June 11, 2021
June Capital Medical Society Catch My Stride Schedule
Tallahassee Physicians, Billy Dean Will Perform Together at The Moon - June 17, 2021
On June 17, Drs. Hugh and Cody VanLandingham and Billy Dean will appear in concert at The Moon as part of FSU’s Opening Nights performing arts series.

Source: Tallahassee Magazine

An Evening with Billy Dean is scheduled for Thursday, June 17, at 7:30 pm at The Moon. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at OpeningNights.fsu.edu or by calling ON’s ticket office at 850.644.7670.
July Capital Medical Society Catch My Stride Schedule

Rates for their Saturday attractions:
  • General Bowling Fri-Sun (up to 6 people per lane) $50
  • Hyper Lounge Bowling – choose from different themed competitive games in a luxury setting (up to 6 people per lane) $75
  • Bowling Shoe Rental $4.50 per pair
-Ropes Course $12.00
-Laser Tag $12.00
-Dark Ride (Virtual Reality) $12.00
-Axe Throwing $25 for 1 hour per person
-20-minute Escape Room $20 per person up to 4 at a time
  • 1 hour non redemption card $20
  • 2 hour non redemption card $30
  • Arcade card for credits. Start at $5.00 and you can add as much as you would like.
Call to Action - New Bill Would Criminalize Providing Emergency Care to Children
A new bill has been passed in Florida that has the unintended effect of making it a first-degree misdemeanor for a physician to provide emergency or urgent medical care to a child at a sporting event or the scene of an accident without the consent of the child’s parents. If signed into law, this will have a devastating impact on Florida physicians’ ability to deliver necessary, immediate emergent care to children. 
That is why the FMA is asking our members to contact Gov. Ron DeSantis immediately and urge him to veto this legislation. On May 14, the FMA, along with the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association and several medical specialty societies, sent a letter to Gov. DeSantis calling for the veto. But nothing will have more impact than personalized letters or emails from Florida physicians. Helping the effort to get this legislation vetoed is easy. You can email the Governor at GovernorRon.Desantis@eog.myflorida.com or send a letter to: 
The Honorable Ron DeSantis 
Governor, State of Florida 
PL 05 Capitol 
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Source: Florida Medical Association/FMA News
Save the Date for Upcoming CMS Meetings/Events
Medical Licensure Extended Until June 30, 2021
On March 31, 2021, as part of the response efforts to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), FL State Surgeon General Dr. Scott A. Rivkees issued Emergency Order 21-001 extending the licensure renewal expiration date for any professional license issued by the Department or a Department board or council until June 30, 2021. https://www.flhealthsource.gov/pdf/DOH-EO-21-001.pdf
The license expiration date for Medical Doctors expiring January 31, 2021 is further extended to June 30, 2021.
CME Resources
Wolfson Children's Hospital - 1.0 CME Credit Opportunity
Hydronephrosis, Reflux and UTIs: What Every PCP Should Know - Virtual Lecture
Thursday, June 24, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
For more information, click here.

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.
Looking for Some Non-CME Credit Learning Opportunities?
TMH has a library of past CME courses for viewing on their MDnews page: https://www.tmh.org/mdnews/education. The recent CMEs cohosted by CMS and TMH may be found there or by opening: https://youtu.be/HJ50ZsIe2fc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjgnCn77HSc&t=5s.
OSHA Issues New COVID-19 Safety Rules for Healthcare Workers
The U.S. Labor Department released new COVID-19 workplace safety rules for healthcare June 10, including a requirement that healthcare employers provide workers with paid time off to get vaccinated and to recover from side effects.

The emergency temporary standard applies to employees who work in healthcare settings where suspected or confirmed coronavirus patients are treated. This includes hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as well as home healthcare and ambulatory care settings.

Source: Becker's Hospital Review
More Native Americans Enrolling In Med School
The number of first-year medical students in 2020 who identified as American Indian or Alaskan Native rose 8%, compared to a year earlier, according to the American Association of Medical Colleges. Similar increases were seen among Black and Hispanic medical students.
These groups have long been under-represented in medicine, and their communities disproportionately suffered illness and death from the coronavirus. 

Source: Health News Florida
A Drug to Treat Alzheimer's Was Approved. Now What?
Now that the FDA has approved Biogen's aducanumab (Aduhelm), the controversial new drug for Alzheimer's disease, what does this mean?
"I think this is good news for our patients with Alzheimer's disease who now have a therapy that attacks one of the underlying causes of the disease," said Ronald Petersen, MD, PhD, of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Source: MedPage Today
Opinion: Dr. Howard Fillit: Why Alzheimer's Milestone, New Research Gives Me Hope for Millions of Patients and Families
Many patient advocacy groups representing the 6 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer's disease are hailing the FDA's approval of a new treatment for Alzheimer's, aducanamab - the first since 2003.

Source: FOX News
Washington State Approves “Joints for Jabs” Vaccination Promotions
The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) of Washington has approved a temporary allowance for cannabis retailers to offer “Joints for Jabs” promotions to support local vaccination efforts.
The allowed promotions may provide one joint to an adult customer, age 21+, who received a COVID-19 vaccination at an in-store vaccination clinic. This approval is effective immediately, optional for cannabis retailers and expires on July 12, 2021.

