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  • September 12, 2022 1:46 PM | Anonymous

    COVID-19 News

    Get ready for post-PHE healthcare

    Though the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) is likely to be extended past Oct. 15, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is urging physicians, providers, and healthcare entities to get ready for the eventual end of the PHE and most PHE-related flexibilities as soon as possible. Start preparing for the transition by reviewing these three CMS resources:

    1. A Healthcare System Resiliency Fact Sheet
    2. Creating a Roadmap for the End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
    3. Coronavirus Waivers and Flexibilities for Providers

    News Briefs

    With kids back in Florida schools, doctors stress the importance of vaccines.

    Pertinent Information

    September is Women in Medicine Month!

    The month of September has been designated to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of women in the field of medicine. Through their commitment to excellence, women continue to make an enormous impact across the entire healthcare field. The HCMA would like to take this opportunity to recognize and honor its female physician and medical student members. Thank you for being role models for so many that come after you.

    Women in Medicine Reception

    Thursday, September 29, 2022

    6:00pm - Palma Ceia Country Club

    In celebrating the success, talent, and vision of HCMA women physicians, please join us for cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, networking, shopping & raffle prizes! Thank you to our sponsors: Bank of Tampa, Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery, Madelyn Butler, MD, HCMA Past President, Eva Crooke, MD, HCMA President, and Debbie Zorian, HCMA Executive Director. RSVP by clicking here.

    Lessons Learned: Stories from Women Physician Leaders

    Editor and author Deborah M. Shlian, MD, MBA, profiles 33 exceptional women physicians who have defied the odds. They share their personal and compelling stories — including obstacles and challenges faced in balancing work, family, and personal life — as their career paths take them from clinical medicine to leadership within government, academia, hospitals, provider groups, managed care, pharma, consulting, and entrepreneurial venture. More about the book and how to order.

    AMA Recovery Plan for America's Physicians

    Why we need a recovery plan for America’s physicians: Physicians will always put the needs of our patients first, even when that means placing ourselves at great risk as was the case during the darkest days of COVID-19. When the nation needed us, we were there. What we ask in return is that our nation reaffirm its commitment to us by embracing the American Medical Association’s Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians, which seeks fundamental changes to create a health system that better supports patients and physicians today and over the long run. The AMA and multiple state and national medical societies have outlined a practical, commonsense approach to reforming Medicare physician reimbursement based on the principles of simplicity, relevance, alignment, and predictability. The AMA’s Recovery Plan outlines a five-point strategy to strengthen our physician workforce, recover from the trauma of this pandemic, and improve health care delivery by eliminating some of the most common pain points that threaten to drive physicians from practice.

    The DEA is warning of brightly colored fentanyl used to target young Americans

    Dubbed “rainbow" fentanyl, this trend appears to be a new method used by Mexican drug cartels to sell the deadly drug made to look like candy to children. Read more.

    USF Health, Tampa General Hospital pioneer next generation of non-invasive surgeries

    USF Health and Tampa General Hospital are at the forefront of cutting-edge surgical techniques that reduce or eliminate the need for cutting patients open. These minimally invasive procedures deliver life-changing treatments to patients who are too high risk for traditional surgery. They can turn major surgeries with extensive recovery times into outpatient procedures. Read more.

    Florida Covering Kids & Families

    Florida has led the nation in the number of people enrolled in the federal health care exchange through the arduous work of Florida Covering Kids & Families at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Public Health. Headed by Jodi Ray, Florida Covering Kids & Families has partnered with organizations from across the state to provide navigator services and collectively operates under the Covering Florida moniker. For years it has been the only navigator program in the state to receive money from the federal government. Recently, the Biden administration announced it would earmark $12,908,382 to USF and Florida Covering Kids & Families for navigator services across the state.

    Naloxone kits will be available through county health departments

    The plan is for health departments in all 67 counties to have kits with two Narcan nasal sprays that can be administered without a health care provider. Read more.

    At-home test for oral/throat cancer launched in US

    A few weeks ago, a home test for oral and throat cancer was launched in the United States, and it is being marketed directly to the general public, aimed at former or current tobacco users and anyone 50 years or older. Read more.

    Marijuana use is outpacing cigarette use for the first time on record.

    Cigarette use has been trending downward during the past decades, with only 11% of Americans saying they smoke them in a poll conducted July 5 to 26, compared to 45% in the mid-1950s. Sixteen percent of Americans say they smoke marijuana, with 48% saying they have tried it at some point in their lives. In 1969, only 4% of Americans said they smoked marijuana. Read more.

    Medical/Legal Notes

    Presented by HCMA Benefit Provider, The Florida Healthcare Law Firm:

    So what exactly does a death and disability clause do? It protects you, your family and/or your estate from liability under your lease in the event of your death or disability. It allows you or the entity through which you lease space (the “tenant”) to be relieved of all obligations under the lease. Without including such language, the tenant will remain obligated to perform all the terms under the lease, including, for example, paying monthly rent and common area maintenance expenses. Read more.

    Disasters often occur with little to no warning

    Fires and tornadoes can destroy a home or business in minutes, and hurricanes and other extreme weather events can leave a community without power for days. The American Red Cross is committed to helping communities prepare for emergencies both big and small, and as disaster season approaches, please take a look at some of the resources they have put together to help you be ready for what may come. Whether you’ll need to evacuate your home or shelter in place, preparing now can make a huge difference when the unexpected occurs. First and foremost, assess whether your emergency preparedness kit is ready. Every family should have an emergency preparedness kit to ensure they can meet their daily needs. This checklist will help you put together an emergency preparedness kit.

    HCMA Database & Website - New and Improved!

    In order to make use of our innovative new database and all of its features, all HCMA members need to create a password for their profile.

    By setting up your profile, it will ensure that you have full access to our website in which you can update your office information, your home mailing address, RSVP to our events, pay dues, and receive all future correspondence from the HCMA.

    Please follow these few simple steps to set up your profile:

    • Log in to your HCMA account at www.hcma.net 
    • Click the orange sign-in icon located in the upper right-hand corner 
    • Enter your email address - IF YOU HAVE NOT CREATED A PASSWORD YET, click the "forgot password" link and follow the instructions. 
    If you have any questions please contact Anni Blackwell.
  • September 12, 2022 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    From the Board of Medicine

    What the practitioner should know about certifying cause of death on the Florida death certificate.

    Who should sign the death certificate (§. 382.008, F.S.)? Was this your patient, were you the attending practitioner, were you prescribing medication, were you treating the patient within the 12 months preceding their death, or were you covering for a colleague? If so, you are the best person to complete the medical certification. Florida Statutes states the certificate must be signed by the practitioner in charge of the decedent’s care for the illness or condition, which resulted in death, or the practitioner in attendance at the time of death or immediately after death. Read more.

    Physician Wellness

    The HCMA Foundation Physician Wellness Program provides a safe harbor for members to address life difficulties, especially during this time of uncertainty, challenges, and increased stress due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. This complimentary and completely confidential benefit is available for all members, regardless of membership category. 

    World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10. It’s a time to remember those affected by suicide, to raise awareness, and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most.

    National Suicide Prevention Week is the Monday through Sunday surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s a time to share resources and stories, as well as promote suicide prevention awareness.

    September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.

    Personal News

    HCMA members elected to serve

    During the FMA Annual Meeting, held August 5-7, three HCMA members were elected to serve on the Florida AMA Delegation: Drs. Michael Cromer, Eva Crooke, and Rebecca Johnson. Other HCMA members who serve at the national level are Dr. Madelyn Butler who serves on the AMA Board of Trustees and Dr. Nicole Riddle who serves as an AMA delegate for her specialty, pathology. HCMA is well represented at the national level!  Visit the HCMA's Facebook Page for all the photos from the 2022 FMA Annual Meeting:/HCMADocs.

    Additional congratulations...

    The American Board of Pathology CEO Emeritus, Dr. Rebecca Johnson, and American Board of Pathology Test Development and Advisory Committee member, Dr. Nicole Riddle, were named to The Pathologist magazine’s Power List for 2022. 

    The students love him!

