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Licensed Midwifery

The Council of Licensed Midwifery was created within the Department of Health to carry out the Council’s legislative charge to assist the department in all aspects of regulating the practice of midwifery in the state of Florida for the purpose of protecting the health and welfare of mothers and infants.

**NOTICE** The Board Chairs/Vice Chairs Annual Long Range Planning meeting scheduled for September 18th has been canceled due to potential inclement weather from hurricane Irma. We will reschedule the meeting for October. More information will follow.

 

Telehealth

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. Telehealth technologies may be employed for patient care as long as such technologies are used in a manner that is consistent with the standard of care.

If you are a Florida licensed allopathic or osteopathic physician please see Rules 64B8-9.0141 or 64B15-14.0081, Florida Administrative Code, for more specific details about the practice of telemedicine.

You can visit the telehealth report to view the AHCA compilation of its survey and research findings on telehealth.


Zika Virus Alert

For the latest information and updates regarding Zika Virus, please follow the Department of Health Zika Virus updates.


The Florida Department of Health would like to ensure you are aware of a recent Level-2 travel alert (practice enhanced precautions) targeted toward women who are pregnant or who are trying to become pregnant, and who are considering travel to Mexico, Central or South America or the Caribbean including Puerto Rico. This alert was issued due to concerns related to linkages between infection with a mosquito-borne pathogen, Zika virus, and microcephaly in the fetus. We request that you ask your patients about travel history during pregnancy and whether they experienced any associated illness to help determine whether testing for Zika fever is recommended. Below are links to important information that will help you in caring for your patients:

This is an evolving situation. The Department will provide updates in guidance and recommendations to help keep you well-informed. It is anticipated that there will be additional guidance issued in the near future related to infants with Zika virus infection as well as a national call for clinicians hosted by the CDC's Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity: http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/index.asp. Additional resources you may find useful:

Please share this information with relevant partners. The Department's Bureau of Epidemiology and our county health departments are available to assist you with questions about Zika virus testing protocols and sample submission requests.


Best Regards,
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Carina Blackmore, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVPM
Deputy State Epidemiologist and Chief
Burea of Public Health Laboratories


Nonviable birth certificates to be filed with Bureau of Vital Statistics

Governor Rick Scott has approved House Bills 101 and 103, entitled the “Grieving Families Act." This new law creates a new Certificate of Nonviable Birth to be filed with the Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics and is effective July 1, 2017. For highlights of the new law:

Florida's Healthy Promise Campaign

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

Information on Ebola Virus Disease Documents

The state of Florida is prepared to identify and treat patients who may have Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). In the event that a patient with EVD is diagnosed in Florida, the Florida Department of Health will collaborate with healthcare partners to ensure appropriate patient care, protocols for isolation, infection control and the assessment of risk to relevant individuals. 

For further information on the Ebola Virus Disease visit the Department of Health’s online newsroom or website.

Notice to Licensees About Fraudulent Documents

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 fraud against a licensee or patient. DOH is committed to protecting the integrity of DOH licensees and consumers. The DOH Office of Inspector General is in contact with the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate fraud perpetrated on our licensees.

Should you receive a document that appears to be from DOH, but you believe may be fraudulent, you may contact your local law enforcement agency or you may contact DOH at 850-488-0595 for instructions on how to proceed. Your cooperation and assistance is vital in protecting the continued integrity of DOH licensees and our consumers.