February 2021

The monthly electronic newsletter of the Hillsborough County Medical Association.
  • COVID-19 News
  • Pertinent Information
  • From the Board of Medicine
  • Physician Wellness
  • Personal News
  • Welcome New Members
  • Spotlight on Savings
  • Classified Ads
  • The Bulletin
  • Upcoming Events
COVID-19 News
HCMA's 5th COVID-19 Town Hall
A fifth in a series of Virtual Town Hall Meetings featuring expert panelists will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 6:00-7:00pm. Pre-registration is REQUIRED: To pre-register for this members-only event, CLICK HERE. You will receive a confirmation email and log-in instructions.
Florida debuts website to preregister for COVID-19 vaccination
The state of Florida has debuted a website where eligible Floridians can preregister for a COVID-19 vaccination. The new website comes as supply can't keep up with the demand for the vaccine. The site, https://myvaccine.fl.gov, allows people to choose their county and "get in line."
Health News Florida, February 2, 2021

Health News Florida, February 2, 2021

Health News Florida, February 2, 2021

80% of COVID-19 patients may have lingering symptoms, signs, more than 50 effects persisted after acute infection, meta-analysis shows.
MedPage Today, January 30, 2021

Medical News Today, January 29, 2021

New CDC director outlines 6 big fixes needed to crush COVID-19
Learn what Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., says are the nation’s biggest public health challenges and how she’ll tackle them as she takes the CDC’s helm. Read more from the AMA.
Pertinent Information
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
You will receive log-in credentials via email after registering.
  • Event host: Dr. Michael Cromer, HCMA President
  • Special guest: Dr. Michael Patete, MD, FMA President
  • Q & A opportunity via the CHAT option
  • The 2021 USF Medical Student Scholarships will be presented by Dr. Michael Cromer & Dr. Bruce Shephard, HCMA Foundation President.
  • Sponsored by SHUMAKER
Have you paid your 2021 HCMA dues yet?
Dues can be paid in the following ways:
  1. Call the HCMA office to provide credit card information: 813.253.0471
  2. Mail your check to the HCMA office: 606 S. Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606
  3. Pay securely online: https://hcma.net/join-renew/
  4. Sign up for automatic renewal - your credit card will be charged in September of each year for the upcoming HCMA membership dues. To sign up, complete this form and return it to Elke Lubin, HCMA Executive Assistant
Nominations Needed!
The HCMA Nominating Committee is responsible to put forward the names of members to serve on the HCMA Executive Council, Board of Censors, and as Delegates to the FMA. The Committee is meeting this month.
HCMA members are invited to consider nominating themselves to be placed on the 2021 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 2021 Inauguration event. For more information, contact Elke Lubin.

*Full Affiliate Member - A physician whose primary practice is not in Hillsborough County and who are Active members (or the equivalent) of another county medical society in Florida. Full Affiliate Members shall have the right to vote, hold office, chair committees. Affiliate members who are NOT members of their local county medical society can serve on committees and councils, but not serve as an officer of the Association.
President Biden signs executive orders that impact health care industry
Modern Healthcare reports that “President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed several executive orders that would impact the health care industry.” The President, “in addition to several actions to address the COVID-19 pandemic...ordered federal agencies to review and possibly revise policies to advance racial equity and prevent and combat discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.” The President “also preserved and strengthened protections for young immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and reversed the travel ban from mostly majority-Muslim countries.” Modern Healthcare adds, “The American Medical Association supported the executive orders on Biden’s first day in office, noting that many individuals affected by DACA area in the health care field or training for such professions.” In a statement, AMA President Susan R. Bailey, M.D., said, “People with DACA status contribute to a diverse and culturally responsive physician workforce, which benefits all patients.” Read the AMA’s full press release on the executive orders.
AMA Morning Rounds, January 21, 2021
Redesigned CMS website
On January 19th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the beta release of the redesigned data.cms.gov website. The goal of the website redesign is to make it easier for users to discover, access, and understand CMS data. CMS is publicly releasing https://data.cms.gov/beta/ for testing and feedback. Click the link below to get started and send your feedback to: OEDAUserResearch@cms.hhs.gov.
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AMA: New podcast episode » What physicians need to know about MIPS 
Experts discuss changes physicians need to know about the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, made by CMS in response to the pandemic. Listen now on Simplecast or Apple Podcasts
10 Tips for HIPAA Compliant File Storage
The US healthcare industry generates immense volumes of structured and unstructured data. Covered entities that choose to use HIPAA-compliant file storage services reap many benefits. Cloud computing provides not only practically limitless amounts of file storage, but also the capability to ingest abundant amounts of healthcare data.
Here are the top ten considerations we recommend that you should understand when choosing your next HIPAA Managed Service and Cloud Service provider. Learn More or Download
HCMA Alliance Update
After much discussion, it has been decided to cancel the Alliance’s February “Go Red for Women” event. We hope to resume in February 2022. In lieu of our annual event, the Alliance has decided to participate as a Title Sponsor of the upcoming HCMA Foundation Charity Golf Classic on April 1st.

