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  • 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.




  • March 02, 2022 3:55 PM | Anonymous

    COVID- 19 NEWS

    PERTINENT INFORMATION

    IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO RSVP

    Membership Dinner

    Tuesday, March 15, 2022

    6:30pm at the Westshore Grand

    HCMA's first in-person Membership Dinner since February 2020! Social hour will begin at 6:30pm, the program and dinner will follow at 7:30pm. Special Guest: Rodney Kite-Powell, Director, Touchton Map Library, at the Tampa Bay History Center, will share snapshots and stories of the history of Tampa from the 1800s to modern times.

    Two USF medical students will be presented with scholarships from the HCMA and the HCMA Foundation.

    Sponsors: Physicians Wealth Planning and Shea Barclay Group.

    Dinner is complimentary for HCMA members; $50 per guest. You can register

    hereHCMA requests that all attendees be fully vaccinated.

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    Judge strikes down part of administration’s surprise billing rules

    The Hill reports federal Judge Jeremy Kernodle in Texas “on Wednesday struck down part of the Biden administration’s regulations protecting patients from getting stuck with ‘surprise’ medical bills when they see the doctor, in a win for doctors who sued to block part of the rules.” The decision struck “down part of the regulations that govern how much insurers will pay doctors once the patient is taken out of the middle.” 

    AMA Editor’s Note: Protect patients from surprise medical bills without eliminating incentives for insurers to negotiate contracts in good faith. Click here to learn more.

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    ADA Legal Issues in Healthcare

    Do you have any patients who are deaf/hard of hearing? Visually impaired? If so, you must provide equal access to communications, including “auxiliary aids and services” to ensure effective communication between the health care provider and the patient or patient’s representative.

    What about English as a Second Language (ESL)? Do you have patients whose preferred language is a language other than English? Do you receive federal funding, including Medicare, Medicaid or SCHIP? If so, your practice must provide language access services for your patients.  HCMA Benefit Provider, the Florida Healthcare Law Firm, has compose a short article regarding ADA requirements.

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    Ukrainian physicians 'Ready to Die for Their Freedom'

    Nasogastric tubes. Foley catheter kits. Hydrogel anti-burn bandages and transfusion bags. Heparin, atropine, tramadol. These items are just a few of some two dozen critical medical supplies that physicians in Ukraine desperately need, according to Leo Wolansky, MD, a Ukrainian-American radiologist and president of the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA). Read the interview.

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    Another way to support the HCMA Foundation's Golf Tournament

    Visit our Amazon Smile Wish List for raffle prize donations! Raffle items are a big part of the day's fun - and another way we raise money on golf day! Please take a look at our "wish list" for an easy way to donate some raffle items. Two easy steps:

    1. Sign into Amazon

    2. Review our Wish List!

    __________

    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

    __________

    Master the art of physician leadership

    Clinical excellence is central to your daily practice of medicine. But to excel as healthcare leaders, physicians need specific non-clinical skills that often aren’t formally taught in medical school or residency.

    The FMA is now accepting online applications for the 2022-23 Karl M. Altenburger, MD Physician Leadership Academy, an intensive professional development program exclusively for members and generously funded by the Physicians Foundation, Professionals Resource Network, and the FMA Foundation for Healthy Floridians. Selected applicants will be invited to participate in five in-person, facilitated workshops focusing on key leadership skills, such as emotional intelligence, conflict management, effective communication, and building a healthy workplace culture. Online activities will include a virtual journal club, The Science of Leadership. The Foundation for Healthy Floridians will cover expenses for materials, lodging, sponsored meals, and speaker fees.

    Submit your application for the Physician Leadership Academy no later than March 15, 2022. Visit flmedical.org/leadershipacademy for more information.

    __________

    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

    Scam Alert!

    The Department of Health (Department), Division of Medical Quality Assurance is warning Florida health care practitioners about fraudulent calls that are continuing to be received by licensees.

    Scammers are posing as the Department and threatening action against your health care license by demanding money and asking for personal identifying information.

    The Department has posted extensive information and guidance on http://flhealthsource.gov/ and its board websites regarding licensure and fees. Licensees will never receive unsolicited calls from the Department where personal information is requested, payments are demanded, or threats against your license are made.

