March 19, 2021
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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.
State Surgeon General Extends License Expiration Notice
As part of the response efforts to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), State Surgeon General Dr. Scott A. Rivkees issued Emergency Order DOH No. 20-015 extending 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 license expiration date for Diagnostic Radiological Physicians, Therapeutic Radiological Physicians, Medical Nuclear Radio Physicists, and Medical Health Physicists expiring January 31, 2021 is extended to March 31, 2021.
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 Maintenace of Certification (MOC) requirements through December 2022.


Source: Fierce Healthcare
Medicare 2% Payment Cut Suspended Through March
Medicare sequestration - the federal government's 2% across-the-board payment cut - has been suspended until March 31, 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The suspension was part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act but was originally set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020. It was extended to March 31st as part of an omnibus spending package that was signed on December 27, 2020.
Scholarship Applications for Medical and Healthcare Students are Due March 31
Foundation of CCMS is officially accepting applications through March 31, 2021 for two scholarship award programs: the Dr. William Lascheid Memorial Scholarship for medical students and Healthcare Student Scholarships for students enrolled in or accepted to healthcare degree programs.
 
 
Source: Collier County Medical Society (CCMS) 
Virtual Presentation - "The D-Lightful Vitamin D for Health: From Birth until Death" - March 25
Join us for this virtual presentation:
 
The D-Lightful Vitamin D for Health: From Birth until Death
With special guest speaker: Michael F. Holick, Ph.D., M.D.

Thursday, March 25, 6:30PM
 
Dr. Holick's current research deals with vitamin D nutrition and its impact on health. He recently published a study of more than 190,000 COVID positive patients throughout the entire United States and reported that vitamin D deficiency increases risk for acquiring the corona viral infection by more than 50%. He also reported in 235 patients with COVID-19 infection, 74% with serious infection, that they had less complications from the infection and were less likely to die if they were vitamin D sufficient.
 
Please join us to learn more about the delightful Vitamin D for health!

DOH Leon Community Partners COVID-19 Vaccine Update Week 13
The Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) in partnership with the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and multiple public and private sector partners, continues its mission to get all Leon County residents vaccinated quickly and fairly. This, as we continue all our responses related to limiting the spread of COVID-19 and protecting public health.
 
Please see information attached and below for Week 13 updates on vaccination efforts in Leon County as of March 17.
 
DOH Leon Vaccination Clinic Highlights:
CORRECTION: The Week 12 update should have reflected data showing 17,799 doses of vaccines administered through DOH Leon sponsored clinics to date.
We have so far sponsored 23 vaccination clinics and administered some 18,877 doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
We have shifted operations at some of our vaccine clinics to now include qualified individuals who do not have confirmed vaccine appointments. DOH Leon will accept eligible individuals without appointments at our clinics scheduled March 20 and March 23.
The clinic is acting in accordance with an amended executive order 21-62 signed by Governor DeSantis. See fact sheet attached on new groups now qualified to receive the vaccine.

Since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in late December, Leon County has administered a total of 95,470 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 58,000 people have been vaccinated. 36,981 individuals in the county have completed their vaccine series, and are now considered fully immunized against COVID-19.

DOH Leon is administering vaccines to residents receiving appointments through the statewide preregistration system.  Those who are eligible can start the process by visiting https://myvaccine.fl.gov/. The system will notify those who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when appointments are available by text, email, or phone call and they will be assisted in scheduling an appointment. Those without internet access can call 866-200-3856. The TTY number for deaf and hard of hearing people is 833-476-1455. The site has been enhanced. Beginning today, March 17th, the website presents new features including:
• A “Learn More” section that provides constituents with answers to common questions regarding preregistration
• New preregistration questions that help visitors provide information that can be used to determine eligibility and vaccine distributions
• Improved form field validation to improve data integrity
• Functionality to allow Floridians to create an account so that they can receive regular updates from the State and direct links to securing appointments
 
DOH Leon vaccination clinics currently administer Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to those who are eligible. A government-issued photo ID is required, and if applicable proof of employment such as an identification badge. The schedule is subject to change based on vaccine supply and inclement weather. Vaccination clinics are held at:
           DOH Leon Administration Building
           2965 Municipal Way
           Tallahassee, FL 32304
 
The faith-based vaccine initiative to increase access continues in Leon County. Jacob Chapel Baptist Church in Tallahassee (233 Lake Bradford Road) is confirmed to host a COVID-19 Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic on Friday, March 19. Please see attached flyer. The site will open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To make an appointment those who are eligible are invited to call 850-574-3150. Also, a vaccine clinic is scheduled Saturday March 20 beginning at 9 a.m. at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee. This will be a second dose clinic with 500 doses administered. In January, Governor DeSantis directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management to work with the faith-based community to identify places of worship and other locations in underserved communities where the vaccine may be administered.
 
