Florida Senate - 2019                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 1620
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/16/2019           .                                

       Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
       (Gainer) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 25 - 46
    4  and insert:
    5         (2)The department may grant an exemption from the
    6  licensure requirements of chapters 458 and 459 to a physician
    7  who requests the exemption and who submits to the department all
    8  of the following:
    9         (a)Proof that he or she holds an active, unencumbered
   10  license to practice allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine
   11  issued by another state; the District of Columbia; or a
   12  possession, commonwealth, or territory of the United States.
   13         (b) Proof of current employment as a physician with the
   14  United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
   15         (c) A notarized attestation, on a form developed by the
   16  department, that under any exemption or renewal granted under
   17  this section, he or she will provide medical services to
   18  veterans exclusively, under one or more of the following
   19  conditions:
   20         1. Pursuant to his or her employment as a physician with
   21  the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
   22         2. In a hospital licensed under chapter 395 while remaining
   23  employed as a physician by the United States Department of
   24  Veterans Affairs.
   25         (3) The department shall notify a physician seeking
   26  exemption under this section within 15 business days after
   27  receipt of the documentation required under subsection (2) that
   28  the physician has been granted an exemption from the licensure
   29  requirements of chapters 458 and 459. The notification must
   30  include the conditions and requirements specified in subsection
   31  (4).
   32         (4) An exemption granted under this section:
   33         (a) Is contingent upon the physician remaining employed by
   34  the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and is
   35  otherwise invalid. A physician granted an exemption under this
   36  section shall notify the department within 15 business days
   37  after his or her employment with the United States Department of
   38  Veterans Affairs is terminated. Upon receipt of such
   39  notification, the department shall revoke the exemption.
   40         (b) Expires 24 months after being granted, unless the
   41  exemption is revoked or rendered invalid earlier under paragraph
   42  (a) or is renewed. An exempted physician may apply for exemption
   43  renewal by providing updated proof consistent with the proof
   44  required under paragraphs (2)(a) and (2)(b) within a timeframe
   45  determined by the department.
   47  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   48  And the title is amended as follows:
   49         Delete lines 4 - 10
   50  and insert:
   51         “physician”; authorizing the Department of Health to
   52         exempt certain physicians from specified licensing
   53         requirements when providing certain services to
   54         veterans in this state; requiring such physicians
   55         seeking the exemption to submit specified
   56         documentation to the department; requiring the
   57         department to notify such physicians within a
   58         specified timeframe that the exemption has been
   59         granted; specifying notice requirements; providing for
   60         revocation, expiration, or renewal of the exemption
   61         under certain