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  • February 08, 2024 4:54 PM | Anonymous

    Pertinent Information

    HAVE YOU PAID YOUR 2024 HCMA MEMBERSHIP DUES?

    Your HCMA membership renews on the first of each year.  Check your membership status by logging into your account at HCMA.net.  You can pay your dues securely online, or by calling the HCMA at 813.253.0471, or by mailing your payment to HCMA, 3001 W. Azeele Street, Tampa, FL 33609.

    IT'S NOT TOO LATE...

    TO RSVP FOR THE 

    HCMA Membership Dinner

    Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 6:15pm

    Westshore Grand Hotel

    Dr. Joseph Dituri, our guest speaker, broke the world record for the longest time spent living in a fixed underwater habitat. Also known as “Dr. Deep Sea,” the USF professor lived underwater to study how the human body responds to long-term exposure to pressure from the underwater habitat. RSVP by clicking here! Sponsor and exhibit opportunities are available, 813.253.0471.

    FOR SELF NOMINATIONS

    If you would like to be placed, as a candidate, on the 2024 HCMA ballot, it is not too late to self-nominate. You must be a member in the ACTIVE, AFFILIATE, or LIFE membership categories and your 2024 HCMA membership dues must be paid in full. Nominations to specific seats will be determined by the Nominating Committee members on February 6th. However, if you have a preference to serve in a certain capacity, please indicate such when submitting your request. Click here if you have any questions or to submit your name for nomination.

    TO GO TO TALLAHASSEE WITH YOUR PEERS

    The HCMA's Government Affairs Committee (GAC) is coordinating a contingency of members to visit Tallahassee on February 20th,  during the 2024 Legislative Session. This one-day event includes a meeting with FMA legislative experts followed by scheduled appointments with legislators and/or their administrative staff.  Members often arrive in Tallahassee the evening before the scheduled day at the Capitol.  If you are interested in joining the GAC contingency in their visit to Tallahassee, contact Elke Lubin or call the HCMA office: 813.253.0471.

    JN.1 takes over as the most prevalent COVID-19 variant

    The virus continues to evolve so rapidly that "our immune systems have not been able to keep up," an expert says. Here's what you need to know

    The US hasn't seen syphilis numbers this high since 1950

    It's not clear why infectious cases of syphilis rose 9% while gonorrhea dropped 9%, the CDC reports. Syphilis is less common than gonorrhea or chlamydia but is considered more dangerous. Read more

    AI excels in patient interaction and diagnosis in pilot study

    The Articulate Medical Intelligence Explorer (AMIE), an artificial intelligence algorithm, has been trained to conduct and evaluate medical conversations. In dialogues with "patients" who were trained actors, it matched or even surpassed the performance of human doctors. Read more

    Attention 4th year medical students planning a career in OBG

    Robert Yelverton, Sr., MD Memorial Scholarship - Deadline April 1st

    The HCMA Foundation USF Health/Morsani College of Medicine Robert Yelverton, Sr., MD Memorial Scholarship, established in 2023, will be presented at the May HCMA Membership Dinners to a senior USF medical student who will continue their graduate medical education in obstetrics/gynecology and is based on financial need and academic achievement. One $2,000 scholarship will be awarded annually. Among his many notable accomplishments, Dr. Yelverton served as HCMA President in 1997 and as a Clinical Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn at the USF Morsani College of Medicine. Click here to apply.

    Membership Directory rates have been reduced

    Now accepting ads for the Annual HCMA Membership Directory, Summer 2024 Edition. The HCMA Annual Membership Directory has proven to be an excellent referral source for physicians and businesses. 2024 advertising rates have been reduced for both members and businesses. Click here to view the rate sheet and to secure your advertisement. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Bauman, E&M sales associate, at 800-572-0011 or brian.b@eandmsales.com.

    Tampa Bay Street Medicine - Wish List

    Tampa Bay Street Medicine, a USF Health student-led organization dedicated to bringing healthcare to Tampa’s unsheltered population, is holding a donation drive via an Amazon Wishlist. Please view their list via THIS LINK and consider making a donation. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Heideman, MD Candidate ‘24, Morsani College of Medicine, eheideman@usf.edu.