    Dr. Charles Lockwood, Dean, USF Morsani Collee of Medicine, was presented the Gerold L. Schiebler, MD, Advocate for Medical Students Award from 2021-2022 FMA President, Dr. Douglas Murphy, during the 2022 Florida Medical Association Annual Meeting in August. Well deserved!

    New Members

    Joining the HCMA is easy!

    Do you have a nonmember colleague? Share this edition of Enews, direct them to our website,  or scan the QR code to learn more about the HCMA and all of the benefits we offer!

    Spotlight on Savings

    Classified Ads

    For information on how to place a classified ad in Enews, contact Elke Lubin at the HCMA or complete and return this form

    The Bulletin

    Click here to review the most recent issue of The Bulletin along with previous issues. If you or anyone you know may be interested in advertising in The Bulletin, or marketing their services to HCMA members, more information can be found in the HCMA Marketing packet.  

    Upcoming Events

    Extreme Heat Live Webinar

    Tuesday, September 13, 2022

    6 -7pm (1 category 1 credit).

    An estimated 34 heat-related deaths occurred annually in Miami-Dade County from 2015 to 2019 and 6,804 emergency room visits in the state of Florida were attributed to heat-related illness in 2019. The risk of heat-related illness persists due to a warming climate. Scientific evidence indicates that patient health is already impacted by increased days of extreme heat. Join presenters from the Miami-Dade Heat Task Force and Florida Clinicians for Climate Action as they address how to identify signs and symptoms of heat stress and heat illness and explore cost-effective strategies to treat and prevent heat illness in our patients. Click here for more information and to enroll in this webinar.

    HCMA Membership Dinner

    Tuesday, September 13, 2022

    6:30pm - The Westshore Grand

    Carlton Ward, Jr., Conservation photographer, author, and National Geographic Explorer, will report on the "Path of the Panther" project which has been his full-time focus since 2016. Sponsors include Tampa General Hospital and River Oaks Treatment Center. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

    Multidisciplinary Tumor Board: Thyroid and Adrenal Disease

    September 15, 2022

    5:30-7:30pm - Season's 52

    This course will provide a multidisciplinary panel presentation in a case-based format addressing thyroid and adrenal diseases. Panelists will discuss current treatment paradigms and emerging therapies that are available. Moffitt Cancer Center Continuing Education provides healthcare professionals CME and non-CME medical education. As a teaching affiliate of the University of South Florida, Moffitt delivers diverse, evidence-based educational activities for participation by its staff, referring physicians, nurses, and office staff. Accreditation: 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. For more information and to register, click here.

    Women in Medicine Reception

    Thursday, September 29, 2022

    6:00pm - Palma Ceia Country Club

    In celebrating the success, talent, and vision of HCMA women physicians, please join us for cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, networking, shopping & raffle prizes! Thank you to our sponsors: Bank of Tampa, Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery, Madelyn Butler, MD, HCMA Past President, Eva Crooke, MD, HCMA President, and Debbie Zorian, HCMA Executive Director. RSVP by clicking here.

    HCMA Foundation's 25th Charity Golf Classic

    Thursday, March 30, 2023

    Tournament Player Club - Tampa Bay

    Noon- lunch and  registration, 1:15pm - call to carts, after play: social, dinner, awards, prizes, and raffle. Cost: $175.00 per golfer (Includes cart, greens fee, goodie bag, lunch, and dinner). Contest holes – Super Ticket – Raffle Prizes – Silent Auction! Click here for a sponsors and golfer registration packet.
  • August 03, 2022 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    COVID-19 News

    9th COVID Virtual Town Hall Recording

    In case you missed it, the 9th COVID Town Hall meeting was recorded.  You can access the video by clicking here.  Dr. Bruce Shephard summarized the discussion in a recent edition of 83 DegreesClick here to read his article.

    COVID-19 Resources

    HCMA's updated COVID resource page can be found here

    COVID Headlines & News Briefs

    ·        USF Health, Tampa General contribute to clinical trials research on new COVID vaccine Novavax.

    ·        Millions of Americans have long COVID. Many of them are no longer working.

    ·        Summer boosters for people under 50 shelved in favor of updated boosters in the fall.

    Pertinent Information

    AMA Summary on proposed Medicare PFS

    On July 7, 2022, CMS released the CY 2023 Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies proposed rule. In addition, CMS published a fact sheet on the PFS proposed rule highlighting the key provisions. If finalized, the proposed policies in the rule will take effect on January 1, 2023. CMS is requesting that comments be submitted no later than September 6, 2022. The AMA will share a draft comment letter in response to the proposed rule with the Federation in advance of this submission deadline. The AMA is continuing to review the provisions proposed in the rule and will provide further analysis of these policies in the coming weeks. Read the AMA summary.

    FMA POV on proposed Medicare payment cuts

    FMA Director of Healthcare Policy and Innovation Jarrod Fowler, MHA, explains in this article, that physicians face an 8.5% Medicare payment cut in 2023 without congressional intervention. This would have devastating consequences for medical practices and Medicare beneficiaries in Florida.

    Department of Health Alerts

    ·        Dengue fever: The Florida Department of Health wanted to remind healthcare providers that we continue to investigate cases of dengue and other arboviral diseases. Click here to view a document regarding Dengue Fever. Florida has seen a recent increase in travel-related dengue fever cases, particularly among travelers from Cuba. Please consider dengue fever as well as other arboviral diseases in your differential diagnoses for patients who may present with recent travel and symptoms that can include rash, arthralgia, myalgia, and fever. If you suspect a case of dengue fever and will be submitting samples for testing, please contact the Florida Department of Health – Hillsborough County at 813-307-8010 during business hours.

    ·        Monkey Pox: The Florida DOH has shared a CDC update for clinicians on testing and treatment for Monkeypox and an update addressing people with HIV, children & adolescents, and people who are pregnant or breastfeeding with Monkeypox. AMA announces CPT update for monkeypox testing and vaccination.

    ·        Fentanyl overdoses: In response to an “exponential increase” in fentanyl-related overdoses in Florida, the DOH is distributing print and digital educational resources statewide to raise awareness about the signs of overdose and how to respond. DOH issued a public health and safety alert about fentanyl overdoses on July 8 and is working with the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to address this urgent issue.

    The next blood pressure breakthrough: temporary tattoos

    As scientists work on wearable technology that promises to revolutionize health care, researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University are reporting a big win in the pursuit of one highly popular target: a noninvasive solution for continuous blood pressure monitoring at home. Not only that, but this development comes in the surprising form of a temporary tattoo. That's right: Just like the kind that children like to wear. The thin, sticker-like wearable electronic tattoos can provide continuous, accurate blood pressure monitoring, the researchers report in their new study. Read more.

    Members, invite a colleague to join!

    The HCMA is your professional organization, serving the needs of physicians and the community since 1895! Throughout all the changes in healthcare, the HCMA has remained a strong leader at the local, state, and national levels. With your support, HCMA can continue to provide great benefits and services to its members including:

    ·        Advocacy on health policy issues

    ·        An active Government Affairs Committee

    ·        Educational programs & webinars

    ·        Practice management resources

    ·        Patient referrals

    ·        Monthly Enews providing relevant information pertaining to your practice, patients, and membership

    ·        Monthly CME News providing educational and relevant learning opportunities

    ·        HCMA’s Quarterly journal, The Bulletin

    ·        An Annual Membership Directory

    ·        HCMA Health Insurance Co-op for physician members, their families, and staff

    ·        A fully funded and completely confidential Physician Wellness Program

    ·        A robust Benefit Provider Program offering personal and professional discounts and services  

    ·        Quarterly membership dinners and networking opportunities

    ·        A long-term, knowledgeable and dedicated staff   

    The HCMA includes membership opportunities for physicians in surrounding counties, who may not be represented or do not have the benefit options the HCMA provides. Forward to a non-member colleague! Joining is fast and easy - CLICK HERE

    If there is anything the HCMA can do for you, please reach out to a staff member today by emailing info@hcma.net or by calling 813.253.0471.

    PAC FUNDS ARE NEEDED!

