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In This Issue
Pertinent Information
Thomas Bernasek, MD
HCMA Installation Dinner
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The Westshore Grand

6:30pm - Social Hour
7:30pm - Dinner & Program
HCMA members - complimentary
Guests - $40 per person
Dr. Thomas Bernasek will be installed as the 115th HCMA President.  Election results will also be announced.
Featured speaker: Rich Castellano, M.D.
"Curing the Healthcare Conundrum"

Watch your email for more details! RSVPs are required no later than May 1st. Click here to RSVP or call the HCMA office: 813.253.0471.
Sponsors: The Bank of Tampa, Florida Blue, Precision Diagnostics, and ProAssurance.

HCMA.net is LIVE!
The HCMA's website has been redesigned! Peruse the history of the HCMA, pay your dues, update your membership listing, contact our Benefit Providers, or read the latest edition of The Bulletin.

Visit the HCMA website  today!

Many thanks to InPlace Marketing, the HCMA.net design team:  813.933.1810,

2018 Legislative Session Wrap-up
The 2018 Florida Legislative Session concluded on Sunday, March 11th. Only 200 bills were passed by the House and Senate and sent to Governor Rick Scott. 

For a complete summary of the report click here

The HCMA Government Affairs Committee (GAC), spearheaded by Dr. Michael Cromer, was engaged in advocacy efforts before and during the Session. 

If you would like to be proactive in the legislative arena and serve on the GAC, please click here

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
April 28, 2018 - 10AM to 2PM
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. 

Partnership Toolbox
Download posters, handouts and other materials to promote National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

How Florida's new opioid legislation will affect you
On March 19, Gov. Rick Scott followed through on his promise to address the opioid epidemic by signing HB 21 into law. While the FMA was able to secure several changes to this legislation, the finished product is the most restrictive approach taken by any state to date regarding the prescribing of Schedule II opioids.

This legislation, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018, will have a significant impact on the practice of medicine, and all physicians should be familiar with the new requirements. For a summary of HB 21, click here. The FMA is producing a more detailed document on the laws regarding controlled substance prescribing, which will be available within the next few weeks. 

Calling all young physicians - Apply now for the FMA Leadership Academy
Are you a young physician with a passion for leadership? Apply now for the Karl M. Altenburger, M.D. Physician Leadership Academy so that you gain the skills doctors need to succeed in today's fast-changing healthcare environment. This intensive professional development program is designed for FMA member physicians ages 45 and under who want to become effective, strategic leaders in healthcare and beyond. Participants will attend five full-day sessions led by nationally recognized experts and personnel from the University of Florida Leadership Development Institute.

The Foundation for Healthy Floridians covers the cost of materials, speaker fees, lodging and sponsored meal expenses. Click here for more information about the Academy and to submit your application by Friday, June 8.

Help Needed from Medicare Providers
First Coast Service Options, your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for the traditional Medicare program, is requesting your opinion of their service by taking the MAC Satisfaction Indicator (MSI) survey. Your feedback goes directly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and helps them understand how they can better service you. This survey should only take 10 minutes of your time.

To take the survey, click here.

CMS Administrative Simplification Basics Series
Did you know that CMS Administrative Simplification standards can help you streamline your paperwork and reduce costs? By adopting CMS standards for electronic transactions, you can reduce the time your practice spends on insurance and billing tasks.

In a series of upcoming Email Update messages, CMS will explore how health care providers and health plans can see significant cost savings by complying with Administrative Simplification standards.

Widespread use of Administrative Simplification has the potential to decrease health costs, time spent on paperwork, and administrative burden across the health care community, giving providers more time for patient care.

Visit the Administrative Simplification website for more about standard transactions. Check out the infographic and fact sheet to learn more about what the Administrative Simplification can do for you.

Get the latest news about Administrative Simplification. Sign up for Administrative Simplification Email Updates.

We are always accepting submissions for 
The Bulletin
Topic ideas/submissions include: interesting cases/interaction with patients, vacation, movie/book review, personal opinion relating to the practice of medicine, hobby/leisure time, and photos. Topic ideas are always welcome!

Not only are we accepting articles from members, we are attempting to recruit new members to serve on the Editorial Board.

The Editorial Board meets once a year, usually in March. The Editorial Board members are assigned between one and two articles per year. Articles can be submitted on almost any topic (unless a specific topic has been discussed).  Editorial Board members are asked to assist in providing leads on potential advertisers; share ideas for content, layout, and design for The Bulletin; and assist in obtaining articles from colleagues.

Please notify Elke Lubin, Managing Editor, if you are interested in submitting an article for The Bulletin and/or if you are interested in volunteering to serve on the Editorial Board.

The article guidelines and deadlines for the year are available by contacting Elke. You can submit at any time - write when the urge strikes you and if space and content allows, we will include your submission in the next available edition of The Bulletin.

