Enews                                                                                                       JANUARY 2019
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Pertinent Information
HCMA Membership Dinner
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

HCMA  - complimentary
Spouse/Guests: $50 per person

Sponsors: Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick and Tower Radiology Centers.

Call the HCMA to RSVP (813.253.0471) or CLICK HERE.

0% Increase
We are proud to announce that 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.

Contact HCMA health insurance co-op approved agent, Jeremy Enns, for more details by calling 813.818.8805, extension 232, or by clicking here.

$1,000 HCMA Recruitment Contest Ending SOON!
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  

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.

2019 HCMA dues were due January 1st
Contact the HCMA office to confirm your 2019 HCMA membership dues have been paid:  813.253.0471 or CLICK HERE.
HCMA contingency to travel to Tallahassee during 2019 Session
A contingency of HCMA members, under the leadership of the HCMA Government Affairs Committee, is planning a visit to Tallahassee on March 12, 2019. 
If you are interested in the opportunity to meet with members of the legislative delegation, or have have any questions regarding the Tallahassee trip,  click here .
Physicians needed for incapacity evaluations
The HCMA has been asked to assist the 13th Judicial Circuit in its efforts to recruit new physician members of the Court's Guardianship Examining Committee which involves individual evaluations of alleged incapacitated persons. When someone seeks to have the Court determine a person's level of capacity, because of a good faith belief that the individual is incapacitated and in need of a legal guardian, the Court appoints three members of the Guardianship Examining Committee to independently evaluate the person and file a written report with the Court. One of the three must be a physician.  
Most cases involve only one meeting with the person, to conduct the evaluation, and then the writing and filing of the report. The Court will provide a basic format for the report, but the individual physician may add to it or attach a narrative or letter.

Physicians are paid a flat fee of $300.00 for their service, per case, and paid by the State if the Ward is indigent.  The amount of times a physician would be contacted to take a case would vary based upon the number of new cases and the number of physicians on the Committee. 

To receive background information and an application, please click here.

For further details, please contact Sean Cadigan, General Magistrate/13th Judicial Circuit, or phone: (813) 276-8517.

"There really is a need for physicians to do this important work for these vulnerable members of our community, " Magistrate Sean Cadigan.
Member Announcement Service
Moving, new partner, new website, retirement announcement?  The HCMA will create a  professional announcement to send to members of the Association.  Send us your text and photos and we will do the rest.  This service is for members only and is $95 per announcement.
Contact Elke Lubin for details.

From the Board of Medicine
Check your medical license expiration date!
Many Florida medical licenses expire January 31, 2019.  Make sure your license has been renewed!

Take note:
  • The renewal fee is $379.
  • Renew online by visiting
  • If a delinquent licensee is not renewed as active or inactive before the expiration of the current licensure cycle, his or her license will become null and void without further action by the Board of Medicine or DOH.
If you have any questions, please contact the MQA Call Center at (850) 488-0595.

Renewing after the deadline is costly and time consuming, and third party payors can refuse to reimburse physicians for services rendered under an inactive license.

Physician Wellness

A New Year's Resolution
Resolve to take care of yourself, physically, mentally, and emotionally, so you can better care for your patients.

A healthy you translates to a healthier work/life balance.

Take the time for yourself.
Personal News
2019-2020 HILLAPC Board
The following physicians will serve on the Hillsborough Political Action Committee (HILLPAC) Board beginning January 1, 2019:

Fred Bearison, MD.
Bill Butler

Madelyn Butler, MD

Michael Cromer, MD

Eva Crooke, MD
Executive Council Appointee

Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes, MD

Chris Pittman, MD

Jayant Rao, MD

Malcolm Root, MD
Past President
(1 yr term)

Legislative advocacy is demonstrated through HILLPAC, the bipartisan political arm of the HCMA. HILLPAC supports pro-medicine candidates at the state and local level who understand the importance of allowing physicians to care for their patients without burdensome governmental intrusions and unnecessary insurance mandates. The HILLPAC Board members are elected for two year terms. For more information, please contact Elke Lubin.
Welcome New Members
Timothy Bradley, MD
Pediatric Orthopedics of Brandon & Riverview
602 Vonderburg Dr., #103
Brandon, 33511

Jason Fields, MD
4422 E. Columbus Ave.
Tampa, 33605
Nicole Melendez, MD
4612 N. Habana Ave..
Tampa, 33614