    HILLPAC traditionally interviews candidates after the primary election for the purpose of determining which candidates are thought to be "friends of medicine." 2022 is a crucial year as there are many open seats in our legislative delegation. At this time, the HILLPAC funds are depleted. In order to make an impact with our local legislators, our ability to contribute to their campaigns is imperative. Your help is needed! Please consider making a donation to HILLPAC so our HILLPAC Board can comfortably choose to support all candidates that will help us in our legislative efforts to assist physicians and their patients in our communities. Thank you for your consideration. Donate to HILLPAC.

    LAST CHANCE to market your practice

    Final preparations are being made for the Summer 2022 edition of the HCMA’s Annual Membership Directory. HCMA members can enhance their listing and/or place an ad at a discounted rate. Visit HCMA.net, click on “members” and then “membership directory” to see the current edition. For advertising information in the 2022 issue, visit HCMA Membership Directory - Members' rates.

  • August 03, 2022 2:17 PM | Anonymous

    From the Board of Medicine

    Earn CMEs at a regular Florida Board of Medicine meeting

    The Board meets bimonthly, generally on the first weekend of the month. The full Board meetings include disciplinary cases, licensure approvals, correspondence items, committee reports, policy discussion items and other necessary Board actions. All board and committee meetings start at 8:00 am. Dates and locations are subject to change.

    Licensees interested in attending a regular meeting of the Board for continuing medical education (CME) credit, please click here to visit the Board’s website for meeting information. Licensees must remain in continuous attendance during the disciplinary portion of the meeting. You may report your attendance by completing the CME attendance form and returning the form to the board office using the email address provided in the form.

    Physician Wellness

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

    988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This dialing code has been made available to everyone across the United States beginning July 16, 2022.

    When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

    The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.

    The Lifeline’s network of over 200 crisis centers has been in operation since 2005, and has been proven to be effective. It’s the counselors at these local crisis centers who answer the contacts the Lifeline receives every day. Numerous studies have shown that callers feel less suicidal, less depressed, less overwhelmed and more hopeful after speaking with a Lifeline counselor.

    The HCMA Foundation Physician Wellness Program provides a safe harbor for members to address life difficulties, especially during this time of uncertainty, challenges, and increased stress due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. This complimentary and completely confidential benefit is available for all members, regardless of membership category

    Personal News

    Tampa General Hospital has earned the distinction of being No. 1 in the country on Forbes' America's Best Employers for Women list. Forbes recognized the academic medical center for its commitment to advancing women at all levels of the hospital. Read more.

    HCMA's Retired members' Lunch Bunch series continued with July's "lunch at your place"  with Stephanie Hayes, Tampa Bay Times columnist. Click the image to view the recording.  The next in the series will feature Jim Verhulst, Deputy Editor of Editorials of the Tampa Bay Times on August 11th.  Click here to pre-register.

    Following the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, HCMA member, Dr. Douglas Stein had several appearances on TV as well as being interviewed by other media outlets. See his interview on the CBS Morning Show.

    New Members

    Retired Member:

    Paul Lauber, MD

    Retired from radiology - part-time resident from Michigan. We look forward to meeting Dr. Lauber and his wife, Susan, at a future HCMA Membership Dinner.

    Know a colleague who is not an HCMA member?  Joining is easy - just a few click away...

    JOIN NOW!

    Spotlight on Savings

    Physicians Wealth Planning - a Jensen Anderson company is a financial planning firm dedicated to serving physicians for over thirty years. HCMA members receive a Comprehensive Financial Plan at a discounted rate of $500.00 (a $1,500 value). This opportunity will give any HCMA member who may already be working with a planner to have someone take a second look at their plan or if you have not created a plan, this is a great opportunity to do so. Watch your emails for an invitation to complimentary financial planning webinars. For additional information, please click here or contact Jennifer Joyce, Executive Assistant, at 813-287-8379 to schedule a meeting. 

    Classified Ads

    For information on how to place a classified ad in Enews, contact Elke Lubin at the HCMA or complete and return this form

    The Bulletin

    Click here to review the most recent issue of The Bulletin along with previous issues. If you or anyone you know may be interested in advertising in The Bulletin, or marketing their services to HCMA members, more information can be found in the HCMA Marketing packet.  

    Upcoming Events

    HCMA Executive Council

    Tuesday, August 16, 2022

    6:30pm - HCMA office or via ZOOM - RSVPs required

    The Executive Council is the governing body of the HCMA.  Council meetings are open to HCMA members.  If you would like to submit a topic for consideration at the upcoming meeting, please contact Debbie Zorian, Executive Director, prior to August 8th.

    Workplace Violence/Active Shooter Seminar

    Tuesday, August 30, 2022

    Westshore Grand Hotel

    6:00pm registration, 6:30pm - 7:30 program

    Expert law enforcement personnel will review how to prepare for and what to do in the event of an active shooter situation. Watch your email for details.  Pre-registration is required.

    HCMA Membership Dinner

    Tuesday, September 13, 2022

    6:30pm - The Westshore Grand Hotel - RSVPs required

    Join your colleagues and our guest speaker Carlton Ward, Jr., a conservation photographer and National Geographic Explorer whose passion for nature was born from the Florida landscape.  His mission is to inspire appreciation and protection of Florida's original nature.  RSVPs are required. Please contact Anni Blackwell, Event Coordinator, with any questions and to learn how to exhibit or sponsor the event.

    HCMA Foundation's 25th Charity Golf Classic

    Thursday, March 30, 2023

    Tournament Players Club - Tampa Bay

    Lunch at noon, call to carts at 1:15pm

    Find information for golfer registration, a discount on Super Tickets with early purchase, and sponsorship opportunities HERE or call the HCMA office: 813.253.0471. 

  • July 07, 2022 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    COVID-19 News

    9th COVID Virtual Town Hall

    Thursday, July 20, 2022

    6:30pm-7:30pm

    Midway through 2022 - Latest Updates & Guidance from Expert Panelists. Featuring Dr. Margarita Cabrera-Cancio, Dr. Douglas Holt, Dr. Kami Kim, & Dr. John Sinnott. Moderated by Dr. Eva Crooke, HCMA President. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. To pre-register for this event, CLICK HERE. You will receive a confirmation email and log-in instructions.

    COVID Headlines & News Briefs

    ·        Still testing positive after day 10? How to decide when to end your COVID isolation.

    ·        FDA advisers recommend updating COVID booster shots for the fall.

    ·        Publix is not offering COVID vaccines to the youngest kids.

    ·        Can I use my expired at-home COVID tests?

    ·        Should young and healthy patients take Paxlovid?

    Pertinent Information

    Physician debt relief

    Eligible physicians soon will be able to apply for up to $20,000 per year in debt relief through the state’s Medical Education Reimbursement and Loan Repayment Program. The FMA secured an annual appropriation of $6 million for the program, which is not limited to recent graduates, and DOH intends to begin disbursing payments next spring.

    Office surgery rule

    NOW IN EFFECT - both state medical boards amended their office surgery rules to establish a standard of care for gluteal fat transfers, commonly known as Brazilian Butt Lifts.

    Telehealth & controlled substances

    Effective July 1, authorized prescribers in Florida will be able to prescribe Schedule III, IV, and V controlled substances via telehealth.

    These new Florida health care laws are set to hit the books July 1st.

    Nearly 150 laws that legislators passed this year are set to hit the books on July 1. The focus may be on the new abortion ban, but there are others affecting Medicaid, medical marijuana, and telemedicine. Read more.

    Governor acts on key healthcare bills

    More than three months after the end of the 2022 Legislative Session, all the bills that passed both chambers have finally been presented to and acted upon by Gov. Ron DeSantis. FMA General Counsel Jeff Scott, Esq., summarizes important healthcare-related bills that passed, the Governor’s action on each of those bills, and when the legislation takes effect. Read the summary.

    Roe v. Wade overturned: What it means for Florida

    Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law in April a 15-week abortion ban, which has no exceptions for rape or incest. It only allows for abortions to be performed past the 15 weeks if there's a medical emergency or a "fatal fetal abnormality." Read more.

    Campaign seeks to educate patients on the importance of a physician-led care team

    The Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP) and the Florida Medical Association (FMA) have joined forces to launch The Physician Decision, a patient empowerment campaign to help educate on the importance of seeking a physician-led care team. You can help in this campaign by posting The Physician Decision video on your website and sharing information with your patients. Please visit The Physician Decision website.