    The Department of Health wants to help protect licensees from fraud schemes. If you receive a phone call from a someone claiming to represent the Department, do not provide any personal information and hang up immediately.

     If you have any questions, please call the customer contact center at (850) 488-0595.

    PHYSICIAN WELLNESS

    Congress passes bill to promote physician mental health  
    President Biden is expected to sign the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act to support physician mental health.
    Learn how the legislation prioritizes physician well-being

    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. 

    SPOTLIGHT ON SAVINGS

    Winstar Forms Strategic Alliance with ClearGage

    HCMA Benefit Provider for credit card processing, payroll & human resources, and funding & equipment leasing, Winstar Payments, has partnered with ClearGage. Under this agreement, Winstar Payments will offer their clients ClearGage's flexible payment solutions including recurring payments,subscription plans, and payment notifications via text and email. Additionally, clients of Winstar Payments will be offered patient-friendly financing options that help practices to reduce bad debt and get paid faster. For more information, contact Vinny Breault, Winstar Payments, vbreault@winstarpayments.com, 813.362.9051, or click here for details.

    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 SALE

    Medical office next to Brandon Regional Hospital; 2,035 sq ft; 3-4 exam rooms; Lab; 1-2 physician offices; storage & break area; large waiting room; large business office; 2 exam tables (electric), 1 large & 1 small refrigerator; All ready to start your practice; $2,500/month; Call Dr. Karp 813-787-6978.

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    Membership Dinner

    Tuesday, March 15, 2022

    6:30pm at the Westshore Grand

    HCMA's first in-person Membership Dinner since February 2020! HCMA’s in-person membership dinners at the Westshore Grand Hotel will resume. Social hour will begin at 6:30pm, the program and dinner will follow at 7:30pm. Special Guest: Rodney Kite-Powell, Director, Touchton Map Library, at the Tampa Bay History Center, will share snapshots and stories of the history of Tampa from the 1800s to modern times. 

    Two USF medical students will be presented with scholarships from the HCMA and the HCMA Foundation.

    Sponsors: Physicians Wealth Planning and Shea Barclay Group.

    Please mark your calendars. Dinner is complimentary for HCMA members; $50 per guest. You can register here. Call the HCMA office with any questions. 813.253.0471. HCMA requests that all attendees be fully vaccinated.

    Outlook 2022

    Tuesday, March 29, 2022

    6:30-7:30pm

    This 60-minute Physicians Wealth Planning Webinar, featuring Mike Quinn, Sr. VP/American Funds will cover:

    • Taxes
    • Elections and the markets
    • Investing in volatile markets
    • Diversification strategies
    • Impact on the market with rising interest rates
    • Global political issuers and the market

    REGISTER HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with log-in credentials. This event is a benefit of membership in the Hillsborough County Medical Association. For more information, visit HCMA.net or call 813.253.0471

    HCMA Foundation's 24th Charity Golf Classic

    Thursday, March 31, 2022

    11:30am registration, TPC-Tampa Bay

    PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

    2022 marks the 24th HCMA Foundation golf tournament! We are so excited to announce that we are returning to the Tournament Players Club - Tampa Bay which is the Proud host of the PGA Champions event for over 20 years. Registration and sponsor information can be found online or by downloading this Charity Golf Classic packet.  For more information call Anni or Elke at the HCMA: 813.253.0471.

    HCMA Inauguration Dinner

    Tuesday, May 10, 2022

    6:30pm - The Westshore Grand

    Eva Crooke, MD will be installed as the HCMA's 2021-2022 President as we "Celebrate Tampa Bay!" Social hour will begin at 6:30pm, the program and dinner will follow at 7:30pm. Please mark your calendars – registration information is forthcoming. Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are also available. Call the HCMA office for specifics: 813.253.0471.
  • February 14, 2022 1:34 PM | Anonymous

    NEWS

    DeSantis says he's against a plan to shift money from school districts over mask mandates

    Gov. Ron DeSantis indicated Friday he does not support a House proposal that would shift $200 million away from 12 school districts that required students to wear masks last year during the COVID-19 pandemic. DeSantis said Friday that he would rather allow lawsuits against the districts instead of shifting away the money. Read moreHealth News Florida, February 14, 2022