    Panera Heart Cookies support St. Joe's Hearts

    The Panera Valentine cookie promotion benefiting the Patel Heart Institute at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital will be underway from February 1-14. With your purchase of a heart-shaped cookie at one of the 30 bakery-cafes throughout Tampa Bay owned by Covelli Enterprises, Panera will donate 100% of the profits to the kids at St. Joe’s. Find a participating location.

    Bill would create police training on dealing with people who have Alzheimer's

    A bill creating an Alzheimer's training program for law enforcement officers is making its way through the Florida Senate. The optional online course would teach how to interact with people who have dementia, recognize behaviors, use alternatives to physical restraints, and spot signs of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. The training in SB 208 would be optional and count toward continuing education. Read more.

    Expected to be a big deal, Alzheimer's drug is pulled after disappointing sales.

    A drugmaker is pulling the plug on an Alzheimer's treatment that was once expected to be a blockbuster. NPR's Sydney Lupkin reports on what happened and what it could mean for patients. Read more

    When should your patients stop driving? Preparing to hang up the car keys.

    As cognitive skills erode, driving skills weaken, but an older driver may not recognize that. Advance directives on driving are one way to handle this challenge. Resources to help family members address the issue with their elderly loved one are available.  Many people with cognitive impairment continue to drive and don’t want to stop. There are no standards for when they should give up their car keys, but planning ahead is recommended.

    Here are some resources that offer guidance:

    For basic information:

    Hitting the milestone:

    A conversation guide:

    CMS Prior Authorization regulations

    On January 17, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule that makes important reforms in prior authorization (PA) programs for medical services. The rule addresses PA in government-regulated health plans: Medicare Advantage, state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Fee-for-Service programs, Medicaid managed care plans, CHIP managed care entities, and Qualified Health Plan (QHP) issuers on the Federally Facilitated Exchanges (FFEs).

    The AMA continues to analyze the details of the final rule; their initial read suggests that CMS has taken important steps toward right-sizing the PA process by addressing both technological and operational requirements. Among the technology provisions is a requirement that impacted payers support an electronic PA process that is embedded within physicians’ electronic health records (EHR)—bringing much-needed automation and efficiency to the current time-consuming, manual workflow. In addition, CMS is curtailing payers’ PA processes by mandating shortened PA processing timeframes and significantly enhancing transparency around PA, including requirements for specific denial reasons and public reporting of program metrics. CMS is also requiring that payers provide physicians and patients more PA-related information.

    CMS notes enforcement of its policies, particularly around Medicare Advantage payers, can include CMS sanctions and civil monetary penalties. CMS received considerable feedback on the effective date of its policies, including some concerns regarding technology challenges. Unless otherwise noted in the section summaries attached, CMS’ policies will go into effect January 1, 2027.

    The AMA issued a press release commending the Biden Administration for its PA reforms that prioritize patients’ access to care and reduce administrative burdens for physicians and their staff. The AMA has been urging the Biden Administration to move forward on many of these reforms and this final rule is an important step. The AMA looks forward to continuing to work with CMS on this critical issue, including expanding these improvements to drug PA. A more detailed, preliminary summary of the new regulations can be found here.

    PHYSICIANS NEEDED to conduct guardianship evaluations for the Court in Hillsborough County

    Applications are currently being sought from licensed Florida physicians to serve as members of the 13th Judicial Circuit’s Guardianship Examining Committee. The work product of the Examining Committee is an essential consideration of the Guardianship Court, before declaring a person to be legally incapacitated, in whole or in part, and before removing any of that person’s rights and, potentially, delegating some of those rights to a legal guardian. Physicians are required to complete the evaluation and file a written report to the Court, for which they are paid a $350 or $500 flat fee, depending on the circumstances of the case.

