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Dry Needling – A Needlesome Problem
By FCA Counsel Kim Driggers   
Thursday, 23 September 2021
Dry needling is quickly becoming a very popular modality in medical, physical therapy and chiropractic offices nationally, as musculoskeletal complaints are one of the most reported conditions for which people seek professional care.  Nationally, dry needling is included in the scope of practice for PTs in approximately 75% of states in the US in comparison to chiropractic which is included, whether by statute or Rule, in approximately 50% of states.  With the passage of House Bill 467 during the 2020 legislative session, “An Act Relating to Physical Therapy Practice,” many like us at the FCA believe dry needling falls within a chiropractic physician’s scope of practice.  The new law includes dry needling in the scope of physical therapy, defining it as a procedure in Western medicine that uses filiform needles to stimulate a myofascial trigger point for neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain, movement impairments, and disabilities.  While the FCA believes dry needling is included in the chiropractor’s scope of practice, the same cannot be said for Florida’s prior chiropractic regulatory Board.
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How the White House Path Out of the Pandemic Plan and Its Vaccine Mandates Impact Your Office
By FCA Counsel Kim Driggers   
Monday, 13 September 2021
On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced his, “Path Out of the Pandemic COVID-19 Action Plan” (the Path Out Plan or Plan).  The Plan does not appear to mandate vaccines to individual physician offices. The Plan is a six-pronged, national strategy to, “ensure that we are using every available tool to combat COVID-19 and save even more lives in the months ahead, while also keeping schools open and safe, and protecting our economy from lockdowns and damage.”  See Path Out Plan at p. 1.  
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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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Chiropractors Signing Mask Exemptions?
By FCA Counsel Kim Driggers   
Wednesday, 01 September 2021
Currently, there is a conflict relating to the Governor’s May 3, 2021, Executive Order invalidating all local Executive Orders mandating mask wearing and numerous local school boards now imposing mask mandates.  Gov. DeSantis cited the new law passed in the 2021 Legislative Session, the Parents’ Bill of Rights, allowing parents to make this decision.  However, days ago, Judge John Cooper, Leon County Circuit Judge, struck down the Governor’s order restricting School Boards from imposing mask mandates.  
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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