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Medical Board Chairman Warns Of Plastic Surgery Risk

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Plastic surgery is becoming a public health risk, the chairman of the state’s medical licensing board said during a meeting in South Florida.

Board Of Medicine Vacancies Take Toll

May 22, 2019
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Vacancies and expired terms are starting to become a problem at the Florida Board of Medicine. 

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A state medical board has agreed to add two more companies to the growing list of vendors authorized to offer a two-hour continuing education course on opioid prescribing. 

The Weekly Check Up: Working Some Medicaid Magic

Apr 30, 2018
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Humana is probably very happy right about now.

The insurer emerged from negotiations with Medicaid officials as one of the winners in the contest to deliver health care to poor, elderly and disabled Floridians over the next five years.

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The Florida Board of Medicine is preparing to vote on rules for doctors recommending medical cannabis.

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Controversial Sarasota urologist Ronald E. Wheeler has withdrawn from an agreement that would have settled state charges of malpractice against him, according to the Department of Health.  

Judge Rejects Challenge To Medical Record Charges

Dec 10, 2015
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An administrative law judge Tuesday rejected a challenge to a state Board of Medicine proposal that would increase the cost of copies of patient medical records.

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Orthopedic surgeon Edward Homan, who served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, is the latest high-profile physician to be publicly embarrassed after operating on the wrong side of a patient.

He told the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday that the error shook him to the core.  “It’s like going through a divorce. It’s very painful,” he said. “It’s all you can think about for months.”

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Orthopedic surgeon Edward Homan, who served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, is the latest high-profile physician to be publicly embarrassed after operating on the wrong side of a patient.

Homan, who served as president of the Hillsborough County Medical Association and was chief of staff at a Tampa hospital for many years, must appear before the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday.

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A federal indictment unsealed in January blames Tampa physician Dr. Edward Neil Feldman for the overdose death of three patients. 

But as the Tampa Bay Times reports, the charges involving powdered oxycodone are just part of a long and troubled history with the law, from allegations of soliciting prostitutes to pleading guilty in a federal case on kickbacks for MRIs.

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A federal indictment blames Dr. Edward Neil Feldman for three prescription drug-related deaths, but medical examiners records link to him to more than a dozen drug overdose deaths, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Three administrative complaints alleging Feldman of malpractice are pending with the Florida Board of Medicine.

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A 71-year-old Sebring surgeon who completed his prison sentence on an embezzlement conviction will be allowed to resume practice on probation, the Florida Board of Medicine agreed Friday.

In August 2012, Dr. Alfred Massam pleaded guilty in federal court to improperly taking $1.2 million from his medical practice’s employee pension fund, state records show. He served about 17 months at a minimum-security prison camp and three to four months in a halfway house, wearing an electronic monitor, he said at the board’s meeting in Deerfield Beach.

The Florida Department of Health has barred a South Daytona doctor accused of groping patients from treating female patients, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Five women have accused Dr. Indravadan Shah, an internist, of trying to engage in sexual contact with them over the past several years.

Miami VA Healthcare System Chief of Staff Vincent A. DeGennaro  gave up his medical license in New York in 2009, responding to allegations involving a Florida patient who died under his care, the Miami Herald reports.

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During its meeting Friday in Tampa, the Florida Board of Medicine issued fines and penalties against Hillsborough County physician Betty Jo Carter, for her role in a friend's death.

She was accused of overmedicating a patient and speeding up his death.  She was charged with malpractice, inappropriate drug dispensing and records violations.

She said her patient, Gary Lazar, was dying and had refused hospice care. She said she felt obliged to stay overnight at her patient's home.

Florida’s 61,000 medical doctors will get a 31-percent cut on their license renewal fee under a proposal adopted by the Florida Board of Medicine.

The renewal fee for MDs who have active licenses will be reduced from the usual $360 to $250 during the calendar years 2015-16, under the proposal. MDs have to renew their license every other year.

This one-time fee cut was adopted by the board's finance committee in March and by the fullboard last Friday. It still has to go through the rule-making process, which takes several months. No serious opposition is expected.

An effort to rein in a weight-loss fad that the FDA calls risky ran into a wall Thursday night at a Florida Board of Medicine hearing in Deerfield Beach.

Assistant Attorney General Ed Tellechea, the board’s general counsel, told members that state boards and agencies are no longer allowed to enact rules that could be costly to small businesses. HCG weight-loss clinics meet that definition.

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Leonard Rubinstein, 59, whose license to practice medicine was permanently revoked a year ago, has been arrested on charges of practicing without a license, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports (paywall alert)

Doctors in Trouble Keep Practicing

Oct 21, 2013

Medical professionals in Florida hang onto their licenses and continue practicing as the state grapples with a lengthy disciplinary process that can take years, according to an analysis by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

Between 2010 and 2012, it took the Florida Board of Medicine an average 434 days to resolve charges of misconduct against doctors, nurses and other health care workers, according to Florida Department of Health records.

Four years after becoming a national symbol of reckless overprescribing, a Miami psychiatrist received a reprimand and $15,000 fine from the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday.

The board, meeting in Orlando, accepted the agreement between Dr. Fernando Mendez-Villamil and the Department of Health without comment. In addition to the reprimand and fine, the agreement calls for him to be evaluated for mental and behavioral fitness, for his practice to be assessed for risks, and for him to reimburse the state more than $22,000 in costs. 

The Florida Medical Association and other physician groups said Thursday that doctors' offices should be allowed to charge patients up to $1 a page for medical records –  even if the records are electronic. 

They said it would make the fee consistent with the amount that hospitals are allowed to charge. They also pointed out that the current rule allows doctors to charge anyone other than patients $1 a page, while the patient can be charged that much only for the first 25 pages. After that, the charge is limited to a quarter.

The medical director of the Hollywood and Pembroke Pines fire-rescue departments who had his license yanked by the Florida Board of Medicine for misrepresenting himself as an expert witness is fighting the decision, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Dr.

Gov. Rick Scott has announced the appointments of three new members of the Florida Board of Medicine. They are:

New rules for physicians and others who testify in medical malpractice cases will kick in July 1, but the Florida Board of Medicine is already showing zero tolerance for “experts” who may not measure up, the Tampa Tribune reports.

A Tampa Bay anesthesiologist convicted of possessing child pornography,  Dr. James D. Murphy Jr., escaped a jail sentence. He hoped to keep his medical license and eventually return to practice.

Department of Health prosecutors were willing. But the Board of Medicine was most emphatically not.

On Friday, when Murphy’s case came before the board at its meeting in Tampa, members said there is no way they would let him return to practice.

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A Pasco County internist accused of sexually touching women at his office will be suspended from practice for at least six months and must undergo a full psychiatric evaluation to determine his future. 

Dr. Gunwalt Dhaliwal of New Port Richey agreed to the terms offered by the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday morning in Deerfield Beach after some members indicated they might otherwise seek to revoke his license or permanently block him from seeing female patients.

“This settlement keeps the public safe, and keeps women safe,” said board member Dr. Onelia Lage of Miami.

Columnist Tom Lyons is appalled by the case of a doctor who faced disciplinary action for years; even after the state yanked his license, he kept practicing medicine.