March 18, 2021
CCMS Mission:
Serve the needs of our physician members so they can better serve the needs of the community
Happy Doctor’s Day on March 30th
from Wintrust Wealth Management.
We honor and thank you for serving our community. CCMS physician members: stop by our office the week of March 29 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, Reminder: Scholarship Applications Due March 31st
News Briefs
Newly Released - The CCMS Forum magazine: March/April 2021 Issue: Be sure to read the headline article "Communicating with COVID-19 Vaccine-Hesitant Patients: Top Tips". [Editors’ note: CCMS members, if you do not receive your magazine in the mail please contact us.] - The Forum Magazine

American Rescue Plan Act Of 2021: Key Healthcare Provisions: "These include providing funding for vaccine distribution and testing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, making policy adjustments to the Medicaid program, facilitating health insurance coverage and providing more money for healthcare providers." - The National Law Review

Need for mental health services in Collier County schools rises during pandemic: “We learned Wednesday (3/10) the need for mental health services for students in Collier County has skyrocketed. “An increase of 50 percent of children placed under the Baker Act,” Bowden (Gayla Bowden with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).) said.” - WINK News

One year in: How COVID's toll compares with other causes of death: “Now that the coronavirus has been in the United States for roughly a year, new numbers are revealing the scale of COVID-19's impact on American health: COVID has become the country's third-leading cause of death, and could be on its way to outpacing cancer.” - Modern Healthcare

Convalescent Plasma Strikes Out As COVID-19 Treatment: “More than half a million Americans have received an experimental treatment for COVID-19 called convalescent plasma. But a year into the pandemic, it's not clear who, if anyone, benefits from it.” - Health News Florida

Biden boosts U.S. vaccine stockpile as world waits: “President Joe Biden on Wednesday (3/10) directed his administration to order another 100 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, growing a likely U.S. surplus of doses later this year while much of the rest of the world struggles with deep shortages.” - Modern Healthcare

Medicare sequester stakes rise with 6% doctor pay cut in store: “Already staring down the April expiration of the moratorium on the Medicare sequester that would cut Medicare physician pay by 2%, the AMA is now raising the alarm with congressional leaders about an additional 4% cut triggered by passage of the president’s American Rescue Plan Act.” - AMA
Member Notices
We invite members and their office staff to join a CCMS private Facebook group for discussion and collaboration during this outbreak.
Use Discount Code: colliercms
Current Promotion: All existing customers can use the code History for a 20% discount for the entire month of March ($1,920.00 cap per customer per use). In addition, 10% goes back to CCMS and our Foundation. 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.
NEW COVID Resources:
-Vaccine Flyers for Physician Offices: English | Spanish | Creole
-Presentation from Dr. David Lindner NCH Medical Director COVID-19 Response, to the Collier County School Board at the March 9th meeting (starting at time stamp 1:37:42).

FL COVID-19 Vaccine appointment system for Homebound: Email with name and phone number and someone will reach out about setting up an appointment.

Ongoing COVID Resources:

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.

COVID-19 Determination of Extreme Vulnerability: Form for physicians to certify they have determined an individual to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 and eligible to receive the vaccine.

More updates and resources available online
Have you renewed your CCMS Membership? The 2021 CCMS dues deadline was Dec. 31, 2020. Invoices were mailed to members who pay individually, or to administrators for group payment. You can also pay online at Thank you for renewing, and ask us if you would like a 2021 membership certificate.
Physician Wellness article of the week: "How the last year has forced rethinking on physician burnout"
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 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.
Tue., March 30, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Virtual presentation will include tips for clinicians on addressing behavioral health risks with their patients. Featuring Courtney Whitt, PhD, Director of Behavioral Health & Licensed Psychologist, Healthcare Network. Q&A to follow. Free for CCMS members & staff of CCMS member practices. Zoom link emailed after registering.
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
Health Care Provider Telephone Conference Call Information
The Florida health care provider conference call is 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. Bernard
Dr. Rebekah Bernard was featured in the WINK News story Fully-vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says.

Dr. Bernard was also quoted in the FOX-4 article Anti-mask protestors escorted out of Collier County School Board Meeting.
Dr. Cederquist
Dr. Caroline Cederquist has retired from patient care. She is now the chief medical officer of BistroMD, the national, doctor-designed and chef-prepared meal delivery service.
Perez-Trepichio, Alejandro MD
Dr. Alejandro Perez-Trepichio was featured in the NBC-2 article Naples doc: ‘Non-existent’ flu season proves effectiveness of masks.
Drs Anurag Agarwal, Kiran Gill, Paul Gardner, and Richard Maloney
Drs Anurag Agarwal, Kiran Gill, Paul Gardner, and Richard Maloney were featured in the Gulfshore Life article Face Forward.
Reminder: Scholarship Applications for Medical & Healthcare Students are Due March 31st
The application deadline of March 31st is fast approaching for the Foundation of Collier County Medical Society's two scholarship award programs: the Dr. William Lascheid Memorial Scholarship for medical students and Healthcare Student Scholarships for students enrolled in or accepted to healthcare degree programs.

Applications and requirements are available at, or may be obtained by calling the Foundation of CCMS, (239) 435-7727 or emailing Information about the 2020 Scholarship Winners is also online.
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 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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