April 1, 2021
CCMS Mission:
Serve the needs of our physician members so they can better serve the needs of the community
Happy National Physicians Week
from Wintrust Wealth Management.
We honor and thank you for serving our community. CCMS physician members: stop by our office through April 2 from 9am-5pm to collect a complimentary bottle of Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio.
Questions? Contact Nina Azwoir. Address: 3401 Tamiami Tr N, Naples, FL 34103
In this Issue
News Briefs, Member Notices & COVID-19 Updates, Events, Before COVID-19, Outlier Medical Malpractice Verdicts Were Rising—What’s Next?
News Briefs
Biden’s coronavirus relief bill: What physicians should know: “The AMA was neutral on the $1.9 trillion legislation, which contains many provisions that will affect U.S. health care for years to come.” - AMA

In less than a week span, cases of coronavirus variant double in Florida: “Florida, which was already the country's hardest-hit state for two kinds of coronavirus variants, more than doubled its tally of the variants in a report released Sunday (3/28) by the Centers for Disease Control." - Naples Daily News

Collier, Naples mask mandates set to expire in April [4/13]: Will they be extended?: “Neither Collier commissioners nor the Naples City Council are scheduled to consider extending the mandates, but leaders from both governments said they still would encourage safety practices related to fighting COVID-19 in the community." - Naples Daily News

Collier County COVID-19 Financial Relief Program Opens March 29: “New Community Assistance Program will help residents and small business owners impacted by COVID-19. Aid is available for some past due bills and more.” [Physicians - see the small business section] - Collier County

Senate passes moratorium to Medicare sequester cuts: “The Senate on Thursday [3/25] passed H.R. 1868, a bill that will prevent the 2% Medicare sequester cuts that hospitals and physicians opposed.” - Healthcare Finance

Florida Gov. DeSantis targets vaccine passports, OKs COVID liability protections: “(...) Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday [3/29] he will issue emergency rules this week that prevent businesses from requiring customers to show proof of vaccinations (...) and will ask the Legislature to pass a permanent ban. [Also] a new law will shield businesses and health-care providers from lawsuits related to COVID-19." - Tallahassee Democrat
Member Notices
We invite members and their office staff to join a CCMS private Facebook group for discussion and collaboration during this outbreak.
Current Promotion: Extended through April 2, 11:59pm EDT, new customers use discount code colliercms under payment info for buy 1 get 1 (up to $550), existing customers use discount code history for 20% off ($1,920.00 cap per customer per use). In addition, 10% goes back to CCMS and our Foundation. Some complimentary samples are available at the CCMS office, email for details and to arrange pickup.
COVID Resources:
-Vaccine Flyers for Physician Offices: English | Spanish | Creole





Homebound Patients: Email patient name & phone # to FL COVID-19 Vaccine appointment system for homebound; or email Susan Nimnuan or call 239-300-1884 at BrightStar Care for SWFL patients

CCMS is compiling a list of healthcare workers who have direct patient contact and need a 1st dose COVID vaccine. Email us to be on the list. If CCMS can assist with obtaining a vaccine appointment, we will contact you.

More updates and resources available online
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
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 $40/entry or 3/$100. Random bottle "pull" takes place digitally on 4/7, winners will be notified via email with instructions on when and where to pick up their prizes. Entry deadline: end of day, 4/6. Support provided by Wintrust Wealth Management.
Virtual presentation on March 30th included tips for clinicians on addressing behavioral health risks with their patients.

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

“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. Bryan Murphey
Dr. Bryan Murphey authored the Naples Daily News article Guest opinion: National Doctor's Day: Providing leadership and care is what doctors do.
Before COVID-19, Outlier Medical Malpractice Verdicts Were Rising—What’s Next?
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Doctors Company, and Leader of the TDC Group of Companies
Severity—the average cost of a medical malpractice claim—continues its relentless increase. Though severity has been rising since at least the 1970s, in recent years we have seen a sharp increase in outlier verdicts, which exceed common policy limits and often set records for their venues: From 2014 to 2018, the number of verdicts in excess of $25 million more than tripled.1 Similarly, from 2010 to 2019, the average of the top 100 jury awards for medical malpractice cases rose by almost half.2 This disturbing trend threatens the viability of smaller medical malpractice insurers, who may not have the resources to cover such large verdicts, and portends medical malpractice rate increases while adding to burgeoning healthcare costs.

Before the pandemic, nearly all states had seen these extraordinarily large awards, but whether the pace of these awards will be affected by the pandemic is unknown. Some U.S. states have adopted limited liability protections for physicians during COVID-19, but those protections may be tested in the courts. Alternately, because physicians may be seen as heroes, pandemic-related malpractice cases may be less likely to result in large plaintiffs’ awards. Nevertheless, outsized awards to plaintiffs are part of an ongoing long-term trend.

Classified Ads
Board-certified anesthesiologist/pain medicine specialist interested in office space share. Physician with pain medicine/addiction treatment practice in Washington, D.C. looking to open office in Naples area and share space with another physician. More information at dcpaindoc.com. If interested, contact John Dombrowski M.D. FASA at (202) 345-1784.
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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