September 23, 2022
Flu is Expected to Flare Up in U.S. this Winter, Raising Fears of a 'Twindemic'
The flu virtually disappeared for two years as the pandemic raged. But influenza appears poised to stage a come-back this year in the U.S., threatening to cause a long-feared "twindemic."

While the flu and the coronavirus are both notoriously unpredictable, there's a good chance COVID cases will surge again this winter, and troubling signs that the flu could return too.

Source: Health News Florida
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Philips Subsidiary to Pay Over $24 Million for Alleged False Claims Caused by Respironics for Respiratory-Related Medical Equipment
Philips RS North America LLC, formerly known as Respironics Inc., a manufacturer of durable medical equipment (DME) based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has agreed to pay over $24 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that it misled federal health care programs by paying kickbacks to DME suppliers. The affected programs were Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE, which is the health care program for active military and their families.

Source: The United States Department of Justice
Fed Raises Key Interest Rate By Three-Quarters of a Point
Intensifying its fight against high inflation, the Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate Wednesday by a substantial three-quarters of a point for a third straight time and signaled more large rate hikes to come — an aggressive pace that will heighten the risk of an eventual recession.

Source: PBS
TOC Expanding Orthopedic Care in Panama City
Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic (TOC) is bringing industry leading orthopedic care to Panama City with their first new clinic opening September 12th. TOC’s entry into Panama City marks the start of a broader expansion to improve access to care in Bay County and adjacent areas that include Walton and Gulf counties. A second location is planned for Panama City Beach and is scheduled to be open by the fall of 2024. TOC Panama City will ultimately offer the complete range of comprehensive orthopedic with the aim on better access, better quality and lower cost. Eric A. Branch, MD, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon with special training in sports medicine and arthroscopy, will serve as the lead orthopedic provider for TOC Panama City.

Source: Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce
Genetic Tests Create Treatment Opportunities and Confusion for Breast Cancer Patients
There has been a rapid expansion of genetic tests, including new instruments to inform patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer about the risk of recurrence. But doctors are divided on whether blanket testing of patients is warranted, since scientists and physicians are sometimes unsure about how to interpret the results.

Source: Health News Florida
American Adults Should Get Routine Anxiety Screenings, Influential Panel Says
It’s the first time the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended anxiety screening in primary care for adults without symptoms. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health complaints.

Source: Health News Florida
How Much Water Do You Actually Need? Here's the Science.
Many of us feel tethered to our water bottles because we've been told that being hydrated is key to being healthy. Our Life Kit and Short Wave colleagues teamed up to talk about what science says about hydrating. Turns out much of the lore is due for an update. Short Wave hosts Emily Kwong and Aaron Scott take it from here.

Source: Health News Florida
A Box of 200 Mosquitoes Did the Vaccinating in This Malaria Trial. That's Not a Joke!
Volunteers for the trial put an arm over a box with hundreds of mosquitoes carrying a genetically modified malaria parasite. Here's why they did it that way — and why the trial holds promise.

Source: Health News Florida
Biden Says the COVID Pandemic is Over. This is What the Data Tells Us.
While cases have decreased dramatically, there are still thousands of cases being reported across the world, and hundreds of people are still dying from it every day in the United States.

Source: Health News Florida
Do We Need to Temper Our Expectations of Paxlovid?
The twice-vaxxed, twice-boosted First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, tested negative for COVID after taking Paxlovid. And then she rebounded, just like her husband did weeks ago or like Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief Medical Advisor to the president Anthony Fauci did in June or like the 1 to 10 percent of patients who take the drug have done since it was approved last December.

No one should give up on Paxlovid, but we do need to temper our expectations of the drug and perhaps curtail our use of it in vaccinated people.

Source: KevinMD
Association of COVID-19 with New-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
An infectious etiology of Alzheimer’s disease has been postulated for decades. It remains unknown whether SARS-CoV-2 viral infection is associated with increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. In this retrospective cohort study of 6,245,282 older adults (age ≥65 years) who had medical encounters between 2/2020–5/2021, we show that people with COVID-19 were at significantly increased risk for new diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease within 360 days after the initial COVID-19 diagnosis (hazard ratio or HR:1.69, 95% CI: 1.53–1.72), especially in people age ≥85 years and in women. Our findings call for research to understand the underlying mechanisms and for continuous surveillance of long-term impacts of COVID-19 on Alzheimer’s disease.

