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Emergency Orders and Practitioner Discipline

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ESOs, EROs, Final Orders and Administrative Complaints 

Enforcement activities include receiving, analyzing, and investigating complaints and reports; tracking licensees’ compliance with disciplinary sanctions; inspecting health care facilities; issuing citations and emergency suspension and restriction orders; conducting disciplinary proceedings; and combating unlicensed activity.

Emergency Suspension and Restriction orders are imposed as specified by section 456.074, Florida Statutes, for serious violations relating to the commission of crimes, standard of care, drug use, or student loan defaults, but are not considered final agency action. The subject is entitled to a hearing before final action is taken by a regulatory board or by the Department of Health. Final Orders are documents discussing the outcome of a case.

MQA also files administrative complaints, which are documents charging a licensee with a violation.

Practitioner Disciplinary History 

Licensed health care practitioners in Florida who are regulated by section 456, Florida Statutes are subjected to a public review process once probable cause has been established regarding a complaint. The charges are outlined in the administrative complaint.

If the practitioner has a public complaint or discipline, the documentation should be attached to the license verification page. If the Public Complaint section says “Yes,” but no information is attached, request the documentation through the Department’s public records request form.