April 29, 2022
CMS Family Movie Night - June 2, 2022
In 2017, Tennessee nurse RaDonda Vaught typed two letters into a hospital’s computerized med cabinet, selected the wrong drug from the search results and gave a patient a fatal dose. She was prosecuted in a rare trial over a medical mistake, but the error at the center of her case is anything but rare.

Source: Health News Florida
The proposal has the potential to significantly decrease disease and death from tobacco "in Black and brown communities" and "will reduce youth smoking," says Erika Sward of the American Lung Association.

Source: NPR
Long COVID and New Variants
How long the coronavirus spends in the body of Covid-19 patients has been a point of contention since the first months of the pandemic. Tests that look for viral antigens, called PCR, were positive repeatedly for weeks in some recovered patients, stoking concern that they remained infectious. But studies by researchers in South Korea in 2020 found those tests were detecting non-infectious viral remnants or debris, and the patients weren’t transmitting the virus anymore.

The peace of mind that generated lasted until the emergence of more infectious strains, beginning with alpha in late 2020. Some scientists hypothesized that the contagious variant evolved in a chronically infected patient. Researchers have increasingly described persistent SARS-CoV-2 infections in a small minority of patients, most of whom can’t clear the virus because of HIV, cancer, organ transplantation or other conditions that weaken the immune system. Some believe that omicron and its sub-variants emerged from such a patient.
In one case, a patient in London tested positive for 505 days, U.K. researchers told the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases in Lisbon. The patient, who eventually died, was one of nine studied by doctors at King’s College London and Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

​​​In some patients, the coronavirus or its remnants can linger for months in the body and aggravate the immune system. Photographer: Chan Long Hei/Bloomberg
Their infections persisted for 73 days on average, but two had infections for longer than a year. Regular sampling and genetic analysis showed that virus isolated from five of the nine patients developed at least one mutation, and samples from some individuals developed multiple mutations associated with the alpha, delta and omicron variants. The virus from one individual contained 10 mutations seen in the alpha, gamma and omicron strains.
“Immunocompromised patients with persistent infection have poor outcomes, and new treatment strategies are urgently needed to clear their infection,” said Gaia Nebbia, a virology consultant who worked on the research, in a statement. “This may also prevent the emergence of variants.”

Autopsy findings and a growing awareness of a subset of Covid patients with long-haul symptoms and persistent immune activation also suggest that the coronavirus or its remnants may linger for months in the body and aggravate the immune system.

In the largest study yet, scientists at California’s Stanford University found that about half of infected patients shed traces of the virus in their waste in the week after infection, and that almost 4% patients still emit them seven months later. The researchers also linked coronavirus RNA in feces to gastric upsets, and concluded that SARS-CoV-2 likely directly infects the gastrointestinal tract, where it may hide out.

No one knows yet what causes the constellation of post-Covid symptoms, often termed long Covid. It’s possible that at least four different biological mechanisms lead to distinct conditions or subtypes of long Covid, Akiko Iwasaki, a professor of immunobiology and molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at Yale University, told me last month.

In one of those forms, persistent SARS-CoV-2 may trigger a damaging immune response that leads to ailments that could be quelled with antiviral drugs or monoclonal antibodies that target the virus, Iwasaki said. Researchers are gearing up to conduct clinical trials to investigate that possibility, she said.
Source: Bloomberg
FSU College of Medicine's Electronic Medical Review
To view the April 2022 edition of the FSU College of Medicine's Electronic Medical Review, click here.
Source: FSU College of Medicine
A Year in Review: Physician Perspective on Information Blocking Regulations
Over a year has passed since the Information Blocking compliance date (April 5, 2021). Several critical components necessary for physicians to fully comply with the regulations are still missing. These include a final set of regulations from The US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and HHS policies on provider Actor disincentives. Yet, all Actors subject to HHS’ Information Blocking regulations (i.e., providers, EHR vendors, and health information exchanges), have been required to comply since April of last year. The AMA continues to engage with HHS and is pushing for more clarity and flexibility on a range of Information Blocking requirements. Still, EHR vendors are Actors under HHS regulations and therefore must not prevent the access, use, or exchange of electronic health information.

