March 11, 2022
Honor a Doctor - Recognize a Physician Who Inspires You
RECOGNIZE A PHYSICIAN WHO INSPIRES YOU
NATIONAL DOCTORS’ DAY – MARCH 30 

Please join the Capital Medical Society in wishing the doctors in our community a Happy Doctors’ Day! They persevere with excellence through a challenging time. We want to recognize them as they care for patients and each other. We want to acknowledge how much we appreciate them, their excellent healthcare, and their fantastic teamwork. They have done their best for the patients of this community and others transferred here for care. At the core, they are our medical family.
 
As we try to social distance as much as possible to avoid illness, they don their PPE and move towards those in need. The work in clinics, hospitals, and care facilities is part of the worldwide story of those knowingly putting themselves at risk to save lives. They are working together to distribute vaccines and boosters in our community.
 
Many are physically and psychologically tired from the relentless impact of the pandemic.
And yet, these doctors continue to care for us. Now, is your opportunity to thank and encourage them. March 30 is National Doctors’ Day, a day to recognize physicians, their service, and their contributions to society and communities. This year, celebrate National Doctors’ Day by choosing to make an honorary donation to the Capital Medical Society Scholarship Fund supporting future physicians. Leave a comment in the Tribute Gift box on the donation page to be shared by letter with your doctor honoree.

To ensure your honoree receives their recognition letter before National Doctors’ Day, please make your gift by Monday, March 21.

Donate at:
Or mail your gift check, payable to: Capital Medical Society Foundation, 1204 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL, 32308. 

Please include the name of your honoree and a sentence about why you are honoring them.
Each honoree will receive a letter notifying them of your thoughtful gift.
CMS Members: Membership and CME Meeting - April 19, 2022
 
Registration Deadline: April 11, 2022
FDA Drug Shortages
Current and Resolved Drug Shortages and Discontinuations Reported to FDA


Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Pediatrician pushes back against Florida's new COVID-19 vaccine guidance for kids
Some of the claims state health officials make in their guidance don't tell the full story about COVID vaccines, according to a doctor with the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He says all eligible kids should get shots.

Doctors with the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics are speaking out against recent COVID-19 vaccine guidance from the Florida Department of Health and state Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo. The recommendation says healthy children may be better off not getting the shots.

State health officials say kids ages 5 to 17 with underlying conditions are the "best candidates" for COVID vaccines but they argue other kids have little to no risk of developing severe illness.


Source: Health News Florida
CDC OKs Gathering Without Masks in Leon; February was Deadliest COVID Month Since October
As predicted by local health experts, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now lists Leon County as low risk for transmission of COVID-19 — a label that comes with approval of maskless gatherings in indoor, public spaces.

The CDC data meant to guide decision-making takes into account current hospital beds occupied by COVID patients and capacity in addition to the case numbers, which previously dominated its metrics.


Source: Tallahassee Democrat
State to Recommend Against COVID Vax for Healthy Kids
Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo says the state will recommend against COVID vaccinations for healthy children. He did not say when or what age. The announcement comes after a panel assembled by Gov. Ron DeSantis discussed what they considered the lack of evidence on vaccine benefits for kids. 


Source: Health News Florida
Getting the Vax Facts
Despite two years of COVID and a year’s worth of vaccinations, there remains some confusion over the privacy of an employee’s vaccination status. As a healthcare employer, are you permitted to ask your employees if they’re vaccinated? Do you breach the Health Information Protection and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in doing so? The quick answers to those questions are: it’s OK for an employer to ask; and as long as the inquiry is made to the employee (and not to a third party or sought from medical records), the employer probably hasn’t violated HIPAA.


Source: Florida Healthcare Law Firm
Eight Additional Free COVID Test Kits Can Be Ordered from the Federal Government
A second round of free COVID test kits can be ordered from the federal government.

Beginning Monday, March 7, people can go online to usps.com/testkits to request up to eight additional kits.

The only information required to fill out the form is a name, working email and mailing address including ZIP code.


Source: Health News Florida
With a global death toll passing 6 million, COVID stretches into its third year, grim milestones that call for another look at the human toll. The data in these charts tell various aspects of the story, from the deadly force of the disease and its disparate impact to political polarization and a struggling American response. 


Source: Health News Florida
Many U.S. Adults Exposed to Adverse Lead Levels in Early Childhood
TUESDAY, March 8, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Among U.S. adults who were alive in 2015, more than 53 percent are estimated to have had blood lead levels (BLLs) greater than 5 μg/dL in early life, according to a study published online March 7 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Source: Physician's Weekly
Florida Health System CEO Resigns
Jason Barrett resigned as president and CEO of St. Augustine, Fla.-based Flagler Health+, a position he has held since May 2018.

The nonprofit system on March 8 said Mr. Barrett "made the decision to resign from the organization to pursue other opportunities." His tenure as president and CEO was but one chapter of his 19 years with Flagler Health+, which was known as Flagler Hospital before its 2019 rebrand. Mr. Barrett previously served as chief administrative officer, chief integration officer, COO, senior vice president and vice president of operations, according to his LinkedIn.


Source: Becker's Hospital Review
In the first study to look at asthma treatments for Black and Latino patients, researchers at the University of South Florida and around the nation spent more than three years developing solutions to historic inequities in care. 


Source: Health News Florida
Multistate Outbreak of Melioidosis Associated with Imported Aromatherapy Spray
Melioidosis, caused by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, is an uncommon infection that is typically associated with exposure to soil and water in tropical and subtropical environments. It is rarely diagnosed in the continental United States. Patients with melioidosis in the United States commonly report travel to regions where melioidosis is endemic. We report a cluster of four non–travel-associated cases of melioidosis in Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, and Texas. These cases were caused by the same strain of B. pseudomallei that was linked to an aromatherapy spray product imported from a melioidosis-endemic area.


Source: The New England Journal of Medicine
Florida Health Care Coalitions - March 2022 Virtual Training Schedule
Physician Bootcamp - Spring 2022

Registration is Free
Presented by Medical Economics.
Medical Economics® understands physician burnout and challenges that impact your business. Join us on March 31st for this must-attend virtual learning event. Expert-led panelists will guide you through ways to: streamline challenges, maximize efficiency, and put more money in your pocket.

Your time is valuable which is why we have thoughtfully curated four sessions with practical learning objectives and actionable solutions.


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
COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination, and Monoclonal Antibody Sites and Hours of Operation in Leon County
Search https://arcg.is/1LLfLi0 for a map of all available testing and vaccination sites in Leon County, along with hours and scheduling details.  
 
Source: Leon County COVID-19 Information Portal
CMS Family Movie Night - Mark Your Calendars!
Saving Money with the Capital Medical Society Has Never Been Easier - My Green Doctor
CMS’s My Green Doctor practice management program is about practices becoming environmentally sustainable and creating healthier communities. The new website makes it even easier to learn how your office will save money by “going green”. Ask your practice manager to register as a Partner Society member and to use the new CMS member discount code MGDCMS to save $60 instantly and make the program free for your entire practice: https://www.MyGreenDoctor.org.

Source: My Green Doctor
Discounted Event Tickets at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center
Capital Medical Society members can receive a discount on certain events at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center by using our promo code "CMST". The upcoming events are:
 
April 3, 2022

April 21, 2022
 
Members can receive the discount a few different ways:
1. Click the show link above and enter the promo code "CMST"
2. Call 850-645-0746 to purchase over the phone and mention the promo code "CMST"
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
CMS Foundation Physician Wellness Program
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 three 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
  • Stephen Wright, Ph.D. - 850-222-3045

To view Physician Wellness resources, click here.
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.
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
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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