October 1, 2021
How the New DNA Privacy Law Could Affect Your Practice
On June 29, 2021, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law HB 833, the “Protecting DNA Privacy Act.” The stated purpose of the legislation is to protect a person’s DNA from being collected or analyzed without his or her consent. To prevent the unauthorized use of a person’s DNA information, the legislation establishes new criminal offenses applicable to persons who willfully, and without express consent:
Collect or retain another person’s DNA sample with the intent to analyze such sample
Submit another person’s DNA sample for analysis or conduct or procure the conducting of such analysis
Disclose another person’s DNA analysis to a third party, unless such results were previously
voluntarily disclosed by the person whose DNA was analyzed
Sell or otherwise transfer another person’s DNA sample or analysis results to a third party

HB 833 will have the biggest impact on physicians who employ DNA testing in their practices. Physicians who collect or submit a patient’s DNA sample for DNA analysis will have to first obtain the patient’s express consent to do so.


Source: Florida Medical Association (FMA)
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Tallahassee Doctor Fights State After Medical Marijuana Sting Operation
A physician who orders medical marijuana for patients is accusing state health officials of breaking the law to create fake records in a sting operation involving an investigator falsely posing as a military veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Joseph Dorn, who has practiced in Florida for nearly three decades, risks losing his medical license after the Department of Health filed a complaint alleging the Tallahassee-based physician violated medical marijuana laws when ordering cannabis for “Patient O.G. " and “Patient B.D.,” two undercover investigators with the state agency.


Source: WCTV.TV
The drugmaker says trials show the pill cuts in half hospitalizations and deaths in people recently infected with COVID. The company says it would soon ask U.S. health officials to authorize the drug, making it the first pill shown to treat the coronavirus.


Source: Health News Florida
The state doesn't have enough nurses now, and a report from the Florida Hospital Association and Safety Net Hospital Alliance shows the shortage could be near 60,000 by 2035. Rural areas are projected to be most affected, particularly when it comes to registered nurses, who have more advanced training. 


Source: Health News Florida
Eisai, Biogen Start U.S. Accelerated Approval for New Alzheimer's Drug
Japanese drugmaker Eisai Co on Monday began its application process for its experimental drug for early Alzheimer's disease using an accelerated approval pathway, the same path that helped Eisai's development partner Biogen Inc win U.S. approval of its medication in June.


Source: The Emergency Email & Wireless Network
Alzheimer’s Drug Targets People With Mild Cognitive Impairment. What Does That Mean?
The approval of a controversial new drug for Alzheimer’s disease, Aduhelm, is shining a spotlight on mild cognitive impairment — problems with memory, attention, language or other cognitive tasks that exceed changes expected with normal aging.

After initially indicating that Aduhelm could be prescribed to anyone with dementia, the Food and Drug Administration now specifies that the prescription drug be given to individuals with mild cognitive impairment or early-stage Alzheimer’s, the groups in which the medication was studied.


Source: Health News Florida
A Gene-Editing Experiment Let These Patients With Vision Loss See Color Again
In a first, doctors injected the gene-editing tool CRISPR directly into cells in patients' eyes. The experiment helped these vision-impaired patients see shapes and colors again.


Source: Health News Florida
'Privacy Exception' No Cure for Doctors' Open Notes Headaches
Some physicians are bridling at last week's federal advisory suggesting they can delay releasing bad news to patients' electronic health portals without violating the new federal law that requires it. Their patients just have to request the delay up front.
 
The framework for doing that is embedded in the "Privacy Exception," one of eight exceptions in the new Information Blocking or "Open Notes" rule. 


Source: MedPage Today
Women in Medicine - 13 Visionary Women Who Changed The Game
The headline says it all.

(The slideshow deck shows that Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH passed in 2021. That is when she started with the CDC.)


Source: MedPage Today
Why You Should Ignore the Financial Media
Personally, I cringe when I hear that the Dow Jones has taken "a tumble" or the S&P is performing at record lows. But at those times, what I fail to remember is that the medium is the message, although the possibility of losing hard-earned money does not momentarily soothe the soul.
 
This blog from the White Coat Investor is worth the time investment, if only to serve as a confirmation of your current views or as an eye-opening read that can hopefully thwart most cringe-worthy experiences.


Source: The White Coat Investor
C.C.S. (Cocktail Conversation Starters)
Silence, although golden, can sometimes feel awkward, especially when you're surrounded by new faces. That's when a CCS (or two!) can be a great way to break the ice, so to speak. If you have any recollection of the 60's and 70's, my guess is that you'll thoroughly enjoy many or all of these one-hit-wonders and the stories behind them. A true walk down memory lane...white go-go boots, polyester bell-bottoms, and so much more to make you reminisce for a moment and smile for much longer. Consider this your afternoon delight...you may just get hooked on the feeling!