    Republicans call on Biden to end COVID's public health emergency designation

    Their request for the president to undo the designation comes as calls grow — including from former Biden advisers — for the federal government to chart a course for the next stage of the pandemic. Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have plunged after the dramatic omicron-driven surge, and deaths have begun falling as well, though the seven-day average was still 2,300 deaths per day, as of Thursday. Read moreHealth News Florida, February 14, 2022

    FDA OKs new monoclonal antibody to treat Omicron

    Bebtelovimab is authorized for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in individuals ages 12 and up who are at risk of progressing to severe disease. Importantly, "laboratory testing showed that bebtelovimab retains activity against both the Omicron variant and the BA.2 Omicron subvariant," the agency added, without providing any more specifics. Read moreMedPage Today, February 11, 2022

    Florida House passes COVID legal protections for health care providers

    The bill, which would extend protection for hospitals, nursing homes and other providers through June 1, 2023, now heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis for signing. Read moreHealth News Florida, February 11, 2022

    CDC cuts booster interval for the immunocompromised

    It is now recommended that people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised receive a booster 3 months, down from 5 months previously, after the third dose of an mRNA vaccine, for a total of four doses. Guidance also updated for people vaccinated outside the U.S., and following COVID treatment. Read moreMedPage Today, February 11, 2022

    CDC announces voluntary COVID rules for cruises

    The CDC released new guidelines on Wednesday for a voluntary COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships, which includes different levels based on the vaccination status of passengers and crew. The levels change how long passengers are recommended to quarantine after coronavirus exposure and masking requirements. Read moreMedScape, February 11, 2022

    To encourage physicians’ healing, make it OK to ask for help

    Corey Feist lost his beloved sister-in-law Lorna Breen, M.D., to death by suicide. Now he fights, alongside the AMA, to protect health care heroes. Learn about this important work.

    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

    REPORTS 

    Florida's COVID positivity rate and death toll are trending downward

    The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 continues to drop, while deaths related to the disease declined for the first time since mid-December. Read moreHealth News Florida, February 14, 2022 

    Many faith leaders are wary of religious exemptions for COVID vaccine

    By the thousands, Americans have been seeking religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, but generally they are doing so without the encouragement of major denominations and prominent religious leaders. Read moreHealth News Florida, February 14, 2022 

    Why millions on Medicaid are at risk of losing coverage in the months ahead

    The Biden administration and state officials are bracing for a great unwinding: millions of people losing their Medicaid benefits when the pandemic health emergency ends. Some might sign up for different insurance. Many others are bound to get lost in the transition. Read moreHealth News Florida, February 14, 2022  

    U.S. COVID vaccine for children under 5 delayed by at least 2 months

    On February 11, the agency said it had reviewed new trial information that arrived after Pfizer and BioNTech's request for emergency authorization and decided it needed more data before weighing in on the authorization. Read moreReuters, February 11, 2022

    REFLECTIONS 

    COVID-19 live updates: How are COVID-19 deaths counted, and what does this mean?

    In slightly more than 2 years, authorities have recorded 5.75 million COVID-19 deaths worldwide. Some people believe that this is an overestimate of the actual mortality from the disease. Others think COVID-19 has caused many more deaths than the official figures show. Medical News Today has looked at the evidence and spoken with experts to uncover the truth behind the numbers. Read moreMedical News Today, February 14, 2022 

    Should we incentivize community providers to encourage COVID vaccination?

    What has held true throughout this last year of the pandemic is the COVID-19 vaccine's ability to protect us from hospitalization and death. Paired with signs that a portion of the unvaccinated can be convinced to change their minds, with some polls showing a slight drop in individuals who say they will not get vaccinated, we must incentivize and invest in the most trusted COVID-19 vaccine messengers to reach those individuals. All public health is local. Read moreMedPage Today, February 11, 2022 

    Threats, intimidation against doctors and health workers must end

    The AMA has advocated against the culture of violence in America, including domestic violence, gun violence, racism, police brutality, and xenophobia; and violence against physicians and health professionals is no exception. While not a new occurrence, the reported uptick in intimidation, threats and attacks toward people in the medical field has been on the rise for at least the last decade and has become even more of an alarming phenomenon since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read moreGerald E. Harmon, MD, AMA President, February 3, 2022 

    What doctors wish patients knew about COVID-19 oral antivirals

    Vaccination is the best protection against COVID-19. An infectious disease specialist explains what to know about Paxlovid and molnupiravir. Learn more with the AMA.


