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Florida Governor’s Prescription Foreign Drug Importation Plan Gains House Support
The Florida House of Representatives' Health Quality Subcommittee voted 15 to 2 to approve House Bill 19 (HB 19) that would implement one of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recently announced health care proposals. In February 2019, the new Florida governor, who was criticized for not having a health care platform while he campaigned, announced the proposal that Florida start importing drugs from Canada.
Florida Officially Legalizes Smoking Medical Marijuana
On March 18, 2019, Gov. Ron DeSantis officially signed a bill into law allowing the use of smokable medical marijuana by eligible patients. The governor’s signature on legislative bill SB 182, “Medical Use of Marijuana,” was the first he has approved since taking office in January 2019 and was a top priority for the newly elected governor.

Additionally, he filed a joint motion to dismiss People United for Medical Marijuana v. Department of Health, a case in which the Florida Department of Health (DOH) was arguing that smoking medical marijuana was not allowed. 
Remedies for HIPAA Violations: Part 2
In 2018, the government collected over $27 million in fines levied on health care providers and other covered entities for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy violations. We often receive questions about possible HIPAA Privacy and Security Regulation violations. Most often, the questions we see are on breaches of confidentiality of medical records and medical information. 
Judge Rules DEA Had Probable Cause to Arrest Doctor for Overprescribing Despite His Acquittal (Part 3 of 5 Part Series)
An Indiana federal district court judge ruled in a civil law suit that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had probable cause to arrest a doctor and his staff for allegedly overprescribing despite being acquitted of criminal charges at trial. The doctor and his staff at Living Life Clean, LLC, and Drug Opiate Recovery Network, Inc., were found not guilty in 2016, of misprescribing the opioid addiction treatment Suboxone. The plaintiffs (the doctor and others) subsequently filed a civil suit, bringing claims of false arrest, malicious prosecution, and civil conspiracy against the DEA and the Indiana police.

Please Note: This is part three of five in a blog series about opioid prescribing and filing practices. Click here to read part one and part two.
The Health Law Firm in the News...
Attorney George Indest Quoted for License Application Change

Physicians applying for a license in Florida may not have to share past history of mental health or substance abuse issues if the state Board of Medicine drops probing questions. Committees for the medical board, which oversees physician...

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Mr. Indest Interview Featured on Tampa Bay Times Front Page

In 2018, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in Tampa made a striking admission to state regulators: It had failed to report at least nine cases where its care had hurt patients. Worse, All Children's had gotten in trouble for not disclosing...

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If you have received a letter from the USMLE stating that you are under investigation for "irregular behavior," this is something you should not take lightly.

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Seven Things To Know When You Receive A Notice of Investigation From The Department of Health
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