    AMA helps physicians put telehealth into practice and get paid for it

    In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for telehealth services has skyrocketed. That’s why the AMA is leading the charge to aggressively expand telehealth. Learn more.

    No Surprises Act fact sheets

    CMS has created fact sheets you can share with your patients to help protect them from surprise billing. As of January 1, 2022, they have new billing protections when they get: Emergency care, non-emergency care from out-of-network providers at in-network facilities, and air ambulance services from out-of-network providers. CLICK HERE to download the fact sheets.

    Flu cases are declining in Florida but still higher than normal.

    Health officials advise residents not to let their guards down when it comes to infection control as the flu is still more prevalent in the community than it typically is over the summer. Read more.

    What you need to know about monkeypox.

    For now, monkeypox poses a low risk to the U.S. public, but it could become a problem if the spread is left unchecked. Here’s what everyone should know about it. Read more.

    One doctor's experience in a mid-flight emergency opens questions about medical kits

    A couple of hours into her Delta Air Lines flight to Portugal earlier this month, Dr. Andrea Merrill heard the call to help a fellow passenger with a medical emergency. She approached the scene and was handed a red bag, the plane's "medical kit." What was in the kit surprised her. The blood pressure cuff was a manual one, which needed to be put together, and she had to listen for a pulse with a less-than-optimal stethoscope. Read her story.

    Kids and mental health: tell them it’s okay not to feel okay.

    From economic instability to at-home isolation, the COVID-19 pandemic took a heavy toll on America’s collective mental health. But for children and young adults, a steady rise in mental illnesses like anxiety and depression has been in the works for much longer. Read more.

    HCMA Foundation grants awarded

    Due to member contributions and the success of the 24th Charity Golf Classic, the HCMA Foundation has provided awards to:

    The Barbara Higgins Legacy Corp.

    Children's Home Network

    Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc.

    I Support the Girls/Tampa Bay

    Judeo Christian Health Clinic

    Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision

    MORE HEALTH, Inc.

    Outreach Free Clinic & Resource Center

    USF MCOM Medical Student Scholarship

    Voices for Children 

    If you know of a 501c3 charitable organization that promotes health or medically related programs, send them to the HCMA website to submit a grant application.  Grants are awarded after the annual Charity Golf Classic. To donate to the Foundation, CLICK HERE.

    HCMA is on Instagram

    The HCMA has recently created an Instagram account. We are planning to be more active on our social media platforms, highlighting upcoming events, benefits, and activities. We hope you will visit our page, HCMA on Insta, follow us, and share it with your colleagues. If you have an Instagram page for your practice, please let me know…we’d like to connect! Our other social media platforms are listed below – please visit us there too!

    PAC FUNDS ARE NEEDED!

    HILLPAC traditionally interviews candidates after the primary election for the purpose of determining which candidates are thought to be "friends of medicine." 2022 is a crucial year as there are many open seats in our legislative delegation. At this time, the HILLPAC funds are depleted. In order to make an impact with our local legislators, our ability to contribute to their campaigns is imperative. Your help is needed! Please consider making a donation to HILLPAC so our HILLPAC Board can comfortably choose to support all candidates that will help us in our legislative efforts to assist physicians and their patients in our communities. Thank you for your consideration. Donate to HILLPAC.

    Hurricane season began on June 1st!

    Resources you may find helpful:

    ·        Tampa.gov office of Emergency Management - includes details on the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday (May 28 - June 10). 

    ·        Hillsborough County  - Hurricane and tropical storm preparedness information.

    ·        Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council - Disaster planning guide. 

    HCMA Database & Website - New and Improved!

    In order to make use of our innovative new database and all of its features, all HCMA members need to create a password for their profile.

    By setting up your profile, it will ensure that you have full access to our website in which you can update your office information, your home mailing address, RSVP to our events, pay dues, and receive all future correspondence from the HCMA. 

    Please follow these few simple steps to set up your profile:

    ·        Log in to your HCMA account at www.hcma.net 

    ·        Click the orange sign-in icon located in the upper right-hand corner 

    ·        Enter your email address - IF YOU HAVE NOT CREATED A PASSWORD YET, click the "forgot password" link and follow the instructions. 

    If you have any questions please contact Anni Blackwell.

    LAST CHANCE to market your practice

    Final preparations are being made for the Summer 2022 edition of the HCMA’s Annual Membership Directory. HCMA members can enhance their listing and/or place an ad at a discounted rate. Visit HCMA.net, click on “members” and then “membership directory” to see the current edition. For advertising information in the 2022 issue, visit HCMA Membership Directory - Members' rates.

  • July 07, 2022 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    From the Board of Medicine

    Earn CMEs at a regular Florida Board of Medicine meeting

    The Board meets bimonthly, generally on the first weekend of the month. The full Board meetings include disciplinary cases, licensure approvals, correspondence items, committee reports, policy discussion items and other necessary Board actions. All board and committee meetings start at 8:00 am. Dates and locations are subject to change.

    Licensees interested in attending a regular meeting of the Board for continuing medical education (CME) credit, please click here to visit the Board’s website for meeting information. Licensees must remain in continuous attendance during the disciplinary portion of the meeting. You may report your attendance by completing the CME attendance form and returning the form to the board office using the email address provided in the form.

    Physician Wellness

    Stop telling physicians to be more resilient.

    "I’ve come across several articles recently highlighting the Dr. Lorna Breen Healthcare Provider Protection Act. The primary stated intent of this is 'to improve mental health among health care workers.' It is named in honor of an emergency physician who died by suicide during the height of the COVID pandemic.

    "Although my very first thought was, 'oh, thank God … they are finally listening,' that was quickly replaced with a sick feeling in my gut. Why? Because I realized that, like almost every other 'resource' available to promote mental well-being in health care workers, the word resilience would inevitably show up. I looked at the official wording of the law and yep, it’s there. 'Identify strategies to promote resiliency.' Sucker punch to the gut." Read the article by Lauren Roth, MD.

    The HCMA Foundation Physician Wellness Program provides a safe harbor for members to address life difficulties, especially during this time of uncertainty, challenges, and increased stress due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. This complimentary and completely confidential benefit is available for all members, regardless of membership category. 

    Personal News

    On Thursday, June 9, the HCMA hosted a Residents Reception together with Physicians Wealth Planning at Brio Italian Grille. We celebrated all HCA and USF resident physicians, interns, and fellows and their accomplishments so far. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to a few resident physicians who will pursue their careers outside of Florida. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors. To all current residents, we wish you a successful start to your next year of residency!  See all the photos on HCMA's Facebook page!

    The HCMA's 3rd Post-Session Legislative Reception, led by Dr. Eva Crooke (HCMA President) and Dr. Michael Cromer (Chm, HCMA Government Affairs Committee) was held on June 22nd. This forum provides an excellent opportunity to converse with our legislators and their staff in an informal setting. 

    Attendees recapped medicine's priority issues of the 2022 Florida Legislative Session and discussed potential bill topics for the 2023 Session. 

    Dr. Cromer addressed the group reviewing the wins and losses from the 2022 Legislative Session.

    Elke Lubin (HCMA Executive Assistant), Dr. Georgetta Bundley, Debbie Zorian (HCMA Executive Director), and Skoervitch Emile (Legislative Assistant for Rep. Fentrice Driskell). 

    I'd like more information about the HCMA Government Affairs Committee Congratulations to Drs. & Mrs. Jayant Rao - finally!

    Dr. Jayant Rao, HCMA Past President, and the former Sheila Bongcayao, were married last month in Tahoe. The wedding was originally scheduled for September 2021 but had to be delayed due to massive fire evacuations and the COVID Delta Variant spike.

    Best wishes for a happy and healthy life together!

    Dr. Rao's parents, Dr. Mohan and Diana Rao, are pictured with the newlyweds. 

