Florida Law Healthcare for Children

November 15th, 2021 by

Passed in the summer of 2021, the law called HB 241: Parents’ Bill of Rights seeks to put power over a child’s healthcare and education into the hands of parents.

This child healthcare law can prove critical for parents who want to ensure that they are allowed to make their own choices regarding their child’s medical care and education without being penalized by schools or government organizations.

This law is a win for parents, but it should also be a primary concern for healthcare businesses that work with children. In order to avoid fines and fees, healthcare businesses need to ensure that they are not only protecting parental rights to advocate for their children but also setting up structures and processes within their business that encourage parental involvement.

What Does the Parents Bill of Rights Require From Businesses?

The bill requires businesses that provide education and/or healthcare to children to open up pathways for parental involvement. It also requires parental consent before big decisions are made regarding medical care or education.

If it is determined that a business in any way impinged on parental rights, the business can incur legal and financial consequences.

What Does the Florida Law on Healthcare for Children Mean for Parents of Stepchildren?

In most custodial cases, stepparents do not have legal right to make medical or educational decisions for a stepchild. In the event that there is a power of attorney, guardianship, or other paperwork in place that places those rights with the stepparent, businesses will be equally required to gain their consent and increase pathways for their involvement with their stepchildren.

Does the Healthcare Law Covering Children Include Adult Children?

No. The law is specifically designed to protect a parent’s right to advocate for minor children. Once over the age of 18, children are considered adults and expected to advocate for themselves.

If you would like legal support in understanding how the Florida law for children’s healthcare impacts your business, contact us at Florida Healthcare Law Firm today.

How Healthcare Recovery Attorneys Make Debt Collection Easy for Doctors

December 19th, 2020 by

If you are a doctor who needs needs expert assistance with debt collection, contact Florida Healthcare Law Firm and partner with healthcare recovery attorneys who can easily resolve pay or issues.

Debt collection for doctors, medical practices and hospitals has never been easy. Payor issues have always been a battle, and the statistics bear that out. How big a deal is bad medical debt? A leading financial services company found that in 2009, about 44% of consumers had racked up some type of medical debt. By 2020, that number increased to 61%, particularly in the wake of Covid-19. Consumers are in the red for medical procedures and doctor visits, but with more and more patients delaying elective surgeries—the bread and butter of hospital revenue—hospital executives are counting on collecting on bills to insulate their finances. Going after that money is going to get tougher; analysts predict U.S. consumers will likely owe about $115 billion in medical expenses by the end of 2020. What about securing government funded assistance, aka Medicaid? This is an important issue for physicians. How can doctors make good on what’s owed them? Hiring a sharp, experienced team player from Florida Healthcare Law Firm, the best healthcare recovery attorney team in the industry, is a wise solution. We collectively boast 150 years’ experience solely in medical-related legal issues so we’re not only on your side, we know your business.

In addition to securing third-party funds or negotiating debt from uncooperative patients, a healthcare practice attorney is your partner as you manage your practice or facility. Our skilled team works side by side with you on a variety of issues that may be taking up unnecessary time from your busy schedule. We specialize in medical legalities so we know the current regulations, trends and issues you are facing. Statewide and nationally, we are at the forefront of payor issues, compliance, hiring and firing, business operations and transactions, telemedicine, technology, durable medical equipment and much more. We are a unique boutique firm that delves into each issue with a depth and breadth of knowledge that our competitors don’t have.

So when you’re looking for a Florida health law attorney who has handled everything from orchestrating bond-financed $90 million medical facilities to ensuring financial raises and providing advice on daily operations for maximum efficiency in a tiny practice, you can count on our seasoned team to represent you. We offer flat-fee pricing and a money-back guarantee. That’s how sure we are that we can help you reach your goals. Contact Florida Healthcare Law Firm for a free consultation today.

Your Medical Attorney Will Be Your Facility’s Best Educator

December 18th, 2020 by

For the most up-to-date knowledge of state and federal regulations, consult with Florida Healthcare Law Firm and discover how our seasoned medical attorney team will be your practice’s best source of business information.

