December 17, 2020
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, Member Spotlights, New Year Mental Health "Check-up"
News Briefs
Naples City Council will again consider a citywide mask mandate to help combat COVID: "The Naples City Council is scheduled Monday to discuss a city staff-written resolution that would require the wearing of face coverings “inside any public building or any retail or commercial establishment.” - Naples Daily News

COVID-19 Vaccine News:

Over-the-counter COVID-19 home test OK'd: "The first home test for COVID-19 that doesn't require a prescription will soon be on U.S. store shelves." - Modern Healthcare

For many Floridians healthcare is unaffordable making it entirely unattainable leaving millions in our state uninsured: “States including Florida that did not expand Medicaid had an average rate of 12% uninsured compared to 7.6% among states that expanded the program." - Naples Florida Weekly

Florida has lowest flu vaccination rate in U.S., with modest uptick this year: “Florida has the lowest flu immunization rate among states and recent progress isn’t keeping pace with a national uptick in the vaccination rate, according to an independent analysis of federal data.” - Naples Daily News

FDA authorizes Quest Diagnostics' COVID/flu test for emergency use: "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization to a diagnostic test for at-home, self-collection of patient samples for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza A/B." - Modern Healthcare
Member Notices
We invite members and their office staff to join a CCMS private Facebook group for discussion and collaboration during this outbreak.
Provider Information for COVID-19 Vaccine: We encourage medical practices to register for COVID-19 vaccines even if they would not vaccinate anyone other than their own staff. Although the vaccine is not readily available yet, preparations are in progress. Note: To become a COVID-19 vaccine provider your organization must be enrolled in Florida SHOTS and the Vaccines for Children/Adult Program.
Visit the Florida DOH COVID-19 vaccine provider page for details and updates.
For questions, contact the COVID-19 Vaccine Enrollment Desk at 833-701-1397, or email.
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 or call CCMS, 239-435-7727. Cards will be mailed to the office address on file unless otherwise specified.
Use Discount Code: colliercms
Until Jan. 1, buy 1 get 1 free (orders doubled after checkout) for all customers (excluding gloves and 3M masks) plus 10% back to CCMS and our Foundation on all sales. Visit the CCMS online store, register your account if you haven't already, and use discount code: colliercms during checkout. Some complimentary samples are available at the CCMS office, email for details.
Renew Your CCMS Membership Today! The 2021 CCMS dues deadline is 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 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
Upcoming Events
Partner Events:

AMA Professional Satisfaction & Practice Sustainability - Webinar series
Today, Dec. 17, 7:00PM - 7:30PM (last webinar in series)
The webinar series will focus on physician well-being, practice redesign, and implementing telehealth during COVID-19. Register online

Livestream: Florida Mandatory CME
Friday, Jan. 8, 9:30AM-6:30PM
Maintain your Florida license & address key issues that affect FL-licensed physicians. Free for FMA members, $450 non-members. Register online

“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. Elizabeth Arguelles
Dr. Sonal Sura
Drs. Elizabeth Arguelles and Sonal Sura were featured in the Gulfshore Business magazine article Medical Imbalance. (online pg. #74)
Dr. Lawrence Albert
Dr. Lawrence Albert was featured in the Gulfshore Business magazine article The Cost of Crisis. (online pg. #28-31,33)
Dr. Rebekah Bernard
Dr. Michael Dent
Dr. Michael Dent was featured in the Business Observer article Health care firm closes deal, moves into medical supply. (online pg. #19)
Dr. Svetlana Kogan
Dr. Svetlana Kogan authored the Naples Florida Weekly article How to navigate sugar traps.
Dr. Alejandro Perez-Trepichio
Dr. Alejandro Perez-Trepichio was quoted in the WINK News piece SWFL first responders second in line for vaccine.
CCMS Physician Wellness Program New Year Mental Health "Check-up"
We invite CCMS members to take advantage of the CCMS Physician Wellness Program (PWP) for a "New Year Mental Wellness Check-up” session this season.

The PWP features confidential, convenient, cost-free access to professional psychological services for CCMS members to provide a safe harbor for you to address normal life difficulties and the challenges of a medical career.

How it Works:
  • As an exclusive benefit to CCMS members, CCMS provides up to 6 confidential sessions a year at no charge with independent, doctorate-level clinical psychologists.
  • Use a session to help with your mental wellness self-assessment; make your new year’s resolutions stick; receive tips on time management & communication skills; address lawsuits/disciplinary action; or simply talk.
  • To participate: call the psychologists’ private appointment line for CCMS members at 239-208-3984. Receive a same-day response during business hours or next-morning response after hours.
  • If needed, see one of the psychologists within 72 hours to 1 week, possibly sooner for urgent needs, with special hours potentially available. You may extend your check-up for up to 5 more cost-free sessions.
Thank you to the Southwest Florida Physicians Association (SWFPA) for their continued support of the program, contributing $20,000 this year. About SWFPA: "SWFPA is the Independent Physician Association that contracts with independent physicians, and provides services to managed care organizations. SWFPA incorporated in 1987 and now has more than 1000 physician members of multiple specialties. The contracting services provide access to over 100,000 lives in Collier and Southern Lee counties through 25 different agreements direct with self-insured employers, networks, and health plans. SWFPA is the only select providers for the not for profit corporation, Naples Physician Hospital Organization, The (PHO) DBA/Community Health Partners.
We would also like to show our appreciation for NCH for their donation of $10,000 again this year. About NCH: "The NCH Healthcare System is one of the most progressive in the country. More than just a couple of hospitals, the NCH Healthcare System is an alliance of more than 700 independent physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and southwest Florida.” “Not only do we offer advanced comprehensive care, we embrace new, effective ideas in medical care and healing.”

Learn more about using and/or supporting the PWP at, email us, or call CCMS at (239) 435-7727.
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