    New Members

    Active:

    Carlos Lamoutte, MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Bay Care Medical Group, 1601 W. Timberlane Dr. #400, Plant City, 33566, 813.321.6677

    Affiliate:

    Diane Gowski, MD, Internal Medicine, Retired from Bay Pines VAMC

    Michael Morgan, MD, Dermatopathology, Korpath, 3110 Cherry Palm Dr., Tampa, 33619, 813.932.0374

    John Hamill, MD, Dermatology, Gulf Coast Dermatology, 7547 Jacque Rd., Hudson, 34667, 727.862.8561

    Spotlight on Savings

    MCMS, Inc., Insurance Trust Fund - Providing Group Major Medical Insurance for HCMA employer-members. The program is fully insured by Florida Blue and has operated since 1981.  Many coverage options are available, including Qualified/Compatible Health Savings Account Plans. Although the program is fully insured with no assessments, offices benefit from a Profit-Sharing agreement where excess underwriting profits are accumulated in reserves for future rate increases. All plans meet the new 2014 ACA standards and mandatory provisions. For more information, contact Thomas Buss, Third Party Administrator:  thomas_buss@ajg.com  or local authorized agent Jeremy Enns: 813.818.8805, ext: 232, jeremy.enns@onedigital.com.

  • June 14, 2022 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    COVID NEWS

    PERTINENT INFORMATION

    June is Pride Month

    Medicine is for all, and the medical profession is at its best with a physician workforce that reflects this foundational truth. June is Pride Month and we give special thanks to LGBTQ physicians in our community for delivering patient care with excellence, mentoring and educating future MDs and DOs, and shaping the future as leaders!  It takes courage to stand up for who you are.  Warm wishes for Pride Month! 

    Emergency office surgery rule: effective imminently

    As soon as next week, the Florida Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathic Medicine are expected to release an office surgery emergency rule that will make critical changes to the standard of care for gluteal fat transfers, more commonly known as Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBLs). There will be no exceptions to these standards and no grace period for implementation. Read a legal update from FMA Assistant General Counsel Mary Thomas, Esq., to learn what these changes mean for Florida physicians. 

    Plans remain for a Moffitt Cancer Center campus in Pasco despite DeSantis' veto.

    Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a line item in the upcoming state budget that would have provided about $600 million in recurring money over the next 30 years for the project. Read more. 

    Private Practice Learning Collaborative: E/M Documentation Burden Reduction

    The AMA has launched a new learning collaborative opportunity for private practice physicians designed to help implement actionable changes that can quickly increase their practice’s efficiency. Each eight-week session in the Private Practice Simple Solutions series will focus on a single topic. Physicians will be able to access a pre-recorded didactic presentation and a discussion board (NOTE: the discussion board requires individual registration to access this closed community). The discussion board runs throughout the entirety of the eight weeks, offering opportunities to interact with fellow cohort members and ask questions of subject matter experts who oversee the sessions. A second pre-recorded presentation will follow the first, focusing on the common obstacles or questions identified on the discussion board. The first session, which provides insights on using the AMA STEPS Forward® E/M Documentation Burden Reduction Toolkit as a guide, will be released on July 7. The second recording will be released on Aug. 16. 

    Accelerating Behavioral Health Integration Through Telehealth

    The AMA is hosting an interactive session on accelerating behavioral health integration through telehealth on June 21. Participants will learn about the opportunities and challenges of incorporating technology to advance more coordinated and equitable behavioral health care, as well as practical solutions stakeholders across the health care ecosystem can pursue to advance digitally-enabled BHI. The session will feature experts from Penn Medicine and the Department of Veteran Affairs, who will discuss their BHI models, how digital tools have been incorporated, and the comprehensive value it has generated. 

    Parenting as a Physician: It Takes a Lot of Patience

    Finding work-life balance during the COVID-19 pandemic has required parents to constantly recalibrate, shifting the demands of parenting to meet the needs of their employers. Burnout rates remain particularly high among physicians, and those who also take on the responsibilities of caring for their children face a unique set of challenges. This panel discussion webinar at noon on June 21 features multiple physician parents and will provide tips on how to set limits, balancing family life as a physician, simply finding the time, and best practices for managing family activities. 

    Celebrating our Resident Physicians

    On June 9th, the HCMA hosted a Residents Reception together with Physicians Wealth Planning at Brio Italian Grille. We celebrated all HCA and USF resident physicians, interns, and fellows and their accomplishments so far. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to a few resident physicians who will pursue their careers outside of Florida. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors. To all current residents, we wish you a successful start to your next year of residency! Check out the event photos on HCMA's Facebook page. 

    CONGRATULATIONS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING!

    The Lightning have done it again...  they are off to play in the Stanley Cup finals for the third year in a row. No team has been to three Stanley Cup finals in a row since the Edmonton Oilers in the mid-1980s, and the Islanders were the last team to win three consecutive Cups 40 years ago. It looks like a Stanley Cup hat trick may be in our future!  GO BOLTS!


    SPOTLIGHT ON SAVINGS

    The HCMA Benefit Provider Program offers goods and services to members, at members' only rates. When utilized, the value to members far exceeds the cost of annual dues. Two of our Providers are featured here:

    Jensen Anderson Wealth Management, LLC is a financial planning firm dedicated to serving physicians for over thirty years. HCMA members receive a Comprehensive Financial Plan at a discounted rate of $500.00 (a $1,500 value). This opportunity will give any HCMA member who may already be working with a planner to have someone take a second look at their plan or if you have not created a plan, this is a great opportunity to do so. For additional information, please visit: www.physicianswealthplanning.com or contact Jennifer Joyce, Executive Assistant, at 813-287-8379 or JenniferJoyce@financialguide.com to schedule a meeting.

    Shea Barclay Group – professional liability and other commercial insurance products. Shea Barclay Group (SBG) is a boutique, Tampa-based insurance brokerage specializing in insuring physicians. Their team of professionals has 50+ years of experience insuring healthcare providers in the Tampa Bay area. SBG has developed numerous, exclusive insurance programs specifically for HCMA members. These not only address the professional liability insurance needs of the HCMA members, but the additional insurance needs that each practice requires. Their unique experience and capabilities will give you peace of mind, knowing that your risks are their biggest concern. SBG will provide eligible HCMA members with a 10% discount on professional liability insurance premiums through Aspen. For a no-obligation consultation, please contact Patricia Thompson, AAI, CIC, Senior Advisor/Healthcare, PThompson@SheaBarclay.com, 813.418.4492, mobile: 813.404.7905, Shea Barclay Group/HCMA Webpage, www.sheabarclay.com.
  • June 02, 2022 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    COVID-19 News

    PERTINENT INFORAMTION

    Healthcare leaders urge Congress to make Texas school shooting the country's last: 'We need real change'

    Firearm-related violence was declared a public health crisis by the AMA in 2016 shortly after the Pulse Nightclub shooting, a viewpoint shared by many across the healthcare system. In a new statement, AMA President Gerald Harmon, M.D., said firearm incidents before and after that declaration could have been prevented with action from lawmakers and other leaders on “common-sense safety measures like background checks.” He also pointed to 16 separate policy recommendations his organization has developed over the years to address firearm trauma, injury, and death. “While the ideal time to act and find common-sense solutions and common ground might have been years ago, the best we can do now is act today,” he said. “The AMA will continue to support policies and advocate for initiatives aimed at encouraging firearm safety and preventing firearm-related injuries and deaths.” READ THE HCMA POSITION STATEMENT ON GUN VIOLENCE.

    CDC Health Advisories

    • Monkeypox - On May 20th the CDC distributed a Health Alert Network (HAN) advisory. Any clinician who suspects Monkeypox should immediately report to their local health department. Read the health advisory.
    • Hepatitis of unknown etiology - On May 12th, the CDC issued a Health Alert Network Health Update to provide clinicians and public health authorities with updated information about an epidemiologic investigation of pediatric cases of hepatitis of unknown etiology in the United States. Read the advisory.
    • Meningitis like symptoms - Physicians who are treating a person who presents with meningitis like symptoms and has a recent history of fresh water exposure are urged to contact the CDC immediately for consultation and treatment. Physicians should also report the suspected case to the county health department immediately. Read the May 11th advisory.
    • Michael Wiese, MPH, CPH, Epidemiology Program Manager, Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, Epidemiology office: 813.307.8010, fax: 813.276.2981. 