Examples of EHR vendor information blocking include:
  • A physician partnered with a third-party application developer to conduct data analytics that required access to EHR data. The physician and partner developer sought to make data access arrangements with an EHR vendor. The EHR vendor indicated access to patient data would be limited by number of patients per request and frequency of requests.
  • A medical practice seeks to implement a third-party population health application. Their EHR vendor notes that it is only required to provide a limited amount of data. Access to additional data will require a customized EHR solution and will be subject to consulting fees.
  • A patient seeks to access her entire medical record from their EHR patient portal. The request is made by the patient, however the EHR cannot support the request. The physician is targeted as an “information blocker”. The physician requests support from their EHR vendor who refuses unless additional fees are paid. 
In conjunction with Information Blocking regulations, EHR vendors:
  • Cannot not block or charge excessive fees to connect physicians to clinical registries or health information exchanges.
  • Must allow physicians to publicize concerns with EHR performance, costs, and patient safety.
  • In general, cannot charge excessive fees and may only seek “reasonable profit”. 
  • Cannot use contracts, technical limitations, or fees to restrict physicians from migrating between EHR products. EHR vendors must provide support during a product migration.  
  • Must support application programing interfaces (APIs) and allow physicians to use applications created by non-EHR vendors.
  • Cannot knowingly block physician access to patient medical records.
The AMA is reaching out to better understand physicians’ experiences with Information Blocking compliance, issues physicians have encountered when requesting information from other Actors (e.g., their EHR vendors, state health information exchanges, or other providers or hospitals), and specific examples of EHR vendors preventing access to patient health information. We welcome any examples or anecdotes you wish to share. The AMA will compile, deidentify, and share your example stories with HHS officials and advocate for increased focus on information blocking practices that prevent or inhibit physician access to patient information. Please submit your example stories to Ela Cameron ela.cameron@ama-assn.org by May 16th. Please use this document to answer the following questions:
  1. What are your top three concerns or challenges complying with HHS’ Information Blocking regulations?
  2. What are the top three issues you have experienced when requesting patients’ electronic health information from another Actor, e.g., your EHR vendor, local hospital, laboratory/pharmacy, or another medical practice?
  3. What are the top three features/functions you wish your EHR had to help you comply with HHS’ Information Blocking regulations?
  4. What other information blocking issues or experiences would you like us to share with HHS?

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Source: American Medical Association (AMA)
National Human Trafficking Hotline
If you suspect human trafficking, please call:
National Human Trafficking Hotline
1 (888) 373-7888
Your Weekly Dose of Humor
"The first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone." - George Roberts
"If your electric car runs out of power on the interstate, do you walk to a charging station to get a bucket of electricity?" - Unknown
County Hosts Conversations About Death and Dying During Six-Part Library Series
WHO: Leon County Government
WHAT: Celebrating Life, Understanding Death: A Six-Part Series
WHEN: Every Thursday from April 21 – May 26 at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Dr. B.L. Perry, Jr. Branch Library, 2817 S. Adams Street, or attend virtually via Zoom
Join Leon County Government for “Celebrating Life, Understanding Death: A Six-Part Series” every Thursday from April 21 through May 26 at 6 p.m. at the Dr. B.L. Perry, Jr. Branch Library. Each week of this series features compassionate professionals who will speak about different aspects of death and dying.
From religious, spiritual, and physiological practices associated with the care of the dying, to the more practical matters of funeral and will planning, to the tender ways in which we support those who grieve, attendees will engage in meaningful conversations about a journey we will all one day make.
Each program in this series will also be streamed live via Zoom. Register here
Citizens are encouraged to attend the County’s upcoming six-part series in person or virtually.
  • How Different Faith Traditions View Death, Thursday, April 21 – Local faith leaders will discuss how faith and beliefs can impact a patient’s end of life care and other important decisions, including comforting the dying, care and disposition of the body, funeral customs, and mourning practices. The panel will be moderated by Rev. Candace McKibben.
  • Understanding the Dying Process and Debunking Hospice Myths, Thursday, April 28 – Cristal Baer of Covenant Care and Dr. Richard Zorn will discuss what happens to the body during the dying process and share information about hospice care, including what services are provided and when hospice care starts.
  • Starting the Conversation: Advance Directives and Wills, Thursday, May 5 – Paul Malley, president of Aging with Dignity, and elder law attorney Kandace E. Rudd will discuss advance directives for medical care and wills for distribution of personal property. Attendees will receive a free copy of the Five Wishes document, which helps adults consider and document how they want to be cared for at the end of life.
  • How to Live with Grief and Supporting Children through Loss, Thursday, May 12 – Melanie Pelc, president of The Living Room, and children’s grief counselor, Caitlin Burns, will discuss strategies for coping with grief at all ages and how to support children through loss.
  • Funeral Planning and Legacies, Thursday, May 19 – Funeral director Linn Ann Griffin and pre-planning counselor Sarah Taylor will discuss what to expect when planning a funeral and different burial options, including green burials, cremations, aboveground entombment, and in-ground burials.
  • Sitting with the Dying: Rituals and Care at the Bedside, Thursday, May 26 – Kamala Snow, manager of spiritual care at Big Bend Hospice, will discuss what to expect in the final days, hours, and moments, and how we can bring meaning to the time we have left together. Then members of the Tallahassee Area Threshold Singers will discuss and demonstrate how they bring comfort through song to individuals and their loved ones at challenging thresholds of living and dying.

