October 3, 2019
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, Events, Member Spotlights, 2019/2020 CCMS Physician Directory
News Briefs
Florida Named Among Top States That Would Benefit Most From Healthcare Reform: “Florida has ranked No. 2 in SmartAsset’s 'Top 10 States That Would Benefit the Most from Healthcare Reform.' For the study, SmartAsset considered nine metrics that span a range of healthcare indicators, including availability, affordability and outcomes, to uncover the states that stand to benefit the most from healthcare reform.” - Gulfshore Business Daily

Golisano Children's Hospital sees growth at its Naples location: “Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is expanding services in Naples and has forged a transfer agreement with the NCH Healthcare System. The agreement is for seriously ill children who are in the care of an NCH hospital yet need more specialized services available at the children’s hospital located in south Fort Myers.” - Naples Daily News

More than two dozen Florida hospitals sue opioid makers, distributors and retailers: “Physicians Regional Healthcare System in Collier County is among 27 hospitals in Florida that have filed a civil lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors and retailers for their practices that contributed to significant financial harm to the hospitals, according to the complaint. The 352-page suit filed in Broward County Circuit Court alleges fraud, negligence and conspiracy (...).” - Naples Daily News

Feds reverse decision ending immigrant medical relief: “The Trump administration reversed its decision Thursday (9/19) to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships (...). The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed (...) it will resume considering "deferred action" requests on a discretionary, case-by-case basis, as it had done for years prior." - Modern Healthcare

Final FAQs, Model Disclosure Form, and Enforcement Fact Sheet Regarding Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity: “The U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the "Departments") released final FAQs About Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation and the 21st Century Cures Act Part 39." - Leading Edge Benefit Advisors
Member Notices
Doctor of the Day Program: In anticipation of the 2020 Regular Session, preparations for the Doctor of the Day program are underway. The Florida Legislature is accepting registrations for physicians who will assist, with the support and cooperation of the Legislative Clinic, in providing medical services to the Senate and House during session. For more information. download the program packet and registration form.

Collier County Medical Society Alliance - Enroll or Renew Membership
CCMS invites physicians and their spouses to join the Collier County Medical Society Alliance if they have not already done so. Your membership contributes to their mission to serve the community via outreach programs, award college scholarships, cultivate an atmosphere of friendship in the medical community, and so much more. CCMSA's President's Letter.
Physician Wellness article of the week : "Virtual scribes are game-changers for physicians"
Confidential, cost-free counseling sessions with the CCMS Physician Wellness Program are open to all CCMS physician members. Learn more at ccmsonline.org/physician-wellness.
Upcoming Events
Thursday, October 17, 7:45AM, Porter Wright
Specifically for office managers/administrators at CCMS physician offices; CCMS physician members also welcomed. Free for one person per office, breakfast included.
Friday, October 18, 6:00PM, home of Drs. Nena & Zdenko Korunda
Free for CCMS physician members, prospective CCMS members, PLAN physician volunteers, & one guest each.
Saturday, October 26, 6:00PM, Pine Ridge Estates
4-course dinner, raffles and wine pull. Open to CCMSA and CCMS Members. $100 Per Ticket ($50 tax-deductible per ticket). To RSVP, call Barbara Rougraff at (239) 290-5971.
Thursday, November 7, 5:30PM, Club Pelican Bay
Free for CCMS physician members & prospective members, as well as their physician assistants and nurse practitioners (sorry, non-medical guests are not permitted). 