    An urgent plea to vaccinate students for all forms of meningitis

    Following a recent outbreak of meningitis in Florida, the Department of Health reported that, as of April 7, the number of cases identified in 2022 had surpassed the state’s five-year average of meningococcal disease cases. In a guest essay for the Palm Beach Post, Alicia Stillman, Director of the Emily Stillman Foundation, says the outbreak highlights the urgency of having students vaccinated against all forms of meningococcal disease. The foundation is named for her daughter, Emily, who passed away in 2013 at age 19 after contracting bacterial meningitis. 

    Assume every child has PTSD these days until proven otherwise.

    For your consideration, an opinion piece written by Kathy Wu, PhD, May 28, 2022: From school shootings to abuse, kids are carrying too much weight on their small shoulders. It is said that each generation has its unique set of challenges to overcome, but this constellation of complex societal problems is unprecedented and much too heavy for any generation to bear. Compounding these macro-level stresses are adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that a majority of children (61%) experience at least one of in their lifetimes. Read the editorial. 

    Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

    As of February 2022, 87,384,715 of people are enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. This is an increase of 430,006 since the last report (80,386,081 are enrolled in Medicaid and 6,998,634 are enrolled in CHIP). For more information on Medicaid/CHIP enrollment, including enrollment trends, click here. 

    It's not too late - Delegates needed!

    The Florida Medical Association (FMA) Annual Meeting is being held August 5 - 7, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando. The HCMA sends a delegation of members to represent our Association and has submitted a resolution for consideration by the FMA House of Delegates. The HCMA delegation is a component of the Lower West Coast Caucus which will meet virtually, prior to the Orlando meeting, to review all of the resolutions submitted by all county and specialty societies in Florida. 

    If you would like to get involved at the grassroots level, please consider serving as an HCMA delegate at the FMA Annual Meeting in Orlando. For more information, please contact Elke Lubin, HCMA Executive Assistant. 

    PAC FUNDS ARE NEEDED!

    HILLPAC traditionally interviews candidates after the primary election for the purpose of determining which candidates are thought to be "friends of medicine." 2022 is a crucial year as there are many open seats in our legislative delegation. At this time, the HILLPAC funds are depleted. In order to make an impact with our local legislators, our ability to contribute to their campaigns is imperative. Your help is needed! Please consider making a donation to HILLPAC so our HILLPAC Board can comfortably choose to support all candidates that will help us in our legislative efforts to assist physicians and their patients in our communities. Thank you for your consideration. Donate to HILLPAC. 

    Hurricane season is here!

    June 1st marks the beginning of the 2022 Hurricane Season, lasting through November 30th. Resources you may find helpful:

    Medical roundtable discusses the science of health care delivery.

    Some of the most well-respected medical schools are incorporating this philosophy into their curriculums and offering degrees aimed at developing health administrators and medical leaders. Listen to this roundtable discussion (53 minutes).

    HCMA Database & Website - New and Improved!

    In order to make use of our innovative new database and all of its features, all HCMA members need to create a password for their profile. 

    By setting up your profile, it will ensure that you have full access to our website in which you can update your office information, your home mailing address, RSVP to our events, pay dues, and receive all future correspondence from the HCMA. 

    Please follow these few simple steps to set up your profile:

    • Log in to your HCMA account at www.hcma.net 
    • Click the orange sign-in icon located in the upper right-hand corner 
    • Enter your email address - IF YOU HAVE NOT CREATED A PASSWORD YET, click the "forgot password" link and follow the instructions. 
    • If you have any questions please contact Anni Blackwell.

    Market your practice

    Preparations are underway for the Summer 2022 edition of the HCMA’s Annual Membership Directory. HCMA members can enhance their listing and/or place an ad at a discounted rate. Visit HCMA.net, click on “members” and then “membership directory” to see the current edition. For advertising information in the 2022 issue, visit HCMA Membership Directory - Members' rates.

    FROM THE BOARD OF MEDICINE

    New Legislation Impacting Your Profession

    • Reducing Fetal and Infant Mortality
    • Telehealth
    • Acute and Post-acute Hospital Care at Home
    • Department of Health/Information Required for Licensure

    PHYSICIAN WELLNESS

    Surgeon general issues landmark report with new solutions to combat crippling worker burnout issue.

    Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., released a general advisory on May 23rd surrounding worker burnout, an issue that was present before the pandemic but only worsened as COVID-19 has impacted systems. Murthy is pressing for collaboration among regulators, health systems, communities and other key stakeholders to take a “whole-of-society” approach to the problem. Read the article.

    The HCMA Foundation Physician Wellness Program provides a safe harbor for members to address life difficulties, especially during this time of uncertainty, challenges, and increased stress due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. This complimentary and completely confidential benefit is available for all members, regardless of membership category. 

    PERSONAL NEWS

    Welcome Asta Orthman!

    Asta Orthman joined the HCMA staff on May 10th. She will serve as HCMA’s membership coordinator & administrative assistant. Asta moved to the United States from Lithuania 25 years ago and resided in Massachusetts where she worked for several nonprofit organizations as an accomplished administrator providing services to those with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. Two years ago, Asta and her husband relocated to the Tampa Bay area. 

    Asta has become involved with the Tampa area Lithuanian community and is teaching language and traditions to immigrant children in her spare time. She is a graduate of Vilnius University in Lithuania, earning her BA degree in English Language and Literature, and is fluent in three languages. Asta likes to read, cook, walk Florida’s beautiful beaches, and travel.

    NEW MEMBERS

    Active:

    Poorvi Desai, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Comprehensive Hematology Oncology,  425 S. Parsons, Ste. 101, Brandon, 33511, 727.377.6569

    Brandon Faza, MD, Emergency Medicine, Guidewell Emergency Doctors, 16318 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, 33617, 813.576.0077

    Affiliate:

    Ajoy Kumar, MD, Family Medicine, AdventHealth, 12470 Telecom Dr., Temple Terrace, 33637

    SPOTLIGHT ON SAVINGS

    A cyber breach can be devastating to your practice and your patients.

    Cyber attacks have increased and the potential harm to your practice is enormous. Medical practices are among the biggest targets because of patients' personal identifiable information. The practice could be sued by patients if a beach occurs, fined by the state, and incur additional exorbitant expenses as a result. Cyber attacks and claims have grown exponentially since COVID-19 and will only get worse. Protect yourself and your patients. Let HCMA Benefit Provider, Shea Barclay Group, tell you how.

    THE BULLETIN

    Click here to review the most recent issue of The Bulletin along with previous issues. If you or anyone you know may be interested in advertising in The Bulletin, or marketing their services to HCMA members, more information can be found in the HCMA Marketing packet.  

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    Intern/Resident/Fellow Reception

    Thursday, June 9, 2022

    6:30pm-8:30pm - Brio International Plaza

    HCMA cordially invites all intern/resident/fellow physicians from USF and Brandon Regional Hospital to attend a reception in their honor.  Physicians in training will mingle with colleagues, HCMA leaders, and administrative staff.  For more information, please contact Anni Blackwell, Event Coordinator.

     

    FMA Annual Meeting

    August 5-7, 2022

    Hyatt Grand Cypress, Orlando

    The FMA Annual Meeting is the event in which the FMA House of Delegates, comprised of physician delegations from across Florida, meet to submit, discuss, debate, and vote on resolutions pertaining to legislative issues and FMA policy. The meeting also provides live, interactive CME, networking events, the presidential installation, poster symposium and more.  If you are interested in serving as an HCMA delegate to the FMA, please contact Elke Lubin, Executive Assistant.

    HCMA Executive Council

    Tuesday, August 16, 2022

    6:30pm - HCMA office or via ZOOM - RSVPs required

    The Executive Council is the governing body of the HCMA.  Council meetings are open to HCMA members in good standing.  If you would like to submit a topic for consideration at the upcoming meeting, please contact Debbie Zorian, Executive Director, prior to August 8th.

     

    HCMA Membership Dinner

    Tuesday, September 13, 2022

    6:30pm - The Westshore Grand Hotel - RSVPs required

    Join your colleagues and our guest speaker Carlton Ward, Jr., a conservation photographer and National Geographic Explorer whose passion for nature was born from the Florida landscape.  His mission is to inspire appreciation and protection of Florida's original nature.  Reservation and sponsorship information is forthcoming - watch your email!  Please contact Anni Blackwell, Event Coordinator, with any questions.
  • May 04, 2022 1:57 PM | Anonymous

    COVID-19 News

    Pertinent Information

    IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER!

