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In This Issue
Pertinent Information

HCMA Membership Dinner
Judy Genshaft
President, USF
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Westshore Grand Hotel
Social Hour: 6:30pm
Dinner and Program: 7:30pm
Guest speaker: Judy Genshaft, USF President
Special Guest: Charles Lockwood, MD, Dean, USF MCOM

Special presentations:  HCMA/Cherry Bekaert and HCMA Foundation USF Medical Student Scholarships
HCMA  members - complimentary
Spouse/Guests: $50 per person
Sponsors: Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, Tower Radiology Centers, and USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.
Call the HCMA to RSVP (813.253.0471) or CLICK HERE.

2019 Florida Legislative Session
The Florida Legislative Session will convene on March 5th and will adjourn on May 3rd.  Be proactive and contact your legislators and ask them to support medicine's issues. Contact information for the Hillsborough Legislative Delegation can be found HERE

A contingency of HCMA members will be travelling to Tallahassee during the sesion. Members will meet with legislators on Tuesday, March 12th.  If you are interested in joining your colleagues please contact Elke Lubin at the HCMA office.

A handy guide for all constituents! 
2019 Know Your Legislators (KYL) Pocket Guide Features:
  • Senate and House members' photos, biographical data, staff information, including e-mail addresses, and date-of-birth
  • Committee assignments and committee staff, room, and phone numbers
  • Florida's Congressional Delegation photos, staff information, district and D.C. office information
  • Senate, House, and Congressional cross-referenced list of county representation, including detailed, full-color Florida district maps
  • State Agencies and Organizations photos and office information
  • House and Senate Term limits
  • Committee Structure
  • Book is a convenient 4" x 8" size
  • Only $6.50 for the spiral bound edition
A Desk Reference Version is also available.  Visit the KYL website for more information and to order.
HCMA and E&M partner again - secure your ad space today!
The HCMA is excited to announce its continued partnership with E&M Consulting, Inc. to produce this year's Membership Directory. E&M will be contacting all members concerning advertising opportunities in the Membership Directory. This gives you the chance to promote your practice while supporting the Association.
If you have any questions or would like to advertise, please contact Rob with E&M at 813-298-0446, 800-572-0011, or rob@emconsultinginc.com Information on the available advertising opportunities is below or can also be viewed online at  www.emconsultinginc.com/adreservation/HCMA .

Benefits of advertising in the Annual Membership Directory:
  • HCMA members receive a discounted advertising rate.
  • Maximize your advertising dollar by targeting the selected professional community in their own official referral book.
  • Experience continuous exposure, throughout the entire year, for one low investment.
  • Increase your referral from colleagues.
  • Facilitate your own recruitment efforts through institutional advertising.
  • Reach an affluent market, which typically eludes more traditional forms of advertising.
As always, your support of the HCMA is greatly appreciated!

Apply now for the FMA Physician Leadership Academy

The FMA is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Karl M. Altenburger, M.D. Physician Leadership Academy, an immersive professional development program graduates describe as "a mini-MBA" for doctors. Through intensive learning sessions, Academy participants hone non-clinical skills that are essential for effective leadership in modern healthcare.
Selected physicians will attend five full-day courses led by nationally recognized experts and University of Florida Leadership Development Institute personnel. The FMA Foundation for Healthy Floridians covers expenses for materials, lodging, sponsored meals, and speaker fees.
Applications are due by Friday, June 7, 2019. Learn more by clicking the links below.
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 15, 2019.

Are your 2019 HCMA dues paid?
Unpaid 2019 HCMA dues are now delinquent.  Call the HCMA office (813.253.0471), or email Kay Mills, to confirm your HCMA dues have been paid.  If they have not been paid, a credit card payment can be made at that time.

