June 24, 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, Myocarditis Following Coronavirus mRNA Vaccination
News Briefs
Top 10 stories from the June 2021 AMA Special Meeting: "With more Americans getting vaccinated daily, AMA delegates gathered virtually to shape a post-pandemic future that’s stronger and more equitable." - AMA

Novavax Says Its COVID Vaccine Is Extremely Effective: “According to Novavax, the vaccine's manufacturer, it had a 100% efficacy against the original strain of the coronavirus, and 93% efficacy against more worrisome variants that have subsequently appeared.” - Health News Florida

U.S. Reaches 600,000 COVID Deaths, More Than Any Other Country: “More than 15 months since the first confirmed death due to COVID-19 in the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 600,000 lives across the country. But that trend has slowed from thousands to hundreds per day in recent weeks, thanks largely to the ready availability of vaccines.” - Health News Florida

As US COVID-19 death toll nears 600,000, racial gaps persist: “The approaching 600,000 mark, as tracked by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of Baltimore or Milwaukee. It is about equal to the number of Americans who died of cancer in 2019. And as bad as that is, the true toll is believed to be significantly higher.” - Modern Healthcare

'Chilling effect on patients': Following backlash, insurance giant UnitedHealthcare delays policy to scrutinize ER claims: “Facing mounting criticism from hospitals and doctors groups, health insurance giant UnitedHealthcare said it will delay a policy that would scrutinize payments for non-urgent emergency room visits.” - USA Today

Florida Department of Health monitors RSV cases after CDC issues alert for spike across the South: “The Florida Department of Health is monitoring increased cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV, which typically infects children under the age of five." - ABC Action News

NIH study offers new evidence of early SARS-CoV-2 infections in U.S.: “Researchers analyze 24,000 blood samples and multiple antibody testing platforms to add to picture of COVID-19’s emergence.” -National Institutes of Health

Pandemic swells Medicaid enrollment to 80M people, a ‘high-water mark’: “Medicaid, once considered the ugly duckling compared with the politically powerful and popular Medicare program, now covers nearly 1 in 4 Americans.” - Modern Healthcare
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Member Notices
We invite members and their office staff to join a CCMS private Facebook group for discussion and collaboration during this outbreak.
CCMS Physician Member Survey Results: View our preliminary results on member physicians who are accepting new patients to help with your referral needs. Member physicians: if you aren’t listed and would like to be included, be sure to complete the CCMS Member Survey to help us better connect with CCMS members, and connect members with each other. The survey also offers to collect and share member cell phones with each other for those who provide permission solely for this purpose. To request a list of members who’ve given permission, contact CCMS.
CCMS Member Certificate
CCMS Membership Certificates Available: CCMS physician members who have paid their 2021 dues can email us to request a current membership certificate to print and display at their offices.
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.
Upcoming Events
Saturday, July 24, 6:30PM, Arthrex One Conference Center
Complimentary for CCMS physician members; $25 for one guest per member. Tickets not yet available to the public; check back for availability or inquire with CCMS. RSVP by July 19th.
Saturday, September 18, 8:00AM, Bonita Bay Club Naples
Open to the public. $195/golfer or $700/foursome
Partner Events:
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Free tours of Historic Palm Cottage for All Medical Professionals & First Responders
Every Sat. in July, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm or 3pm
Naples Historical Society will host complimentary tours of of Historic Palm Cottage to Medical Professionals and First Responders as a thank you for working selflessly this past year to keep our communities safe! Please bring name tag or other medical/hospital professional ID. Register

2021 FMA Annual Meeting Livestream CME Event
July 30-August 1
Three livestream-only CME tracks featuring state-mandated topics, plus new courses on post-COVID care and using information technology to improve patients’ health. Registrants will have access to courses for two weeks. Earn up to 13 total AMA PRA Category 1™ credits. Price range from $250-$450 per class. FMA members save up to $700 and state-mandated are complimentary. Please note: July 30 courses can be viewed in person hosted by NCH Healthcare System at the Telford Building. Register 

Free 7-Day River Cruise for Frontline Medical Heroes
Select Danube, Main, Moselle and Rhine River sailings through Dec. 2021
Frontline Heroes (doctors, nurses, lab techs, hospital staff, EMT's and pharmacists) are eligible to receive a complimentary cruise with one paying guest in the same stateroom. Contact Nancy Sant'Angelo Reyelt at Get Out Of Town Travel, (239) 596-4142 for more info.

“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. 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
Svetlana Kogan MD
Dr. Svetlana Kogan penned the Naples Florida Weekly article A trio of offbeat ways to fight afternoon fatigue.
Cynthia Nehrkorn MD
Dr. Cynthia Nehrkorn authored the Naples Daily News article Guest opinion: Avow launches new Advanced Cardiac Care services.
Myocarditis following COVID-19 mRNA vaccination: a Nationwide issue and in our local area of Lee and Collier County
By: Jesus Mendiolaza MD, FACC, Board Certified Cardiologist, Internal Medicine and Nuclear Cardiology, Naples Cardiac and Endovascular Center
In December 2020 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine (BNT162b2) for prevention of COVID-19 disease. The vaccine’s EUA relied on data which were obtained from several clinical trials. The results of these trials revealed that the vaccine’s efficacy is 95% and its safety profile is good and similar to that of other vaccines. Systemic reactions to the vaccine, which were usually mild and transient, were reported more commonly among the younger population and more often after the second dose.

On May 24, 2021 the COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Technical (VaST) Work Group Report has reviewed post-authorization COVID-19 vaccine safety data weekly since the start of the U.S. vaccination program in December 2020, they reviewed updated data on myocarditis and pericarditis after COVID-19 vaccination, including presentations from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), along with a brief update from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) about further plans for investigation.

• Data from VAERS show that in the 30-day window following dose 2 mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, there was a higher number of observed than expected myocarditis/pericarditis cases in 16- to 24-year-olds.
• The CDC's "clinical considerations" update followed a May 24 report from Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)'s COVID-19 VaST Work Group, which found "a higher number of observed than expected myocarditis/pericarditis cases in 16- to 24-year-olds" in VAERS data within 30 days of dose 2, though it didn't see the same pattern in data from VSD. Nonetheless, "analyses suggest that these data need to be carefully followed as more persons in younger age groups are vaccinated," the work group wrote.

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Naples pediatric practice seeking NP or PA for 3 to 5 days a week. Please contact CCMS if interested.
Seeking physician offices who can welcome a high school student for career learning opportunities such as shadowing, scribing, lab work, etc. If interested, please contact CCMS.
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.
Shared Medical office space available: 2335 Tamiami Trail N # 501, Naples, FL 34103; for more information please call Dr. Warner at (239) 572-0402.
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