January 7, 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, Member Spotlights, COVID-19: A Call for Innovation and Leadership in Healthcare
News Briefs
NCH to Offer Moderna Vaccine to Community Members 65 years+: "...[B]eginning Friday, January 8, 2021, vaccine administration will also be expanded to include members of our community age 65 years and older. Those members in our community who are 65 years and over will be able to sign up Thursday, January 7 at 12 NOON when the sign-up link goes live. Appointments will be mandatory in order to receive the vaccine. Walk-ups will not be permitted. There are a total of 1,200 appointment times available between the Baker and North Naples hospital campuses on the following days:
- Friday, January 8th
- Monday, January 11th
- Tuesday, January 12th
- Wednesday, January 13th
Anyone who is 65 years of age or older may sign up for an appointment on the NCH website: www.NCHmd.org."

Important message regarding license expiration dates: "As part of the response efforts to (COVID- 19), State Surgeon General Dr. Scott A. Rivkees issued Emergency Order DOH No. 20-015 extending the licensure renewal expiration date until March 31, 2021 for any health care practitioner with licensure renewal deadlines between December 31, 2020 and March 01, 2021."

How the New COVID Package Impacts Physicians: "On Sun., Dec. 27th, President Trump signed into law a consolidated 2020 omnibus COVID-19 relief package that includes numerous provisions affecting the practice of medicine." Read the FMA's overview of the bill.

'Be patient,' more COVID-19 vaccines on their way for future appointments: "Collier County public health officials are assuring people 65 and older that more vaccines against COVID-19 are coming for future appointments and second doses." - Naples Daily News

'Crunch time:' DeSantis unveils next COVID-19 vaccination plan: "Describing the next two months as "crunch time," Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Monday (Jan. 4) four ways in which he is attempting to expedite Floridians getting vaccinated against COVID-19." - The Daytona Beach News-Journal

FDA issues alert about false negative results with Curative COVID-19 test: “The Food and Drug Administration on Monday (Jan. 4) issued an alert to patients and healthcare providers warning them of a risk of false negative results with a SARS-CoV-2 laboratory-based test from San Dimas, California-based Curative.” - Modern Healthcare

Reported COVID-19 cases, deaths in Collier County in December near pandemic highs: “The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths reported in Collier County continued their upward climb in December, approaching monthly records established during the height of the summer surge.” - Naples Daily News
Member Notices
We invite members and their office staff to join a CCMS private Facebook group for discussion and collaboration during this outbreak.
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Provider Update on COVID Vaccine: CCMS has been exploring many avenues for our members and their staff to be inoculated as you continue to see your patients. Please stay tuned. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook and DOH-Collier for announcements on their next vaccine shipment. If you have not already, please respond to the CCMS Vaccine Provider Survey.
We also encourage those who can to become COVID vaccine providers. Organizations 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, and refer to the FMA's vaccine provider guide.
For questions, contact the COVID-19 Vaccine Enrollment Desk at 833-701-1397, or email.
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Collier CARES Provider Requirements: CollierCares.org invites medical providers who accept state subsidized health insurance or provide services on a sliding scale to sign up for a listing at CollierCares, which helps connect people with resources and services in Collier County. More information
Renew Your CCMS Membership Today! The 2021 CCMS dues deadline was 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
Physician Wellness article of the week: "7 ways to cope with moral distress during COVID-19"
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
Tues., Jan. 19, 6:00-7:30pm
Discussion includes the background of the COVID-19 vaccines and plans to administer in Florida. Speakers: Infectious Disease specialist Rebecca Witherell, MD & FMA President Michael Patete, MD. Free for CCMS members and staff of CCMS member practices. Zoom link emailed after registering.
Partner Events:
Note: Click here for information on various CME courses available

FMA Livestream: Florida Mandatory CME
Tomorrow 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

FMA CME Livestream: COVID-19 Updates & Developments
Sat. Jan. 9, 9:00AM-12:15PM
Featuring lessons learned from an infectious disease and public health perspective, how the outbreak has affected physicians, and updates on the available vaccines with special emphasis on the approval process and current plans for distribution. 3 CME credits. Cost: $250, FMA Members save $125. Register online

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
Imagine Solutions Virtual Conference 2021
Mon. | Tues. | Wed. Feb. 22, 23 & 24
Mon. | Tues. | Wed. March 1, 2 & 3
This annual conference will feature 19 world class thought leaders including healthcare speakers Robert Langer, ScD, Cofounder of Moderna and Penny Heaton, MD, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute. $200/per person, or free for essential workers at non-profit organizations. More Info. | 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
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Dr. George Ferguson
Dr. Bryan Murphey
Dr. James Ray
Dr. Ruta Totoraitis
Congratulations to the 2020 NCH Physician of the year Honorees! Members Drs. George Ferguson, Bryan Murphey, James Ray, and Ruta Totoraitis were among those recognized in Life in Naples magazine (online. pg. #64)
 Dr. Svetlana Kogan
Dr. Svetlana Kogan authored the Life in Naples article Healing with Herbs and Spices, Part 1. (online pg. #34)
Dr. Jesus Mendiolaza
*Correction: Dr. Jesus Mendiolaza now welcoming new patients at Naples Cardiac & Endovascular Center PA (not Naples Cardiac & Endovascular Specialists as previously announced).
COVID-19: A Call for Innovation and Leadership in Healthcare
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Doctors Company, and Leader of the TDC Group of Companies
Across the continuum of care during COVID-19 pandemic, what has changed is not so much the direction of healthcare evolution, but its speed. For the next decade, we will all be carried along on a jet stream of change. Those who innovate and lead—moving their organizations forward as the landscape continues to change—will succeed, while those unable to do so will be left behind. Before the pandemic, we saw the confluence of a shortage of primary care physicians, the increasing scope of practice for allied health professionals, the widespread availability of retail healthcare and telemedicine, and a massive generational shift in the demographics of the medical profession. There will be no unringing this bell. For example:

  • The pandemic has forced a growing majority of practices to offer telemedicine services. A study released by the American Medical Association (AMA) in February 2020, just before the pandemic hit the U.S. hard, revealed that telemedicine visits with physicians had already doubled from 2016 to 2019. With COVID-19, the number of patients reporting virtual healthcare visits leapt from 12 to 27 percent in less than three months, between late March and mid-May.
  • As baby boomer physicians retire and medical students choose other specialties, a shortage of primary care physicians was already looming. Now, some primary care physicians have had to lay off staff or close their practices—We’ve seen nonemergency providers and specialties not related to COVID-19 suffer massive economic losses. Unsurprisingly, some primary care physicians are considering other professional options.
  • The increasing scope of practice for allied health professionals was an established trend—now dramatically accelerated by the crush of events. We can expect this to continue for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and others. They will help to fill gaps in primary care, while primary care physicians can expect to practice at the top of their license more of the time.

Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, chairman and chief executive officer of The Doctors Company and leader of the TDC Group of companies, explains the need for innovation and leadership as the healthcare landscape continues to morph.

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