    A completed application must be submitted for consideration, along with a résumé reflecting relevant experience. Applicants must also be cleared through a court-conducted criminal records check. A one-time initial training is required to be completed within four months of appointment and is available in this Circuit via online video training. After that, members of the Committee must simply demonstrate 2 hours of relevant continuing education training that will enhance their ability to conduct the evaluations. For more information about this Examining Committee work and/or to request an application, please contact the Court’s Elder Justice Center by email at elder@fljud13.org or by calling (813) 276-2726. Thank you for your consideration regarding this important community service.

    Florida Rx Card

    A FREE statewide Prescription Assistance Program (PAP). This prescription discount drug card offers savings as high as 75% on both generic and brand medications. Anyone living in or visiting Florida can use this discount card; regardless of age, income, health conditions, or residential status. No restrictions or applications. No personal information is required to obtain a card. Accepted at over 70,000 pharmacies nationwide. Very easy to use and some prescription costs are less than health insurance co-pays! For more information, or to order cards to distribute to your patients, contact Timra Campbell, Florida Rx Card, info@floridarxcard.com

    In the immortal words of David Bowie, “Let's Dance”

    Do your patients hate exercise? Have patients who want to lose weight? Tell them to put on their dancing shoes. Dancing can be an effective fat-loss tool for people who are overweight or have obesity, according to a recent meta-analysis in PLOS One. People who danced regularly lost about four more pounds — including three and a half pounds of fat — than those who didn't dance. They also shaved an extra inch off their waists. Read more.

    Happy Heart Month!

    Heart Month is an annual observance dedicated to raising awareness about heart health and cardiovascular diseases. It serves as a reminder to prioritize heart-healthy lifestyles, learn about heart disease prevention, and support those affected by cardiovascular conditions. Heart disease remains a leading cause of death worldwide, and this observance seeks to reduce its impact through awareness and action. Learn more

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    Follow and connect with the HCMA on social media. Tap the links and also connect with HCMA administration staff:

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    Hillsborough County Medical Association - YouTube


    Debbie Zorian, Executive Director and

    Elke Lubin, Executive Assistant
  • February 08, 2024 4:43 PM | Anonymous

    From the Board of Medicine

    Medical Doctors

    Group 1 – current license will expire at midnight, ET, January 31 of each even year.

    Group 2 – current license will expire at midnight, ET, January 31 of each odd year.

    Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine

    Current licenses expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on March 31, 2024.

    The Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine are responsible for setting the CME required for licensure and re-licensure in Florida. Each Board specifies a certain number of hours, including some mandatory topics, that must be completed within each two-year licensure term.

    CE Broker

    The HCMA has formed a partnership with CE Broker, the official continuing education tracking system. HCMA members receive a discount when subscribing to a CE Broker account. Subscriptions renew annually and offer a user-friendly system that helps you sort through complex CE requirements. Contact Elke Lubin at 813-253-0471 or click here to receive the promotion code. Go to CEBroker.com and subscribe or set up a 7-Day Free Trial Account. Use the HCMA promotion code to apply your discount.

    Physician Wellness

    The HCMA Foundation Physician Wellness Program (PWP) provides a safe harbor for members to address life difficulties, challenges, and increased stress through counseling and coaching services, up to six sessions in twelve months. This complimentary and completely confidential benefit is available for all members, regardless of membership category. 

    Help us build our resource page

    The PWP webpage will now include links to articles and resources related to wellness.  If you have discovered an article, a book, a social media channel, or a resource you feel may benefit your colleagues, please send a link to Elke Lubin. We welcome you to add a testimonial to support your submission.

    Personal News

    USF Medical Student Social

    The HCMA and AMA co-sponsored a student get-together at Greenwise Pours, on January 3rd. USF Medical Student representative and hostess, Alexandra Mazur, organized the event attended by several students, Drs. Michael Cromer (HCMA President), Bryan Bognar (Vice Dean, USF MCOM Educational Affairs), Arun Kalava (HCMA Secretary), Charles Lockwood (Dean, USF MCOM), and HCMA administrative staff. Students mingled, asked questions about the HCMA while discussing organized medicine, and learned about HCMA’s long-running partnership with USF MCOM. The medical student contingency continues to impress, and we look forward to seeing them at future HCMA events! Go Bulls! 

