April 9, 2020
CCMS Mission:
Serve the needs of our physician members so they can better serve the needs of the community
In this Issue
COVID-19 News Briefs, Member Notices, Events, Member Spotlights, COVID-19 Telehealth Resource Center
Coronavirus / COVID-19 News & Notices:
Marco Island announces beach access won't reopen following council vote to reopen it: "City Manager Mike McNees wrote he made the decision in consultation with Erik Brechnitz, council chairperson, and under the authority of the state of emergency declared on March 16 and under Section 10-6 of the city’s civil emergency code." - Naples Daily News

COVID-19 Projections - University of Washington Model: The Florida Department of Health is currently using this projections model which assumes full social distancing through May 2020. There is a drop down tool available to select a state or country.

Florida coronavirus testing varies widely, often by income. Wealthy Collier ranks 8th in state: "Some of the state's poorest and smallest counties are testing at a fraction of the rate achieved by wealthy beach communities like Collier County, which ranks 8th." - Naples Daily News

Quest, Labcorp see delays for COVID-19 test results: “In a recent statement, Quest acknowledged a backlog that resulted from ‘a sharp influx of test orders that continued to outpace our growing capacity.’ The longer those tests sit without diagnosis, the less likely they are to be accurate, industry experts say."

Florida travelers with coronavirus visited 46 U.S. states, 75 foreign destinations before diagnosis:
"The people in Florida who are known to be infected with the new coronavirus visited at least 46 states and traveled to every continent except Antarctica in the weeks before they tested positive for COVID-19...." - USA Today

Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission: "We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms." - CDC

More COVID updates and resources are available at ccmsonline.org/resources.
Member Notices
CCMS Private Facebook Groups: We invite members and their office staff to join a CCMS private Facebook group for discussion and collaboration during this outbreak.
Ad Reservations for the Physician Directory Due May 15th! Reserve your ad today, and reach 10,000 readers of this important local healthcare directory. Ad rates are $425-$1,375, and the reservation deadline is May 15th. Download our order form for details. CCMS members are asked to send all practice updates, and new headshots if desired, to CCMS by May 24th.
FCCMS SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all FCCMS scholarship applicants for 2020 now have until June 1 to submit their applications (the previous deadline was March 31st). This includes the Dr. William Lascheid Memorial Scholarship for Medical Students, and Foundation Healthcare Scholarships. Applications can be downloaded here.
Renew Your CCMS Membership Today! The 2020 CCMS dues deadline was Dec. 31, 2019. Members (or their groups) can pay online today at ccmsonline.org/membership. Invoices will have also been mailed directly to members who pay individually, or to practice administrators for group payment. Thank you for renewing! "Why should you belong to a medical professional society?"

Physician Wellness article of the week : Managing mental health during COVID-19
Confidential, cost-free counseling sessions with the CCMS Physician Wellness Program (operating via telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak) are open to all CCMS physician members. Learn more at ccmsonline.org/physician-wellness.
Upcoming Events
NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 all CCMS events for April and May have been postponed and will be rescheduled.
(Please Note: Event Postponed - New Date to be Announced)
63rd Annual Meeting & Installation
Summer 2020
Wyndemere Country Club
Open to the Public. Complimentary for CCMS physician members. First CCMS member guest $25; Additional seats $125 each.
( Please note date is subject to change)
Foundation of CCMS Docs & Duffers 2020 Charity Golf & Raffle
Saturday, September 26, 8:00AM, Bonita Bay Club Naples
Open to the public. $185/golfer or $680/foursome; $25 per raffle ticket ($100 for five). Raffle entrants need not be present to win.
More events at ccmsonline.org/events
CCMS Member Spotlights
Email your news to CCMS to be included in the next issue
Dr. Melanie Bacal Korn
Dr. Rebecca Kosloff
Drs. Melanie Korn and Rebecca Kosloff were featured in the Life In Naples article Mayor Honors Community Rabbi with Key to Naples (online pg. #58).
Congratulations to the CCMS members selected as "Top Doctors" in the April edition of Naples Illustrated (online pg. #97).
Dr. Rebekah Bernard was interviewed for the WINK News story SWFL physicians association consider children's vulnerabilities to COVID-19.
Dr. Svetlana Kogan
Dr. Svetlana Kogan contributed an article How to be in Charge of Your Genes to Life in Naples (online pg. #34). Dr. Kogan was also featured in the Gulfshore Life magazine article Nature, It’s What the Doctor Ordered (online pg. #208).
Dr. Jaclyn Kovach
Dr. Jaclyn Kovach was featured in the Life In Naples magazine article Luminaries Profiles of Women in Academic Medicine which announces her book release (online pg. #12).
Dr. Dennis Sagini
Dr. Dennis Sagini was featured in the Grandeur magazine article Style & Story (online pg. #30).
COVID-19 Telehealth Resource Center
David O. Hester, FASHRM, CPHRM, Director, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company; Devin O’Brien, Esq., Deputy General Counsel, Vice President, Legal Department, The Doctors Company
As the outbreak spreads, many practices are grappling with declines in patient visits. Virtual visits may give patients and practices alike peace of mind from the worry of the spread of infection. For example, phone use can reduce viral exposure during office visits. Some practices are creating cell-phone waiting areas, instead of gathering patients in their waiting rooms. After patients check in, they wait in their cars with their phones, ready to receive a call saying their provider is ready for them. While not true telehealth, cell-phone waiting shows how practices can use existing technologies to reduce COVID-19 exposure.

While telemedicine has a spectrum of uses, there are two critical channels in which it can play a critical role during the current crisis:

•      It can be an essential tool both in keeping your patients at home, and in reducing the traffic and
potential contagion in your offices. Many typical office visits—such as explaining test results and follow-up visits, can be accomplished via telehealth rather than in-person office visits.

•      It can be an invaluable tool in screening potential coronavirus patients, especially with the current limited access to testing. If patients fear they have the virus, you can guide them in a video call through a symptom check—if they are not currently displaying symptoms you can schedule for another video call. If they are exhibiting symptoms and you want to see them in-person, you can schedule them to come at times designated for sick visits and better separate them from patients who need to come in for well visits.

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