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Changes to the Massage Practice Act

Posted on October 7, 2016

During the 2016 Legislative session, CS/HB 545 passed, which made changes to the Massage Practice Act. These changes update a list of convictions sometimes referred to as “crimes related to the practice,” and generally relate to human trafficking, sexual misconduct, … Continue reading

Important Notice Due to Hurricane Matthew

Posted on October 5, 2016

Due to impacts from Hurricane Matthew, Governor Scott has issued an executive order regarding the state of Florida Continue reading

Board Chairs, Vice Chairs & Associations’ Meeting Announcement

Posted on September 9, 2016

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) announces the following meetings: Continue reading

Telehealth Survey

Posted on August 10, 2016

Let your voice be heard about telehealth practices in Florida. The Telehealth Survey lets health care practitioners provide valuable information to Florida lawmakers. Continue reading

New Tool to Report Health Care Provider Complaints

Posted on July 19, 2016

The Complaint Portal is a way for consumers to find the correct agency to submit health care complaints in an electronic and secure format. Continue reading

FREE Webinars Now Available

Posted on July 19, 2016

Learn how to add your license to your Online Services Portal account or report your continuing education/continuing medical education (CE/CME) requirements. Continue reading

New Legislation Impacting Your Profession

Posted on July 12, 2016

During the 2016 Legislative Session, HB 221 passed and was signed into law on April 14, 2016, as Chapter 2016-222, Laws of Florida. The bill prohibits an out-of-network provider from balance billing members of a preferred provider organization (PPO) or … Continue reading

Board of Massage Therapy Attends FSMTA Annual Convention and Trade Show June 22-26, 2016

Posted on June 30, 2016

Pictured from left to right, Alexandra Alday, Sidronio “Chilo” Casas, and Lydia Nixon The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) held its annual convention and trade show in Orlando, FL from June 22-26, 2016. Both Lydia Nixon, Board Chair, and … Continue reading

Board Mourns Tragedy in Orlando, Gives Thanks to Health Care Responders

Posted on June 17, 2016

As we mourn the tragic events that occurred in Orlando over the weekend, the Division of Medical Quality Assurance joins friends and colleagues in Central Florida and across the state to thank the dedicated health care professionals who have so … Continue reading

New Legislation Impacting Your Profession

Posted on June 9, 2016

During the 2016 Legislative Session, HB 1175 passed and became law on April 14, 2016, as Chapter 2016-234, Laws of Florida. Starting July 1, 2016, health care practitioners are required to provide a good faith estimate of anticipated charges to … Continue reading

New Human Trafficking Awareness Sign Requirement

Posted on March 18, 2016

During the 2015 Legislative session, CS/HB 369 passed, which requires certain employers to display public human traffic awareness signs. Continue reading

Recognizing Depression among Health Care Practitioners

Posted on February 26, 2016

Recognize when every-day stressors lead to burnout or depression. Learn more about self-care strategies and how to get help by clicking here. Continue reading

ANNOUNCEMENT: MQA Online Services

Posted on February 25, 2016

Services will be unavailable on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9 AM to 4 PM Eastern Standard Time for system upgrades. Continue reading

A New and Improved Search Portal

Posted on February 25, 2016

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance is excited to announce the launch of the new and improved MQA Search Services Portal. Continue reading

MQA publishes latest quarterly report

Posted on February 24, 2016

The Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) remains committed to developing and implementing strategies to better serve health care practitioners, license applicants and serve health care consumers. In an effort to update MQA’s 22 health care provider … Continue reading

Innovative Tool to Keep Adults on Schedule for Good Health

Posted on January 12, 2016

Adults are encouraged to discuss their health screenings and immunization schedule with their health care professionals Continue reading

Continuing Education App and Electronic Tracking System

Posted on January 11, 2016

Tracking your CE hours can be a hassle, and we’re here to help you along the way. You can self-report with a free App and select from over 3,000 accredited providers… Continue reading

Massage Therapy (MT) Renewal Due August 31, 2015

Posted on June 25, 2015

If the MT does not have the hours to report by August 31, 2015, the license will move to a delinquent status at expiration. Register for a webinar today at www.FLHealthSource.gov. Continue reading

Board Chairs, Vice Chairs & Associations’ Meeting Announcement

Posted on June 10, 2015

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance announces its annual Board Chairs, Vice Chairs and Associations’ meeting. Continue reading

FBOMT Invites You to Participate in a Rules Workshop

Posted on June 10, 2015

The Florida Board of Massage Therapy requests your participation in a rules workshop to address the future of massage therapy education. The workshop will occur on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, beginning at 12:00 pm EST during the Florida Board of … Continue reading

