Enews                                                                                                       DECEMBER 2018
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Pertinent Information
Nominations Needed
The HCMA Nominating Committee is responsible to nominate members to serve on the HCMA Executive Council, Board of Censors, and as Delegates to the FMA.
We ask that HCMA members consider being placed, as a candidate, on the 2019 HCMA ballot. You must be a member in the ACTIVE, AFFILIATE, or LIFE membership categories and your HCMA dues must be paid in full, in order to qualify as a candidate. Results will be announced at the May 2019 Inauguration Dinner to be held at the Westshore Grand Hotel.  
Open seats include:

Vice President - 1 year term
Treasurer - 1 year term
Secretary - 1 year term
District, At Large, USF, Young Physician Seats on Executive Council - 2 year term
Board of Censors member - 3 year term
Delegate to the FMA - 3 year term (FMA dues must be paid)
Nominations to specific seats will be determined by the Nominating Committee members. However, if you have a preference to serve in a certain capacity, please indicate such when submitting your request.
Click here to submit your name for nomination no later than February 1, 2019.
$1,000 HCMA Recruitment Contest
The first HCMA member to recruit five non-member physicians to join the HCMA prior to January 31st will win a $1,000 VISA gift card and your 2020 HCMA membership will be waived!

Your five recruitees must complete an HCMA membership application, remit payment (a reduced rate for new members), and submit both to the HCMA office no later than January 31st.  YOUR NAME, AS RECRUITER, MUST BE ON THEIR APPLICATION!   Obtain an HCMA application by  clicking here   or applications can be completed online:   New Member Application .

Questions?  Click here or call Kay Mills, HCMA Membership Coordinator: 813.253.0471.

The $1,000 VISA gift card is compliments of HCMA Benefit Provider, ProAssurance - Healthcare Professional Liability Insurance. ProAssurance offers a 5% discount to HCMA members through their exclusive endorsement with the Association.
ProAssurance Group is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best. For additional information or to request a no-obligation quote, contact Chad May, Florida Account Executive, at 800.282.6242 or cmay@proassurance.com. 
Medical/Legal Code & Legal Hotline
Reminder -  The HCMA and the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA) joined efforts to create the HCMA/HCBA Medical Legal Code. Members of the HCMA and the Bar Association collaborated to clarify several topics in the Code as well addressed issues not present in previous editions.  To receive a copy of the HCMA/HCBA Medical Legal Code,  click here

The Bar Association has implemented a   hotline   for HCMA members' questions.  Call the HCMA office (813.253.0471) to be put in contact with a member of the HCBA hotline or click here .
Overshadowed By Opioids, Meth Is Back and Hospitalizations Surge
Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped by about 245 percent from 2008 to 2015, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That dwarfs the rise in hospitalizations from other drugs, such as opioids, which were up by about 46 percent. The most significant increases were in Western states. The surge in hospitalizations and deaths due to amphetamines "is just totally off the radar," said Jane Maxwell, an addiction researcher. "Nobody is paying attention."

Read the full article.

Reprinted with permission from North Florida Medical News.
Federal regulations require annual training of all employees with potential exposure to blood borne pathogens. Now is the time to plan to get this chore out of the way for 2019!
You can own your own, annually required, OSHA training programs:
  • Federal OSHA regulation Title 29, Part 1910.1200 has been amended to conform to the "GHS" - Globally Harmonized System of Classification & Labeling - regarding hazardous materials (i.e. specimen preservatives, lab chemicals, etc.). Employee training and written Hazard Communication Plan modification was MANDATORY by June 1, 2016. 
  • Federal OSHA regulation Title 29, Part 1910.1030 requires that all employees with  potential for exposure to blood and blood borne pathogens MUST receive training before beginning work - and MUST be retrained annually.
We are pleased to offer convenient to view, cost saving, fully narrated Power Point training programs and compliance plans on CDs. Purchase one of the above training programs for $100, or purchase both for $150. Click here to receive an order form
Two Minutes - What's the Risk?
ProAssurance has produced a series of two minute educational videos which include topics such as patient tracking/follow-up, documentation, using scribes, non-compliant patients, and recording patient conversations. Additional videos are uploaded to the ProAssurance Risk Resource YouTube page regularly, so keep checking back for other valuable information and advice.

Click here to view the ProAssurance Risk Resource videos.

From the Board of Medicine
Pain management clinics application for Certificate of Exemption

You may send the completed application, including documentation, by mail:

Department of Health
Board of Medicine
4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-03
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3253


Exemptions include:
  • Clinic licensed as a facility under Chapter 395, Florida Statutes.
  • The majority of physicians providing services in the clinic provide primarily surgical services.
  • Clinic is owned by a publicly held corporation whose shares are traded on a national exchange or on the over-the-counter market and whose total assets at the end of the corporation's most recent fiscal quarter exceeded $50 million.
  • Clinic is affiliated with an accredited medical school at which training is provided for medical students, residents, or fellows.
  • Clinic does not prescribe controlled substances for the treatment of pain.
  • Clinic is owned by a corporate entity exempt from federal taxation under 26 U.S.C. s. 501(c)(3).
  • Clinic is wholly owned and operated by one or more board-eligible or board-certified anesthesiologists, physiatrists, rheumatologists, or neurologists.
  • Clinic is wholly owned and operated by a physician multispecialty practice where one or more board-eligible or board-certified medical specialists, who have also completed fellowships in pain medicine approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or who are also board-certified in pain medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine or a board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Association of Physician Specialists, or the American Osteopathic Association and perform interventional pain procedures of the type routinely billed using surgical codes.
If you need assistance, please contact the board office at 850-245-4131 or send an email to    MQA.Medicine@flhealth.gov .

Physician Wellness
Physician Burnout Quote of the Week
As physicians we owe our patients two things- only two things- our time and our skill. We do not owe our patients our lives.

Doctors must take some time off from their daily work to get some rest, to travel, to participate in their family affairs, be an active member of their community, etc.

To excessively devote our lives to the practice of medicine while we neglect other aspects of living may be tantamount to never having lived at all. 

~ Joseph D. Wassersug, M.D.

Reprinted from TheHappyMD.com
Spotlight on Savings
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Upcoming Events
Active Shooter Preparedness 
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
4211 N. Lois Ave., Tampa, 33614. 

In an effort to raise awareness to active shooter incidents in the Healthcare Industry, USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program is joining forces with the Florida Department or Law Enforcement (FDLE) to a bring you a complimentary workshop that will cover prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery strategies.

Join USF SafetyFlorida for a 2-hour presentation with Special Agents Jeff Erb and Paul Ligman as they cover:

- Recognizing potential workplace violence indicators
- The actions to take when confronted with an active shooter
- How to assist responding law enforcement officials
- Actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents
- How to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident

This workshop is geared towards employers, employees, managers, supervisors and business owners in the healthcare industry.

Registration is required for this complimentary course.
Judy Genshaft
USF President
HCMA Membership Dinner
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
The Westshore Grand

6:30pm - Social Hour
7:30pm - Dinner & Program
HCMA members - complimentary
Guests - $50 per person

Guest Speaker: Judy Genshaft, USF President

Mark your calendar and watch your email for details and to RSVP.