    New Members

    Active Member

    Trisha Larkin, MD

    Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

    St. Joseph's Children's Hospital

    3001 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

    Tampa, 33607

    813.321.6820

    Affiliate Members

    Angus Jameson, MD

    Emergency Medicine

    Prehospital Medicine Consultants, LLC

    50 8th Ave., SW, #22

    Largo, 33779

    727.582.5699

    Ernst Klaus, MD

    Rheumatology

    The Arthritis & Diabetes Center/Palm Harbor

    32615 US 19, North

    Suites 2&3

    Palm Harbor, 34683

    727.789.2784

    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


    SGP Advisors – SGP is a boutique, Tampa-based insurance brokerage specializing in insuring physicians. SGP's team of professionals has 50+ years of experience insuring healthcare providers in the Tampa Bay area. SGP 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. Our unique experience and capabilities will give you peace of mind, knowing that your risks are our biggest concern. SGP will provide eligible HCMA members with a 10% discount on professional liability insurance premiums.

    For a no-obligation consultation, please contact Patricia Thompson, AAI, CIC, Advisor/Practice Leader, pthompson@sgpadv.com, office: 813.418.4492, mobile: 813.404.7905.

    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 is 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

    26th HCMA Foundation's Charity Golf Classic

    Thursday, April 4, 2024, Call to carts: 1:15pm

    Tournament Players Club - Tampa

    Sponsorship opportunities are available and golfer registration is now open.  Click here for all of the info! 

    Sponsors as of today... we'd love to add you to the list of supporters!

    TITLE SPONSORS

    Excelis Medical Associates

    Jensen Anderson/Brighthouse Financial

    CHAMPION SPONSORS

    TGH Imaging Powered by Tower

    WINNER SPONSORS

    BT Wealth Advisors

    USF Health

    USF Morsani College of Medicine

    EAGLE SPONSORS

    SGP Advisors

    WellMed - Tampa

    PAR SPONSORS

    The Bank of Tampa

    Florida Pain Medicine

    Healthcare Realty Group, LLC

    The Woman's Group

    HOLE SPONSORS

    Advent Health Medical Group

    Michael Foley, MD, FACR

    HCMA Physician Family Alliance

    Carol Hodges, MD & Ed Homan, MD

    Rivero, Gordimer & Company, CPAs

    IN-KIND CONTRIBUTORS

    Dr. David & Elke Lubin

    Michael A. Zimmer, MD, MACP

    Debbie Zorian

    HCMA Presidential Installation

    Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 6:15pm

    Westshore Grand Hotel

    Save the date! Dr. Damian Caraballo will be installed as HCMA's 2024-2025 President.  FMA President, Dr. Jason Goldman will be our special guest. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available - contact the HCMA office for information, 813.253.0471 or AOrthman@hcma.net

  • January 08, 2024 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    Pertinent Information

    2024 HCMA Membership renewals were due January 1st.

    Your HCMA membership renews on the first of each year.  Check your membership status by logging into your account at HCMA.net.  You can pay your dues securely online, or by calling the HCMA at 813.253.0471, or by mailing your payment to HCMA, 3001 W. Azeele Street, Tampa, FL 33609.

    HCMA Membership Dinner

    Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 6:15pm

    Westshore Grand Hotel

    Dr. Joseph Dituri, our guest speaker, broke the world record for the longest time spent living in a fixed underwater habitat. Also known as “Dr. Deep Sea,” the USF professor lived underwater to study how the human body responds to long-term exposure to pressure from the underwater habitat. RSVP by clicking here! Sponsor and exhibit opportunities are available, 813.253.0471. 

    Is it time to retain your fingerprints?