Source: KIRO7
How Close Are We To Learning COVID's Origin Story?
As interest grows in the hypothesis that SARS-CoV-2 may have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, more scientists are taking it seriously, in part because of the practical implications associated with it.
While many experts interviewed for this story were hesitant to speculate on the exact implications of a lab leak, they agreed that further research into the virus' origins is necessary, considering practical implications now may help forestall future pandemics.

Source: MedPage Today
Forget the Nasal Swab: Hospital Dog Detects COVID
Doctor's Hospital in Sarasota has a new line of defense against COVID-19. Meet Buffy, a 2-year-old Lab who can sniff out the scent emitted by a human with the disease. Buffy, who trained at Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, is not replacing other screening processes but serves as an additional resource. 

Source: Health News Florida
How a Doctor Fell in Love with a Drug Addict
“Something’s wrong with Eddie.” In four words, my entire wedding day collapsed around me. I’d just arrived at a beautiful Gothic chapel in a rented 1950 Rolls Royce, mom and dad on either side of me, prepared for a picture-perfect first look with my groom. As his mother’s words echoed in my ear, I immediately thought of all the scenarios that could be easily remedied so we could move forward with our day. Perhaps he was having GI distress, maybe his shirt had torn, maybe just wedding day nerves. But soon, I would realize that it was much worse. 

Source: KevinMD
Drive a Beater….Get Rich
In the Millionaire Next Door, Stanley and Danko had an entire chapter entitled “You Aren't What You Drive”. So what do rich people drive? They noted that only 23.5% of millionaires owned a car from the current model year. In fact, 55% of millionaires owned a car older than 2 years old. Half of doctors aren't even millionaires. In fact, a large percentage of doctors in their 30s still have a negative net worth. If most millionaires don't drive new cars, why should a doctor?

Source: White Coat Investor
Opportunity to Support the 2022 CMS Membership Directory
The Capital Medical Society will publish its 2022 Membership Directory early next year. It will be distributed to all members. We have once again contracted with a company called E&M Consulting to produce the directory. E&M will be contacting our members over the next few months about advertising opportunities in the directory. E&M will manage all the ad sales, creative design, and formatting of the publication for us. This is a very professional group with experience in publishing association directories. If you have any questions or would like to advertise, please contact Rob Schmidt with E&M at 850-347-8182, 800-572-0011, or rob@emconsultinginc.com. Information on the available advertising opportunities can be viewed here or can also be viewed online at https://www.emconsultinginc.com/adreservation/cms/. Please be responsive and help support this directory. Remember, it will include our entire medical community.  
CMS will provide the content - including photos of our members. If you have an updated photo - please send it to us!
Please feel free to call us if you have any questions - and thank you for your support!
The CMS Staff
(850) 877-9018
ABIM Extends Maintenance of Certification Requirement Deadlines Through 2022
Board-certified physicians are getting another extension on the deadline to maintain their internal medicine credentials.

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

Source: Fierce Healthcare
Some Days Just Aren't As Bright As Others
No denying that the last 14+ 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
Rx for Miracles
Florida RX Card has created a new program and resource card to help Children's Miracle Network children and families in need. This card will work just as Florida Rx Card, helping people save on their prescription medications. 

The flyer explains the program and can be used to share/download the app.
Informed Webinar Series: Understanding the CMS Proposed Rule: Reducing Provider and Patient Burden by Improving Prior Authorization Processes
On December 11, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would improve the electronic exchange of healthcare data among payers, providers, and patients. If finalized, the CMS rule would streamline processes related to prior authorization with the goal of reducing the burden on providers and patients. Medicaid, CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program), and QHP (Qualified Health Plan) payers would be required to build and implement FHIR-enabled APIs that could:
  • Allow providers to know, in advance, what documentation would be needed for each different payer. 
  • Streamline the documentation process. 
  • Enable providers to send prior authorization requests (and receive responses electronically) directly from the provider's EHR or other practice management system.
PAP Machine Donations Needed!
A PAP (Positive Airway Pressure) machine is an electronic respiratory ventilation device used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Capital Medical Society Foundation, Inc.'s We Care Network program assists low-income, uninsured adults, whose income is at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level, with obtaining these potentially life-saving medical devices, when prescribed by a pulmonologist. Thanks to our partners at Desloge Home Oxygen and Medical Equipment, Inc., we are able to provide refurbished CPAP, AutoPAP, and BPAP machines for eligible We Care Network patients in Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, and Wakulla Counties. We Care Network also accepts unused, unopened supplies for PAP machines, such as masks, nasal cannulas, and tubing. We Care Network coordinates over $8,000,000 in donated specialty medical and dental care annually.
Machine donations can be dropped off at Capital Medical Society Foundation's office at 1204 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308. Donations to Capital Medical Society Foundation are tax-deductible within IRS guidelines Federal Tax I.D. #: 59-2104510. For additional information, please call 942-5215 or email dbixler@capmed.org.
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