“Success is 20% skill and 80% strategy. You might know how to succeed, but more importantly, what’s your plan to succeed?” – Jim Rohn
The Long-Range Planning meeting brings together the people and partners redefining health care regulation in the state of Florida.
Join us in Tallahassee in 2023.
What is the Long-Range Planning Meeting?
The Division of Medical Quality Assurance is planning for the future.
We are inviting our most valued partners to join discussions with our organization about the trends impacting the regulation of health care in the state of Florida, as well as what we do well, where we could do better, and what our priorities should be to better protect, promote, and improve the health of all Floridians.
January 13, 2023
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
AC Hotel Tallahassee
801 S Gadsden St
Tallahassee, FL 32301
5 Reducing Fetal and Infant Mortality
1209 Administration of Vaccines
1521 Professional Counselors Licensure Compact
1523 Public Records and Meetings/Professional Counselors Licensure Compact
544 Drug-related Overdose Prevention
562 Military Occupational Licensure
566 Mental Health Professional Licensure
632 Occupational Therapy
926 Licensure Examinations for Dental Practitioners
1222 Nonemergent Patient Care
1374 Clinical Lab Testing
768 Florida Department of Health
Summaries of the enrolled bills from the 2022 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.
Executive Order regarding the state of Florida
Posted on: October 3rd, 2017
Due to impacts from Hurricane Maria, Governor Rick Scott has issued Executive Order 17-259 to assist our neighbors in Puerto Rico.
The Florida Department of Health, in accordance with Executive Order 17-259 has therefore extended license expiration deadlines for pharmacists and radiologic technologist licensees who resided in Puerto Rico at the time of this catastrophic event through November 2, 2017. Unless another extension is granted, any active license not renewed before November 2, 2017 will go into a delinquent status. Your license must be in active status to practice. Any license not renewed before midnight on September 30, 2019 will be moved to null and void status. Please continue to check for updated licensure expiration date information.
Gov. Scott Declares State of Emergency to Prepare Florida for Hurricane Irma
Posted on: September 13th, 2017
Due to impacts from Hurricane Irma, Governor Rick Scott issued a state of emergency in every county in the State of Florida. Please see Executive Order 17-235, Emergency Order DEM 17-0002 and Emergency Order DEM 17-0003 for more information.
Nonviable birth certificates to be filed with Bureau of Vital Statistics
On May 31, 2017, Governor Rick Scott approved House Bills 101 and 103, entitled the “Grieving Families Act,” that amends section 382.008, Florida Statutes. This new law creates a new Certificate of Nonviable Birth to be filed with the Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics and is effective July 1, 2017. Below are highlights of the new law:
- The new law requires a health care practitioner licensed pursuant to Chapter 464 or Chapter 467 Florida Statutes, to notify the parent(s) that a certificate of nonviable birth may be filed for them.
- Definition of a “nonviable birth” is an unintentional, spontaneous fetal demise occurring between the 10th through the 19th week of gestation of a pregnancy that has been verified by a health care practitioner.
- If a parent(s) wishes to file a certificate of nonviable birth, then the health care practitioner and/or health care facility will have 30 days to file a record with the Bureau of Vital Statistics.
- A new form DH 8000-HSPM, entitled Florida Certificate of Nonviable Birth has been created for such filing. Forms are available from the Vital Statistics offices.
- Form DH 8000-HSPM is to be sent directly to the Bureau of Vital Statistics for filing via fax or mail within 30 days of parent(s) request.
- Fax number is 1-866-624-8321 (toll free) or 904-301-3696 (local)
- Mailing address: Bureau of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 210, Jacksonville, FL 32231.
- A Florida Certificate of Nonviable Birth certificate will be issued only by the Bureau of Vital Statistics, pursuant to a parent’s request and remittance of the required fee. Certificates of Nonviable Births are $9.00 for the first certificate and $4.00 for additional copies when ordered at the same time.
- Information included on the certification:
- Date of Occurrence
- County of Occurrence
- Issue Date
- Statement – “This certificate is not proof of live birth and has been issued in accordance with section 382.008 Florida Statutes”
- Information included on the certification:
- The Certificate of Nonviable Birth is a public record.
- **However, parentage information is confidential and will only be available to the parent(s) listed on the record. Public record requests will have the confidential portion redacted.
- This bill is retro-active. A parent(s) may request a health care practitioner to file a Certificate of Nonviable Birth regardless of the date on which the nonviable birth occurred.
You may use the new DH 8000-HSPM form effective July 1, 2017. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Vital Statistics Quality Assurance unit at (904)359-6900 ext. 9020.
An informational brochure has been created to help you and families learn about the new law. Grieving Families Act Brochure
Licensure Certification Form
Licensure Support Services
Attn: License Verifications
P.O. Box 6320
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6320
- Please use this form to request certification of your Florida license by mail.
- Please allow 7 to 10 days for your request to be processed.
- If you need to verify a license that you hold in another state, please contact your state board.
- If you are applying for a Florida license, you do not need to submit a verification request for your Florida license.