MQA publishes latest quarterly report

Posted on May 28, 2015

The Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) remains committed to developing and implementing strategies to better serve health care practitioners, license applicants and serve health care consumers. In an effort to update MQA’s 22 health care provider … Continue reading

“Are You Renewal Ready?” Webinar

Posted on March 12, 2015

The Florida Department of Health will now verify your continuing education records when you renew your professional license. You are invited to join a live webinar hosted by the Department of Health and the AMTA-FL for Florida Licensed Massage Therapists … Continue reading

Important Measles Update

Posted on February 27, 2015

Measles is a highly contagious disease, transmitted by respiratory aerosols when an infected person coughs or sneezes… Continue reading

Electronic Fingerprinting

Posted on January 14, 2015

During the 2014 Legislative session, a law was passed (CS/HB 1065) that will affect massage therapist and massage establishment licensure in Florida. Continue reading

Online Fingerprint Status Check

Posted on January 14, 2015

Every Massage Therapist and Massage Establishment owner* licensed in Florida MUST get their electronic fingerprint and background check completed and recorded by the Department of Health before the deadline of January 31, 2015. If you have completed your electronic fingerprint … Continue reading

Record CE/CMEs before the deadline and be renewal ready.

Posted on January 14, 2015

The Department encourages you to log in to the tracking system before applying for renewal to ensure your information is complete and accurate. Continue reading

Florida’s Healthy Promise Campaign

Posted on December 29, 2014

Healthy Promise is a campaign sponsored by the Florida Department of Health to encourage people in Florida to make more informed choices about healthy eating and active living this year. Continue reading

Florida Veteran Health Heroes

Posted on November 10, 2014

The Florida Department of Health honors and supports veterans, members of the military and their families on Veterans Day. Continue reading

Information on Ebola Virus Disease

Posted on October 17, 2014

The state of Florida is prepared to identify and treat patients who may have Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Continue reading

Board Chairs, Vice Chairs and Associations Annual Meeting

Posted on July 15, 2014

The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance announces the first combined Board Chairs, Vice Chairs and Associations annual meeting Continue reading

Boards and Councils Liaison Meeting

Posted on June 13, 2014

This meeting includes a review of how the Health Care Boards and Councils
will each play an integral role in Florida’s Healthiest Weight Initiative Continue reading

School Directors/Owners: Changes to Proof of Graduation Requirements

Posted on January 31, 2014

Because of recent issues involving fraudulent transcripts used to receive massage therapist licenses, changes were made to Rule Chapter 64B7-32.002, F.A.C. and were effective December 8, 2013. 64B7-32.002 Proof of Graduation. To be acknowledged as a graduate of a Board approved massage … Continue reading

Notice to Licensees About Fraudulent Documents

Posted on December 6, 2013

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is aware that documents purportedly originating from DOH requesting information of a sensitive nature have been received by members of the public. These documents request licensees share information that may be used to commit … Continue reading

New! Florida Massage School’s Pass Rates on Approved Exams

Posted on October 23, 2013

The Board of Massage Therapy enacted a rule change to 64B7-32.003, F.A.C., to ensure the achievement of Florida approved massage therapy education program graduates. An approved program must achieve a graduate passage rate that is not lower than 10 percentage … Continue reading

The Many Reasons Why Everybody Deserves a Massage

Posted on October 23, 2013

Many view massages as rewards for a job well done, a break from the daily stress of work and routine. Though they are a great way to relax and unwind after a hectic week, massage therapy benefits can warrant much … Continue reading

Unlicensed Activity (ULA)

Posted on October 23, 2013

The Unlicensed Activity (ULA) program protects Florida residents and visitors from the potentially serious and dangerous consequences of receiving medical and health care services from an unlicensed person. The ULA unit investigates and refers for prosecution all unlicensed health care … Continue reading

2013 Legislative Changes to Chapter 480, Florida Statutes

Posted on October 23, 2013

The 2013 legislative session saw the passage of House Bill 7005, and with it significant changes to massage establishment regulation. Continue reading

New! Photo Identification Requirements

Posted on October 23, 2013

Last year the board enacted a rule change to 64B7-28.008, F.A.C., Display of Licenses, requiring a 2 x 2 inch photograph of each licensed massage therapist be attached to their license. Continue reading

Florida Board of Massage Therapy wins 2013 Davis Productivity Award

Posted on October 23, 2013

The Board of Massage Therapy office has seen a drastic reduction in the number of days spent processing an application. Continue reading

The Board

Posted on May 31, 2013

The Florida Board of Massage Therapy plays a leading role in the State’s ever-changing health care environment. This is accomplished through… Continue reading

CE at Renewal – A New Approach to License Renewal

Posted on May 31, 2013

The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, will now review your continuing education records in the electronic tracking system… Continue reading