|Published:||Nov 12, 2010 9:42 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 12, 2010 6:42 PM EST|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's new program to inspect pain-management clinics will pay doctors $100 an hour to visit those centers and review patient records.
Health News Florida reported Friday that the Department of Health sent a memo to doctors seeking applicants for inspection teams. The teams are an outgrowth of a recently passed law aimed at cracking down on pill mills.
The department says inspections started this month, though the president of a pain-clinic industry group said he was unaware of them beginning. Under the law, clinics will face annual inspections.
Doctors on the inspection teams will fill out a "check sheet" about whether required material is in patient records. They will not provide opinions about the quality of care or standards of care in clinics.