NewsBriefsNews Briefs
'Nightmare' bacteria found in 221 healthcare facility cases in 2017, CDC reports: "Nationwide testing of healthcare facilities in 2017 found more than 200 instances of 'nightmare bacteria' that were resistant to most or all antibiotic treatments." - Modern Healthcare

Rumored Walmart-Humana merger could transform healthcare for seniors: "The rumored deal between the retail giant and health insurer would create a force in the Medicare Advantage industry that some experts say would have the potential to transform how America's seniors access healthcare." - Modern Healthcare

How to Fight Mobile Number Port-out Scams: " carriers are reminding customers to take advantage of free services that can block identity thieves from easily "porting" your mobile number out to another provider, which allows crooks to intercept your calls and messages...." - Krebs On Security

Collier sends 1% sales tax, spending plan to ballot: "Collier County commissioners have picked the 18 major projects they would fund with a 1 percentage point sales tax increase. Now it's up to voters to decide whether they want to raise the tax to pay for them." - Naples Daily News

Alzheimer's cases and costs skyrocket; Florida has second-highest rate: "The toll of Alzheimer's disease is relentless, and care costs continue to skyrocket, according to new data.... In Southwest Florida, 14,000 people in Collier County and 21,500 in Lee County have Alzheimer's." - Naples Daily News

Midlife 'wealth shock' may lead to death: "Middle-aged Americans who experienced a sudden, large economic blow were more likely to die during the following years than those who didn't." - Naples Herald (reporting on JAMA study)
bylawsCCMS Member Notices

Submit your ideas for FMA Annual Meeting Resolutions: CCMS members may submit resolutions for the FMA 2018 Annual Meeting for consideration to the CCMS Board, who will review submissions for potential County sponsorship. F ollow these guidelines and email to CCMS or fax to (239) 435-7790 by 9am on Monday, April 30th .  

Take advantage of CCMS Physician Wellness benefits: The CCMS Physician Wellness Program offers up to 6 confidential, cost-free counseling sessions to physician members per year, discounts on fitness center memberships and more. Learn more about our efforts to combat physician burnout at
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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.
EventsUpcoming Events
Join us for our combined CCMS/LCMS After 5 Social on April 13th!

Saturday, April 7, 5:30 PM, Germain Arena
$40/person, open to CCMS/CCMSA members & friends/family

Friday, April 13, 6:00 PM, Miromar Design Center
Free for CCMS/LCMS physician members & prospective members

CCMS Alliance Walk for Wellness
Sunday, April 15, 4:00 PM, Clam Pass Beach

Friday, April 27, 11:30 AM,  Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Free for CCMS Alliance members and prospective members.
Thursday, May 3, 6:00 PM, Garden of Hope and Courage
Free for CCMS women physician members & prospective women physician members, and their APRN/PA colleagues.

Saturday, May 19, 6:30 PM, Wyndemere Country Club
Free for CCMS physician members, first guest $25; additional non-members $125.
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Partner Events: 
  • Opioid Epidemic Summit, April 28th, Clearwater Beach, hosted by Florida Academy of Pain Medicine, CME credits available
  • FMA Annual Meeting, August 3-5, Universal Orlando
  • NCH Grand Rounds CMEs, Thursdays, 7:30am at NCH Telford Building. Complimentary, no registration required.

SpotlightSpotlight on CCMS Members 
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Dr. Bernard
Dr. Brogan
Dr. Cederquist
Dr. Hughes

Dr. Rebekah Bernard's article, Physicians face punishment for speaking out about non-physician care was published on the Medical Economic's blog section.

The April issue of eBella Magazine featured a number of CCMS members. Dr. Kara Brogan penned the article, Planning for Pregnancy. Dr. Caroline Cederquist contributed the article, Craving Carbs. And the Women's Health article featured input from  Dr. Cederquist and  Dr. Pamela Hughes

Dr. Korunda
Dr. Shell
Dr. Yag-Howard

Dr. Nena Korunda was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Physician Led Access Network (PLAN) of Collier County.

Dr. Troy Shell-Masoura was featured in the recent Naples Daily News article,
Breast cancer drugs can cause heart ailments.

Dr. Cyndi Yag-Howard was recently elected to board of The American Academy of Dermatology. She also serves the Academy as co-chair of the American Medical Association Dermatology Section Council. Read more

finalarticleHow to Spot Potentially Violent Patients
by The Doctors Company

Healthcare workers face significant risk of job-related violence: 52% of all workplace violence occurs in healthcare. Mitigating the risk of violence includes early identification of high-risk patients. Can you identify the red flags of a potentially violent patient? Watch this video for tips to protect your practice:

How to Spot Potentially Violent Patients
How to Spot Potentially Violent Patients

adAMA's Reinventing Medical Practice Discussion        
Would you like a more impactful way to inform current and prospective patients about the unique skills and contributions you and your practice offer, collaborate with colleagues from around the world, and educate your community about health issues? Learn how a personal brand in this age of online healthcare information can help you achieve these aims and much more.

Join the Reinventing Medical Practice digital community and connect with physician leaders to share the passions and projects that drive you to have a greater impact on the practice of medicine and the health of patients. The conversation starts Thursday 3/29/18 and ends Friday 4/6/18 - join by following this link:
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