The best regulatory, administrative, and licensing counsel a Florida-based healthcare professional can ask for is someone who has unique insight into how governmental agencies operate. With nearly 25 years of practice in the governmental healthcare sector, Ephraim Livingston knows these entities well — specifically what each looks for when prosecuting and deciding healthcare licensing and regulatory matters.
Ephraim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Chapman Law Group’s Professional Licensing & Regulatory Affairs practice group. Based in our Sarasota, Florida, office, he regularly represents doctors, nurses, pain management specialists, and other licensed health care providers throughout the state of Florida.
He is often involved in practitioner issues before all healthcare boards (Board of Medicine, Board of Nursing, Board of Pharmacy, Board of Osteopathic Medicine, etc.), the Health Care Administration (AHCA), and the Florida Department of Health (DOH), as well as National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), credentialing/peer review, and related matters.
Ephraim’s skills in healthcare administrative law run deep. His eight years with the DOH includes serving as prosecutor for the Florida Board of Medicine, where Ephraim was responsible for bringing all disciplinary cases to the Board, while also working with the Attorney General’s Office, Board Staff and its executive director, and attorneys representing/defending licensed medical professionals.
As assistant general counsel for the AHCA, Ephraim’s role entailed overseeing Fee-For-Service (FFS) formal, informal, and fair hearings. He also represented the Agency in administrative proceedings relating to FFS Medicaid Program Integrity, Fair Hearings, and Medicaid Program Analysis affairs, as well as in federal administrative appeals.
His most recent role with the Florida Office of Financial Regulation included representing the Division of Securities in complex litigation at the state and federal court levels and at administrative hearings. In addition, Ephraim represented the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security in workers’ compensation claims, as well as handling litigation against insurance agents, agencies and related licensees for the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Agent and Agency Services.
Ephraim’s experience extends to the non-governmental healthcare administrative realm as well. As director of the Medical Staff Office for Largo Medical Center, Ephraim was in charge of ensuring the 600-plus-member medical staff adhered to current Medical Staff Bylaws, state, and federal regulations, and kept compliance with national accrediting agencies standards. He also coordinated medical staff disciplinary actions, including facilitating due process and fair hearings in accordance with appeals policy, legal and regulatory requirements.
At Chapman Law Group, Ephraim works with and represents healthcare professionals across the state, including Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville, Tallahassee, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.