January 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
The HCMA has partnered with the Florida Physicians Alliance (FPA) in an effort to provide COVID-19 vaccines for physician members and their staff (who have exposure risk) as well as HCMA retired members. Locations of vaccine sites are currently being secured.

Because of the contract in place with the Health Department, spouses and family members are not eligible for vaccines within this program, unless in direct patient care.

In order to determine the number of vaccines that will be needed - all practices and retired members over 65 interested in receiving the vaccine MUST complete this form: VACCINE SIGN-UP FORM and SEND TO: admin@floridaphysiciansalliance.com.

PLEASE NOTE: You will be notified when and where the vaccines will be available, which is contingent on the Health Department’s ability to receive and distribute the vaccines. At this time no further information is available. FPA and/or HCMA will keep members informed as progress occurs.
FL Shots Program
We also suggest you register for the FL Shots Program, this way you are assured you can vaccinate patients, your staff, or both.

If you, your practice, or healthcare system is not currently registered at FLShotsproviders are strongly encouraged to do so as soon as possible, the longer you wait to register, the more overloaded the website will be:

For questions or additional information, please contact the COVID-19 Vaccine Enrollment Desk at 833-701-1397, or email CovidVaccineProgram@flhealth.gov.
Webinars from the AMA to help you navigate the pandemic
As the pandemic continues to put significant strain on health systems and practices, health care leaders, frontline physicians, and care team members are looking for best practices, emerging resources, and evidence-based information to support their efforts.

The American Medical Association has designed a webinar series to deliver actionable, solution-based resources, helpful guidance for alleviating stress on health care systems, and insights and expert perspectives on actions and interventions that drive proactive change.

AMA's next webinar, scheduled for January 14th, is titled “Telehealth policy & coverage: What you need to know for 2021” and will provide the latest developments and updates on policy and coverage at the federal and state level. Click here to register for this webinar and see other topics that will be covered in the coming months.
Pertinent Information
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.
HCMA Resolution: Streamline!
The HCMA resolves to go paperless, one step at a time. Beginning with the 2022 dues billing cycle, we plan to send only email reminders that membership fees are due. In order for this method to be successful - we need your email address!

Click here to submit your current email address and that of your practice manager for future correspondence.
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 will be meeting in February.
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.
Reminder: 2020 MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception Application Deadline for COVID-19 has been Extended to February 1, 2021
For More Information:

Questions? Contact the Quality Payment Program at 1-866-288-8292 or by e-mail at: QPP@cms.hhs.gov. To receive assistance more quickly, please consider calling during non-peak hours(before 10:00 a.m. and after 2:00 p.m. ET).
Help your patients save money on prescriptions
With flu season and the COVID-19 pandemic converging, Florida Rx Card wants to help you and your patients prepare for the “twindemic.” Florida Rx Card saves patients up to 80 percent on prescription medications at 68,000-plus regional and national pharmacies. Order complimentary cards for your office by sending an email to info@floridarxcard.com.
Will the U.S. get its first supervised drug consumption site?
Today, about 120 legally sanctioned supervised consumption sites operate in 11 countries globally, including Canada, Germany and Switzerland. Now there’s a proposal for the first supervised consumption site to open in the United States, but the federal government filed a lawsuit to block it from opening in Philadelphia. They argue it violates a section of the Controlled Substances Act that was aimed at making it easier for police to arrest individuals who opened and used buildings to produce, sell, or use crack cocaine. Medical experts disagree. Read more.
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
The Breakthrough Process worksheet gives you a place to put reflections of the past year. Research shows just writing these things down once, seals the learning and makes it more likely you are to hit your goals ... even if you never look at the worksheet again. And it is easy to stash with your journal or diary to help you recall this moment in time a year from now. Compliments of The Happy MD
HCMA Foundation Physician Wellness Program
A benefit for all HCMA members, the 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, in a confidential and professional environment. CLICK HERE for more information about the Program and to review the list of Program providers.
Personal News
Meet Anni Blackwell
Meet the HCMA’s new staff member, Anni Blackwell. Anni is the Membership & Event Coordinator, replacing Kay Mills who recently retired.

