October 22, 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, The Importance of Routine HIV Testing
News Briefs
TODAY, Oct. 22, 3:00PM
The Collier County Commission Board will consider whether to extend the Collier County Mask Mandate which is set to expire TONIGHT at midnight. The public will have the opportunity to provide public comments remotely, as well as in person, during the meeting. Register to Testify Remotely | Live stream | Naples Daily News Article

The Board of Medicine approves final order on FMA petition to clarify pelvic exam law: “The Florida Board of Medicine approved the Final Order (on 10/2) to the FMA’s petition for declaratory statement seeking answers surrounding ambiguities in the pelvic examination law." - FMA

Possible safety issue spurs pause of COVID-19 antibody study: "Independent monitors have paused enrollment in a study testing the COVID-19 antiviral drug remdesivir plus an experimental antibody therapy being developed by Eli Lilly that's similar to a treatment President Donald Trump recently received." - Modern Healthcare

New CPT codes for multi-virus tests detect COVID-19 and flu: “The American Medical Association published an update (on 10/7) to the Current Procedural Terminology (...) code set that includes new code additions and editorial revisions for reporting medical services sparked by the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” - AMA

Millions more virus rapid tests but are results reported? “All U.S. testing sites are legally required to report their results, positive and negative, to public health agencies. But state health officials say many rapid tests are going unreported, which means some new COVID-19 infections may not be counted.” - Modern Healthcare

Free Mental Health Screenings Taking Place Throughout Lee & Collier Counties: "(The) Healthy Minds (initiative launched last month) brings together 17 partner organizations to provide free mental health screenings (through December)." - Health News Florida

COVID-19 Vaccine News:
Member Notices
We invite members and their office staff to join a CCMS private Facebook group for discussion and collaboration during this outbreak.
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 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
COVID Resources:
-Florida Dashboard (Collier County Total Cases as of 10/21: 13,716 )
-PPE and COVID Supply Discounts Available (CCMS online store offering special promotions for members & friends of CCMS. The current promotion is a 10% discount for new customers. Visit the online store, register yourself/your practice, and use discount code: colliercms).


More COVID updates and resources are available at ccmsonline.org/resources.
Physician Wellness article of the week: "Micro Blessings"
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. Services also extended to CCMS Alliance members through the end of this year. Learn more online.
IN MEMORIAM
We are sad to announce the passing of these former CCMS members:



Upcoming Events
Partner Events:

Oct. 24, 11:00AM-2:00PM
The Promoting Awareness of Clotting Outcomes (PACO) Foundation’s 2nd Annual Symposium is
complimentary and will include virtual and live sessions. CCMS Member Dr. Veronica Graversen will be a speaker. Earn 4 CME credit hours. Register online

Nov 5, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Event presented by Ms.Medicine & the Cincinnati Sexual Health Consortium. Virtual lecture with renowned sexual health experts (including CCMS Member Dr. Lisa Larkin) will discuss what clinicians need to know about sexual health. Earn 2 CME credits. Cost $50. 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
Michael Dent MD
Dr. Michael Dent was featured in the Business Observer article “Top Support” (Online pg. #11)
Patrick Flaharty MD
Dr. Patrick Flaharty was featured in the Gulfshore Business article "Niche Excellence". (Online pg. #17)
The Importance of Routine HIV Testing
Routine HIV Testing is Critical for Prevention
Testing for HIV is the only way to determine if a person is living with the virus. Routine HIV testing in health care settings is one of the Florida Department of Health’s four key components to reduce HIV infections in the state of Florida. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals between the ages of 13 to 64 get tested for HIV at least once and those with risk factors get tested more frequently. Routine testing is important in the early detection of HIV and can help facilitate linkage to HIV care and antiretroviral therapy (ART). Early diagnosis and treatment for HIV is key to ending the epidemic in the U.S.

Florida law does not require written informed consent for HIV testing in health care settings and encourages the implementation of opt-out HIV testing (section 381.004, Florida Statutes). HIV testing is also the first step in the consideration of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for those who are HIV negative and have an increased risk. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has given Grade “A” recommendations to the use of PrEP and routine HIV testing, as effective strategies for early diagnosis of HIV infection and prevention. Read More.
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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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