March 4, 2022
CMS/CMS Alliance Children's Play Date - March 7, 12:30-2:30pm, Tekesta Park
Honor a Doctor - Recognize a Physician Who Inspires You

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.
HCA Florida Healthcare Introduces a Whole New State of Healthcare and Unites More Than 450 Affiliated Sites of Care Across Florida
For the first time in Florida’s history, more than 450 HCA Florida Healthcare affiliated sites of care across the state will unite under a shared brand on March 3. This transformation will create a leading collaborative healthcare network in the state, united through a shared dedication to improve more lives in more ways.

Source: HCA Florida Healthcare
Capital Regional Medical Center Becomes HCA Florida Capital Hospital
In front of over 100 spectators and accompanied by the rhythm of drummers from the Florida A&M University marching band, the CEO of Capital Regional Medical Center revealed its new name: HCA Florida Capital Hospital. 

Source: Tallahassee Democrat
Letter to the Editor: Why We Must Pay Attention to Ukraine
To view a Letter to the Editor, written and submitted by Dr. Ron Saff and Dr. Howard Kessler titled, Why We Must Pay Attention to Ukraine, click here.

Source: Tallahassee Democrat
Two Burdens on Physicians that Policymakers Must Address
In Florida, the physician shortage is expected to rise around 18,000 by the year 2035. Yet, physicians in the Sunshine State and elsewhere face many extreme circumstances, even outside of the COVID-19 pandemic, that consume their time and limit their ability to care for patients in the most appropriate manner possible. Right now, the most highly trained members of our health care team are being tied up with administrative burdens that are needlessly time-consuming at best and, worse yet, frequently harmful to patients.

Source: Florida Medical Association
Northeast Florida and much of Central Florida are no longer considered at high risk for COVID-19, according to the latest CDC community level data. Those regions were mostly at high risk last week when the CDC announced it was easing guidelines. A few hot spots remain, including Hillsborough and Polk. Look up how your county is fairing.

Source: Health News Florida
CDC Debuts New Mask Guidelines
The CDC eased indoor mask guidance Feb. 25, now relying on how COVID-19 is affecting a community's healthcare system — rather than transmission rates alone — as a guide for mask recommendations.

Under the new framework, an area falls in one of three COVID-19 community levels, with recommended prevention measures varying by level.

Source: Becker's Hospital Review
CDC Still Wants Indoor Masking in High-Risk Areas. That Includes Much of Central and North Florida.
A major shift in federal COVID-19 policy announced Friday freed much of the country of wearing masks indoors. But not most of Northeast Florida or the state's Gulf Coast.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people don't need masks if transmission of the coronavirus is controlled and hospitals are not strained.

Areas ranked at low or medium risk are free to forgo their masks indoors. Masks are still recommended indoors for people in areas rated high risk.

Source: Health News Florida
Vaccines Federal Implementation Plan 2021-2025 Draft Available for Public Comment
On Wednesday March 2, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit stakeholder written public comments on the draft Vaccines Federal Implementation Plan 2021-2025- PDF*. HHS values input from all stakeholders and will take all public comments into consideration before finalizing this document.
We encourage your input or comments and ask that you circulate this information to others who may also wish to provide comments. Information about how to provide written public comment is found on and the deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. EST Tuesday March 29, 2022.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
As Democrats, including Sen. Lauren Book, slammed the measure, Republican senators agreed to ban most abortions after 15 weeks. The passage comes ahead of a Supreme Court decision that may limit abortions nationally. 

Source: Health News Florida
In Waning Days of Session, Lawmakers Eye Changes to Home Health Care, Emergency Transportation Laws
A Senate spending panel on Thursday advanced a health care bill that amends laws regarding home health care, assisted living facilities, and medical transportation. But the bill is structured in such a way that it could become a vehicle for any other health care issues in the final two weeks of Session.

Source: Florida Politics
Florida Senate Approves Bill to Increase Oversight of Pharmacy Benefit Managers
The Florida Senate gave final approval Thursday to a bill that would lead to increased oversight of pharmacy benefit managers.

Source: Health News Florida
Seeking to Shift Costs to Medicare, More Employers Move Retirees to Advantage Plans
Private and public employers are increasingly using the government’s Medicare Advantage program as an alternative to their existing retiree health plan and traditional Medicare coverage. As a result, the federal government is paying the “overwhelming majority” of medical costs, according to an industry analyst.

Source: Health News Florida
Highly Divergent White-Tailed Deer SARS-CoV-2 with Potential Deer-to-Human Transmission
Wildlife reservoirs of SARS-CoV-2 can lead to viral adaptation and spillback from wildlife to humans (Oude Munnink et al., 2021). In North America, there is evidence of spillover of SARS-CoV-2 from humans to white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), but no evidence of transmission from deer to humans (Hale et al., 2021; Kotwa et al., 2022; Kuchipudi et al., 2021). Through a multidisciplinary research collaboration for SARS-CoV-2 surveillance in Canadian wildlife, we identified a new and highly divergent lineage of SARS-CoV-2. This lineage has 76 consensus mutations including 37 previously associated with non-human animal hosts, 23 of which were not previously reported in deer. There were also mutational signatures of host adaptation under neutral selection. Phylogenetic analysis revealed an epidemiologically linked human case from the same geographic region and sampling period. Together, our findings represent the first evidence of a highly divergent lineage of SARS-CoV-2 in white-tailed deer and of deer-to-human transmission.

Source: bioRxiv
Capital Health Plan Proudly Sponsoring 13th Annual Capital City Senior Games
The Big Bend’s local trusted health plan, Capital Health Plan (CHP), today announced that it will sponsor and support the 13th Annual Capital City Senior Games, encouraging adults and seniors ages 50 and up to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. The Capital City Senior Games, organized by the City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department, and hosted by the City of Tallahassee, TSC Foundation and Friends of Our Parks, will take place from March 2 to March 15.

Source: Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
Florida Blue and Olive Debut First-Of-Its-Kind AI Solution to Accelerate Access to Health Care
Florida Blue, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan of Florida, and Olive, the automation company creating the Internet of Healthcare, today announced an innovative collaboration of healthcare and technology. With Olive’s technology, Florida Blue becomes the first U.S. payer to automate the prior authorization approval through AI-powered clinical reviews, resulting in faster care for its members and greater provider satisfaction. This partnership will transform a frustrating, labor-intensive process, accelerating Florida Blue’s vision to be a leading innovator to enable healthy communities.

Source: Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
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

Source: Federal Communications Commission
Get Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

Order your tests now so you have them when you need them. 

COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination, and Monoclonal Antibody Sites and Hours of Operation in Leon County
Search 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:

Source: My Green Doctor
Volunteer for Florida Mission of Mercy - March 11-12, 2022
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
March 31, 2022

2022 Celebration Awards Dinner

6:30 pm

The Dunlap Champions Club at FSU (formerly known as the University Center Club)
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 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:

Please continue to closely monitor the CDC novel coronavirus website for situation and guidance updates.

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
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