- If you are requesting that your exam scores be submitted with your request for certification, please complete and forward the attached Waiver of Confidentiality and Authorization to Release Scores Form with your request for certification. Please be aware that most states do not require exam scores, please check with the licensing authority prior to requesting this information.
- Do Not Use This Form for License Renewal. If you are trying to renew your license, click here.
For EMTs, Paramedics, and Radiologic Technologists
There is no fee associated with Licensure Verification for your profession.
Complete the License Certification form and mail to:
Licensing Support Services
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3260
For All Other Health Care Professions
You may request licensure certification online or in writing. Include a cashier's check or money order, payable to the Department of Health, in the amount of $25.00 for each certification requested.
Other Important Information
Requests for licensure certification received without the appropriate fee will not be processed and a new request with fee will be required to complete the process.
The Division of Medical Quality Assurance cannot guarantee your verification will meet the deadlines for other State Boards. The current processing time for licensure verifications is approximately 10 days from receipt. Please check your deadline dates before you submit your verification request.
Release forms from the licensees are not required for verifications.
Exemptions: Financial information, medical information, school transcripts, examination questions, answers, papers, grades and grading keys, are confidential and exempt forms pursuant to Chapter 119.071, Florida Statutes and will be withheld pursuant to Chapter 456.057, Florida Statutes. Social Security numbers will also be redacted pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 405(c)(2)(C) (vii)(1).
Florida passed Human Trafficking, Chapter 2019-152, Laws of Florida, which establishes new profession requirements including newly required signs, CE/CME, and more for the following professions: Acupuncture, Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Chiropractic Medicine, Podiatric Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing Home Administration, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics and Nutrition, Respiratory Care, Massage Therapy, and Physical Therapy.
The Department has launched an informational website that includes a breakdown of the new law and addresses areas of: (1) signs; (2) CE/CME; (3) FAQs; (4) Specific Board of Massage requirements; and (5) Human Trafficking Reporting.
For more information please visit: www.flhealthsource.gov/humantrafficking/
Nonopioid Alternatives Pamphlet
2020 legislation amended the requirements related to providing the non-opioid alternatives pamphlet to patients. Click here for information and access to the pamphlet.
743: Nonopioid Alternatives
Effective Date: July 1, 2020
The bill revises the requirements for certain health care practitioners providing an opioid drug listed as a Schedule II controlled substance to inform the patient about possible nonopioid alternatives, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of nonopioid alternatives, and provide the pamphlet as required in section 456.44, Florida Statutes by:
- Requiring that the pamphlet provided to the patient be printed;
- Authorizing a health care practitioner to discuss non-opioid alternatives with, and provide the pamphlet to, the patient’s representative rather than the patient;
- Specifying that only those health care practitioners ordering or prescribing or providing care that requires the administration of anesthesia using an opioid must meet the requirements and removing the requirement to address non-opioid alternatives when a drug is dispensed or administered; and
- Exempting health care practitioners providing hospice services and providing care in a hospital critical care unit or emergency department from the requirement to discuss non-opioid alternatives with a patient or the patient’s representative and provide a printed copy of the pamphlet.
Volunteer Credentialing Hotline: 1-844-CALLDOH (225-5364)
Posted on: September 8th, 2017
Health Care Practitioners around the country have responded to the emergency situation in Florida created by Hurricane Irma. Hospitals that may have staffing difficulties due to the emergency have expressed interest in having these practitioners made available to them. The Department of Health offers its assistance in verifying credentials of these volunteers. Once verified, the department can assist in the registration of the volunteer in accordance with Governor Rick Scott’s Executive Order declaring a state of emergency re: Hurricane Irma # 2017-235.
To request verification, please contact the department at 1-844-CALLDOH (225-5364).Have ready the volunteer’s full name, license number, name of the jurisdiction in which they are licensed, and SSN. We recommend that you keep a photocopy or electronic copy of these documents and a copy of the volunteer's photo identification.
17 Potiatric Medicine
241 Parents’ Bill of Rights
245 Massage Therapy
431 Practice of Physician Assistants
6095 Scheduling of Drug Products Containing Cannabidiol
262 Dispensing Medicinal Drugs
530 Nonopioid Alternatives
716 Consent for Pelvic Examinations
768 Administration of Vaccines
1770 Genetic Counseling
1934 Health Care Practitioner Discipline
Summaries of the enrolled bills from the 2021 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.
59 Automated Pharmacy Systems
81 Health Care for Children
115 Keep Our Graduates Working Act
389 Practice of Pharmacy
467 Physical Therapy Practice
559 Institutional Formularies Established by Nursing Home Facilities
599 Consultant Pharmacists
607 Direct Care Workers and Autonomous APRNs
713 Department of Health
743 Nonopioid Alternatives
1193 Deregulation of Professions and Occupations
1461 Health Access Dental Licenses
218 Licensure Requirement for Osteopathic Physicians
226 Athletic Trainers
698 Reproductive Health
1084 Emotional Support Animals
1742 Home Medical Equipment Providers
Summaries of the enrolled bills from the 2020 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.