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Marco Island suicide, attempts prompt mental health discussion: "A Marco Island woman died Dec. 13 after jumping off the S.S. Jolley Bridge in an apparent suicide. Nine days later, Marco Island police officers saved a man who they said was attempting to do the same. On Jan. 4, police officers responded to a report of a gunshot wound they later determined was self-inflicted." -   Naples Daily News

Nurse shortages in Florida might be reduced by new multi-state license: "Florida nurses can apply now for a multi-state license, which might boost their employment options. In turn, the state's decision to make it easier for out-of-state nurses to come to Florida could reduce workforce shortages, especially during the busier winter months." - Naples Daily News

New spending stopgap measure stalls Medicare extenders, DSH delay: "While the Senate came to an agreement to reopen the government, the path forward for Medicare extenders and DSH payment cut delays isn't clear." - Modern Healthcare

Few doctors see Medicare pay bumps for care quality: "Less than 2% of the 1.1 million clinicians billing Medicare this year will receive a raise stemming from a pay-for-performance program that rewards doctors for improving patients' quality of care." - Modern Healthcare 

MedPAC votes 14-2 to junk MIPS, providers angered
: "An influential policy organization that advises Congress on Medicare issues has voted to repeal and replace MIPS under MACRA. Providers immediately criticized the move to end the program and what the panel wants to replace it with." - 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.

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 "Emerging Technologies at Physicians Regional" on Feb. 15th!

CCMS Women's Health Forum 
Saturday, February 3, 8:30 AM
Naples United Church of Christ
Open to the Public
Email us for details on volunteering
Thursday, February 15, 6:00 PM
Physicians Regional Medical Center - Pine Ridge
Thursday, February 22, 5:30 PM
TD Bank Downtown Naples

Save the Date: CCMS Spring General Membership Meeting, March 28th
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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)
  • NCH Grand Rounds CMEs, Thursdays, 7:30am at NCH Telford Building. Complimentary, no registration required.
  • 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.
  • Transitional care management services (B) webinar, February 7, hosted by First Coast Service Options, target audience providers, coders, billers, and medical review personnel. Register online
  • Lifestyle, Diet, Obesity & Cancer: Separating Fact from Fiction, Feb. 10, 9am at NCH Telford Building, free to the public. More information
  • 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

Dr. Rebekah Bernard recently joined the Foundation of CCMS board of directors as a board member. Dr. Bernard will work with the Board to raise and manage funds for healthcare scholarships and programs that address access to healthcare.

Dr. Alexander Eaton was highlighted in the Gulfshore Life article, How we waste money in medicine, as one who is "seeking to make a difference."

Dr. Steven Goldberg was inducted into the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) as a candidate member at its annual meeting in October. Dr. Goldberg is the first orthopedic surgeon in Collier or Lee county to receive this honor.

Dr. Evgeny Krynetskiy, orthopaedic surgeon has joined Seaside Surgery Center as a physician partner, specializing in foot and ankle surgery.

Dr. Alfonse Cinotti, Dr. Jerome Bobruff, and Dr. Renate Chevli represented the Naples Lions Club at the Collier County Board of Commissioners, which designated February 3, 2018 as Naples Lions Club Day in Collier County.

Dr. Joel Waltzer, founder of annual fundraiser YogaCAN, has received the Cancer Alliance of Naples' Jerry Conti Angel Award for 2018 for his commitment to the Cancer Alliance of Naples. The award will be presented at the Cancer Alliance of Naples annual spring luncheon, March 2 at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort. For more information about the event, visit
finalarticleCMS Clarifies Position on Physician Texting  

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released a memo clarifying its rules for physician texting. In summary:


- Texting patient information among members of the health care team is permissible if accomplished through a secure platform.

- Texting of patient orders is prohibited regardless of the platform utilized.

- Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) is the preferred method of order entry by a provider.


Read the Healthcare Dive summary.

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