Florida Senate - 2021                                     SB 780
       By Senator Gainer
       2-00969-21                                             2021780__
    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”; requiring certain physicians to submit
    5         specified information to the Department of Health to
    6         be exempt from specified licensure requirements;
    7         requiring the department to notify such health care
    8         practitioners of their exemption within a specified
    9         timeframe; authorizing the department to adopt rules;
   10         providing an effective date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Section 456.0231, Florida Statutes, is created
   15  to read:
   16         456.0231Exemption from health care licensure requirements
   17  for the treatment of veterans.—
   18         (1)As used in this section, the term “physician” means a
   19  person who holds an active, unencumbered license to practice
   20  allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine issued by another
   21  state, the District of Columbia, or a possession, commonwealth,
   22  or territory of the United States.
   23         (2)A physician must submit to the department all of the
   24  following to be exempt from the licensure requirements of
   25  chapters 458 and 459:
   26         (a)Proof that he or she holds an active, unencumbered
   27  license to practice allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine
   28  issued by another state, the District of Columbia, or a
   29  possession, commonwealth, or territory of the United States.
   30         (b)Proof of current employment with the United States
   31  Department of Veterans Affairs.
   32         (c)An attestation that he or she will only provide medical
   33  services:
   34         1.To veterans.
   35         2.Pursuant to his or her employment with the United States
   36  Department of Veterans Affairs.
   37         3.In hospitals licensed under chapter 395.
   38         (3)The department shall notify the physician within 15
   39  business days after receipt of the documentation required by
   40  subsection (2) that the physician is exempt from the licensure
   41  requirements of chapters 458 and 459.
   42         (4)The department may adopt rules to administer this
   43  section.
   44         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.