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Bonita Springs medical marijuana dispensary ban reinstated for now: "The council set March 21 as the day all dispensary talks will be settled - the decision will be made to either permanently ban or allow the shops and to forgo anymore temporary moratoriums." - Naples Daily News

Clinic proposes to build a 25-bed hospital in Ave Maria: "Braden Clinic in Ave Maria has filed a letter of intent seeking state permission to build a 25-bed hospital in the town, according to a notice to state regulators." - Naples Daily News

App helps clinicians cope with burnout, stress: "Life Cross Training thinks it has found a solution to burnout: Offer tools that help clinicians cope with the stresses associated with working in healthcare." - Modern Healthcare

Opioid overdose ER cases rise 30%, according to CDC: "The rate of opioid-related emergency departments has risen over the last year, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicating the opioid crisis' impact continues to grow." - Modern Healthcare

Medicaid alert: Opioid coverage restrictions in effect: Significant changes in Florida Medicaid coverage parameters for opioids went into effect on Monday, and another restriction will become effective March 26. - Florida Medicaid

Uber starts offering rides to the doctor: "...Uber Health business will handle rides set up by doctor's offices or other health care providers and then bill that business, not the patient, for the service." - Naples Herald
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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.
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
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EventsUpcoming Events
Join us for our Family Hockey Outing on April 7 to cheer on the 'Blades at their last home game before heading to the playoffs!

Wednesday, March 28, 6:00 PM
Saturnia Lakes Ballroom
Saturday, April 7, 5:30 PM
Germain Arena

Saturday, May 19, 6:30 PM
Wyndemere Country Club
Save the Date:
C CMS Women Physicians Wellness Social, May 3rd
CCMS After 5 Social, June 7th
Partner Events: 
  • Webinars: How New Tax Reform Will Affect Your Pass-Through Entity, various dates/times Mar. 8th through Mar. 22nd. Hosted by Capital Preservation Services. Details
  • Meridian's Physician Asset Protection Planning Seminar, March 29, 6pm, Naples Grande. Hosted by Meridian Financial Group/Dan Shannon, complimentary to CCMS members. Details 
  • NCH Grand Rounds CMEs, Thursdays, 7:30am at NCH Telford Building. Complimentary, no registration required.
  • Charitable Healthcare Events in Collier County, View Calendar (to submit an event email us)

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Dr. Cederquist

Dr. Lambert

Dr. Lipman

Dr. Needle

Dr. Mendez

Dr. Plunkitt

Dr. Caroline Cederquist penned the article, Decoding the Supplement Maze in the March issue of รจ Bella Magazine.

Dr. Rebecca Lambert was recently elected Secretary of the  Friends of Foster Children Forever Board of Directors.

Dr. Andrew Lipman was a co-author of a research paper evaluating the safety and efficacy of combining three drug agents - bendamustine, bortezomib and rituximab - in patients with previously untreated low-grade lymphoma, published January 2018 in the British Journal of Haematology.

Dr. Carlos Mendez was recognized as a 2018 FACE Award recipient by Gulfshore Business magazine, Celebrating Diversity in Southwest Florida.

Dr. Scott Needle was interviewed for the Naples Daily News article, Collier a model for screening kids' mental health during doctor visits.

Dr. Kenneth Plunkitt will be awarded the 2018 Dr. Pascotto Golden Heart Award at the Southwest Florida Heart Ball presented by the American Heart Association on March 10th. The award, named for Dr. Robert Pascotto, recognizes a medical professional who has made a lifelong contribution to improving heart health.
finalarticleState Legislative Update

The Florida state legislative session is set to officially end this Friday, however the yet-to-be-approved budget will likely cause Governor Scott to extend the session or call a special session as the House and Senate continue to negotiate payments to Florida's hospitals. Read more.


In response to the school shooting in Parkland, the Governor outlined a plan to address gun violence in the state. Florida senators passed a bill that takes into account some of the Governor's points, such as new restrictions on rifle sales and mental health programs, while disagreeing with the Governor on others, such as including a provision to allow some teachers to carry guns in schools. The House was debating the legislation well into the evening on Wednesday, March 7th. View the bill page for the outcome. 

The Florida Medical Association, county medical societies, and state specialty societies have been active this session following healthcare legislation, and providing support or opposition when necessary. Issues such as fail first protocols, retroactive denials, maintenance of certification, and the opioid epidemic are among the hot topics still in debate. Stay tuned for a full recap coming soon.
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