NewsBriefsNews Briefs
2018 Outlook on Politics and Policy: Insurers will come out ahead: "Among the sharpest GOP battle cries in 2017 on Capitol Hill was 'No bailouts for insurance companies.' Yet the policy landscape is shaping up to do just that." - Modern Healthcare

Nation's Physicians Support 12.6 Million Jobs, Contribute $2.3 Trillion in Economic Activity: "Physicians add opportunity, growth and prosperity to the national economy by creating 12.6 million jobs and generating $2.3 trillion in economic activity, according to a new report, The National Economic Impact of Physicians, released today by the American Medical Association." - AMA
Congress punts CHIP to 2018 as states reach panic mode: "The Children's Health Insurance Program gets another stopgap fix as Congress punts must-pass measures to 2018." - Modern Healthcare
Judge rules abortion waiting period unconstitutional: "A 2015 state law requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions was ruled unconstitutional Tuesday by a Leon County circuit judge." - Naples Herald
Judge tosses AHA challenge to 340B cuts: "A federal judge on Friday allowed the CMS to move forward with its planned $1.6 billion cut to a federal drug discount program, saying the nation's leading hospital associations will have to challenge the changes after they go into effect." - Modern Healthcare

CMS launches new reporting system for Quality Payment Program: "The CMS has introduced a new system for clinicians to submit performance data for the Quality Payment Program that is intended to reduce administrative burden." - Modern Healthcare
bylawsCCMS Member Notices

2018 Member Dues:
Your CCMS member dues deadline for 2018 was December 31, 2017. You can pay online now, and individual and group practice invoices will be mailed again this month.
Latest issue of CCMS magazine: The Jan/Feb digital edition of the
CCMS member magazine, The Forum, is now available online. The featured article is on the 2018 state legislative session. Hard copies will be mailed to each member early next week.

CCMS Officer Nominations: The CCMS nominating committee invites members in good standing to submit candidates for its slate of CCMS officers for 2018-2019. Email nominations to CCMS by March 19th. More information
2018 RCC Cards: CCMS Members receive special $10 pricing on the 2018 RCC Card, which provides discounts at restaurants and merchants. Order a card at or call CCMS, 239-435-7727. Cards will be mailed to the office address on file unless otherwise specified.

Nominate a Colleague for CCMS Physician of the Year:  CCMS members are invited to submit nominees for this prestigious award, which honors a CCMS member who deserves special recognition for exemplary contributions to the practice of medicine and/or outstanding service to our community. Download nomination form

Know a deserving medical or healthcare student? The Foundation of CCMS is
accepting applications through March 31st for medical students and students enrolled in or accepted to any healthcare degree program. Learn more
EventsUpcoming Events
Join us for the CME "Emerging Technologies at NCH" on Jan. 15th!

Monday, January 15, 6:00 PM,  NCH Downtown

Saturday, February 3, 8:30 AM, Naples United  Church of Christ
Open to the Public
Exhibits sold out, email us for other support opportunities
Thursday, February 15, 6:00 PM, Physicians Regional Medical Center - Pine Ridge
Thursday, February 22, 5:30 PM,  TD Bank Downtown Naples

More events at  

CCMS members - if you have not upgraded to your FREE professional CE Broker account with CCMS, send your license number and preferred email to CCMS for enrollment. CCMS can also help existing CE Broker professional account members with password reset. For other license renewal advice, review the FMA's license renewal guide.
  Partner Events: 
  • Charitable Healthcare Events in Collier County, View Calendar (to submit an event email us)
  • Understanding and Responding to the Opioid Crisis: An Epidemic of Addiction, Feb. 1, NCH Telford Education Center, 5:30pm, dinner included, 2 CME credits. Complimentary registration at CEU workshop on Feb. 2nd.
  • NCH Grand Rounds CMEs, Thursdays, 7:30am at NCH Telford Building. Complimentary, no registration required.
  • Lunch & Learn for RNs, Improving Substance Use Disorder Outcomes, Jan. 26th. Complimentary, register online.
  • Meet & Greet with author of Cancer, Now What?: Feb. 15, 6pm at Avow, complimentary for physicians, PAs, APRNs, dinner included. More information 

SpotlightSpotlight on CCMS Members 
Email your news to CCMS to be included in the next issue
The 10th Anniversary CCMS Women's Health Forum was featured in the January issue of  eBella magazine article, Want to Learn How to Age Well?

Dr. Caroline Cederquist penned the article,  Preventing Alzheimer's for the January eBella magazine's healthy living section.

Dr. Joseph Gauta, Vice President of the Florida chapter of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, invites you to attend the AAPS Charity Golf Scramble and Annual Meeting on January 27th in Tampa. Register online

Dr. Rafael Haciski contributed the chapter "Modulators of Endometrial Receptivity: A Molecular Symphony" for the international textbook, The Art and Science of Assisted Reproductive Techniques, 2nd edition. He had also contributed to the 1st edition. 

Dr. Kent Hasen has accepted the position of chief of plastic surgery at NCH Healthcare System. He began his new role at NCH Healthcare System on Jan. 1 and continues to provide care for his cosmetic patients at his practice in Naples. Dr. Hasen was also featured in the Dec. 28 issue of Naples Florida Weekly .

Dr. Kristina Mirabeau-Beale was the feature in the cover story for the January issue of eBella magazine: Yes, She Can: Local Doctor's Family Inspires a Claim for Lifelong Success.

Dr. Raymond Phillips speaking at the complimentary symposium, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Patient Education Day, at Physicians Regional on January 27th. Register

Dr. Chadwick Prodromos has released the 2nd edition of the textbook: The ACL Basic Science and Reconstruction of which he is editor in chief. The 1st edition was released in 2008 and is the only comprehensive textbook for Orthopaedic Surgeons on the ACL. 

Dr. Allen Weiss is being honored Jan 29th by the Naples Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The event is a noon luncheon to be held at the Royal Palm Country Club. Tickets can be purchased onlineMore information
finalarticleTax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted; repeals the ACA individual mandate
American Medical Association
[In December], both the House and Senate passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill passed on partisan votes of 51-48 in the Senate and 224-201 in the House. President Donald Trump signed the bill into law on Dec. 22. The bill overhauls the individual, corporate and international components of the existing federal tax code. It includes recommendations highlighted in an AMA letter sent to the conferees.

Specifically, the final bill includes language that would maintain the tax deductibility of high medical expenses, and also lower the percentage of a person's adjusted gross income that qualified medical expenses must exceed-from 10 percent to 7.5 percent for 2017 and 2018-in order to claim the deduction. In addition, the final bill adopted the AMA's recommendation to maintain the deduction for student-loan interest and the exemption from taxation for qualified tuition reductions.
Despite the urging of the AMA and many other health care stakeholders, the final bill included language that effectively repeals the individual responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act by zeroing out the tax penalty for individuals who fail to maintain health care insurance coverage.

Editor's note: Check out the free "Understanding the New Tax and Jobs Act" seminars hosted by Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., - Jan. 24, 5:30pm or Jan. 25, 7:30am at their office in Fort Myers. Email MNMW or call for details and to register.
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