February 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, New CCMS Member Benefit
News Briefs
1 in 3 doctors say prior authorization has led to a serious adverse event: "More than nine in 10 respondents said PA had a significant or somewhat negative clinical impact. 'The AMA survey continues to illustrate that poorly designed, opaque prior authorization programs can pose an unreasonable and costly administrative obstacle to patient-centered care,' said AMA Board of Trustees Chair Jack Resneck Jr., MD." - American Medical Association

CMS launches app to help seniors determine what Medicare covers: "The CMS on Monday (Jan. 28) released a new app that tells seniors what Medicare will cover, which is part of its plan to help seniors decide between coverage options. The What's Covered app will let seniors quickly see whether Medicare covers a specific item or service, the agency said." - Modern Healthcare

NCH Healthcare System drops fight against hospital to serve Ave Maria, Immokalee: “The NCH Healthcare System has dropped its objection to the 25-bed Braden Hospital planned in Ave Maria, paving the way for the new hospital that would help deliver health care to underserved Immokalee residents. Dr. Beau Braden, founder of Braden Clinic in Ave Maria in 2015, said they are grateful to NCH administration for dropping its challenge and look forward to working with all health care providers in the county to better care for the community.” - Naples Daily News

Surprise medical billing gets increased industry lobbying: "The debate over federal curbs on surprise medical bills has it all: inter-industry finger-pointing, slippery-slope warnings about rate-setting and dueling narratives about what the problem is. Last week President Donald Trump invited people who have been hit with surprise bills to the White House, where he vowed to end the practice that puts patients on the hook for the often exorbitant price tag of out-of-network treatment.” - Modern Healthcare

Brent Batten: Medical marijuana law changes sought by Collier commissioners: “County commissioners on Tuesday contemplated potential changes to the state’s medical marijuana rules that could sway them away from their present stance against allowing dispensaries here. Until now, commissioners have been unwilling to approve any dispensaries, leaving patients to seek delivery from dispensaries in Lee County or elsewhere.” - 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 ccmsonline.org/membership 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 ccmsonline.org/membership. 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: " Average physicians are extraordinary." 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. Make a suggested donation of $25 to the Foundation of CCMS and receive one Physician Wellness "Do No Harm, But Take No $#!+" cuff bracelet (click "donate" and be sure to enter "bracelet" in the special instructions section, or call CCMS at 239-435-7727). Proceeds benefit the CCMS Physician Wellness Program.
Nominate a Colleague for CCMS Physician of the Year: CCMS members are invited to submit nominees for this prestigious award, which honors a CCMS member who deserves special recognition for exemplary contributions to the practice of medicine and/or outstanding service to our community. Download nomination form and return by Feb. 28th.
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 6pm, Private Cottages in Olde Naples
Free for CCMS physician members, prospective physician members, and one guest each
Feb. 23, 6PM, Naples Beach Club Hotel & Golf Club
Tickets $150 each, benefitting Physician Led Access Network of Collier County
Feb. 23, 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 $180. Limited quantities available.
Thursday, March 7, 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, March 8, Tacos & Tequila Cantina
Free for CCMS/LCMS physician members & prospective members, and one guest each.

Saturday, March 16, 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 $220. Limited quantities available.

More events at ccmsonline.org/events

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CCMS Member Spotlights

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Dr. Cederquist
Dr. Caroline J. Cederquist's article "Self-care: The Heroic Thing to Do" was featured in the February èBella Magazine.
Dr. Alexander Eaton was featured in the Business Observer story, "The eyes have it for inventive ophthalmologist."
Dr. Patrick Flaharty's article "New Year, New You", was featured in the January èBella Magazine.
Dr. Susan Cassidy, Dr. Caroline Cederquist, Dr. Stephen D’Amato, Dr. Rebecca Smith, and Dr. Laurie Troup were featured in the February èBella Magazine’s article entitled “Local Forum Draws Leading Health Experts; Collier County Medical Society presents outlook on women's Health."
New CCMS Member Benefit
Mention "CCMS" when booking your next photo shoot with Jennifer Bates Photography , and they will donate the session fee of $250 to the Foundation of CCMS. Jennifer Bates Photography is a full-service photography studio serving Naples and Fort Myers areas. They specialize in creating custom portrait art for your home, and offer beach and on-location portrait sessions that will be unforgettable.
Classified Ad
Musicians Wanted: Gulf Coast DPC seeking amateur musicians to play chamber music casually/for fun. If interested, please email Dr. Jennifer Jameson.
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