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Post-hurricane claims relief for physicians First Coast Service Options Disaster Information
Waivers & Provider enrollment relief
Extensions for claims appeals, overpayment requests and appealing overpayment requests

Gov. Scott directs health, elder care leaders to adopt nursing home generator rule
: "Florida Gov. Rick Scott...directed state health care and elder affairs leaders to begin the formal process of adopting a rule that would require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have emergency generators on hand...." - Naples Daily News 

Children's health programs in Florida running out of time and money: "A program that provides health coverage to an estimated 341,000 low-income Florida children has lost its federal funding and could soon run out of money." - News-Press

What's behind the 45% hike in unsubsidized Obamacare premiums? A Florida directive to insurers
: "The 44.7 percent average premium increases for unsubsidized Affordable Care Act health policies announced last month has been blamed on uncertainty surrounding the law...." - Naples Daily News

Birth control: Trump expands opt-out for workplace insurance
: "President Donald Trump is allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women by claiming religious or moral objections...." - Modern Healthcare

How treating opioids with more opioids has divided the recovery community: "While clinicians who spoke to the NewsHour said medication was the best option to improve survival rates, others in the recovery community see it as a crutch that doesn't fix addiction long-term." - PBS NewsHour

FDA requires opioid makers to develop doctor training: "The agency notified 74 manufacturers of so-called immediate-release opioids that their drugs will now be subject to the tougher requirements, although doctors would not be compelled to take part in the training." - Modern Healthcare

Hospital emergency rooms saw more than 700,000 shooting victims last decade: "A new study sheds additional light on some of the economic and clinical burdens gun violence places on the healthcare system." - Modern Healthcare
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 early October.

Last call for Women's Health Forum Speaker Applications: CCMS physician members  are invited to submit an application to speak at the 10th Anniversary CCMS Women's Health Forum, a public service event for our community, February 3, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Return your application by tomorrow, Oct. 13th. 

CCMS Physician Directories: The new 2017-18 CCMS Physician Directories are here, and each member and office manager should have received one copy via postal mail. Bulk deliveries to Collier County libraries and major healthcare facilities are nearly complete. Should you want additional copies, you may pick them up at the CCMS office 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday.
EventsUpcoming Events
Rescheduled! FCCMS Charity Golf, Nov. 12th
TOMORROW, October 13, 5:30pm,  Cavo Lounge
CCMS Alliance Rotating Dinner Fundraiser
Saturday, October 21, 6:00pm, Private Member Residence

Thursday, October 26, 5:30pm, Kensington Country Club
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Friday, November 10, 6:00pm,  Mutual of Omaha Bank
Sunday, November 12, 8:00am, Bonita Bay Club East in Naples
Friday, November 17, 6:30pm, Wyndemere Country Club
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Dr. Jeffrey Craig was recently elected to the American Health Council's Physician Board, which represents all sectors of the healthcare industry, from major metropolitan hubs and small communities. More information:

Drs. James Talano and Robert Baily were mentioned in the Florida Weekly article, Neighborhood Health Clinic opens doors for doctors displaced by Hurricane Irma.

Dr. Cyndi Yag-Howard received an award in Excellence in Advocacy of Dermatology from The Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery earlier this summer for her years of expert dedication to her specialties.

Your colleagues at Avow invite you to share the following information on children's bereavement options with your patients, friends, and family:
1) Avow Children's Bereavement Programs Flyer - Provides general information on how we serve children and their families.
2) Avow Camp MendingHeart - Overnight Camp Focused on Grief & Loss for kids ages 7-15 held in Fort Denaud, FL on Dec. 1-3 (NEW DATES).
3) Camp MendingHeart Registration Form - Registration to be completed and returned by Nov. 20.
POYPhysician Wellness Update
The CCMS Physician Wellness Program is designed to help our members prevent and treat physician burnout with a variety of options.

The program offers confidential, convenient, cost-free access to psychological services for CCMS members - up to 6 complimentary sessions with a psychologist per year whether active, retired, adjunct, associate, or resident physician. To learn more and schedule an appointment, visit or call the private hotline, 239-208-3984. 

Members are also invited to join a CCMS physician fitness or wellness group, such as running, tennis, discussion, fishing, and more. Email CCMS with your name, preferred contact info, and type of group desired. Additionally, take advantage of the Collier County Fitness Centers medical-corporate rate for annual fitness memberships. For more information visit the fitness centers webpage.

We encourage members to attend  CCMS events, including lectures and After 5 Socials, for networking and educational resources. And members can contact CCMS or any board members with your questions. Whether you have a practice management concern, want to explore vendor discounts for CCMS members, or have employment conflicts, we'll do our best to provide answers or find someone who can.

How you can help sustain this vital program in perpetuity: We invite sponsors and supporters to help foster the PWP and the health and well-being of our physicians, which in turn will help them care for their patients. Send contributions to: Physician Wellness Program,  Collier County Medical Society, 1148 Goodlette Rd N, Naples, FL 34102; or call with credit card contributions: 239-435-7727.

Today's physician wellness resource is from the AMA Wire, Vivek Murthy, MD, turns focus to physician well-being.
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