Source: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
More Embalmers Report Bizarre Blood Clots Amid COVID Vax Campaign
More embalmers report they have seen the emergence of bizarre “fibrous” clots in a substantial portion of their cases since the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines.

In February, as WND reported, a veteran funeral director in Alabama, Richard Hirschman, said he and more than a dozen colleagues in the industry had been noticing the clots.

Source: Clark County Today
Unexpected Surprises in the No Surprises Act: How Medical Practices Should Respond
The No Surprises Act (NSA) has been in effect since January 1 to protect patients against an estimated 12 million surprise bills this year. Yet, while the goals of consumer protection, price transparency, and cost concessions are important and necessary, the legislation is starting to present real challenges to practices’ financial stability.

Source: Orlando Medical News
Private Equity Sees Billions in Eye Care as Firms Target High-Profit Procedures
Several private equity firms are swarming into aging America’s eye care, and the consolidation is costing the health care system and patients more money. Some of the groups include Florida practices in their networks.

Source: Health News Florida
As Telemedicine Best Practices Emerge, Assess Your Practice
Early in the pandemic, I heard an obstetrician say that a medical setting was the last place many patients were willing to go. As a result, he was checking on prenatal patients using telemedicine. With questions about standard of care in mind, I gathered obstetric leaders into a meeting group where providers discussed ways to safely utilize phone and video modalities to continue prenatal care beyond the pandemic. Would this modality, necessary in a time of crisis, be continued in the “new normal”?

Source: Orlando Medical News
Design the Best Disability Insurance Policy for Physicians
It takes years of education, training, and commitment to practice medicine. If you became too sick or injured to work, what would happen? Would your patients have to go elsewhere? How would you earn an income? Would your lifestyle change?

Long-term disability insurance will pay out a monthly benefit if you have an illness or injury that prevents you from working. Just like most insurance products, you hope to never use it, but, as you experience with your own patients, unexpected illnesses or injuries occur.

Source: The White Coat Investor
The Recent Closing of Amazon Care Shows the Magnitude of the Challenge in Changing Health Care
Amazon recently announced plans to shut down Amazon Care, an in-home and virtual health care service.

The reasons cited were attributed to a significant overlap of services with the One Medical chain of clinics, which Amazon purchased in July of this year for 3.9 billion, as well as Amazon Care not being a complete enough offering for large enterprise customers for which it was targeting.

Source: KevinMD
ACEP Emergency Department Violence Poll Results
ACEP engaged Marketing General Incorporated (MGI) to replicate a brief polling survey originally conducted in 2018. The purpose of the survey is to gather data from its member physicians to better understand their experiences regarding the level, type, frequency, and impact of violence experienced in the emergency department. This online survey consisted of approximately 20 closed-ended questions.

Source: American College of Emergency Physicians
I Am a Smoker; What Am I at Increased Risk For and What Kind of Health Screening Do I Need?
Smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. According to the CDC, “In the United States, cigarette smoking is linked to about 80% to 90% of lung cancer deaths. Tobacco smoke is a toxic mix of more than 7,000 chemicals. Many are poisons. At least 70 are known to cause cancer in people or animals.” It is very important to make sure that you are taking care of your health and ensuring you are up to date on all your recommended screenings so that any abnormality can be found as soon as possible. As clinicians, we understand tobacco usage is a very difficult habit to break and we are here to help and guide you in every way that we can.

Source: Orlando Medical News
Texas Anesthesiologist Arrested on Criminal Charges Related to Alleged Tampering with IV Bags Implicated in Death, Surgical Emergencies
A Dallas anesthesiologist who allegedly injected nerve blocking agents and other drugs into patient IV bags at a local surgery center – resulting in at least one death and multiple cardiac emergencies – was arrested on federal criminal charges, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad E. Meacham announced.

Source: Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas
Success Story: An Amazing Journey to Sobriety
As I sit here writing this story, a counter on my computer desktop indicates that I have been sober 2,105 days, one day at a time. Time in sobriety has passed quickly. However, what amazes me about this time is that it is 25,000 times the duration I could go at the end of my drinking career without having the need or the craving to have alcohol.

I was struck sober, lying on my living room floor, unable to get up, bleeding from a gastric ulcer just before Labor Day weekend in 2004. That is where this amazing journey in sobriety began.