You can also pay online by visiting the HCMA website ( www.HCMA.net) and clicking on "join /renew" in the upper right of the home page.
Florida Health Law Quirks: Guidance for Health Care Businesses Entering Florida
A number of "quirks" exist in Florida for those providers new to the state and for those business owners in Florida new to the health care industry. Importantly, businesses new to Florida, or to its health care industry, must be aware that even if their business is correctly structured to comply with federal law, it may still run afoul of Florida civil and criminal statutes. It is important to seek out legal advice from a lawyer trained in this area. The easiest way to accomplish this is to run your business plan by a Florida board certified health lawyer before it is implemented.
To read the full article, authored by Erin Aebel, Partner, Health Law Division of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick (an HCMA Benefit Provider), click here .
AMA, Colorado Medical Society and Manatt Health Release Study of Colorado's Efforts to Reverse Opioid Epidemic
The American Medical Association (AMA), Colorado Medical Society (CMS) and Manatt Health released a report today that shows Colorado has implemented meaningful reforms in response to the opioid epidemic though further steps are needed to save even more lives.

The Colorado spotlight analysis found that progress is being made to increase access to evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders, several pilot projects have improved care for patients with pain, and increased access to the opioid overdose-reversing drug naloxone has resulted in thousands of lives saved.  Read the full article.
The latest health epidemic
Contrary to popular belief and according to the Centers for Disease Control, the use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults. E-cigarettes are often referred to as e-cigs, vapes, e-hookahs, or vape pens. They may resemble USB flash drives, pens, traditional cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. These devices are the most commonly used tobacco product among high school and middle school students in the United States. Among high school students, current e-cigarette use increased from 1.5% (220,000 students) in 2011 to 20.8% (3.05 million students) in 2018. For middle school students, current e-cigarette use increased from 0.6% in 2011 (60,000 students) to 4.9% (570,000 students) in 2018. Last year the Food & Drug Administration  declared that youth vaping has become an epidemic. Get the facts and talk to your family about e-cigarettes!
The American Lung Association provides us with the following vital information in order to have an informed discussion with our children based on the facts.
Extortion scam targeting DEA registrants
DEA is aware that registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel. The criminals have masked their telephone number on caller id by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number. Please be aware that a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand money or threaten to suspend a registrant's DEA registration.
If you are contacted by a person purporting to work for DEA and seeking money or threatening to suspend your DEA registration, submit the information through "Extortion Scam Online Reporting" posted on the DEA Diversion Control Division's website, www.DEADiversion.usdoj.gov.

For more information, contact:
DEA - Tampa District Office
4950 W. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 400
Tampa, 33609
(813) 282 4463

OSHA penalties adjusting in 2019
OSHA's civil penalties amounts for violations of workplace safety and health standards will increase in 2019 to adjust for inflation. The adjusted maximum penalty amounts will take effect upon publication in the Federal Register. New penalties for willful and repeat violations will be $132,598 per violation; serious, other-than-serious, and posting requirements are $13,260 per violation; and failure to abate violations are $13,260 per day beyond the abatement date.

The HCMA offers members the opportunity to purchase OSHA Training CDs. For a description of the topics covered and an order form, click here.
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
Florida Public Health Advisory
The Florida Department of Health (department) today issued a health advisory to inform the public of an increase in hepatitis A cases in Florida and outbreaks reported across the country. The advisory reemphasized the importance of the hepatitis A vaccination.

Since January 2018, 385 cases of hepatitis A virus infection have been reported in Florida. This is more than three times the previous five-year average of 126 cases. Florida's cases are beginning to mirror national trends as local and state health departments across the country have worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to similar outbreaks since March 2017. 
Physician Wellness
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.

Visit the HappyMD for more quotes and tools to inspire your physician wellness.
Member News
HCMA's 25th Legislative Luncheon
HCMA leaders met with members of the Hillsborough Legislative Delegation and their support staff on January 30th.  In preparation for the upcoming legislative session, HCMA leaders apprised your legislators of medicine's priority issues - issues that will affect the practice of medicine and will help physicians provide quality care for their patients.  Watch for your March/April edition of The Bulletin for more photos.
Active and Involved!
Dr. Jayant Rao (right), HCMA's President Elect, is also serving as the FMA District C representative. Dr. Rao recently attended the FMA Board of Governors' Meeting, taking time to pose with FMA President, Dr. Corey Howard (center) and Dr. Rudy Moise.

