Florida Physicians: Are You Prepared for the 2021 Medical License Renewal Process?

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With the March 31, 2021, deadline approaching for Florida physicians to renew their medical license, Chapman Law Group recently presented a CME session with information doctors need to know about the Florida licensing process.

As part of Manatee County Medical Society’s CME Day 2021 — an annual course providing insight for doctors on license renewal — Chapman Law Group healthcare attorneys Ronald W. Chapman Sr. and Sara A. Bazzigaluppi led a virtual session covering Florida medical licensing matters.

The presentation also included an overview on the duties of Florida physicians, updates on coding, a review of physician prohibitions, and medical ethics.

Chapman Law Group attorneys Sara A. Bazzigaluppi and Ronald W. Chapman Sr. offer a continuing education presentation for the Manatee County Medical Society.   

What Must Florida Physicians Know About the 2021 Medical License Renewal Process?

Current Florida medical licenses expire midnight EST on March 31, 2021.

To ensure you receive your renewal notification from the department, your current mailing address must be on file.

Failure to renew an active or inactive license by the expiration date will result in the license being placed in delinquent status.

Failure by a delinquent licensee to renew before the expiration of the current licensure cycle renders the license null and void without any further action by the board or the Department of Health. (See Emergency Order DOH No. 20-015, Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine.)

A licensee who remains on inactive status for more than two consecutive biennial licensure cycles and who wishes to reactivate the license may be required to demonstrate the competency to resume active practice by sitting for a special purpose examination or by completing other reactivation requirements. (See Rule 64B8-45.004 and Rule 64B15-13.002, Florida Administrative Code.)

If you are renewing or reactivating your license, please refer to the Laws & Rules governing your practice for additional requirements.

What Are Disqualifications from Florida Medical Licensure?

  • Conviction, plea of guilty or no contest to felony in any jurisdiction, regardless of adjudication relating to: Fraud concerning social and economic assistance, fraudulent practices, and drug abuse prevention and control, or similar. Up to 15-year bar from completion of sentence/probation. (Section 456.0635, Florida Statute.)
  • Conviction, plea of guilty or no contest to federal felony, regardless of adjudication relating to: Controlled Substances or Medicare and Medicaid. 15-year bar. (Section 456.0635, Florida Statute.)
  • Termination for cause from Florida Medicaid program, unless in good standing for past five years, or any other state Medicaid program by federal government, unless in good standing for the past 5 years and the termination occurred at least 20 years prior. (Section 456.0635, Florida Statute.)
  • Currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities. (Section 456.0635, Florida Statute.)
  • Immigration issues.

How Should Florida Physicians Maintain Their Profile?

A Florida physician’s practitioner profile must include:
  • All medical education, including graduate education;
  • Any hospitals at which the physician has privileges;
  • The primary practice address;
  • Any certifications;
  • The year that the physician began practicing medicine;
  • Any faculty appointments;
  • Any criminal offense for which guilt has been found and any appeals thereof;
  • Any final disciplinary action within the previous 10 years;
  • Any relevant professional qualifications; and
  • Any malpractice or negligence claims.
A profile must be updated within 15 days of material changes:
  • Notify the Board prior to moving to a new practice.
  • Notify patients of relocations.
  • Must report claims of professional liability to the Office of Insurance Regulation.

(See sections 456.0635456.041, 456.042, and 456.049, Florida Statutes.)

Why Should Physicians, Doctors, and Other Healthcare Providers Contact Chapman Law Group For Assistance with Their Medical License?

Because the healthcare licensing attorneys at Chapman Law Group have a strong track record in representing Florida doctors, pain management specialists, chiropractors, and other licensed health professionals before the Board of Medicine, Board of Osteopathic Medicine, administrative courts and Florida state licensing divisions. As a niche law firm concentrating solely on the healthcare profession, we know your license is everything to you. That’s why we will be your zealous advocate before medical boards, among them:

    • Board of Medicine (BOM)
    • Board of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Board of Pharmacy (BOP)
    • Board of Chiropractic Medicine
    • Board of Nursing (BON)
    • Board of Optometry
    • Board of Dentistry
    • Board of Psychology
    • Board of Pediatric Medicine
    • Board of Occupational Therapists
    • Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
    • Board of Social Work
    • Board of Massage Therapy
    • Board of Physical Therapy
    • Other professional licensing boards
Our Florida licensed healthcare professional clients put their trust in our healthcare licensing attorneys for matters involving:

If you are a healthcare provider in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee, Sarasota, Tampa, Gainesville, or anywhere else in Florida, we are here to help you preserve the one thing that allows you to keep doing what you do: your license. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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