On Monday, Governor Rick Scott signed legislation that limits opioid prescribing and provides tens of millions in new funding to combat Florida's escalating overdose epidemic. In 2016, opioid overdose death toll in Florida rose to more than 3,300. The newly enacted legislation (HB 21), seeks to curb the epidemic by limiting opioid prescribing, providing $65 million to expand treatment and make the overdose antagonist, Naxolone (also known as Narcan or Evzio), more readily available to law enforcement and paramedics.
Late last year, The Florida Bar Health Law Section put on the 9th installment of its Master Class on Telemedicine, a "deep dive" into the legal, ethical, and technological issues surrounding telemedicine. Telemedicine is the practice of medicine by a licensed health care professional where patient care or services are provided using medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications. Simply put, telemedicine allows health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients at a distance using telecommunications technology. The proliferation of these technologies created an alternative to in-person visits, allowing patients to receive health care services in their homes, workplaces, and elsewhere.