Learn more about this series at LeonCountyLibrary.org.
For more information, contact Sally Mason, Learning & Workforce Services Manager, at (850) 606-2617 / MasonSa@LeonCountyFL.gov or Leon County Community and Media Relations at (850) 606-5300 / CMR@LeonCountyFL.gov

Source: Leon County
Free CME Opportunity: "When a Doctor Becomes Addicted" - May 5, 2022
When a Doctor Becomes Addicted - Featuring Richard Morgan, D.O.
➤ Bringing awareness to the medical community that anyone can be
adversely affected by the opioid epidemic, including physicians.
➤ Shedding light on the consequences of one’s addiction in
how it can affect every aspect of their life.
➤ Recognizing the tell-tale signs and symptoms of addiction in colleagues.
➤ Detailing the various means

Thursday, May 5, 2022
Appetizers: 5:30-6:00 PM
Program: 6:00-7:00 PM
In-person (Hyatt West Palm Beach) & Live-streamed virtually

To register and for more information, click here.

Source: Palm Beach County Medical Society Services
INSPIHER Leadership Breakfast - May 13, 2022
Are You One of our Members on the Move?
If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, we want to know more!
  • Is your practice expanding?
  • Do you have a new practice administrator/office manager?
  • Have you changed or added locations?
  • Have you changed your email/phone/fax?
  • Have you added a new specialty or passed your Board Certification(s)?
  • Have you retired within the last six months?
Send your updates to rcarlin@capmed.org.
Subject line: Member Updates
CMS is Here for Physicians, and Now TMH Residents
Overloaded? Stressed? You're Not Alone.

Does your workday start before dawn and end well after dusk? Do you go to bed tired and wake up the same way? Maybe it’s time you talk to someone who can help you make positive changes for a healthier, happier life and lifestyle. The CMS has six professional counselors who are available to you - free of charge - free of worry. This program remains one of the few in the state that serves all local practicing physicians, and now, also TMH Residents, without cost, without question. Six sessions annually are completely confidential and autonomous. 
Paul Deitchman, Ph.D.
313 Williams St., #5
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Tracey Morse, Ph.D.
1114 E. Tennessee St.
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Stephen Wright, Ph.D.
313 Williams St., #7
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Family, Marriage, and Trauma
Kenneth Fowler, Ph.D., LMHC & Certified Traumatologist
1028 E. Park Ave.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Dr. Fowler is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and an Approved Supervisor for mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists and social workers. As a result of his expertise in psychological trauma, Dr. Fowler was called to respond in New York City following the 9/11 attacks. As a leader in his field, he was able to help with this national tragedy. His work with natural disasters led to him being called to assist with the Hurricane Katrina disaster by debriefing first responders who were exposed to the aftermath of the trauma. Currently, he consults with the Southcom Command of the United States Armed Forces to help returning soldiers and their families deal with the effects of war as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. 
Family and Marriage
Jane Marks, LFMT, LMHC
3325-C Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32308

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

Brenda Rabalais, Ph.D., specializes in providing counseling services to those who are struggling with a loss or a trauma. Examples include; divorce, abandonment (foster care, adoption, service families), abuse, suicide, homicide, crime, loss of functionality, loss of home or job, long-term illnesses, other life transitions, as well as death. Brenda founded Lee's Place, a grief, loss and trauma counseling center, in 2000 and has been a practicing therapist as well as the Executive Director for those 21 years.
Special thanks to the MagMutual Foundation and the TMH Medical Staff for helping the CMS fund this program.
Here's Another Connection for CMS Members: Healthcare Lawyer On Call
The CMS has had a long-standing relationship with Jeff Cohen and The Florida Healthcare Law Firm. Did you know that you can tap into a program called Healthcare Lawyer On Call through Jeff and his firm? That's right! On-Call is different than what you may be used to and doesn't mean that you'll find an attorney at 3 AM to answer a question, but what it does mean is that you can call and speak with someone at The Florida Healthcare Law Firm for 15 minutes at no charge! Please remember that any purely verbal discussion on legal matters is simply the lawyer’s best (and unconfirmed) understanding. Another benefit of being a CMS member!
AMA Resources
COVID-19 Shadow Pandemic: Mental Health Impacts on Patients & Care Teams
“Shadow Pandemic: Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 on Patients and the Care Team,” the latest on-demand webinar in the AMA’s Overcoming Obstacles series, explores how experts have engaged pediatric and adult patients before and during the pandemic, and how patient health needs have changed over time. Hear the challenges encountered and solutions used to creatively address patient needs, and what is next for patient care.