    As part of the background screening process, every physician who applies for licensure in Florida must submit a set of fingerprints to the Department of Health. The information is then stored in Florida’s Care Provider Background Screening Clearinghouse, and licensees must retain the stored fingerprints every five years from the date they were first submitted. Failure to meet the retention deadline will result in the information being deleted automatically, and a new set of fingerprints will have to be submitted. Read more about this requirement and how to find out whether it’s time to retain your fingerprints.

    Some healthcare-related legal issues to watch in Florida next year

    Health-related cases that will go before the state Supreme Court involve ballot referendums, with issues including abortion, guns, and marijuana. Read more.

    New resource available: Confusion Assessment Method (CAM©) Video Tutorial

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a video tutorial to assist providers with guidance application and assessment strategies for C1310. Signs and Symptoms of Delirium taken from the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM©). This video tutorial is approximately 14 minutes in length and is designed to provide targeted guidance for accurate coding using a live-action patient/resident scenario. To access the video, click on the following link: CAM Video Tutorial.

    An invitation to serve...

    HCMA President, Dr. Michael Cromer, invites members to consider being placed, as a candidate, on the 2024 HCMA ballot. You must be a member in the ACTIVE, AFFILIATE, or LIFE membership categories and your 2024 HCMA membership dues must be paid in full. 

    Open seats include:

    • Vice President - 1 year term
    • Treasurer - 1 year term
    • Secretary - 1 year term
    • District and At Large seats on the Executive Council - 3 year terms
    • HILLPAC Board member - 2 year term beginning January 1, 2025 (HILLPAC dues must be paid)
    • Delegate to the FMA - 3 year term (FMA dues must be paid)

    Nominations to specific seats will be determined by the Nominating Committee members on February 6th. 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 January 30th.

    Another Benefit of HCMA Membership

    According to the Board of Medicine list downloaded on December 12th, there are 5,363 physicians in Hillsborough County.  Of those physicians, 1,867 had not renewed their medical license which is due to expire on January 31st.  281 of those physicians are HCMA members. Each one of those members was sent a reminder via email if an email address was available. VERY IMPORTANT:  Please check your information on the Board of Medicine.  If you do not have updated contact information, you will not receive important information regarding your license from the Board.  Many times physicians list a practice manager's email, but when that person is no longer there, the physician risks not receiving crucial messages.

    Tampa Bay Street Medicine - Wish List

    Tampa Bay Street Medicine, a USF Health student-led organization dedicated to bringing healthcare to Tampa’s unsheltered population, is holding a donation drive via an Amazon Wishlist. Please view their list via THIS LINK and consider making a donation. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Heideman, MD Candidate ‘24, Morsani College of Medicine, eheideman@usf.edu.

    Tampa General Hospital completes purchase of Bravera properties to form ‘TGH North’

    The new division extends TGH’s footprint into Citrus and Hernando counties. It includes three hospitals, an ER, two surgery centers, and 10 clinics. Read more.

    PHYSICIANS NEEDED to conduct guardianship evaluations for the Court in Hillsborough County

    Applications are currently being sought from licensed Florida physicians to serve as members of the 13th Judicial Circuit’s Guardianship Examining Committee. The work product of the Examining Committee is an essential consideration of the Guardianship Court, before declaring a person to be legally incapacitated, in whole or in part, and before removing any of that person’s rights and, potentially, delegating some of those rights to a legal guardian. Physicians are required to complete the evaluation and file a written report to the Court, for which they are paid a $350 or $500 flat fee, depending on the circumstances of the case.

    A completed application must be submitted for consideration, along with a résumé reflecting relevant experience. Applicants must also be cleared through a court-conducted criminal records check. A one-time initial training is required to be completed within four months of appointment and is available in this Circuit via online video training. After that, members of the Committee must simply demonstrate 2 hours of relevant continuing education training that will enhance their ability to conduct the evaluations.

    For more information about this Examining Committee work and/or to request an application, please contact the Court’s Elder Justice Center by email at elder@fljud13.org or by calling (813) 276-2726. Thank you for your consideration regarding this important community service.

