November 29, 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, Update on Patient Choice Advocacy
News Briefs
Editorial: NCH should put new admissions policy on hold, stat: " NCH is governed by a board of community --- and again we stress the word community --- members charged with overseeing Weiss and the hospital operation. That board should call a pause in the shift until the questions at hand can be more thoroughly addressed and understood by the community at large." - Naples Daily News

CCMS Docs & Duffers charity golf tournament at Bonita Bay Club Naples: Featuring photos of participants in the 5th Anniversary Docs & Duffers Charity Golf Tournament at Bonita Bay Club in Naples on October 6th. Nearly $20,000 was raised to benefit scholarships for future medical professionals as well as funding for local healthcare programs in need. - Naples Florida Weekly

CVS Health and Aetna close $69 billion merger: "Nearly one year after agreeing to merge in a bid to reinvent healthcare for Americans, CVS Health and Aetna sealed the deal on Wednesday, bringing together one of the nation's largest pharmacy chains and one of the largest health insurers."Today marks the start of a new day in health care and a transformative moment for our company and our industry," CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo said in the announcement." - Modern Healthcare

Collier health agencies launch Community Nook Project for at-risk mothers: "Expectant mothers who are at risk of poor outcomes can get help through a new community initiative when they begin prenatal care early and stick with it. Health care leaders on Tuesday celebrated the launch of The Collier County Community Nook Project, which is modeled after a successful March of Dimes program." - Naples Daily News
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, November 29, 5:30pm, Greater Naples YMCA
Free for CCMS physician members and one guest each.
Thursday, December 6, 6pm-8pm, Anne Fontaine at Waterside Shops. Enjoy French fashion, champagne, and macaroons! Present this invitation to receive $75 off your purchase of $300 or more. Anne Fontaine will donate 10% of sales from the entire day to the Foundation of CCMS.
Friday, December 7, 5:30pm, PGA Tour Superstore in Naples
Meet special guest Bud Cauley, PGA Golf Professional. Receive discounts and coupons for shopping and tennis/golf services at the store. Free for CCMS members, Foundation supporters, and guests.
Dec. 29, 8pm at Artis--Naples
Purchase a pair of tickets to see the show, and a portion of the proceeds will be go to the CCMS Physician Wellness Program , supporting our efforts to help prevent and treat physician burnout. One pair of tickets is $180. ORDER NOW - ONLY TWO PAIRS OF TICKETS LEFT! Seating available in orchestra rear and rear boxes (first come, first served).

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Dr. Troy Shell-Masouras is having an Open House Celebration on Wednesday, December. 5th from 5pm-7pm at Paradise Coast Breast Specialists. RSVP by November 30th.
UPDATE: Action Alert – Advocate for your Patients’ Right to Choose
JUST RELEASED: Community Education Video

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 their own physician, or their physician's designee, to lead their care team during hospitalization . The physician the hospital assigns to the patient will not have access to outpatient records, nor will the patient’s own physician be allowed to document input on the patient’s hospitalization treatment or discharge/referral plans.

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.

REMINDER: 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.
CCMS also has COMPLIMENTARY LAWN SIGNS which were designed, printed, and donated by an anonymous patient. These signs are available for pickup at the CCMS office, 1148 Goodlette Road North in Naples from 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday, and Fridays 9am-1pm. 
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