First, it's important to understand the entities involved in health care licensing and who they regulate to be informed on how to avoid background check problems when applying for or renewing your medical license.
Department of Health (DOH): This is the entity responsible for licensing and regulating health care professionals.
Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA): This is the entity responsible for licensing and regulating health care facilities. They also administer the Medicaid program for the State of Florida.
The DOH and AHCA both require individuals working in health care to undergo a criminal background check in order to work in Florida.
Why Criminal Background Checks Are Required
As regulators of health care facilities and practitioners, criminal background checks are an important and necessary public protection. It allows these entities to make informed decisions about licensing and captures thorough information on applicants.
As it relates to health care facilities that accept Medicaid to guard against fraud and misuse of these funds.
Have a Criminal Record? Our Law Firm Can Help!
If you or an employee has a criminal record that is identified through a criminal background check, a "disqualification letter" will be received from the DOH or AHCA.
Our law firm regularly assists professionals who work in the health care industry and have received a letter from the State indicating that they are ineligible for employment in Florida because either AHCA or DOH has determined that a background screening has turned up past criminal history.
Most individuals do not use a lawyer when applying for the initial license. However, we hear from professionals when they get a letter or a “Notice of Intent to Deny License” from the State relative to their criminal history.
We help health care executives, employees, and licensed professionals with:
- Advice, guidance, and assistance with preparation of their Application for Exemption from Disqualification;
- Review and preparation of criminal records for submission to AHCA or DOH;
- Preparation of our client for testimony at any hearing on whether the client should be allowed to have a license or work in Florida; and/or
- Attendance and representation of our clients in Informal Hearings before AHCA and DOH boards and/or Formal Hearings to challenge the denial of an exemption.
Contact the law offices of Howell, Buchan & Strong, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation at any one of our locations:
Orlando (407) 717-1773 |Tallahassee (850) 877-7776 | Tampa (813) 833-6726 | Sarasota (941) 779-4348