    Recognizing group practices with 100% HCMA membership

    HCMA recognizes the following practices for their dedication to strengthening the voice of medicine in the Tampa Bay area. Thank you for your continued support!

    10-25 Physicians

    26-50 Physicians

    Over 50 Physicians

    HCMA Government Affairs Committee

    The HCMA's Government Affairs Committee (GAC) is gearing up for another busy legislative season. 

    • The GAC, in conjunction with the FMA, has compiled a list of 2024 Legislative Priorities, that will be presented to our legislators locally, through our Key Contact program, and in Tallahassee.
    • The GAC is coordinating a contingency of members to visit Tallahassee on February 20th,  during the 2024 Legislative Session. This one-day event includes a meeting with FMA legislative experts followed by scheduled appointments with legislators and/or their administrative staff.  Members often arrive in Tallahassee the evening prior to the scheduled day at the Capitol.  If you are interested in joining the GAC contingency in their visit to Tallahassee, contact Elke Lubin or call the HCMA office: 813.253.0471.
    • If you are interested in serving as "Doctor of the Day" any time during the 2024 Legislative Session (January 9 - March 8), download this information packet which includes the DOD application.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Legislative Services directly: Kelly Welborn, (850) 717-0301, welborn.kelly@leg.state.fl.us.

    Physician Salaries: How Does Yours Compare?

    Are you satisfied with your income? How does your salary compare to your peers'? The new 2023 Medscape Physician Compensation Report delivers the latest data. Click here.

    Is there a doctor in the house?

    An ED nurse crosses a busy freeway to save a life. Read her story. Are you a medical professional with a dramatic story outside the clinic? Medscape would love to consider your story for Is There a Doctor in the House? Please email your contact information and a short summary to access@webmd.net.

  • January 08, 2024 1:25 PM | Anonymous

    From the Board of Medicine

    Check your medical license - if you are in GROUP 1, your medical license will expire in LESS THAN ONE MONTH.  Renew by clicking HERE.

    Medical Doctors

    Group 1 – current license will expire at midnight, ET, January 31 of each even year.

    Group 2 – current license will expire at midnight, ET, January 31 of each odd year.

    Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine

    Current licenses expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on March 31, 2024.

    The Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine are responsible for setting the CME required for licensure and re-licensure in Florida. Each Board specifies a certain number of hours, including some mandatory topics, that must be completed within each two-year licensure term.

    2024 Allopathic Medical License Renewal Guide

    Updated for 2024 and exclusively for members, the FMA’s new Allopathic Medical License Renewal Guide is now available. If your Florida medical license is due for renewal by Jan. 31, 2024, download this printable resource designed to help you meet your deadline, identify possible exemptions and CME benefits, and choose the best option for reporting your CME credits to CE Broker.

    CE Broker

    The HCMA has formed a partnership with CE Broker, the official continuing education tracking system. HCMA members receive a discount when subscribing to a CE Broker account. Subscriptions renew annually and offer a user-friendly system that helps you sort through complex CE requirements. Contact Elke Lubin at 813-253-0471 or click here to receive the promotion code. Go to CEBroker.com and subscribe or set up a 7-Day Free Trial Account. Use the HCMA promotion code to apply your discount.

    Physician Wellness

    The HCMA Foundation Physician Wellness Program (PWP) provides a safe harbor for members to address life difficulties, challenges, and increased stress through counseling and coaching services, up to six sessions in twelve months. This complimentary and completely confidential benefit is available for all members, regardless of membership category. 

    A New PWP Provider for Coaching

    Beginning January 2nd, Dr. Irma Campos will offer coaching services as a provider of the PWP.  She is a Leadership Consultant and Coach and President of Latinas Leading, LLC. She provides coaching to high-performing and culturally diverse leaders and organizations. With over 13 years of professional experience, Dr. Campos utilizes evidence-based leadership, psychological, and personal development approaches to work with clients seeking to enhance their leadership skills and well-being. Dr. Campos has acquired specialized experience collaborating with women and culturally/racially diverse professionals, striving to honor their self-determined lived experiences, strengths, and barriers.