A communitywide COVID-19 public education initiative has been formally launched for the Big Bend area. Safe and Healthy Big Bend combines the resources of local governments, local hospitals and health care providers, the Leon public school system, the faith community, business, and media partners to keep the public informed and provide up-to-date information on COVID-19. Click here to visit the Safe and Healthy Big Bend website. The multimedia platform includes PSAs, the latest information about vaccines, and direct messaging to the community from trusted voices including DOH Leon Health Officer Claudia Blackburn.

More community partners offer rides to seniors with appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  2-1-1 in partnership with The United Way, 2-1-1 Big Bend and Lyft is offering transportation to COVID-19 vaccine sites through the Lyft Ride United Program. The project provides safe and reliable door to door rides to COVID-19 vaccine appointments at walk-up COVID-19 vaccination sites. Rides can be set up by calling (850) 617-6325 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additionally, Tallahassee’s Elder Care Services is helping residents who need a ride to the vaccine clinics at FAMU. The organization has teamed up with Florida A & M University to offer transportation to seniors who are 60 years of age and older who have confirmed appointments at the Al Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center. They can call (850) 921-5554 to schedule a ride. Individuals do not have to be officially enrolled with elder care to take advantage of this opportunity.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare concludes its popular series “State of COVID-19 in Leon County Community Update” at noon on Friday March 26. This virtual chat collectively brings together key community leaders for an open conversation about COVID-19 that includes questions submitted by viewers. Health Officer Claudia Blackburn is among the featured panelists. In observance of Spring Break, there will not be a webinar this Friday, March 19. If you’ve missed any of the first eight episodes you can find recordings of them including COVID-19 FAQs by using this link.
 
Governor DeSantis has provided the framework for an initiative to administer vaccine to those who are homebound. They or a caregiver can send an email to homeboundvaccine@em.myflorida.com They will be added to the homebound missions list. A survey will be sent to them via email for them to complete. Their answers will determine if they are considered eligible for homebound vaccines. In a recent tweet, the Governor posted that more than 1500 individuals, who are unable to leave their homes for health reasons, have received vaccines.
 
DOH Leon continues to see improvement in major COVID-19 metrics. Cases have decreased over the past two weeks. Our 7-day rolling average for new cases has averaged to 37 per day for the past two weeks (3/3-3/16). The number of hospitalized COVID patients has also fallen in the Leon County area. The test positivity rate in Leon County is low, suggesting that testing capacity is meeting current demand.  Our positivity rate has been 2.50% for the past two weeks (3/3-3/16). Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 28,982 residents have been infected. Since last week's report, six new deaths have been confirmed, bringing the total accumulated death count to 297 Leon County residents. Find more data on COVID-19 cases, testing, and fatalities specific to Leon County here. Additionally, there has been one new case of the UK COVID-19 variant identified in Leon County. We stand at five cases of the B117 variant. Data suggest this variant may be more contagious than the original virus, but does not suggest that it causes more severe disease. Current COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be effective against this and other mutations.
 
The Florida Department of Health issues a COVID-19 vaccine report that is updated daily. This report includes information on the COVID-19 vaccine by county, race, sex, and age. The site also includes all available resources that we have on the state vaccination plan. Find the COVID-19 vaccine report here: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/
 
For any additional questions about the vaccine at this time, the State COVID-19 Call Center can be reached by calling 1-866-779-6121 or emailing COVID-19@flhealth.gov and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Source: Florida Department of Health-Leon
DeSantis Lowers COVID Vaccine Eligibility Age To 50 And Older
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that Florida will lower the coronavirus vaccination age eligibility to 50 effective Monday.

At a news conference in Tallahassee, DeSantis also repeated his goal that vaccinations would likely be available to all residents 16 and older before May 1.


Source: Health News Florida
DeSantis: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Shipments On Hold
Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he doesn’t expect Florida to receive more shipments of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines anytime soon.

“We have no more J&J coming for the foreseeable future. For the next two or three weeks, we’re not anticipating any new J & J and I don’t know what the issue with that is. Hopefully we’ll get more of that soon,” he said at a news conference in Palm Harbor.

