February 18, 2021
CCMS Mission:
Serve the needs of our physician members so they can better serve the needs of the community
In this Issue
News Briefs, Member Notices & COVID-19 Updates, Events, PPE Supplier Partnering with CCMS to Give Businesses $500 in Free PPE
News Briefs
500K Floridians Could Get Free Health Insurance As Special Enrollment Begins: "Starting Monday (2/15), Floridians can sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. President Joe Biden announced the three-month special enrollment period during his first days in office and has included $50 million to promote enrollment and support counselors (...)." - Health News Florida

NIH experts discuss SARS-CoV-2 viral variants: “The rise of several significant variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has attracted the attention of health and science experts worldwide.” - National Institutes of Health

Florida To Get $40 Million In McKinsey Opioid Settlement: “The settlement says that $558.9 million will be used to "remediate the harms caused to the settling states and their citizens by the opioid epidemic." - Health News Florida

House, Senate Diverge On Health Lawsuit Bills: “Lawmakers are poised this year to pass legislation to protect health-care providers and other types of businesses from lawsuits related to COVID-19. But while the House and Senate unveiled identical bills for non-health care businesses, their proposals aren’t the same when it comes to legal protections for long-term care providers, hospitals, physicians (...).” - The News Service of Florida

Community Needs Education Report 2021: Mental Health & Substance Abuse: "Read what area experts have to say about an overloaded mental health & substance abuse system's challenges and how the Community Foundation will support their programs and help raise awareness." - Community Foundation of Collier County

Collier, Lee counties see fewest COVID-related hospitalizations in months: "Lee Health, the largest hospital operator in Southwest Florida, is seeing the fewest COVID-19-related hospitalizations in three months, part of a national trend in declining cases. The same is true with Collier County's largest hospital operator, NCH Health Care System, which is tracking a similar decline." - News-Press

Collier health department: Bad weather delays COVID-19 vaccine delivery, appointments: “The Weather Channel reports brutal winter conditions in many states (...) has caused hold ups or cancellations of vaccine clinics. The Collier health department does have vaccines for people 65 and older who are scheduled this week for their second doses (...).” - Naples Daily News
Member Notices
We invite members and their office staff to join a CCMS private Facebook group for discussion and collaboration during this outbreak.
COVID Resources:
-Florida Dashboard (Collier County Total Cases as of 2/17: 29,347)

CCMS is compiling a list of members, and staff, who have direct patient contact and need/want a 1st dose COVID vaccine. Email us to be on the list. If an opportunity arises for CCMS to assist with obtaining a vaccine appointment, we will contact you.

More COVID updates and resources are available online
Renew Your CCMS Membership Today! The 2021 CCMS dues deadline was Dec. 31, 2020. Invoices were recently mailed to members who pay individually, or to practice administrators for group payment. Members (or their groups) can also pay online at ccmsonline.org/membership. Thank you for renewing!
CCMS Alliance: CCMSA invites physician spouses and CCMS members to join/renew their membership in the Alliance - Submit dues online | CCMSA President's Letter/Membership Form
Physician Wellness article of the week: "Staying Well in 2021"
Confidential, cost-free counseling/coaching sessions with the CCMS Physician Wellness Program (operating via telehealth or in-person during the COVID-19 outbreak) are open to all CCMS physician members. Learn more online.
2021 RCC Cards: CCMS Members receive special $10 pricing on the 2021 RCC Card, which provides discounts at restaurants and merchants. Order a card at ccmsonline.org/membership or call CCMS, 239-435-7727. Cards will be mailed to the office address on file unless otherwise specified.
NCH News: NCH has a new phone service available, "Express Line", a direct line to their orthopedic practice managed by orthopedic staff. Providers can use this service to obtain appointments for acute patients in a timely manner and help expedite fractures to orthopedic care. Phone: (239) 624-0299 | Mon. - Fri. 8:00am-3:00pm
Upcoming Events
Now through Tue., April 6
Open to the public; each entry wins a bottle of wine or whisky(ey), retail value $25-$100+. Suggested donation is $40/entry or 3/$100. The random bottle "pull" takes place digitally on 4/7 and winners will be notified via email with instructions on when and where to pick up their prize bottles. Entry deadline: end of day, 4/6
CCMS Webinar Recording (1/19) "Updates on COVID-19 Vaccines" View Online

Partner Events:
Note: Click here for information on various CME courses available

