January 5, 2024

CE Broker/Evercheck Update

To our CMS Members with CMS Discounted CE Broker Accounts:

We know Capital Medical Society member physicians value their discounted CE Broker Professional Account that is a benefit of CMS membership. CE Broker has a new partnership with Evercheck.


This partnership officially launched (after some delays) on the evening of January 4, 2024. Please check your inbox (or spam folder) for an email from [email protected].


CE Broker/Evercheck have access to the email address currently connected to physicians’ CE Broker accounts. If you do not follow these steps, you won’t be able to access your CE Broker account.



If you have any questions, please contact Tom Block, Executive Director or Rosalie Carlin (850) 877-9018, [email protected]; [email protected].

2024 CMS Presidential Installation - January 23, 2024

Advance reservations are required by Tuesday, January 16 to [email protected].

Calling for Nominations for the I.B. Harrison, M.D. Humanitarian Award and the Thomas L. Hicks, M.D. Outstanding Physician Award

We are seeking nominations from the CMS membership as both awards are presented to physicians by their peers. Please give thoughtful consideration to nominating a physician for each award.


Please mail (1204 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308) or e-mail ([email protected]) your completed nomination forms.


The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, January 17.


To download the nomination form for the I.B. Harrison, M.D. Humanitarian Award, 

click here.


To download the nomination form for the Thomas L. Hicks, M.D. Outstanding Physician Award, click here.

Why Are Hackers Targeting Healthcare Providers?

As the cyber security threat landscape grows and develops, cybercriminals are turning their target on healthcare companies. Unfortunately, this industry is becoming increasingly susceptible to these attacks. Simultaneously, ransomware attacks are getting only more destructive, with the FBI finding that healthcare suffered more ransomware attacks in 2022 than any other sector.


Source: MSN.com

If you'd like to learn more, we hope you'll join us for the CMS Lunch and Learn on February 21. The topic is Cybersecurity: Know the Threats & How to Keep Safe. See below for more information and to register.

CMS Lunch and Learn - Cybersecurity: Know the Threats & How to Keep Safe - February 21, 2024

Alzheimer's Drugs Might Get into the Brain Faster with New Ultrasound Tool, Study Shows

Researchers used sound waves to jiggle a temporary opening in the brain's protective shield for three patients over six months. In spots where that shield was opened, more plaque was cleared.


Source: Health News Florida

Planning Ahead for the Costs of Alzheimer's Disease in Florida is Key

Miami-Dade has the nation's highest prevalence of Alzheimer's. But with monthly memory care costs in Florida averaging at more than $8,000 per month, one family talks about the difficult choices to come.


Source: Health News Florida

Americans on Medicare Now Get Better Access to Mental Health Care. Here's How.

Medicare now covers therapy appointments with licensed marriage and family counselors, and licensed professional counselors.


Source: Health News Florida

'Arm Identity'? A UCF Company is Using AI to Personalize Prosthetics for Kids

The research company Limbitless Solutions is embracing generative artificial intelligence to allow children to personalize their prosthetics, adding personal identity to their new arms.


Source: Health News Florida

The Number of Type 1 Diabetes Cases is Growing and Researchers Don't Know Why

By the time many people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes they’ve gone to a hospital emergency room with a life-threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA, said Dr. Henry Rodriguez, director the USF Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology.

According to the 2023 American Diabetes Association Standards of Care, approximately half of children and adolescents in the U.S. experience DKA at diagnosis.


Source: Health News Florida

More Patients are Losing Their Doctors – and Their Trust in the Primary Care System

In Rhode Island, safety-net clinics are under new pressures as clinicians retire or burn out. Patients report that it's harder to find care, and they're losing connections to familiar doctors.


Source: Health News Florida

Spurred by a New Variant, COVID Cases in Florida Doubled Before the Holidays

The new variant is called JN.1. It's an omicron offshoot that makes up about 44% of COVID cases across the country, according to the CDC.


Source: Health News Florida

What is Hospice Care? 6 Myths About This End-of-Life Option

Recently ex-President Jimmy Carter went into hospice, which often is for patients in the last stages of incurable diseases. Contrary to popular belief, starting hospice doesn't mean giving up on life.


Source: Health News Florida

A Discussion on the Wonderful Healing Power of Music

Music supports mental health and aids in managing neurological disorders. From easing challenges to boosting overall well-being, music proves to be a powerful tool for healing.