He also urged people to take whichever vaccine is available and not wait for the one-dose Johnson & Johnson version. He said there are still plenty of the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer shots in the state, but "our supply is pretty stagnant it seems like over the next few weeks.”


Source: Health News Florida
COVID-19 Reinfection: More Common Than We Think?
Older people appeared especially susceptible to COVID-19 reinfection, but neither sex nor time since previous infection made a difference in risk, a large population-based study in Denmark found.

An analysis examining data by age, sex, and time since last infection found adults ages 65 and older had 47.1% observed protection against reinfection (95% CI 24.7-62.8), reported Steen Ethelberg, PhD, of Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, and colleagues.


Source: MedPage Today
Signals of Hope: Gauging the Impact of a Rapid National Vaccination Campaign
A rapid coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination rollout has led Israel to become the country with the highest rate of vaccinated individuals per capita worldwide. This study summarizes the first signs for the real-world effectiveness and impact of the vaccination campaign.


Source: Nature
New Study from Cleveland Clinic Florida Researchers Points to Novel Drug Target for Treating COVID-19
Researchers from Cleveland Clinic’s Florida Research and Innovation Center (FRIC) have identified a potential new target for anti-COVID-19 therapies. Their findings were published in Nature Microbiology.
 
Led by FRIC scientific director Michaela Gack, Ph.D., the team discovered that a coronavirus enzyme called PLpro (papain-like protease) blocks the body’s immune response to the infection. More research is necessary, but the findings suggest that therapeutics that inhibit the enzyme may help treat COVID-19.


Source: Orlando Medical News
Learn EM Newsletter by Dr. Sam Ashoo - March 19, 2021
Another week in the Covid pandemic has passed. Case counts in the U.S. appear to be reaching a plateau. Unfortunately, case counts in several European countries are increasing (Italy, France, Germany, Denmark). Meanwhile, several interesting developments occurred this week on multiple fronts.

 
Source: Dr. Sam Ashoo
How Will You Make Changes in the Way You Practice Medicine...Or Will You?
As millions of Americans receive vaccines, the nation moves toward herd immunity, and the pandemic hopefully comes to an end soon, the practice of medicine will be forever changed. The Doctors Company is very interested to know if you will make changes to the way you practice medicine after the pandemic. They’d also like to hear your concerns about telehealth and about the risk of malpractice litigation related to the pandemic. Medical Economics will publish the results in their April issue. Answers to the following anonymous five-question survey are requested by March 24https://survey.thedoctors.com/f/41556486/d7a0/.
 
Survey results will help inform other physicians, healthcare providers, and patients about what to expect in the coming months. Thank you for taking a few minutes to complete the survey and for delivering care during the past year under conditions previously unimaginable in the United States.
Here's Why Viral Vector Vaccines Don't Alter DNA
Adenoviral vector vaccines have been in development for decades, but very few have been approved for use in humans. What does the history of adenoviral vector vaccine development tell us about their safety and their potential to alter DNA?
 

Source: MedPage Today
Driven by the Pandemic and 'The Fauci Effect,' Applicants Flood Public Health Schools
The Covid-19 pandemic has tested the public health and medical workforces like never before. And yet people in those fields say they see emerging signs that the crisis will inspire the next generation of doctors, nurses, and public health professionals to join the ranks.

Public health schools, for example, saw a 23% jump in applicants for master’s and doctoral programs from fall 2019 to fall 2020, and are reporting an even bigger increase so far in this application cycle, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.
 

Source: STAT
Could Low-Dose Aspirin Help Shield You From COVID-19?
It's already being taken by millions to help ward off heart issues, and now preliminary research hints that daily low-dose aspirin might also cut your odds of contracting COVID-19.

As the Israeli research team noted, aspirin is an anti-inflammatory and previous studies have shown that it may help the immune system combat some viral infections. According to the researchers, aspirin was widely used during the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic, several decades before its activity against RNA viruses was confirmed.


Source: Health Day
Advocates On Why Time Is Right For Florida To Move On Medicaid Expansion
Florida is one of a dozen states that has not accepted federal funding in order to expand who qualifies for Medicaid, the program that provides health insurance for low-income Americans.
The $1.9 trillion dollar relief package signed recently by President Joe Biden offers holdout states like Florida more money for Medicaid expansion. Now it’s up to lawmakers in Tallahassee to bring a bill to the floor for discussion and vote on it.