Astrid Mondaca, MD
The Woman's Group
5380 Primrose Lake Circle
Tampa, 33647
Daniel Schultz, MD
Forensic Pathology
Hillsborough County Medical Examiner
11025 N. 46th St.
Tampa, 33617

Resident Physicians/University of South Florida:
Eric Branch (Orthopaedics)
Danielle Fontenot (Vascular Surgery)
Philip Fontenot  (Orthopaedics)
Brenton Hill  (Orthopaedics)
Mitchell John  (Orthopaedics)
Stephanie Merimee  (Orthopaedics)
Thomas Sellers  (Orthopaedics)
Rafael Serrano  (Orthopaedics)

Sean Spence  (Orthopaedics)
Jason Stack  (Orthopaedics)
Kyle Stoops  (Orthopaedics)
Benjamin Streufert  (Orthopaedics)
Alex Sullivan  (Orthopaedics)
Shea Taylor  (Orthopaedics)
Raul Villarreal (Allergy/Immunology)

Resident Physicians/Brandon Regional Hospital:
Ali Al-Marzoog
Michael Anis
Melissa Bacci
Shabaz Bhalwani
Zinkal Bhutwala
Ariel Botwin
Richard Bravo
Philip Brunetti
Camille Imbo-Nloga
Michele Caravella
Yasna Chaudhary
Sukhmani Chauhan
James Clark, III
Marc Copeland
Pablo Dubon
Ji Fan
Ricki Forestiere
William Forshee
Alvaro Frometa Columbie
Megan Gilchrist
Natalya Grigoryan
John Harris
Patrick Hsu
Kai Huang
Suy sen Hung Fong
Joshua Hutchins
Sahned Jaafar
Rashmi Jadhav
Tatum Jestila
Lawanya Jeyaselvan
Paul Jones
William Juan
Varinderjit Kaur
Emily Klosterman
Roli Kushwaha
Joseph Le
Harrison Lief
Jack Lubka
Vladislav Maksimchuk
Seth Maxwell
Matthew McClure
Luis Mejia Garcia
Alister Meshkin
Ory Newman
Ryan Ngo
Dan Nguyen
Huy Nguyen

Enzo Nicosia
Matthew Nordike
Rachel Oliver
Purvi Patel
Pratick Patel
Nupur Patel
Alexander Prestley
Joel Prince
Michael Rains
Amanpreet Saini
Jan-Paul Sambataro
Stephen Schaffner
Philip Schertz
Maryam Sheikh
Joshua Shinoff
Keyon Shokraneh
Michael Simpson
Puja Solanki
David Sukhai
Caroline Trippel
Neil Trulock
Luke Ying
Jessica Young
Irini Youssef
Spotlight on Savings
Be kind to your 2019 budget!
Medline Industries, with partners Black Maple Group and Intalere, can save your practice money on just about anything you can think of in your practice...from table paper to magazine subscriptions to vaccines to computers to telecom services and more!

Medline Industries, Blackmaple Group and Intalere offering discounted prices on a multitude of products.  
Blackmaple Group (BMG) is a local Florida company specializing in medical supply chain services. Under their program, participants can save 15-30% or more on medical-surgical and other common items like office supplies and telecommunications by combining their volume with that of clients across the nation. Medline Industries serves as a key partner for distribution and direct-to-manufacturer savings on branded products, with Intalere offering discounted pricing on national products based on over 2,000 contracts. A Medline representative will meet with your practice manager and review all of the practice's purchases, which can include copy machine supplies, magazine subscriptions, uniforms, office supplies, as well as medical-surgical equipment.  You will be provided with a spreadsheet to easily compare items and your potential savings.  Contact Brad Auge to schedule a no-obligation review:, or   813.361.3718.
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
Michael Connelly
HCMA Inauguration Dinner
MONDAY, May 13, 2019
Westshore Grand Hotel

Social Hour: 6:30pm
Dinner and Program: 7:30pm

HCMA members: complimentary
Spouse/Guests: $50 per person

Guest Speaker: Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of thirty-two novels and one work of non-fiction. With over seventy-four million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into forty foreign languages, he is one of the most successful writers working today. Mr. Connelly's crime fiction career was honored with the Diamond Dagger from the CWA in 2018.

Jayant Rao, MD will be installed as the 2019-2020 HCMA President.

Watch your email for further details.

PLEASE NOTE - this Membership Dinner is being held on a MONDAY.