Florida Senate - 2022                                     SB 466
       By Senator Torres
       15-00723-22                                            2022466__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Military Medics and Corpsmen of
    3         Florida program; creating s. 295.126, F.S.; defining
    4         terms; requiring the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
    5         and the Department of Health to establish and
    6         administer the program; providing program purposes;
    7         providing for eligibility; providing program
    8         components; authorizing medically trained veterans
    9         participating in the program to perform certain
   10         medical activities under specified supervision;
   11         providing an effective date.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   15         Section 1. Section 295.126, Florida Statutes, is created to
   16  read:
   17         295.126Military Medics and Corpsmen of Florida (MMACOF)
   18  program.—
   19         (1)DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
   20         (a)“Medically trained veteran” means a person who has
   21  served within the preceding 12 months as a medic in the United
   22  States Army, a medical technician in the United States Air
   23  Force, or a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy or the
   24  United States Coast Guard, who was discharged or separated from
   25  service under conditions other than dishonorable, and who has
   26  performed more than 50 percent of the required scope of specific
   27  health care practice skills established pursuant to subsection
   28  (3).
   29         (b)“Participating health care provider” means:
   30         1.A physician licensed under chapter 458;
   31         2.An osteopathic physician licensed under chapter 459;
   32         3.A professional corporation or partnership of a licensed
   33  physician or osteopathic physician;
   34         4.A hospital;
   35         5.A commercial enterprise having medical facilities for
   36  its employees which are supervised by one or more licensed
   37  physicians or osteopathic physicians; or
   38         6.A facility that offers medical services to the public
   39  and that is supervised by one or more licensed physicians or
   40  osteopathic physicians.
   41         (c)“Veteran” means a veteran as defined in s. 1.01(14) or
   42  a former member of the Florida National Guard.
   43         (2)PROGRAM ESTABLISHMENT AND PURPOSES.—The Department of
   44  Veterans’ Affairs, in collaboration with the Department of
   45  Health, shall establish and administer the Military Medics and
   46  Corpsmen of Florida (MMACOF) program. The purpose of the program
   47  is to offer clinical, leadership, and nonclinical career
   48  pathways to veterans seeking health care careers within this
   49  state. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs shall recruit and
   50  review the eligibility of veterans according to the requirements
   51  established pursuant to subsection (3). In collaboration with
   52  local, state, and federal government nonprofit health care
   53  associations and state health care systems, the Department of
   54  Veterans’ Affairs shall refer eligible veterans to participating
   55  health care providers throughout this state in order to gain
   56  employment, maintain medical skills, address the shortage of
   57  health care professionals in this state, and work toward
   58  obtaining appropriate health care registration, certification,
   59  or licensure.
   60         (3)ELIGIBILITY.—The Department of Veterans’ Affairs, in
   61  collaboration with the Department of Health, shall establish
   62  general eligibility requirements for veterans to participate in
   63  the MMACOF program. Eligibility requirements for medically
   64  trained veterans shall include a required scope of specific
   65  health care practice skills.
   66         (4)PROGRAM COMPONENTS.—The MMACOF program shall consist of
   67  the following components:
   68         (a)MMACOF Qualified.—Through the MMACOF program, medically
   69  trained veterans who have performed more than 50 percent of the
   70  required scope of specific health care practice skills
   71  established pursuant to subsection (3) within the preceding 12
   72  months may continue practicing those skills in a civilian health
   73  care setting as provided in subsection (5), while obtaining the
   74  appropriate health care registration, certification, or
   75  licensure.
   76         (b)No Veteran Left Behind.—Veterans who do not meet the
   77  definition of the term “medically trained veteran” but who have
   78  served in health care-related specialties shall receive
   79  assistance by the MMACOF program in resume writing, mentorship,
   80  and obtaining employment with participating health care
   81  providers.
   82         (c)Health Care Leadership.—The MMACOF program shall assist
   83  veterans who, in the course of their military service, gained
   84  management experience or completed advanced degrees in finding
   85  civilian health care leadership and management employment in a
   86  variety of health care disciplines.
   88         (a)Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a
   89  medically trained veteran participating in the MMACOF program
   90  may:
   91         1.Perform activities that constitute the practice of
   92  medicine under the direct supervision of a physician licensed
   93  under chapter 458, an osteopathic physician licensed under
   94  chapter 459, or the chief medical officer of a participating
   95  health care provider.
   96         2.Perform activities that constitute the practice of
   97  nursing under the direct supervision of a physician licensed
   98  under chapter 458, an osteopathic physician licensed under
   99  chapter 459, or the chief medical officer of a participating
  100  health care provider, except that the chief medical officer of a
  101  participating health care provider may, in consultation with the
  102  chief nursing officer of such participating health care
  103  provider, designate a registered nurse licensed under chapter
  104  464 or practicing with a multistate license to supervise
  105  medically trained veterans in the practice of nursing.
  106         (b)The activities performed by the medically trained
  107  veteran shall reflect his or her level of training and
  108  experience. The supervising physician or registered nurse, as
  109  applicable, shall retain responsibility for the care of the
  110  patient.
  111         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.