As seasoned legal counselors, we know that ‘lawyer up’ can have negative connotations. But if you want to get serious about the countless and ever-changing regulations that are spinning around your practice—especially this year—then the only way to stay up to date on trends, policies, regulations and compliance is to hire the best possible medical attorney you can find: the experienced experts at Florida Healthcare Law Firm. From regulatory compliance to business operations, transactions, telemedicine, laboratory compliance, pay or issues and even dentistry and pharmacy, we can help educate you and guide you as you make important business decisions. We don’t work with a handful of physicians or hospitals; we work solely with doctors and facilities like yours. We are specialists in our field, and we guarantee that the business end of your job will become a whole lot easier with us as your partner.

In addition to working side by side with each of our clients, we also offer ongoing education events. These include our recent webinar on business lessons learned in 2020 that can guide you in the future, and our upcoming January webinar on what your office needs to know as you prepare for Covid vaccination in the new year. Pharmacists may be interested in our February webinar about protecting your business from risky prescriptions. The menu of classes is always relevant—led by our Florida medical attorney team who are experts in the field, with 150 years’ collective experience behind them. We also post regular blogs on specific topics, including trademarks in the state, malpractice issues, estate tax planning, self-referral statutes and telemedicine contracts.

As the leading health care law attorney Florida has to offer, we pride ourselves in the core values that set us apart from the competition. First our advice is speedy and cost-effective; we don’t drag our feet and we don’t overprice. In fact, we guarantee results before we are paid. We communicate openly and honestly with clients—no misunderstandings, nothing concealed. We’re not afraid to take educated chances, seeking innovative ways to serve you. Finally, we hold ourselves accountable and stand behind every decision we make. If the outcome isn’t what you expected, we make it right. Why not partner with a stellar legal team that will be your biggest champion and your best source of business education. Contact Florida Healthcare Law Firm today.

Physician Owned Hospitals Looming Large in Florida

June 4th, 2020 by

physician owned hospitalsBy: Jeff Cohen

Florida may become the “next Texas” on the issue of physician owned specialty hospitals.  “Next Texas,” since there are a number of examples where the concept launched (and also flopped).  Done right, such facilities could be a better fit for many patients, depending of course on patient co morbidity issues.  In theory, they would be the perfect bridge between surgery centers and regular acute care hospitals.  But the ability of such specialty focused care suggests a better staffing model and more targeted and efficient overhead, instead of the broad-based overhead of an acute care hospital at is spread out aver all cases, including those where overhead allocation is viewed as “just an expense.” read more

Buying a Dental Practice

February 11th, 2020 by

buying a dental practiceBy: Chase Howard

Those in the practice of dentistry today have many options when it comes to building a practice. Should you work for an employer? Build your own? What about buy a practice? More and more, we see young dentists wishing to avoid private equity and buying out a retiring dentist’s practice. The amount of regulation imposed upon those entering into the dental practice arena can be staggering. Further, buying a dental practice requires many considerations that are unique to other areas of business. Understanding the purchase process will help protect your investment and could keep you from experiencing any unnecessary liability.

First, organize a team of specialized dental experts, such as a dental CPA, Professional Practice Lender, dental law attorney, and a practice consultant. Having a team of professionals guide you through all aspects of the deal will keep you on track, avoid potential issues, accomplish specific task items, and properly comply with any legal considerations. read more

Clinical Laboratory Licensure: Florida Repeals State Licensure

June 5th, 2018 by

clinical laboratory lawBy: Karina Gonzalez

Effective July 1, 2018, Florida’s recent legislation SB 622 repeals the entirety of Chapter 483, Part I of the Florida statutes, and removes the state licensure requirement for clinical laboratories operating in-state and out-of-state. Section 97 of SB 622, approved by the Governor on March 19, 2018, repeals the entirety of Chapter 483, Part I of the Florida statutes, and so eliminates section 59A-7.024(1). read more

Health Care Clinic Law Basics for Medical Businesses

December 14th, 2017 by

HCCLBy: Jeff Cohen

The Florida Health Care Clinic License (HCCL) law was created in 2001 to create accountability of healthcare businesses that are not owned by certain healthcare providers (e.g. physicians).  The legislative thinking behind the law was that laypeople who acquire healthcare businesses that bill insurance companies have nothing to lose by “getting it (anything) wrong.”  By attaching the license requirement to the lay owned business, those business people have to pay close attention to regulatory details, or they risk losing their HCCL and the ability operate their business.  Accountability! read more