Source: Trivia Genius
CMS MEMBER FALL PICNIC
CMS Member Fall Picnic
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park Pavilion/Playground
Saturday, October 16, 2021
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Capital Medical Society CME Opportunity: Prevention of Medical Errors - October 19, 2021
October Healthcare Coalitions Virtual Trainings
Below is a list of free virtual classes available for the month of October through the Florida Healthcare Coalitions. 
 
  • October 5 – Hospital Incident Command Systems (AWR-934-V7)
  • 2-hour class (10am to 12pm Eastern)
  • Provider – Center for Domestic Preparedness (Anniston, AL)
  • Flyer - must use unique code to register
 
  • October 8 – Healthcare Facility Preparedness (AWR-934-V8)
  • 1.25-hour class (10am to 11:15am Eastern)
  • Provider – Center for Domestic Preparedness (Anniston, AL)
  • Flyer - must use unique code to register
 
  • October 12 – Federal, State, and Local Roles in Medical Emergency Response (AWR-934-V5)
  • 1.25-hour class (10am to 11:15am Eastern)
  • Provider – Center for Domestic Preparedness (Anniston, AL)
  • Flyer - must use unique code to register
 
  • October 14 – Natural Disaster Awareness for Caregivers (AWR-308)
  • 4-hour class (12:30 to 4:30pm Eastern)
  • Provider – National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (Hawaii)
  • Flyer - must use unique code to register
 
  • October 19 – Hurricane Awareness (AWR-343)
  • 4-hour class (12:30 to 4:30pm Eastern)
  • Provider – National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (Hawaii)
  • Flyer - must use unique code to register
 
  • October 25 & 26 – Healthcare Sector Emergency Preparedness I (AWR-336)
  • 8-hour class (12:30 to 4:30pm Eastern, each day)
  • Provider – Center for Domestic Preparedness (Anniston, AL)
  • Flyer - must use unique code to register
 
Source: Big Bend Healthcare Coalition
Florida E-Prescribing
Electronic Prescribing Requirements (Florida Board of Medicine)
House Bill 831 (2019), Electronic Prescribing, was signed into law by Governor DeSantis. The effective date is January 1, 2020. The bill provides important new requirements for prescribers to generate and transmit all prescriptions electronically upon licensure renewal or by July 1, 2021, whichever is earlier.

Florida ePrescribing Clearinghouse (Agency for Healthcare Administration)
The purpose of the Florida ePrescribing Clearinghouse is to provide information that contributes to the promotion and implementation of electronic prescribing by health care practitioners, health care facilities, and pharmacies in order to prevent prescription drug abuse, improve patient safety, and reduce unnecessary prescriptions. This Clearinghouse contains information on the advantages, processes, products, rules, and laws of ePrescribing as well as Florida ePrescribing reports.
Save the Date for Upcoming CMS Meetings/Events
Talk to me, Goose.
We all need co-pilots. That's why the Capital Medical Society Foundation Physician Wellness Program is here for its members. The CMSF has teamed up with four wonderful resources who will help you fly - confidentially and autonomously. Your first six wellness coaching visits are at no cost to you. None. Nada. No identifying information. Nothing except peace of mind. Seriously. Pick up the phone and call any of the resources noted below. Telehealth options available.

Special thanks to MagMutual Foundation and others who are helping the CMSF fund this program.
 
Local Wellness Coaching Resources:
  • Paul Deitchman, Ph.D. - 850-878-3571
  • Tracey Morse, Ph.D. - 850-556-7944
  • Debra Weaver, Ph.D. - 850-942-5585
  • Stephen Wright, Ph.D. - 850-222-3045

C. Vincent Dix, Ph.D. has announced his retirement effective March 31, 2021. We appreciate the services Dr. Dix has provided to local physicians since the inception of the Capital Medical Society Foundation's Physician Wellness Program in 2017.

To view Physician Wellness resources, click here.

The Elephant in the Doctors' Lounge - With roughly 156 million Americans fully vaccinated for COVID-19, physicians are seeing signs of relief on the horizon. That relief can't come soon enough. The initial energy and adrenaline that drove physicians to treat their acutely ill patients in the early months of the pandemic have been replaced by fatigue, burnout, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It's time to talk -- and to act -- so these feelings of struggle don't drive more of our colleagues into a mental health emergency.
Source: MedPage Today
CME Resources
Wolfson Pediatric CME Webinars - 5.5 CME Credit Opportunity
Wolfson Children’s Hospital is proud to provide Continuing Medical Education opportunities to our partners and referring providers by offering monthly virtual CME sessions at no cost. If you have missed any of our previously offered live webinars and still wish to obtain CME credit for them, we have provided 4 recorded webinars for a total of 5.5 CME credits possible. Please follow the instructions below in order to take advantage of this opportunity!
 
