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Urgent National Drug Shortage

Posted on October 16, 2017

Please Click for Details on the Urgent National Drug Shortage: Lidocaine with Epinephrine and Bupivacaine with Epinephrine Continue reading

Gov. Scott Declares State of Emergency to Prepare Florida for Hurricane Irma

Posted on September 13, 2017

Due to impacts from Hurricane Irma, Governor Scott has issued an executive order regarding the state of Florida Continue reading

Board Chairs/Vice Chairs Annual Long-range Planning Meeting

Posted on August 29, 2017

The Annual Long Range Planning meeting has been canceled due to potential inclement weather from hurricane Irma. We will reschedule the meeting for October. More information will follow. Continue reading

Third Quarterly Performance Report (QPR) Released

Posted on August 2, 2017

The QPR contains revenue, expenditure and performance measure information from the Department of Health. Continue reading

2017 Legislation Impacting Your Profession

Posted on July 20, 2017

Click here to view a full list of bill summaries from the 2017 Florida Legislative Session that may impact your profession. Continue reading

Telehealth

Posted on July 18, 2017

The use of telehealth technology by Florida licensed healthcare practitioners for the purpose of providing patient care within the state of Florida is not precluded by Florida law. Continue reading

Dedicated to Securing Florida’s Future

Posted on May 3, 2017

Attention: The Board of Optometry will be holding a special telephone meeting on May 11th, at 9:00 AM… Continue reading

Xiidra Approved on January 20, 2017

Posted on January 20, 2017

Rule 64B13-18.002, F.A.C. adds Xiidra (Lifitegrast Ophthalmic Solution) 5% to the formulary and allows Florida Optometrists to prescribe the medication to their patients. Continue reading

Important Notice Due to Hurricane Matthew

Posted on October 5, 2016

Due to impacts from Hurricane Matthew, Governor Scott has issued an executive order regarding the state of Florida Continue reading

Xiidra Approved; Pending Effective Date

Posted on September 14, 2016

Until the new rule becomes effective, Florida Optometrists are not allowed to prescribe the medication. A notification will advise when the rule is effective. Continue reading

Board Chairs, Vice Chairs & Associations’ Meeting Announcement

Posted on September 9, 2016

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) announces the following meetings: Continue reading

A Tool to Report Health Care Provider Complaints

Posted on July 19, 2016

The Complaint Portal is a way for consumers to find the correct agency to submit health care complaints in an electronic and secure format. Continue reading

FREE Webinars Now Available

Posted on July 19, 2016

Learn how to add your license to your Online Services Portal account or report your continuing education/continuing medical education (CE/CME) requirements. Continue reading

New Legislation Impacting Your Profession

Posted on July 12, 2016

During the 2016 Legislative Session, HB 221 passed and was signed into law on April 14, 2016, as Chapter 2016-222, Laws of Florida. The bill prohibits an out-of-network provider from balance billing members of a preferred provider organization (PPO) or … Continue reading

Board Mourns Tragedy in Orlando, Gives Thanks to Health Care Responders

Posted on June 17, 2016

As we mourn the tragic events that occurred in Orlando over the weekend, the Division of Medical Quality Assurance joins friends and colleagues in Central Florida and across the state to thank the dedicated health care professionals who have so … Continue reading

New Legislation Impacting Your Profession

Posted on June 9, 2016

During the 2016 Legislative Session, HB 1175 passed and became law on April 14, 2016, as Chapter 2016-234, Laws of Florida. Starting July 1, 2016, health care practitioners are required to provide a good faith estimate of anticipated charges to … Continue reading

Recognizing Depression among Health Care Practitioners

Posted on February 26, 2016

Recognize when every-day stressors lead to burnout or depression. Learn more about self-care strategies and how to get help by clicking here. Continue reading

ANNOUNCEMENT: MQA Online Services

Posted on February 25, 2016

Services will be unavailable on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9 AM to 4 PM Eastern Standard Time for system upgrades. Continue reading

A New and Improved Search Portal

Posted on February 25, 2016

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance is excited to announce the launch of the new and improved MQA Search Services Portal. Continue reading

MQA publishes latest quarterly report

Posted on February 24, 2016

The Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) remains committed to developing and implementing strategies to better serve health care practitioners, license applicants and serve health care consumers. In an effort to update MQA’s 22 health care provider … Continue reading

Many Optometrists Facing Discipline Claim They Did Not Know

Posted on February 15, 2016

Not knowing does not alleviate accountability. Become familiar with the Grounds for Discipline found in Section 456.072(1), Florida Statutes (F.S.), and… Continue reading

Innovative Tool to Keep Adults on Schedule for Good Health

Posted on January 11, 2016

Adults are encouraged to discuss their health screenings and immunization schedule with their health care professionals Continue reading