Thank you to those Alliance members who have indicated a willingness to serve on Alliance committees this coming year. For more information about the HCMA Alliance, please contact Michael Kelly, HCMA Alliance Past President.
From the Board of Medicine
Notification of Renewal Deadline Extension
As part of the response efforts to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID- 19), State Surgeon General, Scott Rivkees has extended the licensure renewal expiration date until March 31, 2021 for any health care practitioner with licensure renewal deadlines between December 31, 2020 and March 01, 2021.
The full version of the State Surgeon General’s Emergency Order may be found at http://www.flhealthsource.gov/pdf/DOH-EO-20-015.pdf
Physician Wellness
2021 Medscape Physician Burnout Report
Physicians have struggled with burnout for some time, but it has become worse during the pandemic, influencing happiness, relationships, career satisfaction, and patient care. Tragically, burnout and depression have led to a number of physician suicides, deeply affecting families and the medical profession.

In this year's report, Medscape explores how physicians are coping with burnout and how it affects their view of their profession. More than 12,000 physicians in over 29 specialties responded to the Medscape survey. Data were collected from August 30 through November 5, 2020. Read the findings.
The HCMA Foundation Physician Wellness Program provides a safe harbor for members to address life difficulties, especially during this time of uncertainty and challenges due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

Personal News
Retirees Lunch Bunch
Former Tampa Mayor, Bob Buckhorn, joined the lunch bunch ZOOM on January 7th.

For more information about the HCMA's Lunch Bunch, contact Dr. David Lubin: dajalu@aol.com.
Women in Medicine
On January 13th HCMA's Women in Medicine held a ZOOM social. Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, an HCMA member, gave a brief overview entitled, Climate and Health Crisis: What Doctors Need to Know, which outlined the work of PSR along with the science behind the climate crisis and its impact on the health of our community. 

For more information about the HCMA's WIM group, please contact Elke Lubin, HCMA Executive Assistant: ELubin@hcma.net.
Welcome New Members
ACTIVE Members:

Sara Ansari, DO
Pediatric Health Alliance
6550 Gunn Hwy.
Tampa, 33625
(813) 968-2710

Bruce Edson, MD
16554 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, 33618
(813) 968-7188
Aaron Long, MD
General Medicine
Helping Hand Clinic of Brandon
1136Nikki View Dr.
Brandon, 33511
(813) 651-5758


Tonja Johnson, MD
Wellness Options, JCJ, LLC
18865 SR 54, Ste. 504
Lutz, 33558
(813) 527-3612
Spotlight on Savings
Florida Healthcare Law Firm (FHLF) - Providing legal services to members with the right pricing, responsiveness, and ethics. FHLF offers a complimentary hotline, an “Online Store,” and free webinars for HCMA members. The Law Offices of Jeff Cohen, P.A. will answer your legal questions, at no cost. Contact the office, after hours, and you will receive a return call by noon the next business day and will obtain up to fifteen minutes of free legal advice from a Florida healthcare attorney. Contact Jeff Cohen, Esq. at 888-455-7702, 561.455.7700. The FHLF Online Store offers free legal documents, available for instant download. Audio/visual presentations are also available for purchase (HCMA members receive a 25% discount by using the discount code HCMA25). Visit the innovative resource center at www.FloridaHealthcareLawFirm.com or contact Jeff Cohen at JCohen@floridahealthcarelawfirm.com.
What to do when the government comes knocking...
You do everything right. You’re careful to dot your i’s and cross your t’s.  Compliance is hard-wired because you’re in an industry that’s highly regulated and you’ve built into your operations a series of compliance checks and balances. However, even with strong controls in place, compliance efforts sometimes fall short– and whether you’re a physician group, a pharmacy, a durable medical equipment company, a home health agency, or any other health care provider, someday you might find yourself face-to-face with law enforcement officials or regulatory enforcement authorities. What do you do? How do you assure the most successful outcome with minimal business disruption? Read more from the Florida Healthcare Law Firm.
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Upcoming Events
Wealth Creation for Physicians
A Personal Virtual Finance Course for Physicians age 35 – 50
A 2-part Series
February 23 & March 2
6.30 – 8.00 pm
23rd Annual HCMA Foundation Charity Golf Tournament
April 1, 2021
Carrollwood Country Club
$150 Golfer Registration
Sponsor opportunities available.
CLICK HERE for more information.
Or contact: Elke Lubin at ELubin@hcma.net or Anni Blackwell at ABlackwell@hcma.net