  • February 14, 2022 10:11 AM | Anonymous
    It is with much sadness that we report a member of our medical community has passed away...

    Byrne Richard Marston, MD, USAF passed away peacefully on January 29, 2022.

    Dr. Marston completed his medical degree at University of Virginia in 1955 and moved to Cleveland to start internship at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals. That year, he met and later married the love of his life, Audrey, of Beaver, Pennsylvania, to whom he was married for over 65 years. After completing his internship, Dr. Marston entered the Air Force and the newlyweds were stationed in Japan while he served as a Flight Surgeon. After his discharge from the Air Force he resumed his medical training in Cleveland, completing a residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology.

    He eventually settled in Tampa in 1964 joining the OB/GYN practice of Drs. Ingram, Withers and Qualey, later expanded with Drs. McCammon, Yelverton and Lerner. Over his 36-year career, he provided care to women and delivered thousands of Tampa's babies.

    Read full obituary

  • February 01, 2022 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    COVID-19 NEWS

    In Case You Missed it!

    HCMA's 8th Virtual COVID Town Hall

    • Watch the recording HERE (approx. 80 minutes).
    • Read  the SARS-CoV-2: Diagnosis and Outpatient Management/Proposed Protocol written by Ava Milani, MSc and John Sinnott, MD, HERE.
    • Read Dr. Bruce Shephard's summary, published in 83Degrees, HERE.

    COVID-19: Tools to Determine if Vaccine Requirements Apply

    In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling on January 13, 2022, employee vaccination requirements from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now apply to certain Medicare or Medicaid providers and suppliers. Please see below for new and updated tools and resources developed by CMS to help you navigate and determine if these vaccine requirements apply to you. These materials are all available from the CMS Current Emergencies page:

    From the headlines:

    3rd dose of Pfizer kids’ COVID-19 vaccine gets CPT code.

    PERTINENT INFORMATION

    An invitation to serve

    This is a call for candidates! The HCMA Nominating Committee is responsible to nominate members to serve on the HCMA Executive Council, Board of Censors, and as Delegates to the FMA. We invite members to consider being placed, as a candidate, on the 2022 HCMA ballot. You must be a member in the ACTIVE, AFFILIATE, or LIFE membership categories and your 2022 HCMA membership dues must be paid in full. 

    Results will be announced at the May 10, 2022 Inauguration Dinner, in which Dr. Eva Crooke will be installed as the HCMA's 119th President. 

    Open seats include: 

    ·    Vice President - 1 year term

    ·    Treasurer - 1 year term

    ·    Secretary - 1 year term

    ·    District & At Large seats on Executive Council - 2 year term

    ·    Board of Censors member - 3 year term

    ·    Delegate to the FMA - 3 year term (FMA dues must be paid)

    ·    HILLPAC Board Member - 2 year term (HILLPAC dues must be paid)

    Nominations to specific seats will be determined by the Nominating Committee members in February. However, if you have a preference to serve in a certain capacity, please indicate such when submitting your request.

    Click here to submit your name for nomination no later than February 15th.

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    Another way to support the HCMA Foundation's Golf Tournament

    Visit our Amazon Smile Wish List for raffle prize donations! Raffle items are a big part of the day's fun - and another way we raise money on golf day! Please take a look at our "wish list" for an easy way to donate some raffle items. Two easy steps:

    1. Sign into Amazon

    2. Review our Wish List!

    __________

    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

    Keep up to date with the HCMA

    HCMA.net has added a blog in which we include the latest news emailed to the membership.  Don't miss out on important updates and announcements!

    __________

    Master the art of physician leadership

    Clinical excellence is central to your daily practice of medicine. But to excel as healthcare leaders, physicians need specific non-clinical skills that often aren’t formally taught in medical school or residency. 