Notice Regarding the Florida Laws and Rules Examination

Posted on June 18, 2015

Effective August 1, 2015, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) will no longer be sending eligibilities to Prometric for applicants who are required to sit for the Florida Board of Optometry Laws and Rules Examination. Beginning August 1, 2015, applicants … Continue reading

Board Chairs, Vice Chairs & Associations’ Meeting Announcement

Posted on June 10, 2015

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance announces its annual Board Chairs, Vice Chairs and Associations’ meeting. Continue reading

MQA publishes latest quarterly report

Posted on May 28, 2015

The Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) remains committed to developing and implementing strategies to better serve health care practitioners, license applicants and serve health care consumers. In an effort to update MQA’s 22 health care provider … Continue reading

CE Broker Browser Compatibility with Internet Explorer

Posted on May 7, 2015

In March 2015, CE Broker updated their system to a newer technology that would make it faster and more secure. As a result however, some old internet browsers may not work as well with the new technology. Some users have … Continue reading

Important Measles Update

Posted on February 27, 2015

Measles is a highly contagious disease, transmitted by respiratory aerosols when an infected person coughs or sneezes… Continue reading

Notice of Rule Change for Optometry Branch Office Renewals

Posted on February 13, 2015

As of March 13, 2014, Rule 64B13-16.002, F.A.C., was repealed and Optometrists are no longer required to renew their Branch office license. Continue reading

Healthiest Weight Florida Work to Raise Awareness and Prevent Prediabetes

Posted on February 9, 2015

Roughly 86 million American adults have prediabetes and 9 out of 10 people with prediabetes don’t know they have it. Continue reading

Record CE/CMEs before the deadline and be renewal ready.

Posted on January 14, 2015

The Department encourages you to log in to the tracking system before applying for renewal to ensure your information is complete and accurate. Continue reading

Florida’s Healthy Promise Campaign

Posted on December 29, 2014

Healthy Promise is a campaign sponsored by the Florida Department of Health to encourage people in Florida to make more informed choices about healthy eating and active living this year. Continue reading

Florida Veteran Health Heroes

Posted on November 10, 2014

The Florida Department of Health honors and supports veterans, members of the military and their families on Veterans Day. Continue reading

Information on Ebola Virus Disease

Posted on October 17, 2014

The state of Florida is prepared to identify and treat patients who may have Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Continue reading

Board Chairs, Vice Chairs and Associations Annual Meeting

Posted on July 15, 2014

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance announces the first combined Board Chairs, Vice Chairs and Associations annual meeting Continue reading

Boards and Councils Liaison Meeting

Posted on June 13, 2014

This meeting includes a review of how the Health Care Boards and Councils
will each play an integral role in Florida’s Healthiest Weight Initiative Continue reading

Retinoblastoma Information

Posted on May 20, 2014

Retinoblastoma is a life threatening rare type of cancer, usually caused by a defective gene found in children between the ages of 2 and 6. Continue reading

Does your CE/CME Provider report Course Completions?

Posted on April 4, 2014

The Department of Health has partnered with certain CE/CME providers using this seal to eliminate the need for licensees to self-report course completion. Continue reading

Notice to Licensees About Fraudulent Documents

Posted on December 6, 2013

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is aware that documents purportedly originating from DOH requesting information of a sensitive nature have been received by members of the public. These documents request licensees share information that may be used to commit … Continue reading

2013 Legislative Update – Prescription Authority

Posted on October 17, 2013

The 2013 legislative session brought very important changes for the practice of optometry. On April 19, 2013, Governor Rick Scott signed HB-239 into law Continue reading

Reporting Adverse Incidents in the Practice of Optometry

Posted on October 17, 2013

The 2013 legislative session brought very important changes for the practice of optometry. On April 19, 2013, Governor Rick Scott signed HB-239 into law Continue reading

Co-Management of Postoperative Care

Posted on October 17, 2013

The 2013 legislative session brought very important changes for the practice of optometry. On April 19, 2013, Governor Rick Scott signed HB-239 into law Continue reading

Eye Exams During Boxing Exhibitions

Posted on October 17, 2013

The 2013 legislative session brought very important changes for the practice of optometry. On April 19, 2013, Governor Rick Scott signed HB-239 into law Continue reading

Operation of Clinical Laboratories and Testing

Posted on October 17, 2013

The 2013 legislative session brought very important changes for the practice of optometry. On April 19, 2013, Governor Rick Scott signed HB-239 into law Continue reading

Multistate Epidemiological Sterile Injections Investigation

Posted on October 16, 2013

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)… Continue reading

The Board

Posted on June 3, 2013

The Florida Board of Optometry plays a leading role in the State’s ever-changing health care environment. This is accomplished through… Continue reading

CE at Renewal – A New Approach to License Renewal

Posted on June 2, 2013

The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, will now review your continuing education records in the electronic tracking system… Continue reading