AMA Professional Satisfaction & Practice Sustainability - Webinar Series
Designed to deliver actionable, solution-based resources, helpful guidance for alleviating stress on health care systems, and insights and expert perspectives on actions and interventions that drive proactive change. Register online
Imagine Solutions Virtual Conference 2021
Mon. | Tue. | Wed. Feb. 22, 23 & 24
Mon. | Tue. | Wed. Mar. 1, 2 & 3
On-demand recordings included
Featuring 19 world class thought leaders including healthcare speakers Robert Langer, ScD, Cofounder of Moderna and Penny Heaton, MD, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute. $200/per person, or free for essential workers at non-profit organizations. More Info. | Register online.
Updated Health Care Provider Telephone Conference Call Information
Tue., Feb. 23, 5:30PM
Starting 2/23, the health care provider telephone conference call will be held monthly, the 4th Tue. of each month, at 5:30PM. Email questions in advance no later than close of business on the Mon. preceding the call. The State Surgeon General will provide updates from the Dept. of Health on the COVID-19 response efforts and address questions submitted via email from health care providers. This call is not transcribed or recorded. Call-In Number: (888) 585-9008 | Conference Room ID: 208-305-233

“Dining Docs”
Wednesdays, 5:30PM, Naples restaurant locations
Discussion and information-sharing in a small group for dinner on Wednesdays at 5:30PM, located at Naples restaurants with outdoor seating. To reserve a seat, call Dr. Marilyn Varcoe each Monday prior, (239) 398-5074.
CCMS Member Spotlights
Email your news to CCMS to be included in the next issue
Dr. Rebekah Bernard authored the Medical Economics article Physicians highly accepting of COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Bryan Murphey
Dr. Bryan Murphey was featured in the Fort Myers Florida Weekly article House calls.
Dr. Alejandro Perez-Trepichio
Dr. Alejandro Perez-Trepichio was featured in the NBC-2 article State gives several SWFL hospitals COVID-19 vaccines for vulnerable patients.
Dr. Carlos Portu
Dr. Carlos Portu was featured in The New York Times article Primary Care Doctors Are Left Out of the Vaccine Rollout.
PPE Supplier Partnering with CCMS to Give Businesses $500 in Free PPE
On February 24th, 2021 at 12:01 A.M. EST, SLH Medical Supply is celebrating its one-year anniversary and 2021 by donating $500.00 worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) for 21 hours to any business in the USA who visits the CCMS online PPE store and signs up as a new business customer.

The promotion is for legitimate business customers only and does not apply to residential customers. Existing customers and residential customers, who are not eligible for this new business promotion, can take advantage of 10% off orders and free shipping throughout the month of February. When checking out, use discount code colliercms.

To claim the free PPE, go to the CCMS online store website on February 24th (no sooner), register as a business account, choose supplies, and use code colliercms at checkout prior to 9:00 P.M. EST. No minimums required. The online store offers cloth, surgical, KN95, and 3M N95 masks; gowns, sanitizer, vinyl PVC gloves, germicidal wipes, bouffant caps, and booties; and more. (Note: hybrid nitrile gloves available now will not be part of the free promotion).

On any additional sales, SLH will also donate 10% back to CCMS. Be sure to use code colliercms at checkout. B2B pricing is available on all products.

Classified Ads
Naples pediatric practice seeking NP or PA for 3 to 5 days a week. Please contact CCMS if interested.
Busy physician office in North Naples is seeking medical assistant who is highly skilled, motivated and experience is a plus. This is a fast paced, growing practice and candidates must be self-starter, multi-tasked and highly motivated. Please call Jennifer at (239) 591-2803.
New Surgery Center seeking RN Administration in North Naples who is highly skilled, motivated and with experience. We offer competitive salary, health insurance, paid vacations and paid holidays. Please email your resume to choykml@hotmail.com or call Jennifer at (239) 591-2803.
Seeking physician offices who can welcome a high school student for career learning opportunities such as shadowing, scribing, lab work, research assistance, etc. Please contact CCMS if interested or for more details.
Seeking position as RN: Registered Nurse with wound care experience, trained/experienced H.B.O. nurse. Resume gladly provided upon request. Current Naples resident. Please contact (305) 978-4687 or marquesas1@comcast.net.
Seeking CAREGivers for senior clients in their homes: We are a licensed agency providing companionship and personal care for our clients. Training provided, the applicant provides a caring heart and a true desire to help others! Must be 21 years of age or older. Text the word CARE to (239) 596-2050 to apply. Or visit homeinstead.com/naplesfl.
Seeking Registered Nurse Supervisor of Inpatient Services: Highly motivated RN with flexibility to meet needs of department in the Naples area for Avow Hospice Inc. Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university preferred; at least 1-3 years hospice experience preferred. Visit https://avowcares.org/careers/.
Shared Medical office space available: 2335 Tamiami Trail N # 501, Naples, FL 34103; for more information please call Dr. Warner at (239) 572-0402.
Seeking Certified Surgical First Assistant Position: Highly motivated CSFA with excellent credentials and adroit skills seeking employment in the Naples area in the medical specialty of Plastic/Facial or Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery. License / Certification #178193 – current. Contact Dennis Griffin, CSFA,
(603) 547-5652.
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