Florida Senate - 2019                             CS for SB 1620
       By the Committee on Health Policy; and Senators Gainer and
       588-04018-19                                          20191620c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to health care licensure requirements;
    3         creating s. 456.0231, F.S.; defining the term
    4         “physician”; exempting certain physicians from
    5         specified licensing requirements when providing
    6         certain services to veterans in this state; requiring
    7         such physicians to submit specified documentation to
    8         the Department of Health; requiring an exempted
    9         physician to attest that he or she will provide
   10         medical services only to veterans under certain
   11         conditions; authorizing the department to adopt rules;
   12         providing an effective date.
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   16         Section 1. Section 456.0231, Florida Statutes, is created
   17  to read:
   18         456.0231Exemption from health care licensure requirements
   19  for physicians who treat veterans.—
   20         (1)As used in this section, the term “physician” means a
   21  person who holds an active, unencumbered license to practice
   22  allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine issued by another
   23  state; the District of Columbia; or a possession, commonwealth,
   24  or territory of the United States.
   25         (2)A physician must submit to the department all of the
   26  following to be exempt from the licensure requirements of
   27  chapters 458 and 459:
   28         (a)Proof that he or she holds an active, unencumbered
   29  license to practice allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine
   30  issued by another state; the District of Columbia; or a
   31  possession, commonwealth, or territory of the United States.
   32         (b)Proof of current employment with the United States
   33  Department of Veterans Affairs.
   34         (3)As a condition of receiving the health care licensure
   35  requirement exemption, the physician shall attest that he or she
   36  will provide only medical services to veterans:
   37         (a) At United States Department of Veterans Affairs
   38  facilities or outreach locations;
   39         (b) Pursuant to his or her employment with the United
   40  States Department of Veterans Affairs; and
   41         (c)In hospitals licensed under chapter 395.
   42         (4)The department shall notify the physician within 15
   43  business days after receipt of the documentation of eligibility
   44  for the exemption required by subsection (2) that the physician
   45  is exempt from the licensure requirements of chapters 458 and
   46  459.
   47         (5)The department may adopt rules to administer this
   48  section.
   49         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.