    The FMA is now accepting online applications for the 2022-23 Karl M. Altenburger, MD Physician Leadership Academy, an intensive professional development program exclusively for members and generously funded by the Physicians Foundation, Professionals Resource Network, and the FMA Foundation for Healthy Floridians. Selected applicants will be invited to participate in five in-person, facilitated workshops focusing on key leadership skills, such as emotional intelligence, conflict management, effective communication, and building a healthy workplace culture. Online activities will include a virtual journal club, The Science of Leadership. The Foundation for Healthy Floridians will cover expenses for materials, lodging, sponsored meals, and speaker fees. 

    Submit your application for the Physician Leadership Academy no later than March 15, 2022. Visit flmedical.org/leadershipacademy for more information.

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    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

    __________

     

    A request from a Carrollwood Day School IB student

    Danyal is a high school student at Carrollwood Day School in Tampa, which is an IB world school. Danyal is enrolled in an honors level Business Management course and upon completion may be able to earn college credit. 

    In order to complete this course, Danyal must complete a research study for a business. Danyal is researching what is important to full-time physicians when looking for new employment opportunities. 

    Danyal hopes members of the HCMA will complete the short survey. No personal identifiable information will be collected or shared. All of the responses will be considered in aggregate and used only to make recommendations to improve recruiting practices. Danyal will share the findings with the HCMA.  Take the 3 minute survey.

    FROM THE BOARD OF MEDICINE

    A new initiative from the Board of Medicine

    Healthier You is a one-stop shop for Floridians to access resources to promote a healthy lifestyle. From staying active to learning new recipes and boosting your nutritional intake, the Florida Department of Health works to educate Floridians on ways to improve habits and overall health. This is a resource for Floridians of all ages to get active, go outside, improve nutrition, including vitamin D intake, or learn about COVID-19. Please click here for more information.

    PHYSICIANS WELLNESS

    The Great Practice Reset of 2022 is Approaching - What Role Will You Play?

    There is no going back to the good old days of 2019. The pandemic has hammered the whole of healthcare into a new configuration. No one knows the exact details of what happens next. In the gap between the end of the pandemic and whatever becomes the "new normal," there is a window of opportunity for you and your family to build a more Ideal Practice. The time to start planning for this transformation is now! This short video (2:34) from TheHappyMD.com shows how you can use this window to your advantage. 

    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. 

    NEW MEMBERS

    Active Members: 

    Edward Lubin, MD - Pain Medicine

    Tampa Relief Center

    2333 W. Hillsborough Ave., #100, Tampa, 33603

    813-872-4492 

    Chetan Khamare, MD - Cardiology

    Premier Heart & Vascular Center

    6646 Gunn Highway, Tampa, 33625

    813-788-1400

    SPOTLIGHT ON SAVINGS

    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. 

  • January 31, 2022 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    It is with much sadness that we report a member of our medical family has passed away...

    A hardworking, accomplished and influential Hispanic leader who had a remarkable impact on her community, Ana Maria Crespo passed away on January 22, 2022.

    Born in Havana, Cuba, on November 5, 1933, Ana came to the U.S. with her husband and two small children as a Cuban exile. They made their way to Tampa, FL in 1961, where she spent the remainder of her life and had a significant influence on local affairs. She was married to Luis Crespo, MD, and had three beloved sons: HCMA member, Luis Enrique, MD, Jorge Luis and Enrique Luis.

    Click here for the guest book and full obituary.

    Our condolences to the Crespos' family and friends.

  • January 31, 2022 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    It is with much sadness that we report a member of our medical community has passed away...

    Vijay W. Diwakar, MD, an HCMA member since 1984, passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at the age of 72 in Tampa, Florida.

    Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Vijay studied medicine graduating from Topiwala National Medical College, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in 1974. Shortly after, he and wife, Aparna, moved to the United States settling in Tampa, Florida, where he practiced family medicine for over 40 years.

    A Hindu funeral service will be held at 11 am, Friday, February 4, 2022 at Trinity Memorial Gardens, 12609 Memorial Dr., Trinity, FL 34655.

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dr. Diwadkar's family and friends.

    Click here for the guestbook and the full obituary.

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