1.      Open the flyer and choose which education session you would like to watch.
2.      Click the link in the attachment for the desired education session.
3.      Watch the webinar.
4.      Follow the instructions included in the video description to complete the required survey and input the associated activity code.
*Please note, if you are licensed outside of the state of Florida, you must contact the CME office at Kimberly.Branham-Nelson@bmcjax.com to request an official transcript of your participation.

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.

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
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
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.
Looking for Some Non-CME Credit Learning Opportunities?
TMH has a library of past CME courses for viewing on their MDnews page: https://www.tmh.org/mdnews/education. The recent CMEs cohosted by CMS and TMH may be found there or by opening: https://youtu.be/HJ50ZsIe2fc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjgnCn77HSc&t=5s.
Opportunity to Support the 2022 CMS Membership Directory
The Capital Medical Society will publish its 2022 Membership Directory early next year. It will be distributed to all members. We have once again contracted with a company called E&M Consulting to produce the directory. E&M will be contacting our members over the next few months about advertising opportunities in the directory. E&M will manage all the ad sales, creative design, and formatting of the publication for us. This is a very professional group with experience in publishing association directories. If you have any questions or would like to advertise, please contact Rob Schmidt with E&M at 850-347-8182, 800-572-0011, or rob@emconsultinginc.com. Information on the available advertising opportunities can be viewed here or can also be viewed online at https://www.emconsultinginc.com/adreservation/cms/. Please be responsive and help support this directory. Remember, it will include our entire medical community.  
 
CMS will provide the content - including photos of our members. If you have an updated photo - please send it to us!
 
Please feel free to call us if you have any questions - and thank you for your support!
 
Sincerely,
The CMS Staff
(850) 877-9018
ABIM Extends Maintenance of Certification Requirement Deadlines Through 2022
Board-certified physicians are getting another extension on the deadline to maintain their internal medicine credentials.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) once again extended the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements through December 2022.


Source: Fierce Healthcare
Coronavirus - Information, Updates, Resources
Updates and Resources

Maguire Medical Library - Florida State University College of Medicine: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Basic & Current Information

The State-Level COVID-19 profile for Florida. This data is collected from medical facilities in one of two system HHS protect or National Healthcare Safety Network  
 and the White House Coronavirus Task Force analyzes and distributes the report.
   
The New England Journal of Medicine - A collection of articles and other resources on the Coronavirus outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines, and commentary
 
Epidemiological and Clinical Resources For The COVID-19 Pandemic
 
CDC Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment
 
CDC Guidance for People at Higher Risk for COVID-19 Complications
 
CDC PPE Poster
 
CDC Guidance for Travelers from Countries with Widespread Sustained (ongoing) Transmission Arriving in the United States
 
CDC Communication Resources
 
NETEC coronavirus page includes PPE validation checklists and video resource, in addition to many others:
 
 
From the Florida Medical Association: Coronavirus Educational Resource Center

Vaccine Updates


 
See the latest state Department of Health data summarizing the number of people in Florida who have either received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or completed the vaccine series (FMA) 
 
 (Florida Department of Health in Leon County)
 
(Florida Department of Health in Leon County) 
 
 
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
 
 
COVID-19 Pandemic Planning FAQ (dated 11/19/2020) includes important information regarding procurement and handling of costs for vaccine administration. (FEMA) 
 
What Happens Once There is a COVID-19 Vaccine? Key Challenges to Vaccinating America (12/3/2020) - VIDEO or SLIDES (Kaiser Family Foundation) 

Reporting for Health Care Providers and Laboratories

 
 
 
 
Notable recent additions to CDC guidance include more detailed infection prevention and control recommendations for health care settings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/infection-control.html.

Please continue to closely monitor the CDC novel coronavirus website for situation and guidance updates. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

If you have any patients who meet the person under investigation criteria, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Leon County Epidemiology Program at 850-404-6299.
 
Epidemiology and Disease Control Program
Florida Department of Health in Leon County
2965 Municipal Way
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Office Number: (850) 404-6299 
Confidential Fax: (850) 921-9855
Rx for Miracles
Florida RX Card has created a new program and resource card to help Children's Miracle Network children and families in need. This card will work just as Florida Rx Card, helping people save on their prescription medications. 

The flyer explains the program and can be used to share/download the app.
Informed Webinar Series: Understanding the CMS Proposed Rule: Reducing Provider and Patient Burden by Improving Prior Authorization Processes
On December 11, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would improve the electronic exchange of healthcare data among payers, providers, and patients. If finalized, the CMS rule would streamline processes related to prior authorization with the goal of reducing the burden on providers and patients. Medicaid, CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program), and QHP (Qualified Health Plan) payers would be required to build and implement FHIR-enabled APIs that could:
 
  • Allow providers to know, in advance, what documentation would be needed for each different payer. 
  • Streamline the documentation process. 
  • Enable providers to send prior authorization requests (and receive responses electronically) directly from the provider's EHR or other practice management system.
 
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 $8,000,000 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 942-5215 or email dbixler@capmed.org.
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