    HCMA Inauguration Dinner

    Tuesday, May 10, 2022

    6:15pm - The Westshore Grand

    Eva Crooke, MD will be installed at the HCMA's 119th President as we "Celebrate Tampa Bay!"  An extended social hour will begin at 6:15pm with complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by dinner and the inauguration at 7:30pm. More information and registration can be found HERE. Call the HCMA office with any questions: 813.253.0471. HCMA requests that all attendees be fully vaccinated.

    How new legislation will affect you

    The state’s 2022 regular Legislative Session resulted in significant policy victories for Florida physicians, which you can read about in the FMA’s legislative summary. Interested in becoming more involved with the HCMA's legislative activities? Consider serving on HCMA's political action committee, HILLPAC, the HCMA's Government Affairs Committee, traveling to Tallahassee during the legislative session to meet with legislators and their staff concerning medically-related bills, or serve as a delegate to the FMA to assist in creating resolutions relating to legislative and policy issues that are presented each year to the FMA House of Delegates during the Annual Meeting. For more information about these opportunities, please contact Elke Lubin, HCMA Executive Assistant. 

    Physicians get relief from potential legal risks in giving minors emergency care

    Last year’s Parents' Bill of Rights law specifically made it a misdemeanor of the first degree in Florida for physicians and other healthcare providers to provide emergency medical services to minors in most settings without first obtaining written parental consent. Thanks the passage of HB 817 which will be effective July 1, 2022, physicians will be able to provide this care in any setting without parental consent. Read more.

    Physician-led, team-based care is best for patients

    The Florida Academy of Family Physicians and the FMA recently joined forces to launch The Physician Decision, a patient-focused campaign emphasizing the importance of physician-led, team-based care. The Physician Decision aims to educate Floridians about the qualifications physicians bring to their role as leader of the healthcare team so that they can advocate for themselves to receive the best care.

    DEA Warning: scammers are impersonating DEA agents

    Victims are losing money and personally identifiable information. DEA personnel will never contact members of the public or medical practitioners by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment, will never request personal or sensitive information over the phone, and will only notify people of a legitimate investigation or legal action in person or by official letter. Read the press release.

    AMA No Surprises Act tool kit

    Linked here is a second AMA toolkit to assist physicians with the payment process for certain out-of-network care under the No Surprises Act (NSA).  The NSA prohibits surprise billing for emergency care and some nonemergency care at in-network facilities.  The law and implementing regulations have established a process to determine payment for physicians and other providers that includes an Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) process.  As we are still awaiting additional federal guidance on the IDR process, this toolkit will be updated when new information is available. Additionally, updated information can be found  here on the AMA-AHA lawsuit over a narrow, but critical, component of the interim final rule implementing the IDR process under the NSA. 

    AMA STEPS Forward™: Taming the EHR playbook

    The electronic health record (EHR) has profoundly changed the practice of medicine in both positive and negative ways. While most EHRs have customizable tools that can save time if used optimally, approximately 50% of a physician’s day is currently being spent on EHR and desk work. This EHR burden is a major contributor to physician burnout, and it is imperative for organizations to learn how to “tame” the EHR by implementing effective team-based care principles and system-level improvement. The AMA STEPS Forward™ Taming the EHR Playbook walks physicians and care team members through a series of practical, actionable steps to help improve efficiency, alleviate stress, and maximize the benefits of the EHR.

    A year in review: Physician perspectives on Information Blocking regulations

    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. The AMA welcomes 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 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?

    HCMA database & website - new and improved!

    In order to make use of our innovative new database and all of its features, all HCMA members need to create a password for their profile.

    By setting up your profile, it will ensure that you have full access to our website in which you can update your office information, your home mailing address, RSVP to our events, pay dues, and receive all future correspondence from the HCMA.

    Please follow these few simple steps to set up your profile:

    • Log in to your HCMA account at www.hcma.net 
    • Click the orange sign-in icon located in the upper right-hand corner 
    • Enter your email address - IF YOU HAVE NOT CREATED A PASSWORD YET, click the "forgot password" link and follow the instructions. 
    • If you have any questions please contact Anni Blackwell.

    Market your practice

    Preparations are being made for the Summer 2022 edition of the HCMA’s Annual Membership Directory. HCMA members can enhance their listing and/or place an ad at a discounted rate. Visit HCMA.net, click on “members” and then “membership directory” to see the current edition. For advertising information in the 2022 issue, visit HCMA Membership Directory - Members' rates

    From the Board of Medicine

    Florida Department of Health advises on meningococcal disease and vaccines in Florida

    The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is responding to an outbreak of meningococcal disease in some areas of Florida. However, it can be prevented and treated. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against meningococcal disease. Thus far, the number of cases identified in 2022 surpasses the 5-year average of meningococcal disease cases in Florida. FDOH epidemiologists are investigating each case as well as contacting people with potential or direct exposure to known cases to provide them with information and treatment options. Read the full notice.

    Physician Wellness

    The pandemic was not the culprit in Dr. Lorna Breen's suicide

    March 18, 2022 was a memorable day for over 42,000 graduating medical students. It was Match Day, the day they learned which residency training program they will attend as they begin their careers as physicians. March 18, 2022 was even more memorable for the approximately 1 million physicians licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. It was the day President Biden signed into law the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, legislation designed to promote the mental health of medical professionals. April 26, 2022 marks the second anniversary of Breen's death. The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act honors the legacy of her memory -- "an extension of her caring for her colleagues in the deepest possible way." "Treatment without consequences" could have saved her life.  Read the view point of Arthur Lazarus, MD, MBA.

    The HCMA Foundation Physician Wellness Program provides a safe harbor for members to address life difficulties and challenges. This complimentary and completely confidential benefit is available for all members, regardless of membership category. 

    PERSONAL NEWS

    Dr. Lubin appointed to HCAB

    In April, Dr. David Lubin, Editor of HCMA's publication, The Bulletin, was nominated and subsequently appointed to the Health Care Advisory Board (HCAB).  This Board improves accessibility and efficiency of care for medically poor residents of Hillsborough County through recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for fund allocation, coordination, planning, and monitoring of health care delivery systems.  Other HCMA members who serve on the HCAB are Drs. John Curran and Jason Wilson.

    New Members

    Active:

    Frances Acosta, MD

    Ophthalmology

    Prado Vision & Lasik Center

    7522 N. Himes Ave.

    Tampa, 33614

    813.931.0500

    Affiliate:

    Ryan Fitzgerald, MD

    Orthopaedic Surgery

    Children's Orthopaedic & Scoliosis Surgery

    625 6th Ave., S, #450

    St. Petersburg, 33701

    727.898.2663


    Classified Ads

    For information on how to place a classified ad in Enews, contact Elke Lubin at the HCMA or complete and return this form

    FOR LEASE OR RENT

    Must see. Medical office space to share in USF area. Walk to Advent Hospital Tampa. Professional office building with furnished 1,500 square feet. Have your own private office, share 3 exam rooms, reception area, and break room. Currently used 2-3 days. For details, please call 813-933-9666.


  • April 05, 2022 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    COVID-19 News

    Webinar with US Surgeon General Murthy

    The Office of the Surgeon General recently issued a Request for Information about the impact of misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Comments are due and the Surgeon General’s Office wants to hear from physicians.

    The U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy is calling for stories about personal experiences related to health misinformation to deepen our collective understanding of its sources and impact. Please join this webinar, where staff in the Office of the Surgeon General will share information about the request for information and how to share your story!

    Thursday April 7, 4:30 p.m. (ET)

    Register here: www.bit.ly/RFIBriefing

    Learn more about the Request for Information 

    Pertinent Information

    Global medical and public health organizations call for immediate end to war in Ukraine and critical need to prevent nuclear escalation

    Representing doctors, public health professionals and medical students worldwide, multiple organizations called for an immediate cease fire and the withdrawal of all invading and occupying military forces and an urgent negotiated end to the current war in Ukraine. Read the statement.