Source: Health News Florida
Scope of Practice Legislation HB 631/SB 876
Legislation (HB 631/SB 876) has been filed that would greatly expand the scope of practice for optometrists. Organized optometry is pushing legislation to give the Florida Board of Optometry full control to determine the scope of practice for optometrists. In addition, optometry is seeking to expand their scope to include surgical privileges including eyelid surgeries, refractive surgeries, surgeries involving needles, puncture of the cornea in emergencies - with multiple modalities such as scalpels, lasers, needles, ultrasound, ionizing radiation and by burning and freezing tissue. Finally, this legislation, if passed, would also extend optometry's prescribing authority to virtually all oral medications, including opioids.
 
House Bill 631 by Rizo and Senate Bill 876 by Diaz is the legislation that expands the scope of practice of optometry. The House Bill has not been heard in its first committee of reference yet, which is Professions and Public Health. The Senate Bill passed favorably out of its first committee of reference, Health Policy, by a vote of 6 to 3, on March 10th.
 
If you oppose this legislation and would like to make your voice heard, contact your legislators today.
Scientists Create Living Entities In The Lab That Closely Resemble Human Embryos
For decades, science has been trying to unlock the mysteries of how a single cell becomes a fully formed human being and what goes wrong to cause genetic diseases, miscarriages and infertility.

Now, scientists have created living entities in their labs that resemble human embryos; the results of two new experiments are the most complete such "model embryos" developed to date.


Source: Health News Florida
USF Chosen For Virus Research Headquarters
The Global Virus Network has named the University of South Florida in Tampa as its new Southeast U.S. regional headquarters.

Baltimore-based GVN is a system of researchers in 34 countries who study how viruses work and how they make people sick.


Source: Health News Florida
Florida Senate Seeks To Clarify Pelvic Exam Law
A 2020 law that required doctors to obtain written consent before conducting pelvic exams caused confusion last summer among Florida physicians.

The Senate Health Policy Committee on Wednesday took a step to clarify the law by unanimously passing a bill (SB 716) that says the requirement only applies to female patients and that pelvic exams include examinations of the internal reproductive system.

Sponsored by Sen. Laruen Book, D-Plantation, the bill also would make clear consent required only when patients are anesthetized or unconscious.


Source: Health News Florida
Playing 'Price is Right'-Style Game, Doctors Post Operating Room Photos Online
Spectrum Health says it has launched an investigation after a group of doctors posted to Instagram photos taken in the operating room that show an organ from one patient and fibroid tissue from another. One picture showed a doctor posing with a length of fibrous tissue in his hand. It appeared the patient from whom the tissue came was still lying on the operating table. A second post showed a physician holding an organ that was removed in a cancer operation.


Source: WoodTV.com/Grand Rapids
National Vital Statistics Report
new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Vital Statistics looked at 2018 final mortality statistics, population estimates, and Medicare data for persons 66 to 99 years old, to determine and rank the life expectancy at birth of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Source: CDC.gov
The Runners High: How Exercise Affects Our Minds
We can stop crediting endorphins, the natural opioid painkillers produced by our bodies, for the floaty euphoria we often feel during aerobic exercise, according to a nifty new study of men, women and treadmills. In the study, runners developed a gentle intoxication, known as a runner’s high, even if researchers had blocked their bodies’ ability to respond to endorphins, suggesting that those substances could not be behind the buzz. Instead, the study suggests, a different set of biochemicals resembling internally homegrown versions of cannabis, better known as marijuana, are likely to be responsible.


Source: The New York Times
Doctor of the Day Program for the 2021 Regular Legislative Session
To: All Physicians and Interested Parties,
 
We appreciate your past participation in the Doctor of the Day Program. In anticipation of the 2021 Regular Legislative Session, preparations for this program are underway.
The Florida Legislature has implemented COVID-19 protocols, please review the DOCTOR OF THE DAY PROGRAM_COVID memo for details. Please also see the Doctor of the Day Information Packet and the Application Form.
 
Please contact a member of the Florida Senate or the Florida House of Representatives for sponsorship prior to submitting your Doctor of the Day Application Form.
 
Thank you and we look forward to your participate in the 2021 Doctor of the Day Program. Please contact me regarding any questions or concerns.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mavis Knight
Office of Legislative Services
111 West Madison Street, Room 874
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1400
(850) 717-0301
Leon County Mask Mandate Still In Effect
The Leon County mask mandate added to the Leon County Amended Emergency Ordinance No. 20-15 is still in effect. The ordinance states that an individual in a business establishment in Leon County must wear a face covering while in that business establishment.
 