AMA to Host Interactive Session on Telehealth for Dermatology

The AMA is hosting an interactive session that will highlight the innovative ways that telehealth is currently being used in dermatology. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with speakers, as well as gain insights on ways to leverage a variety of telehealth modalities, including provider-to-provider e-consults, live audio/visual, and store-and-forward.

AMA STEPS Forward® Podcast: Creating A Culture That Supports Well-Being

In the latest AMA STEPS Forward® podcast episode, Dr. Nigel Girgrah, Chief Wellness Officer at Ochsner Health System, discusses strategies for creating a culture of well-being at your health care organization – including addressing mental health stigma, building a strong EAP program, employing an opt out vs opt in approach, and encouraging leadership to be vulnerable about their own burnout struggles.

Source: American Medical Association (AMA)
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
WEBINAR - Navigating the Current Healthcare Landscape: COVID-19, Staffing Crisis, and Administrative Burden
Physician practices across the country continue to operate in an atmosphere of uncertainty, now compounded by a staffing crisis due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. In the latest AMA STEPS ForwardTM webinar, “Navigating the Current Healthcare Landscape: COVID-19, Staffing Crisis, and Administrative Burden,” attendees will hear about the current health care workforce landscape, how to plan for workplace shortages, and best practices in workplace safety and efficiencies for staff. The webinar will also feature practical, actionable resources to transform and improve your practice. Accompanying the webinar, the AMA has released an updated version of “A Physician Guide to Keeping Your Practice Open During COVID-19” to address concerns about workforce protection and retention during the pandemic. 

Source: American Medical Association (AMA)
On-Demand CME by The Doctors Company: Safe Opioid Prescribing for Physicians and Dentists 
Opioids play an important role in pain management—both in acute and chronic care settings—but overuse, misuse, and diversion have contributed to an opioid-related epidemic leading to addiction and death. Earn 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ or 2.5 ADA CE Credits in our on-demand program that provides a useful and informative examination of the epidemic’s prevalence and effects.

Source: The Doctors Company
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
Teaching Climate Change in Just 45 Seconds: Three Easy Scripts - My Green Doctor
How can we talk with our patients about the health risks of climate change without disrupting the office visit? This important topic can be time-consuming and even controversial. This month, the Capital Medical Society’s My Green Doctor explains an easy solution that may work well in your practice: https://www.mygreendoctor.org/teaching-patients-climate-change-in-just-45-seconds-three-easy-scripts/.
My Green Doctor is a free money-saving membership benefit for members of the Capital Medical Society. Members use My Green Doctor’s “Meeting-by-Meeting Guide” to learn how to adopt environmental sustainability, save resources, and help create healthier communities. The program adds just five minutes to each regular office staff meeting or weekly office “huddle”, making small changes at each meeting that over time really add up.
Everyone in your practice can register as Partner Society members at www.MyGreenDoctor.org or at www.MyGreenDoctor.es (si, en Espanol) and can use the discount code MGDCMS to save $60 instantly and give full access to My Green Doctor for free. Ask your practice manager to register today and to put My Green Doctor on your next agenda. You can do this!

Source: My Green Doctor
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 six 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.
Wellness Coaches:
  • Paul Deitchman, Ph.D. - 850-878-3571
  • Tracey Morse, Ph.D. - 850-556-7944
  • Stephen Wright, Ph.D. - 850-222-3045

Specialty Area Wellness Coaches:
Family, Marriage, and Trauma
  • Kenneth Fowler, Ph.D., LMHC & Certified Traumatologist - 850-212-6873
Family and Marriage
  • Jane Marks, LFMT, LMHC - 850-385-8222

Grief, Loss, and Trauma
  • Brenda Rabalais, Ph.D. - 850-841-7733

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
Opportunity to Support the 2023 CMS Membership Directory
The Capital Medical Society will publish its 2023 Membership Directory early next year. It will be distributed to all members. We have once again partnered with 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 advertising 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 an E&M sales associate at 800-572-0011 ext. 8005 or advertising@eandmsales.com. 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!
The CMS Staff
(850) 877-9018
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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For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the Capital Medical Society Foundation! 
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