NewsBriefsNews Briefs
Five health-care fights facing Congress in December: "Republicans spent much of the year on a failed bid to repeal and replace ObamaCare. That's left several programs and taxes hanging in the balance as the year draws to a close...." - The Hill

Collier County lengthens marijuana dispensary ban: "Medicinal marijuana dispensaries will be banned in Collier County for another six months as local commissioners try to wait for state lawmakers to change the rules surrounding them." - Naples Daily News

2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule provides regulatory relief for physicians: "The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its final rule on the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS)." - AMA

N et neutrality repeal threatens telemedicine: "With net neutrality on the verge of repeal, some healthcare experts worry the industry, and especially rural organizations, will struggle with the policy changes." - Modern Healthcare

Fall 2017 Physician Family Magazine focused on Opioid Crisis Available Now: "This issue features a wide variety of information - causes, treatments, effects and some personal stories attention to the fact that this epidemic knows no boundaries and affects ALL of us." - AMA Alliance

eClinicalWorks sued for nearly $1 billion for inaccurate medical records: "The class action lawsuit filed Thursday by the estate of a cancer patient, claimed he was unable to determine when cancer symptoms began due to the EHR vendor's faulty software." - Healthcare IT News
bylawsCCMS Member Notices

2018 Member Dues:
Your CCMS member dues deadline for 2018 is December 31, 2017. You can pay online now, and individual and group practice invoices were mailed in October and earlier this month.
2018 RCC Cards Now Available: CCMS Members can take advantage of special $10 pricing on the 2018 RCC Card, which provides discounts at restaurants and merchants. Order a card at or call CCMS at 239-435-7727. Cards will be mailed to the office address on file unless otherwise specified. Email us with questions.    
Can you change your community in 20 minutes? Participate in the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation community needs survey and help identify the gaps between needs and available social services in Collier County.  
Member Benefit Update: Mutual of Omaha Bank, a Circle of Friends vendor, offers CCMS members low-rate merchant credit card processing. For a no-cost comparison and analysis of your current card processing, call Paul Niss at 239-287-7545 or email. They will meet or beat current pricing or give you a $25 MasterCard Gift Card. Member FDIC   
HIV Services Study: The University of Miami Miller School Medicine is seeking Primary Care Providers to participate in a qualitative study about HIV services in Florida. Participants will take part in a 30-minute, one-on-one interview (phone or in-person), and receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Email Sharleen Traynor for more information.   
PKS Awareness: Manatee County Medical Society colleagues Drs. Peter Yung Kim and Edythe Park have asked Gov. Scott to designate Dec. 4 as Pallister-Killian Syndrome (PKS) Awareness Day. Learn more about PKS
EventsUpcoming Events
Join us for the free Foundation social on Dec. 7!
CCMS Alliance Annual Nordstrom Shopping Fundraiser
Tuesday, December 5, 6:30pm, Nordstrom Waterside
$75/person at the door, RSVP to 239-919-7909
Thursday, December 7, 6:00pm, PGA Tour Superstore
CCMS Seminar: Emerging Technologies at NCH Healthcare Systems
Thursday, January 11, 6:00pm, NCH Downtown, Telford Building
Stay tuned for details

Saturday, February 3, 8:30am, Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church
Open to the Public
Sponsor/Exhibitor Opportunities (only a few spots left!) 
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.
  Partner Events: 
  • The Current Tax Plan Vs. Proposed Tax Reform, Webinar for Physicians hosted by Circle of Friends vendor Capital Preservation Services. Dates available: Nov. 30 at 5pm; Dec. 5 at 5pm (rescheduled from Dec. 4); Dec. 7 at 1pm; Dec. 7 at 6:30pm; Dec. 8 at 1pm. Learn more
  • MIPS Webinars: Strategize to Report Your Best Performance (1 CE), Dec. 1 at 12pm, Dec. 1 at 3pm; Overcoming Challenges to MIPS Participation for Solo Practitioners and Small Group Practices, Dec. 12 at 3:30pm, Dec. 14 at 11am
  • AMA Joy in Medicine Webinar: Physician Well-being: A discussion on burnout and achieving joy in practice, Dec. 13 at 1pm
  • Charitable Healthcare Events in Collier County, View Calendar (to submit an event email us)

SpotlightSpotlight on CCMS Members 
Email your news to CCMS to be included in the next issue
Dr. Caroline Cederquist penned the article, "Avoid Overloading Your Plate" in the December issue of eBella Magazine.

Dr. Amy Chappell
has been certified a diplomate of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr. Mark Gerber was named the NCH Physician of the Year at the 2017 NCH Heart Ball, for the highest standards of excellence in clinical care, relationships with patients and colleagues, standards of moral and ethical excellence, conduct, and commitment to the needs of the community. CCMS members Drs. Charles Graeber, Sajan Rao, James Talano, and Ruta V. Totoraitis were also 2017 Nominees and Honorees.
Drs. Mary-Margert Kober and Cynthia Strohmeyer were interviewed in the Naples Illustrated December article, "Ready, Set, Glow".

Dr. Gary Swain received the COMPASS Award at the 2017 NCH Heart Ball, based on nominations by NCH colleagues
Dr. Robert Tober appeared in Neighborhood Health Clinic feature, "Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired" in the December eBella.
POYAMA Interim Meeting Highlights                                                    
from the AMA Wire®


Hundreds of physicians [including CCMS member Dr. Corey Howard as FMA delegation chair], medical students, residents and fellows gathered at the 2017 AMA Interim Meeting in Honolulu to consider a wide array of proposals designed to help fulfill the Association's core mission of promoting medicine and improving public health. These are highlights from the meeting. Read more at AMA Wire┬«.

Physicians oppose harmful changes to Medicaid, benefits rules: Delegates stand firm against Medicaid work requirements and changes that would undermine essential health benefits requirements.
Eliminate burdens for controlled substances' e-prescribing: Delegates also push for effective opioid-use disorder in jails and prisons and emergency naloxone in public settings.
More Medicaid help sought for Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands: The AMA will urge more funding for hurricane-ravaged islands' Medicaid programs, as well as temporary emergency CMS waivers.
Physicians aim to shine light on why drugs cost so much: The AMA will seek to ban unjustified prescription-drug "price gouging" and let pharmacists tell patients when their co-pay exceeds a drug's cash price.
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