Source: Physician Health Services, Inc.
Patient-Centered Ethics: Pathography by Robin Landy 
During my internal medicine rotation this year, I was placed with a nephrologist as my preceptor. I knew internal medicine was going to be a challenging rotation, and nephrology has always been a difficult subject for me, so I was nervous for this rotation to begin.

Source: Orlando Medical News
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Hurricane Season Resources
Weather Resources
National Hurricane Center:
National Weather Service Tallahassee:

Helpful Guides
The following resource put together by Leon County contains a comprehensive guide on all things disaster. NOTE: Certain services may be specific to Leon County agencies and/or residents and are not available to persons and/or agencies outside of Leon County

County Resources
Franklin County Emergency Management:
Gadsden County Site:
Jefferson County Site:
Leon Ready Resources:
Liberty County Emergency Management:
Madison County Emergency Management:
Taylor County Sheriffs Office:
Wakulla County Emergency Management:

Regional Resources
Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross:
2-1-1 Big Bend:

Other Weather
College of DuPage has a great satellite loop for tracking storms:

Special Needs Registry for Special Needs Shelter (SpNS) for someone who during periods of evacuation or emergency, requires sheltering assistance due to physical impairment or disabilities who are medically stable and do not require medical care:
It Will Huff...and Puff...
And if you’re lucky, a hurricane will never blow your house down…but it could take part of or your entire roof. Own a home long enough and you will have to replace your roof due to age, damage, aesthetics, or any number of other reasons. With such an expensive and long-term investment, it is vital to choose the right roofing company to match your needs. Since we are right in the middle of hurricane season, here are a few roofing scams to be on the lookout for should a storm come our way…
•  Door-to-door salespersons, especially after a storm. Successful Florida roofing companies are so busy that they do not have time to solicit work. The State of Florida ruled this illegal as of July 1, 2021. Unfortunately, doorknockers are still out there.
•  Companies that offer extremely low bids. If it’s too good to be true, most likely it’s not true and you’ll most likely find extra costs tacked on to your bill as the project progresses – but by that time, you’re stuck. Read all contractual terms before you sign. Get at least three bids and always make sure you’re comparing apples-to-apples. Make sure you’re looking at the same quality of materials as you review your quotes.
•  Some businesses will exaggerate damages or even create more damage during an inspection. Ask for pictures and/or join the inspector on the roof. Check online reviews and research any company before hiring.
•  A contractor should never ask the homeowner to pull a permit for a new roof. This can only mean that contractor is not approved with that city or county. Permitting should be part of the contract. Some companies do not carry insurance or have a valid license. Ask to see both.
•  Large down-payment or full payment requirements before the project starts should be avoided. 15 percent or less at contract signing is reasonable. A successful roofing company should be able to wait until the end of a project to get final payment.
•  Insurance fraud is huge in Florida. Be wary of anyone offering you anything for free! Generally, the company will have you sign over your insurance benefits to them. Your insurance will then be stuck between a very overpriced roof or attorney fees. You may end up with a free roof; however, your insurance company will hike your rates or drop you. These scams also affect your family’s, friends’ and neighbors’ insurance costs.
Your home’s roof protects your family and your investment. Check out reviews on Google, Facebook, and the Better Business Bureau before making your final choice. Ask your neighbors about their experiences. Protect yourself, your family, and your investment by choosing the right roofing company for you.
Information provided by Beery Roofing & Redesign, Deland
Where Do Front Line Workers Go For Help With Mental Health Challenges?
Trauma of tragedy, pandemic burnout and long hours may push physicians to need mental health treatment, but stigma keeps them from getting help.

Source: Newsy
Medical Economics' Physician Burnout Survey
To view/complete the quick Physician Burnout Survey,

Source: Medical Economics
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.
Save the Date for Upcoming CMS Meetings/Events
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)
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)
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 [email protected] 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.

On-Demand CME by The Doctors Company
2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits or 2.5 ADA CE Credits
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. Our on-demand program provides a useful and informative examination of the epidemic’s prevalence and effects.
National Human Trafficking Hotline
If you suspect human trafficking, please call:
National Human Trafficking Hotline
1 (888) 373-7888
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
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
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.
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 [email protected]. 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:

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 [email protected].
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.

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