June 4, 2021
June Capital Medical Society Catch My Stride Schedule
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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 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 CME cohosted by CMS and TMH titled, “Exploring the Long-Term Consequences of a COVID-19 Diagnosis” may be found there or by opening: https://youtu.be/HJ50ZsIe2fc.
Cascades Walking Trails to be Named After Dr. Nancy Van Vessem
The City Commissioners on Wednesday approved a request from Capital Health Plan officials to name the walking trails at Cascades Park after Dr. Nancy Van Vessem.

The naming of the trails is to honor her many years of dedication as a physician and as the chief medical officer of Capital Health Plan and her commitment to supporting such public health initiatives as the opening of Cascades Park and specifically the development of its walking trails.

Dr. Van Vessem was tragically killed in the shooting at the Hot Yoga Studio in 2018.

In a written request by Thomas Glennon, Senior Vice President, Capital Health Plan, he noted that Dr. Van Vessem had devoted her life to promoting health and wellness with her patients and the community at large. She believed strongly in preventative medicine and worked diligently to make quality health care affordable for everyone in the Big Bend area.


Source: Tallahassee Reports
EEOC Issues Guidelines On Employers Requiring Vaccines For Workers
Guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says employers can legally require workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine before returning to the office. But workers can claim exceptions.


Source: Health News Florida
USF Enrolling Thousands In $44M Study On Delaying Onset Of Alzheimer's
Researchers are looking to enroll 7,600 people for the study into whether computer-based cognitive training can prevent and even improve disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.


Source: Health News Florida
Two-Agent Osteoporosis Treatment Boosts BMD
Two sequential osteoporotic medications were better than one at bolstering bone mineral density (BMD), new data showed.

In a post-hoc analysis of the ACTIVExtend study, postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who received 18 months of abaloparatide (Tymlos) treatment followed by 24 months of alendronate (Binosto, Fosamax) treatment saw significant increases in total hip areal BMD compared with women who only received 24 months of alendronate (6.42% vs 2.88%, P<0.001), reported Renaud Winzenrieth, PhD, of Galgo Medical in Barcelona.


Source: MedPage Today
Axe the Fax: Save Money and Lower Your Climate Footprint - My Green Doctor
It's time to take steps to abandon your fax machines. Your healthcare practice can reap large savings by ridding yourself of this outdated technology. With some simple steps, most offices anywhere in the world today can dramatically lower their fax burden, and some can eliminate it altogether.

Source: My Green Doctor
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!
 
Sincerely,
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 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
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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