November 15, 2018
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, Patient Choice Advocacy Alert
News Briefs
Physicians fight NCH Healthcare System on proposed admissions policy: Independent physicians are fighting the NCH Healthcare System and a policy change they say will take away their ability to admit and care for patients in the system's Naples hospitals. A petition is circulating through the Collier County Medical Society for physicians to sign and express concern about the impact to their relationships with patients. - Naples Daily News

Highlights from the 2018 AMA Interim Meeting: Catch up with the news and other key moments from the American Medical Association House of Delegates’ meeting in National Harbor, Maryland. The 2018 AMA Interim Meeting was held Nov. 8–13. - American Medical Association

Oscar sues Florida Blue over alleged anticompetitive broker scheme: Insurance startup Oscar Health is suing Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliate for allegedly prohibiting insurance brokers who sell Florida Blue individual plans from selling competing insurers' coverage—a tactic Oscar said undermines the Affordable Care Act exchanges and harms consumer choice. - Modern Healthcare

CMS slashes clinic visit payments, expands 340B cuts: The CMS is moving forward with its plans to expand its site-neutral payment policy to clinic visits. Once fully implemented, the payment change is projected to save Medicare $610 million and patients about $150 million through lower co-payments for doctor visits provided at an off-campus hospital outpatient department. - Modern Healthcare

CMS may allow hospitals to pay for housing through Medicaid: HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday said Medicaid may soon allow hospitals and health systems to directly pay for housing, healthy food or other solutions for the "whole person." - Modern Healthcare

Nearly all MIPS clinicians score bonuses for year 1: The overwhelming majority of clinicians who participated in the first year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System under MACRA will receive a positive payment adjustment in 2019, the CMS announced Thursday. - Modern Healthcare
Member Notices
Renew your CCMS Membership Today! The 2019 CCMS dues deadline is 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 installment payments or automatic renewals? Email April at CCMS. Thank you for renewing!
Join CCMS & our Foundation as a supporter of the 11th Annual Women's Health Forum - "Advances in Women's Health," February 23rd at Naples United Church of Christ from 8:30am-1pm. The event is free and open to the public and features presentations from CCMS member physicians, vendor exhibits, and refreshment breaks. Vendor space is limited, and underwriting options are also available. See our Exhibitor/Sponsor form for details. Attendee registration is now open.
Get your Physician Wellness Cuff Bracelet! Make a suggested donation of $25 to the Foundation of CCMS and receive one "Do No Harm, But Take No $#!+" cuff bracelet. Proceeds benefit the CCMS Physician Wellness Program, featuring confidential, cost-free counseling sessions for CCMS physician members.
Get Your Bracelet (click "donate" and be sure to enter "bracelet" in the special instructions section, or call CCMS at 435-7727).
Physician Wellness Article of the Week:
The Top Women in Healthcare Awards recognize the unique contributions and leadership of female healthcare executives across all sectors of the market: hospitals, healthcare systems, physician organizations, pharmaceuticals, insurance, technology, nonprofits and government organizations. Is there a woman in your life that is a strong advocate, compassionate healer, organized leader or transformational innovator working in the healthcare industry? If so, Nominate a Candidate by December 4th.
Upcoming Events
TODAY, Thursday, November 15, 5:30pm, The Claw Bar at Bellasera Resort
Free for CCMS physician members & prospective members, and one guest each.
Thursday, November 29, 5:30pm, Greater Naples YMCA
Free for CCMS physician members and one guest each.
Anne Fontaine Boutique & The Foundation of CCMS Holiday Shopping Fundraiser
Thursday, December 6, 10am-7pm, Anne Fontaine at Waterside Shops
10% from all store sales, from all shoppers the entire day, will be donated to the CCMS Foundation to support scholarships for future medical professionals and funding for healthcare programs in need. Personal shoppers and refreshments will be offered.

Friday, December 7, 5:30pm, PGA Tour Superstore in Naples
Free for CCMS members, Foundation supporters, and guests.

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CCMS Member Spotlights
Email  your news to CCMS to be included in the next issue
Congratulations to Dr. Sajan Rao who received the 2018 Physician of the Year award at the NCH Hospital Ball on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Congratulations also to CCMS member nominees for the award, Dr. Yashodeep Jadhav, Dr. Max Kamerman, Dr. Ruta Totoraitis and Dr. Shona Velamakanni. 
Dr. Nicholas Kalvin was featured at Collier County Public Library's Local Author Book Fair at the South Regional Library on Saturday, November 10th. - Marco Eagle
Dr. Nancy Goodwin was featured in the Naples Daily News article “Multi-faceted East Naples medical center doesn't fit the mold” highlighting her recently opened Goodwin Medical Center.
Action Alert – Advocate for your Patients’ Right to Choose
A new admissions policy being piloted at NCH will isolate community physicians from patients. Under this new policy, your patients will lose the freedom they now have to choose a trusted specialist, hospital-based physician, or primary care provider during sometimes unavoidable hospitalization. The physician the hospital assigns to the patient will not have access to outpatient records, nor will the patient’s primary care physician be allowed to document input on the patient’s hospitalization treatment plan.

As a strong advocate for patient choice and patient rights, CCMS has launched a campaign to educate the community on these changes, and to issue a call to action for patients, whose right to choose a trusted physician is being jeopardized, and for physicians, who will be restricted from caring for their own patients. Visit the new CCMS webpage,, to learn more about this issue.

GET INVOLVED: Urge leaders at NCH to reconsider their proposed admissions policy:

1.   Sign a community petition and share with your patients, friends, family and colleagues.

2.   Write a letter to the editor at Naples Daily News, and encourage your patients, friends, etc. to do so as well.

3.   Share your concerns with CCMS about maintaining patients’ right to choose their physician. CCMS will share your concerns with the leaders at NCH.

4.   Contribute to the Community Education Campaign which informs the community on the patient’s right to choose their course of medical treatment though a doctor whom they know and trust.
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