Professionals Resource Network Provides Intake Statistics for the 2014 Calendar Year

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

At a recent Executive Council meeting of the Health Law Section of the Florida Bar, leaders of the Professionals Resource Network (PRN) met to answer questions from attorneys representing health professionals.  Following the meeting, Robert C. Nuss M.D., Chair of the Board of Directors for PRN, provided statistics on PRN intakes for the 2014 calendar year.  

The total intakes for 2014 were 324 individuals, with about one-third of those being licensure applicants.  Approximately 61 percent of the intakes received PRN contracts.  The majority of those contracts (77 percent) were for a five-year term.  A total of 126 individuals did not receive PRN contracts.  Out of those, 51 were referred to the Florida Department of Health (DOH) or the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) for follow-up disciplinary action.

To read the complete letter dated November 9, 2015, from Dr. Nuss to members of the Health Law Section Executive Council, click here


What is the Professionals Resource Network?
 


PRN is a nationally recognized, legislatively enacted private Florida nonprofit organization.  Its primary aim is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Florida by assisting impaired health care professionals through a tailored and closely monitored rehabilitation program.  The DOH and the DBPR contract with PRN to provide mandated services pursuant to Florida law.  PRN is often an alternative to the DOH and DBPR disciplinary process.  Health care practitioners participating in PRN mostly do so on a voluntary basis.  PRN supervises and monitors many licensed professionals other than just health care professionals.

For more information on PRN and when to consult an experienced health attorney, click here


Florida Board of Pharmacy Considers Preemptive PRN Evaluations.


In February 2014, the Florida Board of Pharmacy began recommending certain applicants for licensure undergo preemptive PRN evaluations prior to the consideration of their applications and subsequent licensing.  This decision for preemptive PRN evaluations was made following a Board meeting where several members expressed concern over prior mental health or substance abuse related issues of applicants for licensure.  The Board of Pharmacy members felt it was necessary for these applicants to first be evaluated by the PRN before the Board could even consider their applications.  

There is currently no statutory requirement for an applicant with prior mental health or substance abuse issues to be preemptively evaluated by PRN, which is problematic.  For an applicant to submit to a preemptive PRN evaluation he or she is essentially hinging the applicant's future career on that organization and its appointed evaluator.  

For more information on preemptive PRN evaluations and when to consult an experienced health attorney, read our previous blog here


Comment?


Are you currently under a PRN contract, or are you considering participating in a PRN program?  Have you been referred for an initial PRN evaluation?


Contact a Health Law Attorney Experienced in the Representation of Physicians and Other Health Care Providers Before the Board of Medicine.


The Health Law Firm and its attorneys are experienced in dealing with the Board of Medicine, PRN, other professional boards and license applications.  Our attorneys can help you get your application and supporting documentation together and present it to the Board in the most effective way possible.

Our firm has extensive experience in representing physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other professionals accused of drug abuse, alcohol impairment, mental impairment and sexual boundary issue, as well as in dealing with the Professionals Resource Network (PRN), its advantages and disadvantages, its contracts, its personnel, and its policies and procedures.

For more information please visit our website at www.TheHealthLawFirm.com or call (407) 331-6620.


Sources:


Nuss MD, Robert C.  "To Charmaine T.M. Chiu Esquire, HL Health Law Section Executive Council."  Letter: 9 Nov. 2015.  E-mail.  2 Dec. 2015.

"About Us."  Professionals Resource Network: Impaired Practitioners Program of Florida: 2013.  Website.  31 Dec. 2015. 


About the Author:
George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law.  He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice.  Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida area.  www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.



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