Anni and her husband, Chris, moved to Tampa Bay from Heidelberg, Germany last year. Chris is stationed at MacDill AFB. Anni and Chris have an 18-month-old son, Logan.

Before coming to the HCMA, Anni was an Administration Specialist at SAP, a multinational software corporation. In her spare time, she likes to cook, garden, go to the movies, and spend time with family and friends

Take a moment to say hello to Anni at a future Membership Dinner or event.


Board of Medicine Re-elects HCMA Member as Vice-Chair for 2021
At the Florida Board of Medicine’s December 4, 2020 board meeting, the board members re-elected Zachariah P. Zachariah, M.D., to serve as Chair of the Board for 2021. At the same time, the board members re-elected HCMA member Hector Vila, M.D., to serve as Vice-Chair of the Board for 2021. Dr. Vila is an anesthesiologist practicing in Tampa.
Welcome New Members

Henria Fain, MD
Internal Medicine
DoctorDoctor Primary Care Services
P.O.Box 75496
Tampa, 33675
(813) 743-4383

Karalee Kulek-Luzey, MD
Pediatric Healthcare Alliance
4033 Tampa Rd.
Oldsmar, 34677
(813) 854-2003

Hardeep Singh, MD
Addiction Medicine
16554 N. Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, 33618
(813) 968-7188

USF Residents:

Kelsey Hudley, MD – Emergency Med.
Sara Soni, MD – Plastic Surgery
Benjamin Spurling, MD – Psychiatry


Moira Burke, MD
Lawrence Muroff, MD

Regina Ason, MD
Matthew Buzzeo, MD
Darren Chapman, MD
Fakhir F. Elmasri, MD
Michael B. Esposito, MD
Scott A. Fargher, MD
M. Kurt Gordon, MD
Jeffrey J. Gronkiewicz MD
Husam Habboub, MD
Robert R. Harriage Ii, MD
Bret D. Henricks, MD
Neel D. Karamsadkar, MD
Magge Lakshmi, MD
Martha Lima, MD
Joseph Daniel Mullen, MD, M.S.P.H.
Charley Tucker Myrick III, DO
Jong Park, MD
Kevin J. Sawyer, MD
Christian T. Schmitt, M.D.
Hassan Shahid, MD
Angela E. Sroufe, MD
Matthew Stemer, MD
Venkat Tummala, MD
Lawrence R. Whitney III, MD

Radiology & Imaging Specialists of Lakeland
2125 Crystal Grove Drive
Lakeland, 33801
(863) 577-0303
Spotlight on Savings
Jensen Anderson Wealth Management, LLC is a financial planning firm dedicated to serving physicians for over thirty years. HCMA members receive a Comprehensive Financial Plan at a discounted rate of $500.00 (a $1,500 value). This opportunity will give any HCMA member who may already be working with a planner to have someone take a second look at their plan or if you have not created a plan, this is a great opportunity to do so. 

For additional information, please visit: www.physicianswealthplanning.com or contact Jennifer Joyce, Executive Assistant, at 813-287-8379 or JenniferJoyce@financialguide.com to schedule a meeting. 
Classified Ads
For information on how to place a classified ad in Enews, contact Elke Lubin at the HCMA or complete and return this form.
The Bulletin
The most current issue of HCMA's quarterly publication can be viewed online by clicking here. Previous issues are also available.
For advertising information, contact Elke Lubin, Managing Editor, or view the advertising opportunities on the HCMA website.
Upcoming Events
Virtual Membership Event
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Watch your email for details and registration instructions.
Establish Good Financial Habits
For Young Physicians - a two-part seminar
February 23 & March 2, 2021
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Watch your email for details and registration instructions.
Retirement Planning for Physicians - a two-part seminar
March 9 & 16, 2021
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Watch your email for details and registration instructions.
HCMA Foundation's
23rd Charity Golf Classic
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Carrollwood Country Club

Golfer registration is still only $150. You can register to play and view sponsorship levels by clicking here.

Call the HCMA with any questions: 813.253.0471.