    2022 FL Legislative Session Summary

    The Florida Medical Association compiled a comprehensive summary of the bills presented that were of particular interest to medicine during the 2022 legislative session. Read the summary.

    FMA Annual Meeting - Delegates & Resolutions Needed

    The Florida Medical Association (FMA) Annual Meeting is being held August 5 - 7, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando.  The HCMA will send a delegation of members to represent our Association.  Our delegation will author and submit resolutions for consideration by the FMA House of Delegates.

    If you have a policy or legislative topic for a resolution, please consider serving as an HCMA delegate and attending the HCMA Delegates meeting held in Tampa prior to the FMA Annual Meeting in Orlando.  For more information or to submit a resolution topic, please contact Elke Lubin, HCMA Executive Assistant.

    FMA Board selects new CEO

    The FMA Board of Governors has selected Christopher Clark, formerly Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, to serve as the association’s Chief Executive Officer effective today, April 1. Since 2014, Mr. Clark has directed the FMA’s legislative lobbying efforts and worked with the FMA PAC to oversee political activity and strategy focused on supporting pro-medicine candidates in their campaigns for elective office. He brought a wealth of experience to his role at the FMA, including his previous service as Chief of Staff for former Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, working on both of former Gov. Jeb Bush’s successful gubernatorial campaigns, and serving as Governmental Affairs Director for the state Department of Corrections. 

    Amid doctor shortage, NPs and PAs seemed like a fix. Data’s in: Nope. 
    One health system turned to these non-physician providers in a pinch, only to find they needed to rethink the strategy after reviewing their data.
    Find out what they learned. 

    4 healthcare items to watch in Biden's budget proposal.

    The White House has released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2023, and it highlights multiple healthcare priorities for the administration. Read more.

    CVS reaches $484M settlement with Florida over opioid case

    CVS Health will pay the state of Florida $484 million to settle claims related to opioid prescriptions at its pharmacies. The settlement will resolve claims dating back more than a decade, according to the announcement from CVS. The settlement amount will be paid over the course of 18 years. Read more.

    HCMA Database & Website - New and Improved!

    In order to make use of our innovative new database and all of its features, all HCMA members need to create a password for their profile.

    By setting up your profile, it will ensure that you have full access to our website in which you can update your office information, your home mailing address, RSVP to our events, pay dues, and receive all future correspondence from the HCMA.

    Please follow these few simple steps to set up your profile:

    • Log in to your HCMA account at www.hcma.net 
    • Click the orange sign-in icon located in the upper right-hand corner 
    • Enter your email address - IF YOU HAVE NOT CREATED A PASSWORD YET, click the "forgot password" link and follow the instructions. 
    • If you have any questions please contact Anni Blackwell.

    Market your practice

    Preparations are being made for the Summer 2022 edition of the HCMA’s Annual Membership Directory. HCMA members can enhance their listing and/or place an ad at a discounted rate. Visit HCMA.net, click on “members” and then “membership directory” to see the current edition. For advertising information in the 2022 issue, visit HCMA Membership Directory - Members' rates

    From the Board of Medicine

    Fraudulent Email ALERT!

    The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, is warning Florida health care practitioners about a fraudulent email and phishing attempt sent to Florida healthcare practitioners, specifically physicians.

    Scammers are posing as the Department of Health and offering to provide licensees with “important information” if they sign in through a designated link in the email. The originating fraudulent email address is floridahealth@consultant.com. This is not a valid Department of Health email address.

    We want to protect our health care practitioners from fraud schemes. If you receive an email from this fraudulent email address, do not click on any links or attachments or provide any personal information. If you have any questions, please contact our customer contact center at (850) 488-0595.

    Physician Wellness

    How can the Pareto Principle protect you from physician burnout?

    You may know the Pareto Principle better as the 80-20 rule.

    • How can you use the 80-20 rule to your advantage?
    • What is the 80 and what is the 20 in this case?
    • Is there research to show this approach is effective?

    In Dr. Dike Drummond's blog post, he answers all of those questions using a widely referenced study on physician burnout in academics as our guide.

    In the end you will understand the research better than your C-suite does and have several simple ways to put Pareto to use for you and your family.

    The HCMA Foundation Physician Wellness Program provides a safe harbor for members to address life difficulties, especially during this time of uncertainty, challenges, and increased stress due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. This complimentary and completely confidential benefit is available for all members, regardless of membership category. 

    PERSONAL NEWS

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! HCMA's Executive Director, Debbie Zorian, celebrated her 36 year anniversary with the HCMA while at the HCMA Foundation Charity Golf Classic.  Debbie served as the master of ceremonies conveying her poise and, as always, her style at the event. 

    HAPPY FIRST MEMBERSHIP DINNER! HCMA's first in-person membership dinner since February 2020 was held March 15th. Rodney Kite-Powell (pictured), from the Tampa Bay History Center, was our guest speaker.  Many thanks to our sponsors, Shea Barclay Group and Physicians Wealth Planning and to our social hour exhibitors.  Find all of the photos on HCMA's Facebook page.

    HCMA FOUNDATION CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC A HIT! On March 31st 126 golfers (a record for us) played in the Foundation's 24th Charity Golf Classic at TPC - Tampa Bay.  The wind, rain, and the threat of a big storm did not stop our golfers from having a super time on the course.  Many thanks to our sponsors, golfers, and volunteers for another very successful fundraiser!  Find all of the photos on HCMA's Facebook page.

    APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH Each year, the Children's Board of Hillsborough County organizes the distribution of "pinwheel gardens" to local partners throughout our county.  Once again the HCMA has planted our garden to bring awareness to this very important issue. If you would like more information about  the Children's Board and this campaign, please call 813.229.2884 or visit www.childrensboard.org

    NEW MEMBERS

    Christopher Bucciarelli, MD, Emergency Medicine, BayCare, 6901 Simmons Loop, Riverview, 33578, 813.302.8007 

    Christina Canody, MD, Pediatrics, BayCare, 4712 N. Armenia Ave., #102, Tampa, 33603, 813.879.5716 

    Chanchal Malhotra, MD & Dion Manhoff, MD, Pathology, 5002 W. Lemon St., #202, Tampa, 33609

    Mariana Oliva, MD, Ob/Gyn, The Woman's Group, 5380 Primrose Lake Cir., Tampa, 33647, 813.915.5291 

    Wahid Tazudeen, MD, Neurology, Neurological Specialties, 2816 W. Virginia Ave., Tampa, 33607, 813.876.6321 

    Milad Webb, MD, Forensic Pathology, Hillsborough County Medical Examiner Dept., 11025 N. 46th St., Tampa, 33617, 813.914.4500

    Spotlight on Savings

    Trenam Law – complimentary phone consultation for up to one hour. Trenam’s health care practice is multi-disciplinary, focusing on the many needs of physicians and medical practices including compliance and licensure advice, assistance in transactions such as employment and contractor agreements, business formations, practice sales and litigation. Trenam also helps physicians outside of its health care practice in areas such as tax, estate planning, real estate, and trademarks. Please contact Erin Smith Aebel or call  813.227.7455, or Jessica Smith West or call 813. 227.7467 for more information.

    Classified Ads

    For information on how to place a classified ad in Enews, contact Elke Lubin at the HCMA or complete and return this form

    FOR LEASE OR RENT

    Must see. Medical office space to share in USF area. Walk to Advent Hospital Tampa. Professional office building with furnished 1,500 square feet. Have your own private office, share 3 exam rooms, reception area, and break room. Currently used 2-3 days. For details, please call 813-933-9666.

    The Bulletin

    Click here to review the most recent issue of The Bulletin along with back issues. if you or anyone you know may be interested in advertising in The Bulletin, or marketing their services to HCMA members, more information can be found in the HCMA Marketing packet.  

    Upcoming Events

    HCMA Inauguration Dinner, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 6:15pm - The Westshore Grand

    Eva Crooke, MD will be installed at the HCMA's 119th President as we "Celebrate Tampa Bay!"  An extended social hour will begin at 6:15pm with complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by dinner and the inauguration at 7:30pm. More information and registration can be found HERE. Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available. Call the HCMA office for specifics: 813.253.0471. HCMA requests that all attendees be fully vaccinated.




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