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Written Consent Required for Pelvic Exams in Florida
By FCA General Counsel Kim Driggers   
Thursday, 09 September 2021
During the 2020 Florida legislative session, a bill was introduced to require written consent before the performance of a pelvic examination.  Numerous physicians and physician groups immediately voiced their concerns about the ambiguities within the bill as to the definition of “pelvic examination” and requested clarification from the Florida legislature, the FCA being one of them.  As of July 1, 2021, Senate Bill 716, Consent for Pelvic Examinations, clarified the intent of the prior Senate Bill 698, and better defined the terms of the requirements for written and verbal consent prior to performing a pelvic examination.  
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Treating Minors Under Florida’s New “Parental Consent” Law
By FCA Counsel Kim Driggers   
Tuesday, 31 August 2021
Prior to the 2021 Legislative Session, Florida law did not make it a crime to provide medical treatment to a minor child without parental consent.  House Bill 241, effective July 1, 2021, changed the law and now makes it a misdemeanor of the first degree for physicians and other health care providers to provide medical services to a minor without first obtaining written parental consent.  
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Government Required Posters for Your Office 2021
By the FCA Help Desk   
Thursday, 22 April 2021

The FCA receives calls from members on a regular basis, stating that they have received promotional mail offering up-to-date versions of one or all of the “posters you are required to display in your office” for a significant fee. Sometimes the poster service will tout a poster that isn’t even required by law. Most of the posters are to be posted in an area readily available to employees.

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Special HR Alert - New Form I-9
By the FCA   
Monday, 03 February 2020
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released an updated Form I-9.  As of January 31, 2020, employers should begin using the Form I-9 posted on the USCIS website.  Read on to access the USCIS Website.
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Human Trafficking Requirements on Physicians
By the FCA   
Tuesday, 01 October 2019
A new law passed by the 2019 Florida Legislature and signed by Gov. DeSantis, places new requirements on physicians related to Human Trafficking. HB 851 by Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen (R-Ft. Myers) & Sen. Lauren Book (D-Plantation) requires every physician to take a one hour continuing education course in human trafficking by January 1, 2021.  It also requires every physician to post a notice in the waiting room advising anyone affected by human trafficking to report it and requires a physician who holds a massage establishment license to appoint an LMT as the massage establishment manager. Read more for access to a poster from the Department of Health which meets the notice requirements.
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