Source: Health News Florida

10-Year-Old, First in Florida to Take New Diabetes Drug, Has No Symptoms a Year Later

Last January, Anderson Ata became the seventh person in the world to receive teplizumab, which researchers say is the first big milestone in treating diabetes since the production of insulin over 100 years ago.


Source: Health News Florida

Doctor of the Day Program for the 2024 Regular Legislative Session

To: All Physicians and Interested Parties,

In anticipation for the 2024 Regular Legislative Session, preparations for this program are underway.


You can find information regarding the Doctor of the Day program, as well as the Doctor of the Day application HERE.

Please contact me regarding any questions or concerns.


Thank you,


Kelly Welborn

Office of Legislative Services

Claude Pepper Building, Room 874

111 West Madison Street

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1400

(850) 717-0301

[email protected]

CMS Foundation Physician Wellness Program is Here for Physicians and TMH Residents

Overloaded? Stressed? You're Not Alone.

Does your workday start before dawn and end well after dusk? Do you go to bed tired and wake up the same way? Maybe it’s time you talk to someone who can help you make positive changes for a healthier, happier life and lifestyle. The CMS has five professional counselors who are available to you - free of charge - free of worry. This program remains one of the few in the state that serves all local practicing physicians and TMH Residents, without cost, without question. Six sessions annually are completely confidential and autonomous. 



Paul Deitchman, Ph.D.
313 Williams St., #5
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Tracey Morse, Ph.D.
1114 E. Tennessee St.
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Stephen Wright, Ph.D.
313 Williams St., #7
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Jane Marks, LFMT, LMHC
3325-C Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32308

For five decades, Jane Marks has helped countless families navigate the challenges in life. As a Licensed Family & Marriage Therapist, she will bring a thoughtful approach to wellness for those seeking individual, family or marriage coaching through the CMS Foundation’s Physician Wellness Program.
Brenda Rabalais, Ph.D.
216 Lake Ella Drive
Tallahassee, FL  32303

Brenda Rabalais, Ph.D., specializes in providing counseling services to those who are struggling with a loss or a trauma. Examples include; divorce, abandonment (foster care, adoption, service families), abuse, suicide, homicide, crime, loss of functionality, loss of home or job, long-term illnesses, other life transitions, as well as death. Brenda founded Lee's Place, a grief, loss and trauma counseling center, in 2000 and has been a practicing therapist as well as the Executive Director for those 21 years.
Special thanks to the MagMutual Foundation and the TMH Medical Staff for helping the CMS fund this program.
Informational Correspondence with the Capital Medical Society

In this digital era, we strive to keep you updated with the latest in information. Please let us know when your emails and contact information change. We want you to be part of this Society and be active in your practice networking. Patients seeking provider referrals and providers seeking provider referrals keep your practice flourishing. If your membership information is old and you would like to contact us about relocating, new staff changes, or if you haven’t heard from us in a while, your information may not be current. Your personal contact information is kept confidential but is our way of reaching out to you about meetings, medical updates, license requirements, legalities in medicine and patient privacy and care, Journals, newsletters and more.

Tom Block, Executive Director, 850-321-1648, [email protected]

Are You One of our Members on the Move?
If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, we want to know more!
·    Is your practice expanding? Are you adding staff members?
·    Do you have a new practice administrator/office manager?
·    Have you changed or added locations?
·    Have you changed your email/phone/fax?
·    Have you added a new specialty or passed your Board Certification(s)?
·    Have you retired within the last six months?
Send your updates to [email protected].
Subject line: Member Updates
Updated Physician Headshots
The CMS website is your link to our physician member database. The CMS has been actively working on each provider search. Please take the time to search the listing. If you find there is any inaccurate information or an outdated headshot, please reach out to CMS to update your information. Let us know as soon as possible to make sure your information is current.
CMS | (850) 877-9018 | [email protected]
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Electronic Version of January 2024 Cap Scan

Click here to view the January 2024 Cap Scan.

Medicare Revalidations
Medicare Revalidations are back in full force after a brief pause during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic. All healthcare providers and suppliers are required to revalidate their Medicare enrollment every 3-5 years per CMS’ request. Medicare has implemented new revalidation screening criteria that you will need to be aware of. Missing this important deadline will have significant financial consequences on your medical practice! This link is to a tool to a searchable database that allows you to look up the revalidation due date for Medicare providers who must revalidate their enrollment record information every three or five years.

Your Dose of Medical Humor

Save the Date for Upcoming CMS Meetings/Events

January 23, 2024

CMS Presidential Installation of Helen Paulson, M.D.

