Florida Medical License–Disciplinary Action in a Nutshell

If you practice medicine in Florida, then you know just how important your medical license is.  Your career and livelihood are attached to that medical license.

That is why doctors and physicians need to understand the regulatory process of what happens when the Department of Health receives a complaint.

The Regulatory Process in a Nutshell

Once a complaint has been lodged, the regulatory process begins.  Some parts of the process are confidential, while other parts are public record.  If a panel determines there is no probable cause to proceed, the complaint is dismissed.  However, if probable cause is found, then the licensee (the doctor/physician) will need to decide whether to contest the charges at an administrative hearing before the Board or to enter into a settlement agreement.  For a great flowchart of the process, go here.

Possible Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary action can include a reprimand, fine, restriction of practice, remedial education, administrative cost, probation, license suspension or license revocation.

Resources

DOH Complaint Forms (scroll over “Complaint Forms” to see the list.)

How Complaints are Investigated

How Complaints are Prosecuted

(Disclaimer: This post does not constitute legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship.  If you are having medical license issues, please contact a qualified attorney to assist you.)

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