Friday, November 15, 6:30PM, La Playa Golf Club
Free for CCMS physician members and one guest each, as well as CCMS Circle of Friends vendors (two attendees per company).
CCMS Practice Administrators Seminar - “Managing Your Digital and Online Reputation”
Tuesday, November 19, 7:45AM, Porter Wright
Specifically for office managers/administrators at CCMS physician offices; CCMS physician members also welcomed. Free for one person per office, breakfast included. Stay tuned for details
Wednesday, December 4, 6:30PM, Chez Guy Parisian Bistro
Open to the public; $95/person incl. tax, gratuity, and raffle ticket.
More events at ccmsonline.org/events

Partner Events:

Bob Rommel for State Representative fundraising event, TODAY , Oct. 3, 5:30pm, 625 9th St. N. Suite 201, Naples. Co-hosted by Dr. Stephen Schwartz and Dr. James Talano. RSVP | More Information

Fifth Annual SWFL Diabetes & Wellness Conference, Nov. 3, 10:00am, Florida SouthWestern State College – Collier Campus. The full-day conference offers lecture-style talks, hands-on demonstrations, nutritional advice for diabetes management and prevention, vendors and products, support groups, and other educational opportunities. CME credits for physicians, nurses and other medical professionals are offered for this conference. Purchase Tickets | More Information

New required one-hour CME on human trafficking, FMA online course catalog. Free for FMA members and $25 for nonmembers (physicians must complete by January 1, 2021; this is a one-time requirement). Click here to take the online course.
CCMS Member Spotlights
Email your news to CCMS to be included in the next issue
Dr. Rebekah Bernard contributed an article "Nursing Boards Failing at NP Oversight?" to MedPage Today.
Dr. Howard Freedman was featured in the Naples Daily News article “Naples Lions Club project against 'lazy eye' in children hits high marks”.
Dr. Paul Hobaica was featured in the News-Press article "Arthrex doctor on Bahamas relief mission: "We heard stories of amazing survival".
Dr. Sean Miller was recently appointed to the HealthLynked Corp. Medical Advisory Board. - Yahoo! Finance
Talano MD James
Dr. James V. Talano was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Neighborhood Health Clinic. - Gulfshore Business Daily
Dr. Cyndi Yag-Howard was featured in the American Medical Association article "Members Move Medicine: Seeking a life fully lived".
2019/2020 CCMS Physician Directory Now Available
Each fall, Collier County Medical Society provides complimentary Annual Physician Member Directories as a public service resource to connect residents and visitors with quality healthcare in Southwest Florida. 

Copies of the Physician Member Directory are now available for pick up at the CCMS office located on the second floor of the Neighborhood Health Clinic, 88 12th Street North, unit #200 in Naples (please ring doorbell at the far north entrance facing Goodlette) from 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday, as well as several healthcare facilities, the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, and Collier County libraries. 

CCMS Members and Office Managers: Have you received your copy of the directory in the mail? If you have not, please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Classified Ads
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Professional/Medical Office Space for Lease: Available Immediately. Centrally located at Pine Ridge and 41, 5185 Castello Drive Naples 34103. Spacious and bright with balcony in an office suite with a reception and waiting room. Tastefully furnished with all office amenities and services. For more information, call (239) 263-0966.
Seeking Pediatricians interested in guest lecturing: The FSU COM is seeking pediatricians who have an interest in lecturing once or twice a year to some of their 3rd year medical students. The lecture slides are already prepared and the pediatrician would present the topic. Lectures take place on FSU’s Immokalee Health Education Site. If interested, please email Dr. Michael Gloth.
Medical Office Space Available: Start your medical / dental practice in a build out, cost efficient suite now. Lease in the highest growth area of SWFL. Details
Seeking Community Liaison Position: Experienced community liaison seeking position in a medical, wellness, concierge or legal practice. Skills: understanding the business and its contributions to patient wellness; increasing volume and improving patient/client satisfaction; writing; event planning; and interviewing candidates. Available full time immediately. Contact Julie A. Basile, MS, (239) 287-2321.
Medical Property For Lease: Bonita Springs - Medical office in great location with two exam rooms, sinks, reception area, two restrooms, lab, kitchenette and doctor’s office. Can be leased fully furnished. No GP or internal medicine. Christine McManus, IPC, (239) 777-2020. Licensed real estate broker.
Seeking Physicians Willing to Host a High School Intern: the Biomedical NAF Academy for Barron Collier High School is looking for physicians who would be willing to host a high school student as an intern for monthly assignments over the next year beginning this fall. If interested, please email Mr. Ian Sharp.
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