Saturday, May 25, 2024

FLA O&P

Morris Gallo

It seem Mr. Barocas has appointed himself the authority on Florida O&P

law and legal advisor to the profession. Hopefully those who follow his

advise and are then prosecuted will look to him for redress.

There are no loop holes in the law. If you provide services as

described in the statute you must be licensed. There are exemptions for

physicians and others licensed in Florida who’s practice act may allow

them to provide some of the defined services.

ORTHOPEDIC TECHNOLOGISTS ARE NOT LICENSED, PRACTICE AT YOU OWN PERIL.

Mr. Barocas basis his argument on the paragraph below

2) This act does not require an additional license of, or regulate the

practice of, any other licensed health care professional within the

state,

or prevent a qualified member of any other profession or any person

employed

under the supervision of such a licensed professional from doing work of

a

nature consistent with that person’s training, as long as the person

does

not hold himself or herself out to the public as a licensee under this

act.

Unfortunately he cannot just pluck a few words out of a sentence and use

them to justify a position. The paragraph must be taken in its

entirety. This paragraph refers to individuals licensed in Florida,

allowing them to continue to practice and use support persons under

their supervision, it does not mean if you think you are qualified just

go ahead and practice.

If Mr. Barocas knows of an orthopedic technologist acting independently,

not under the employ of an exempt physician, he is obligated by law to

file a complaint with the state for unlicensed practice. If no

complaint is forthcoming then we must presume these are merely musings

and not fact.

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