You can get involved too!  If you would like to serve as an HCMA Delegate to the FMA contact Elke Lubin at the HCMA office.  Delegates prepare resolutions to present to the FMA House of Delegates at the FMA Annual Meeting each summer.  It is a great way to witness firsthand the road to FMA policy and legislative initiatives.
Letter to the Editor
HCMA Past President, Dr. Bruce Shephard, submitted a letter to the editor of the Tampa Bay Times, regarding their series about the struggles of Lincoln DeLuna and his family. His letter was published December 26th. You can read his letter by clicking here.

On December 28th the Tampa Bay Times published an article reviewing the 28 year run of HCMA Bulletin Editor, Dr. David Lubin's, Tampa Bay Events Calendar. To read the article, click here.

Welcome New Members
Nancy Silva, MD
Small World Pediatrics
2527 Windguard Circle
Suite 102
Wesley Chapel, 33544
USF Residents:
Martin Aldana, MD (IM)
Bernadette Boac, MD (PTH)
Melinda Fang, MD (PTH)
James Ghattas, DO (N)
Stefanie Grewe, MD (PTH)
David Ibrahim, MD (ORS) 
Cheyenne Roohani, MD (OTO) 
Mrunal Tailor, MD (R)
Ankita Tandon, DO (IM)

Spotlight on Savings
We are pleased to announce...
This year, participants in the HCMA health insurance co-op will benefit from a 0% increase in health insurance premiums! In addition, two plan options have been added beginning with 2019 renewals and enrollment.

Upcoming Events
HCMA Alliance Social 
Saturday, February 16, 2019
At the home of HCMA Alliance members
Dr. Madelyn and Bill Butler
5206 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, 33611
Go Red for Women/Post-Valentine's Day Event
Donations and proceeds from the raffle will benefit the HCMA Foundation.
Wear Red and Join Us!
RSVP 813.254.0808 or CLICK HERE
HCMA Inauguration Dinner
MONDAY, May 13, 2019
Westshore Grand Hotel

Social Hour: 6:30pm
Dinner, Installation, & Program: 7:30pm

HCMA Members - complimentary
Guests - $50 per person

Dr. Jayant Rao will be installed as the 2019-2020 HCMA President and election results will be announced.
Jayant Rao, MD

Guest speaker:  Michael Connelly, Author.

Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of thirty-two novels and one work of non-fiction. His very first novel, The Black Echo, won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie adaptation of Connelly's 1998 novel, Blood Work. In March 2011, the movie adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer, hit theaters worldwide starring Matthew McConaughey. Mr. Connelly's crime fiction career was honored with the Diamond Dagger from the CWA in 2018.  He is also the executive producer of Bosch, an Amazon Studios original drama series based on his bestselling character Harry Bosch. 
Michael Connelly

Watch your email for more details.
Sponsors as of January 30th.
Title Sponsors:

St. Joseph's Hospital

Tampa General Hospital

Champion Sponsors:

Tower Radiology Centers

Winner Sponsors:

Brandon Regional Hospital & Physicians at Brandon Regional


Excela Medical Associates (f.k.a. EMATB)

Birdie Sponsors:


Par Sponsors:

Ruffolo Hooper & Assoc.

SBA Centennial Bank

The Woman's Group

Hole Sponsors:

Adventhealth Medical Group

Associated Pathologists, PA - Dr.Dalence

Dr. Fred & Kim Bearison

Cohen & Grieb, P.A.

David DeWeese - PNC Bank

Dr. Kevin Elder

Drs. Carol Hodges & Ed Homan

Hill Ward Henderson Attorneys at Law

Lackman & Company CPAs

Memorial Hospital

Luis Menendez, MD 

Joseph Rashkin, MD

Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology

Viking Atlantic Management LLC

Golfer registration is open!

Call the HCMA office to register and to add your name to the list of sponsors!