CCMS Mission:
Serve the needs of our physician members so they can better serve the needs of the community
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Dear Members,

From your Rheumatologist Colleagues:
When it comes to Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) we need to look at evidence-based medicine. Currently there is no evidence that the drug prevents COVID-19. While there are studies going on and it has been used in treatment, it also is the mainstay drug for LUPUS patients who desperately need it. If we prescribe it to patients for prevention we are taking the medication away from those who need it. Please do not prescribe the medication unless it is indicated. Our LUPUS patients are calling due to shortages at the pharmacies. Thank You.

Event Postponed:
The CCMS Annual Meeting previously scheduled for May 16th has been postponed and will be rescheduled (exact date to be announced). Please stay tuned for details.

Facebook groups:
We encourage everyone to continue to collaborate, celebrate, and commiserate with your colleagues during this outbreak via the CCMS Private Facebook Groups: Physicians | Practice Administrators/Office Staff

Reminder, this notice and all COVID-19 CCMS member updates are archived on our Health Resources webpage for your reference. To contact CCMS, email April Donahue, Executive Director or Nancy Wood, Executive Assistant, or call 239-435-7727 (if you reach our voice mail, please note a good time to return your call).
COVID-19 Updates/Resources:

CCMS Board Urges Governor DeSantis and the Collier County Board of Commissioners to Issue Shelter in Place

CCMS continues to help collect PPE and testing supplies for our front-line colleagues, email CCMS for details.

We encourage all members to urge their patients to stay home to help slow the virus spread. Download a template letter for suggested wording. AMA, AHA, ANA issue open letter urging public to Stay Home.


Mobile testing at NCH on hold - More information (see end of article)






COVID-19 Case Dashboard (total Collier cases as of 3/24, 6pm - 41)

Business Assistance Tools complied by Greater Naples Chamber

Maintain your mental well-being:
The CCMS Physician Wellness Program (PWP) will be operating fully via telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak. All video calls are secure and HIPAA compliant. NEW: CCMS is extending this PWP service to all physicians in Collier County (MDs/DOs) regardless of CCMS membership status through May 22nd. Please share with your colleagues. For more information visit ccmsonline.org/physician-wellness, or call the members-only PWP appointment line at 239-208-3984.
CCMS MEMBER EVENTS NOTICE:
All CCMS events for March and April have been postponed and will be rescheduled. The CCMS Annual Meeting on May 16th has also been postponed. Stay tuned in the next few weeks for more details.

MEMBER-HOSTED POSTPONED EVENTS:
March 25, 6:00PM, Vein Specialists - Dr. Joseph Magnant: Dinner & Discussion
March 28, 10:00AM, Vascular Center of Naples - Dr. Russell Becker: Open House
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