Florida Senate - 2021 CS for SB 1142
By the Committee on Health Policy; and Senator Rodrigues
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to prohibited acts by health care
3 practitioners; amending s. 456.072, F.S.; subjecting
4 health care practitioners to discipline for making
5 misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent representations
6 related to their specialty designations; specifying
7 that only certain licensed health care practitioners
8 may use the terms “anesthesiologist” or
9 “dermatologist”; subjecting health care practitioners
10 to discipline for failing to provide written or oral
11 notice to patients of their specialty designation;
12 requiring the department, instead of applicable health
13 care practitioner boards, to enforce the written or
14 oral notice requirement; requiring the department to
15 issue emergency cease and desist orders to certain
16 persons under certain circumstances; providing
17 requirements for the notice of such emergency orders;
18 requiring the department to impose certain
19 administrative penalties if such persons do not
20 immediately comply with the emergency orders;
21 providing an effective date.
23 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
25 Section 1. Paragraphs (a) and (t) of subsection (1) and
26 subsection (2) of section 456.072, Florida Statutes, are amended
27 to read:
28 456.072 Grounds for discipline; penalties; enforcement.—
29 (1) The following acts shall constitute grounds for which
30 the disciplinary actions specified in subsection (2) may be
32 (a) Making misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent
33 representations in or related to the practice of the licensee’s
34 profession or specialty designation. The term “anesthesiologist”
35 may be used only if the practitioner is licensed under chapter
36 458 or chapter 459 or as a dentist under chapter 466, and the
37 term “dermatologist” may be used only if the practitioner is
38 licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459.
39 (t) Failing to identify through written notice, which may
40 include the wearing of a name tag, or orally to a patient the
41 type of license or specialty designation under which the
42 practitioner is practicing. Any advertisement for health care
43 services naming the practitioner must identify the type of
44 license the practitioner holds. This paragraph does not apply to
45 a practitioner while the practitioner is providing services in a
46 facility licensed under chapter 394, chapter 395, chapter 400,
47 or chapter 429. The department shall enforce this paragraph
48 board, or the department where there is no board, is authorized
49 by rule to determine how its practitioners may comply with this
50 disclosure requirement.
51 (2)(a) When the board, or the department when there is no
52 board, finds any person guilty of the grounds set forth in
53 subsection (1) or of any grounds set forth in the applicable
54 practice act, including conduct constituting a substantial
55 violation of subsection (1) or a violation of the applicable
56 practice act which occurred before prior to obtaining a license,
57 it may enter an order imposing one or more of the following
59 1. (a) Refusal to certify, or to certify with restrictions,
60 an application for a license.
61 2. (b) Suspension or permanent revocation of a license.
62 3. (c) Restriction of practice or license, including, but
63 not limited to, restricting the licensee from practicing in
64 certain settings, restricting the licensee to work only under
65 designated conditions or in certain settings, restricting the
66 licensee from performing or providing designated clinical and
67 administrative services, restricting the licensee from
68 practicing more than a designated number of hours, or any other
69 restriction found to be necessary for the protection of the
70 public health, safety, and welfare.
71 4. (d) Imposition of an administrative fine not to exceed
72 $10,000 for each count or separate offense. If the violation is
73 for fraud or making a false or fraudulent representation, the
74 board, or the department if there is no board, must impose a
75 fine of $10,000 per count or offense.
76 5. (e) Issuance of a reprimand or letter of concern.
77 6. (f) Placement of the licensee on probation for a period
78 of time and subject to such conditions as the board, or the
79 department when there is no board, may specify. Those conditions
80 may include, but are not limited to, requiring the licensee to
81 undergo treatment, attend continuing education courses, submit
82 to be reexamined, work under the supervision of another
83 licensee, or satisfy any terms which are reasonably tailored to
84 the violations found.
85 7. (g) Corrective action.
86 8. (h) Imposition of an administrative fine in accordance
87 with s. 381.0261 for violations regarding patient rights.
88 9. (i) Refund of fees billed and collected from the patient
89 or a third party on behalf of the patient.
90 10. (j) Requirement that the practitioner undergo remedial
93 In determining what action is appropriate, the board, or
94 department when there is no board, must first consider what
95 sanctions are necessary to protect the public or to compensate
96 the patient. Only after those sanctions have been imposed may
97 the disciplining authority consider and include in the order
98 requirements designed to rehabilitate the practitioner. All
99 costs associated with compliance with orders issued under this
100 subsection are the obligation of the practitioner.
101 (b)1. When the department finds that a person has violated
102 paragraph (1)(a), the department must issue an emergency order
103 to the person to cease and desist from using the name or title,
104 or any other words, letters, abbreviations, or insignia
105 indicating that he or she may practice under the specialty
106 designation. The department must send the emergency cease and
107 desist order to the person by certified mail and e-mail to the
108 person’s physical address and e-mail address of record on file
109 with the department and to any other mailing address or e-mail
110 address through which the department believes the person may be
112 2. If the person does not cease and desist his or her
113 actions in violation of paragraph (1)(a) immediately upon
114 receipt of the emergency cease and desist order, the department
115 must enter an order imposing any of the following penalties, or
116 a combination thereof, until the person complies with the cease
117 and desist order:
118 a. A citation and a daily fine.
119 b. A reprimand or a letter of concern.
120 c. Suspension of license.
121 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.