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Florida Handbook: Medical Practice Closure or Provider Departure

What is the proper procedure to follow when a physician is leaving a practice?

When one physician in a practice is leaving, but the office will remain open, you must take certain steps. As soon as you know the physician is leaving, you should begin planning for the notification and future care of his or her patients. Under Florida law, if a physician dies, terminates his or her practice, or relocates and is no longer available to patients, medical records are to be retained for at least two (2) years after the physician’s death, termination of practice, or relocation.

Florida Board of Medicine (M.D.): In addition to the statutory requirements, the Florida Board of Medicine proclaimed Rule 64B8-10.002(4), FAC, which sets forth patient notice…

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