Florida

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is responding to an outbreak of meningococcal disease in some areas of Florida. However, it can be prevented and treated. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against meningococcal disease.

Thus far, the number of cases identified in 2022 surpasses the 5-year average of meningococcal disease cases in Florida. FDOH epidemiologists are investigating each case as well as contacting people with potential or direct exposure to known cases to provide them with information and treatment options.

The following groups should consider vaccination with a meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) vaccine during this outbreak:

  • College and university students;
  • Immunocompromised individuals;
  • People living with HIV;
  • Men who have sex with men;
  • People in any groups listed above who received their MenACWY vaccine more than 5 years ago.

Find meningococcal vaccines, including the MenACWY vaccine, by contacting a health care provider, county health department, or pharmacy. FDOH County Health Departments offer meningococcal vaccines. For more information, contact your local health department.

This is a serious disease caused by bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis. Fortunately, these bacteria are not as contagious as germs that cause the common cold or flu. People do not catch the bacteria through casual contact or by breathing air where someone with meningococcal disease has been. It requires close contact over a period of time, or direct contact such as kissing or sharing drinks.

Early symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, confusion, and rash. Anyone who has been exposed or develops symptoms should be evaluated by a health care provider immediately. This is a rare but potentially devastating disease.

For more information about meningococcal disease, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website or the FDOH website.

Emergency Order 20-006


Pharmacists May Order and Administer COVID-19 Tests

For purposes of preparing for, responding to, and mitigating any effect of COVID-19, Emergency Order 20-006 was filed suspending section 483.813, Florida Statutes, for the provision that requires a pharmacist to be separately licensed to perform a clinical laboratory test, and section 465.003(13), Florida Statutes, for the provisions that prohibit a pharmacist from ordering, administering, or reporting the results of COVID-19 tests, including serology tests, authorized by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA), at a location with a clear and active pharmacy license. This suspension applies until the expiration of Executive Order 20-52.

The full version of the State Surgeon General’s Emergency Order may be found at

Reporting of COVID-19

Reporting of COVID-19 for Health Care Providers and Facilities

Thank you for participating in reporting test results to the Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) Portal. The ELR Portal is a web-based application that supports both direct data entry and batch data submission. Mandatory reporting requirements are outlined by Florida Department of Health Executive Order 20-013, section 381.0031, Florida Statutes, and Florida Administrative Code Chapter 64D-3, and state all health care practitioners, laboratories and facilities, including long-term care facilities, must report both negative and positive COVID-19 test results, including point-of-care rapid test results, within 24 hours of the result being known. Please use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge when accessing the ELR Portal.

Facility Registration Information:
To register your facility to the ELR Portal, use the following link:

  1. Provide the email address that will be associated with your facility. The portal will verify that the email address has not been previously used.
  2. Continue filling out the Facility Details and Admin User Details sections. Select the Submit Request button once you have filled the required fields.
  3. A link will be emailed to the provided email address. Follow the link to confirm your request. A confirmation email will be sent to verify your successful submission.
  4. Your request will be reviewed and either approved or rejected. If approved, an invitation email will be sent to complete your user registration request. If rejected, you will be notified with the reason via email, and you can submit a new request with your corrections.
  5. When user registration is completed, you can begin reporting using the reporting link.
  6. Until you have access to the reporting portal, or you have established an electronic laboratory reporting feed and it is in production, please continue to fax results to your local county health department within 24 hours. For a list of county health departments and their reporting contact information, please visit

To report data to the ELR Portal, use the following link:

Direct Data Entry: Test results can be reported by using the direct data entry method by selecting the Enter Result button in the Recent Results tab and filling out all the required fields. Please select Save to submit results.

Batch Data Entry: Test results can be reported by using the batch data entry method by submitting a .csv file that fulfils the provided requirements. Technical assistance can be provided to assist facilities with reporting through this method.

Contact Information: The ELR Portal user manual is accessible through the portal.
For any questions or assistance with facility registration or data entry, please email the contact for the COVID-19 Reporting Portal at

Healthier You

Healthier You

Healthier You is a one-stop shop for Floridians to access resources to promote a healthy lifestyle. From staying active to learning new recipes and boosting your nutritional intake, the Florida Department of Health works to educate Floridians on ways to improve habits and overall health. This is a resource for Floridians of all ages to get active, go outside, improve nutrition, including vitamin D intake, or learn about COVID-19.

Please click here for more information.

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2017 Bills

Senate Bill

852 Human Trafficking
8-A Medical Use of Marijuana

Summaries of the enrolled bills from the 2017 legislative session that affect Florida's health care professions. Click on hyperlinks to view a brief summary, effective date and a link to the final enrolled text.


2016 Bills