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Florida medical board may curtail asking doctors about past mental illness on applications

| 3/19/2019

Florida medical board may curtail asking doctors about past mental illness on applications

Physicians applying for a license in Florida may not have to share past history of mental health or substance abuse issues if the state Board of Medicine drops probing questions. Committees for the medical board, which oversees physician licensure and discipline, are reviewing questions on the license application that inquire about past illnesses and whether the questions are appropriate. More from the and the Fort Myers News-Press.

Florida hospitals penalized with Medicare cuts

39 Florida hospitals will get less money from Medicare this year because their patients had high rates of infections or other complications. They include some of the state’s most recognized safety-net hospitals, which serve residents with little or no health insurance. [Source: WGCU]

Florida House seeks to revive malpractice caps

A Florida House panel Wednesday backed a proposal that would cap damages in medical-malpractice cases and, according to a sponsor, send a message to the state’s highest court. “This ... is clearly the Legislature saying, ‘Hey, the Supreme Court of Florida, you need to respect the separation of powers,’ ” Rep. Tommy Gregory, R-Sarasota, said while describing the bill to the House Civil Justice Subcommittee. [Source: L:Lakeland Ledger]

'Direct primary care' could see changes

Lawmakers last year passed a bill that allows doctors, chiropractors and nurses to enter into primary-care arrangements with patients. The concept was dubbed “direct primary care.” Now, the Legislature is revisiting the law and looking at adding dentists to the list of health care providers who can enter into the arrangements. [Source: ]

Smokable medical pot is now legal in Florida after Ron DeSantis signs bill

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday that now makes smokable medical marijuana legal in the Sunshine State, which had been a priority for the Republican governor since taking office in January. However, qualified patients may have to wait a bit before they are prescribed a smokable form of pot. More from CBS News and the Tampa Bay Times.

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