6:00 pm

FSU Alumni Center

Here's Another Connection for CMS Members: Healthcare Lawyer On Call
The CMS has had a long-standing relationship with Jeff Cohen and The Florida Healthcare Law Firm. Did you know that you can tap into a program called Healthcare Lawyer On Call through Jeff and his firm? That's right! On-Call is different than what you may be used to and doesn't mean that you'll find an attorney at 3 AM to answer a question, but what it does mean is that you can call and speak with someone at The Florida Healthcare Law Firm for 15 minutes at no charge! Please remember that any purely verbal discussion on legal matters is simply the lawyer’s best (and unconfirmed) understanding. Another benefit of being a CMS member!
CME Resources

Accredited Education Courses to Meet DEA Training Requirement

The Doctors Company offers 6.75 hrs. that meet the DEA requirement for free. These hours can be combined with previous opioid education the physician may have completed to achieve the 8 hr. requirement. This, and all The Doctors Company CME, is available for free to any physician. They do not have to be a The Doctors Company insured.



Easy to use web portal makes it easy to find courses and track credits. Accredited activities for over 30 medical specialties; Over 100 active courses at any given time; Activity accreditations include ACCME, ANCC, AANP, ACPE, and more; Content is always current, and always free.

CME - From Brain Disorders to Brain Health

Free 1-hour online CME opportunity!

University of Florida's Department of Epidemiology

Raising awareness for Alzheimer's disease and increasing screening for cognitive impairment. This CME has a focus on primary care physicians but is applicable to all physicians who may encounter patients with cognitive impairments.

On-Demand CME by The Doctors Company

Prevention of Diagnostic Error in Primary Care

Diagnostic error continues to be a top patient safety concern, a global burden, and cause patient harm from treatment delay, testing, or misdiagnosis. “Prevention of Diagnostic Error in Primary Care” is an on-demand CME activity that features patient safety expert Jeffrey A. Gold, MD, professor of medicine, vice chair for quality and safety, for the department of medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University. This program highlights major contributing factors of diagnostic error along with the diagnostic process of care framework with additional focus on strategies to mitigate risk of patient harm in the primary care setting.

On-Demand CME by The Doctors Company

Telemedicine to Telehealth: Trends and Emerging Risks

1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Explore the challenges and risks associated with telehealth. Concerns regarding privacy, security, licensure, and technology that might instigate a malpractice claim are discussed.

On-Demand CME by The Doctors Company

Safe Opioid Prescribing for Physicians and Dentists

2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits or 2.5 ADA CE Credits

Opioids play an important role in pain management—both in acute and chronic care settings—but overuse, misuse, and diversion have contributed to an opioid-related epidemic leading to addiction and death. Our on-demand program provides a useful and informative examination of the epidemic’s prevalence and effects.

National Human Trafficking Hotline
If you suspect human trafficking, please call:
National Human Trafficking Hotline
1 (888) 373-7888
Suicide Prevention Hotline
Reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Veterans Crisis Line by Phone and Text

By Phone:
Call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline today. 988 is not a nationwide calling code right now.
Veterans should Press 1 to be connected with the Veterans Crisis Line.

By Text:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available today through online chats. 988 is not a nationwide texting code right now.
Service members, Veterans, and their families can reach the Veterans Crisis Line by texting 838255, and through online chats at veteranscrisisline.net.

Source: Federal Communications Commission
PAP Machine Donations Needed!
A PAP (Positive Airway Pressure) machine is an electronic respiratory ventilation device used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Capital Medical Society Foundation, Inc.'s We Care Network program assists low-income, uninsured adults, whose income is at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level, with obtaining these potentially life-saving medical devices, when prescribed by a pulmonologist. Thanks to our partners at Desloge Home Oxygen and Medical Equipment, Inc., we are able to provide refurbished CPAP, AutoPAP, and BPAP machines for eligible We Care Network patients in Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, and Wakulla Counties. We Care Network also accepts unused, unopened supplies for PAP machines, such as masks, nasal cannulas, and tubing. We Care Network coordinates over $5,000,000 in donated specialty medical and dental care annually.
Machine donations can be dropped off at Capital Medical Society Foundation's office at 1204 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308. Donations to Capital Medical Society Foundation are tax-deductible within IRS guidelines Federal Tax I.D. #: 59-2104510. For additional information, please call 850-942-5215 or email [email protected].
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