A business establishment means a location with a roof overhead under which any business is conducted, goods are made, stored or processed, or where services are rendered. The term “business establishment” also includes locations where non-profit, governmental, churches, and quasi-governmental entities facilitate public interactions and conduct business. Also, as part of the requirement, all businesses must post a notice visible to all customers that face coverings are required while indoors. An example sign can be found here.
 
Facial coverings are not required to be worn by the following persons:
 
  • Persons under the age of six years;
  • Persons who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition or individuals with a documented or demonstrable medical problem. It is the intent of this provision that those individuals who cannot tolerate a facial covering for a medical, sensory, or any other condition which makes it difficult for them to utilize a facial covering and function in public are not required to wear one;
  • Persons in their private rooms of a lodging establishment, such as a hotel, motel, or vacation rental—however, face coverings must be worn in all indoor commons areas of said establishment;
  • Persons exercising while observing at least six feet of distancing from another person;
  • Restaurant and bar patrons eating or drinking
  • Business owners, managers, and employees who are in an area of a business establishment that is not open to customers, patrons, or the public, provided that six feet of distance exist between persons.

The ordinance will remain in place until repealed. A copy of the ordinance and frequently asked questions are posted to the Leon County Emergency Information Portal at www.LeonCountyFL.gov/ei. For additional questions regarding the mask mandate ordinance, please call Leon County Administration at 850-606-5300.

For additional information on COVID-19, the Florida Department of Health has activated a 24/7 COVID-19 call center at (866) 779-6121. Leon County residents can also call the County Health Department at (850) 404-6300, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, the best resource for Florida-specific COVID-19 information remains the following FDOH website: www.FLHealth.gov/COVID-19.


Source: Office of Economic Vitality
Free Face Coverings Available at OEV
Face coverings are available at the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (315 S. Calhoun Street, Suite 110, Tallahassee, FL, 32301) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A business with one location is eligible for up to 100 face coverings. Local businesses with multiple locations are eligible for up to 200 face coverings. For FAQs regarding the distribution of masks to businesses, click here

Source: Office of Economic Vitality
Some Days Just Aren't As Bright As Others
No denying that the last 12+ months could have been a bit better and brighter. If your days don't seem as bright, we hope you take advantage of this program. The CMSF's Physician Wellness Program will pay for up to six completely confidential wellness coaching sessions with any of the counselors enrolled in our program (contact information below). Pick up the phone and call any of the resources noted below. Telehealth options available during COVID-19. 
 
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.
Coronavirus - Information, Updates, Resources
Updates and Resources

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
Public Service Announcement - "Don't Put It Off!"
Capital Medical Society Partners With Local Hospitals and Physicians to Encourage Patients to Seek Needed Healthcare Through Public Service Announcement, "Don't Put It Off!" 
 
Click here to view the PSA: "Don't Put It Off!" 
Cap Scan Series: "Portraits in COVID-19" - Please Share Your Experience
Capital Medical Society is accepting stories for its Cap Scan magazine from CMS and CMSA members as part of an occasional series called "Portraits in COVID-19," to capture the changes happening in healthcare and our personal lives due to COVID-19 as experienced by physicians and laypeople. These stories can be about your experiences treating COVID-positive patients, supporting patients and coping with families during "no visitation," entering the world of telehealth, concerns about PPE shortages, distancing from your own families, family celebrations by social distancing, newfound time with family, newbie ZOOM meeting experiences worthy of an SNL skit, staycations extraordinaire, or schooling from home. You get the idea. Please try to stay within 800 words, include a photo if it makes sense, and be mindful of HIPAA, if writing about a patient experience. Please send by email to Shannon Boyle at sboyle@capmed.org. All submissions are reviewed by the Cap Scan editor prior to publication.
Not All Superheroes Wear Capes! We Salute Our PPE Donors and Volunteers!
COVID-19 Donations Needed
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.
 
Start to HEAL - 8-Week Lecture Series
Do you have patients who could benefit from learning how to live a healthier lifestyle? Are you interested in how diet can aid in disease reversal? Dr. Andria Klioze, founder of HEAL (Healthy Eating. Active Life) has 20+ years of data and experience that will help your patients (and you!) become healthier from top to bottom. This is an 8-week virtual series.
 
 
Source: HEAL 
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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