March 7, 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, Host a High School Intern
News Briefs
Florida governor hopes his state will be first to import drugs from Canada: "Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is trying to convince President Donald Trump to permit the state to be the first in the U.S. to import cheaper drugs from Canada. 'While our prices remain high, our neighbors in Canada are spending significantly less for the same drugs,' DeSantis said in a statement." - Modern Healthcare

Planned Parenthood barred from Title X under final draft rule: "The Trump administration on [2/22] released its draft final rule that would bar Planned Parenthood affiliates from the roughly $290 million in funds for the federal family planning network known as Title X (...). Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen warned the group would fight the rule "through every avenue" including litigation." - Modern Healthcare

Americans travel an average of 34 minutes to access medical services, study shows: “Americans spend an average of 34 minutes on the road to a doctor’s office or other medical entity and another 11 minutes waiting to be seen (...). The economic impact of time spent traveling and waiting for health care is $89 billion annually, Corey Rhyan, senior analyst with Altarum, said.” - Naples Daily News

Neighborhood Health Clinic celebrates expansion after year of construction: "A yearlong expansion is complete at Neighborhood Health Clinic, and its leaders and supporters [celebrated] the milestone on [2/28]. The 8,400-square-foot addition and renovation to the existing building is enabling the volunteer-driven clinic to expand services to clients.” - Naples Daily News
Member Notices
2019 RCC Cards: CCMS Members receive special $10 pricing on the 2019 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.
Renew your CCMS Membership Today! The 2019 CCMS dues deadline was Dec. 31, 2018. Members (or their groups) can pay online today at Invoices have also been recently mailed directly to members who pay individually, or to practice administrators for group payment. Interested in automatic renewals? Email CCMS. Thank you for renewing!
Physician Wellness article of the week: " Healing our healers—honoring Florida physicians we lost to suicide." Confidential, cost-free counseling sessions with the CCMS Physician Wellness Program are open to all CCMS physician members. Learn more at
Reminder: Foundation Scholarship Applications for Medical & Healthcare Students Due March 31st: The Foundation of Collier County Medical Society is accepting applications through March 31, 2019 for the Dr. William Lascheid Memorial Scholarship 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 contacting the Foundation (239) 435-7727 or
Upcoming Events
TOMORROW, Friday, March 8, Tacos & Tequila Cantina @ University Village
Free for CCMS/LCMS physician members & prospective members, and one guest each.
Wednesday, March 20, 6:00PM, Arthrex Inc.
Free for CCMS physician members and one guest each.
Saturday, March 30, 5:30PM, Hertz Arena
Admission is $23/person and includes center ice group seating, a pregame "tailgate" dinner buffet in private banquet room, and an Everblades t-shirt.
Saturday, April 6, 8PM, Artis--Naples
Purchase a pair of tickets to see the show, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the CCMS Physician Wellness Program , supporting our efforts to help prevent and treat physician burnout. One pair of tickets is $200. Limited quantities available

CCMS Practice Administrators Seminar: "Rx for Rex - Service & Emotional Support Animals"
Thursday, April 11, 7:45AM, Porter Wright
Stay tuned for details.

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Dr. Cederquist
Dr. Caroline J. Cederquist wrote an article entitled "Eat Well and Have It All" which was featured in the March issue of eBella Magazine.

Dr. Cesar R. De Leon was awarded The Florida Osteopathic Medical Association Presidential Recognition award.
Dr. Sean Kelley received the William P. Lascheid Founder Award during the Neighborhood Health Clinic’s 2019 Gourmet Vintner Dinner.
Dr. Rebecca W. Lambert was recently elected as incoming chair on the Board of Directors at Friends of Foster Children Forever.
Summer Or Year Internships for High School Students through the NAF Academy of Barron Collier High School
Submitted by Dr. Paul Beebe
We are looking for physicians who would be willing to take a high school student as an intern for the summer or for monthly assignments over the next year beginning in the summer or fall. Each internship is 120 hours, which can be performed over the summer or spread out over the school year, as long as 120 hours of internship are completed. The student will be paid for their internship, but the monies for this come from the school district. The students are Juniors who have successfully completed two years of advanced study with the NAF Academy, a program focused on preparation for life skills in a rigorous field, such as medicine. 

Please, contact Mr. Ian Sharp, Director of the Biomedical NAF Academy for Barron Collier High School with any questions or with a willing attitude to make a difference in a young adult’s experience and exposure to medicine.
Classified Ad
Musicians Wanted: Gulf Coast DPC seeking amateur musicians to play chamber music casually/for fun. If interested, please email Dr. Jennifer Jameson.
Experienced Front Desk Personnel Positions Available: Alessi Family Care (9400 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs, FL 34135) is seeking experienced front desk personnel to assist with multiple duties including scheduling, billing, coding, check in and out, and management. Pay scale is variable depending on qualifications. If interested, please email resume.
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