On September 13, 2018, Members of the Florida Bar Health Law Section’s Executive Council Meeting met at the Hilton Cocoa Beach to address several items on their agenda. Many things were discussed during the meeting including financial reports of the section, updates the Health Law Section’s website, obstacles to revising the Health Law Section’s Bylaws, legislative updates, student stipends, and more.
The next meeting will be held on January 17, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.
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We are gearing up for a new year of Florida Bar Health Law Updates and are looking for volunteers to write articles for the publication throughout the year. The Florida Bar Health Law Section (“HLS”) Update is a bi-monthly electronic publication emphasizing various, emerging topics in health law, including, but not limited to, compliance, fraud and abuse, facility and professional licensure, life sciences, privacy and security, public health, transactions, and payor issues. The articles are short entries (typically a maximum of three to five paragraphs) that include an overview and brief explanation of an important topic in health law. For previous examples of HLS Updates, please see previous issues at this link: http://www.flabarhls.org/news/health-law-monthly-updates.
If you are interested in writing for the HLS Updates, please send an email to Flabarupdates@gmail.com and specify which area you would like to cover. If you do not specify a practice area, we will select one for you. Please note, we will try and place you in the practice area you selected; however, if demand is high for certain areas, we may have to assign people to practice areas they did not choose. Once we have assembled our team of writers, we will e-mail you with writing guidelines and your assigned coverage area.
A copy of the HLS Publishing Guidelines can be found here:
Florida Bar Health Law Section Publishing Guidelines
We look forward to working with you and having another successful year of HLS Updates!
Jamie Gelfman, Esq.
To Members of the Health Law Section and its Executive Council:
Many of us know that law and medicine are not necessarily diametrically opposed to each other. I am taking the opportunity today to send you the attached news article links, showing how our professions can work together for the benefit of children in the State of Florida.
The Health Law Section congratulates John S. Curran, M.D. of the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine, on his recent appointment as Deputy Secretary of Children’s Medical Services (“CMS”) with the Florida Department of Health (“DOH”). One of the first tasks facing Dr. Curran in his new post will be getting the word out to nearly 13,000 children determined ‘ineligible’ for the CMS program last year that DOH has now implemented a new eligibility screening tool. Many of these children may now once again be eligible for services to address their chronic and serious illnesses.
I am asking each of you who may represent family practitioners, pediatricians, and children’s hospitals to help get the word out about the revised CMS eligibility screening tool to your respective clients. This could make a huge difference in the life of children in your community, so my deepest thanks to you in advance for your cooperation.
The Section also extends its gratitude to The Florida Bar Foundation and the FSU Public Interest Law Center for its support and hard work in bringing light to this important children’s health issue.
Very truly yours,
Charmaine T. M. Chiu
Chair, The Florida Bar Health Law Section