Thank you for your consideration.
Two Minutes - What's the Risk?
As an added benefit, ProAssurance has produced a series of two minute videos. Educational topics include patient tracking/follow-up, documentation, using scribes, non-compliant patients, and recording patient conversations. Additional videos are uploaded to the ProAssurance Risk Resource YouTube page regularly, so keep checking back for other valuable information and advice.

Click here to view the ProAssurance Risk Resource videos.

From the Board of Medicine
Fourth Quarterly Performance Report Released for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year
The Florida Department of Health's Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) is proud to announce that the Quarterly Performance Report (QPR) for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year is now available. The QPR contains vital statistics, performance measures, revenues and expenditures related to Florida's regulatory health care boards. It is mandated by Section 456.025(9), Florida Statutes.

To view the Quarterly Performance Report and other reports issued by MQA, visit their Reports and Publications page. Click here for a direct link to the fourth quarter's QPR.
Personal News
Physician Family
The first publication for people who share their lives with a physician, a publication created by and for medical families! HCMA's own Dr. Madelyn & Bill Butler, and their family, is featured in the Winter 2018 edition. 

Each issue of Physician Family features focuses on issues and challenges faced by medical families, with special emphasis on the four stages of medical life - medical school, residency and fellowship, active practice, and retirement. 

Other articles focus on: relationships, health and wellness, work/life balance, financial and legal issues, making a difference, food, travel, humor, and much more! 

Click here to visit  Physician Family Magazine

Sylvia Campbell, MD inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame
The Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) announced the selection of three local distinguished women for induction into the 2018 class of the Hillsborough County Women's Hall of Fame. Longtime HCMA Member, Dr. Sylvia Campbell, is one of the three honorees. 

Hillsborough County's Commission on the Status of Women created its Hall of Fame to honor women who, through their lives and efforts, have made significant contributions to the improvement of the lives of others and blazed frontiers for other women. The Commission facilitates and maintains the permanent Women's Hall of Fame display. 

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners presented Dr. Campbell with a commendation recognizing her for her achievements: Dr. Sylvia Campbell, the first female surgeon in Hillsborough County, is fearless in her support of those enduring breast cancer treatments and relentless in her commitment to share wellness, love and goodness both within our communities and throughout the world.

The two other inductees were Julianne Holt, Public Defender of the 13th Judicial Circuit, and Ann Porter, the first director of Hillsborough County's Head Start program.

Dr. Lynn Ringenberg Quoted in Rolling Stone
HCMA member, and Guest Editor of The Bulletin's September/October 2017 Environmental Issue, Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, was quoted in Rolling Stone in an article entitled, "'The Harms of Fracking': New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer." 

From the article: Residents living near an active site breathe air laced with carcinogens, including benzene and formaldehyde, and research has shown an increased risk of asthma, a decrease in infant health and worrisome effects on the development of a fetus, such as preterm births and birth defects. "Pregnant women have a major risk, not only themselves but they're carrying a fetus whose cells are multiplying continuously," says Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, a retired Army colonel and the president-elect of Physicians for Social Responsibility. "If those cells get hit by some toxic chemical from fracking, it may not manifest itself for years."  

Physician Wellness
Here's how to stop physician burnout
Two-thirds of U.S. physicians suffer from burnout for reasons ranging from long clinical hours to excessive paperwork that leaves little time to see patients. "A third of doctors [say] they would not pick medicine again if they had a choice," says Toby Cosgrove, M.D., former president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic. "Now that we realize the extent of this problem ... we have to figure out ways to make the lifestyle and work style possible for our talented young doctors," said Laura Glimcher, M.D., president and CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute." Read more about their suggested solutions in this Time article.

Spotlight on Savings
Legatus Group, LLC - financial services specialists.   The Legatus Group has dedicated its focus on the needs of the physician community.Their expertise in helping physicians maximize their bottom line, asset protection, and tax savings brings much value and opportunity to HCMA members.  HCMA members will enjoy significant discounts and underwriting privileges on products and services such as disability and life insurance not available to non-members. Please do not hesitate to contact Joseph Yagar, MSFS, CES, RIS, Yagar_Joe@nlvmail.com , 646.898.3562.
Upcoming Events
Judeo Christian Health Clinic's
Annual Fundraising Event
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Higgins Hall
5225 North Himes Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33614

Honoring Humanitarian Award recipient, David Gee, former Hillsborough County Sheriff.

Silent Auction, Cocktails, & Hors d' Oeuvres ~ 6PM
Dinner & Awards to Follow
Cocktail ~ Black Tie Optional
RSVP by April 12, 2018

Individual Tickets ~ $100

Florida Academy of Pain Medicine
Opioid Summit
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Hyat Regency, Clearwater Beach
8:00am - 3:15pm
FAPM President and HCMA member, Dr. Stanley Dennison, will moderate the event. FMA President, Dr. John N. Katopodis will be the keynote speaker at the Summit. He plans to share information about the current state of the opioid crisis, potential solutions, and what the FMA is doing.
Other summit topics include pharmacology updates, prescription limits, legal aspects, alternative treatments, and interventional pain management.
More information and online registration is available: www.fapmmed.net