    Dr. Campos offers in-person and telehealth services. She will reply to email or phone messages within 24 hours: https://icpstampa.com/contact/ or (813) 421-2375. Her office is located at 3825 Henderson Blvd, #505B, Tampa, 33629.

    Personal News


    Smile - you are on national TV!

    HCMA Past President, Dr. Eva Crooke, and her husband, Jace, who met in Tallahassee, attended the FSU/Louisville game on December 2nd where Florida State dominated and won 16-6, capping a 13-0 season and winning the Atlantic Coast Conference. On the following Sunday, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee left them in the locker room without a playoff slot. An undefeated Power 5 champion, now, a first-ever such champion left out of the playoffs, as ESPN noted, ostensibly because FSU starting quarterback Travis Jordan suffered a season-ending injury, according to Boo Corrigan, chair of the selection committee.

    New Members

    Active Members

    Parul Aneja, MD

    Infectious Disease

    Infectious Disease Consultants of West Florida

    4710 N. Habana Ave., #200

    Tampa, 33614

    813.450.3457

    Amanda Dailey, MD

    Family Medicine

    WellMed - Apollo Beach

    415 Apollo Beach Blvd.

    Apollo Beach, 33572

    813.645.8494

    Lazau Fougere, MD

    Family Medicine

    WellMed at New Tampa

    15320 Amberly Dr., Ste. A

    Tampa, 33647

    813.977.2090

    Affiliate Members

    Kalyani Meduri, MD

    Gastroenterology

    AdventHealth Medical Group

    30115 State Road 52, #101

    San Antonio, 33576

    813.467.4244

    R. Brian Williams, DO

    Orthopaedic Surgery

    Hands-On Orthopedics and Injury Center

    1661 Davenport Dr.

    Trinity, 34655

    813.945.2663

    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

    Trenam Law – complimentary phone consultation for up to one hour. Trenam’s healthcare 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 healthcare practice in areas such as tax, estate planning, real estate, and trademarks. Please contact Erin Smith Aebel 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.

    The Bulletin

    Click here to review the most recent issue of The Bulletin along with previous issues.

    If you or anyone you know is 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

    USF Medical Student Mixer

    Wednesday, January 3, 2024 (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE)

    GreenWise Pours, Channelside Drive

    USF medical students are invited to attend an annual mixer co-sponsored by the HCMA and the AMA. For more information, contact Alexandra Mazur, USF Morsani College of Medicine MD Class of 2025.

    HCMA Membership Dinner

    Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 6:15pm

    Westshore Grand Hotel

    Dr. Joseph Dituri, our guest speaker, broke the world record for the longest time spent living in a fixed underwater habitat. Also known as “Dr. Deep Sea,” the USF professor lived underwater to study how the human body responds to long-term exposure to pressure from the underwater habitat. RSVP by clicking here! Sponsor and exhibit opportunities are available, 813.253.0471. 

    26th HCMA Foundation's Charity Golf Classic

    Thursday, April 4, 2024, Call to carts: 1:15pm

    Tournament Players Club - Tampa

    Sponsorship opportunities are available and golfer registration is now open.  Click here for all of the info! 

    Sponsors as of today... we'd love to add you to the list of supporters!

    TITLE SPONSORS

    Excelis Medical Associates

    WINNER SPONSORS

    USF Health

    USF Morsani College of Medicine

    CHAMPION SPONSORS

    TGH Imaging Powered by Tower

    PAR SPONSORS

    Healthcare Realty Group, LLC

    HOLE SPONSORS

    Advent Health Medical Group

    Rivero, Gordimer & Company, CPAs

    IN-KIND CONTRIBUTORS

    Dr. David & Elke Lubin

    Debbie Zorian

    HCMA Presidential Installation

    Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 6:15pm

    Westshore Grand Hotel

    Save the date! Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available - contact the HCMA office for information, 813.253.0471 or AOrthman@hcma.net

  • December 04, 2023 5:09 PM | Anonymous

    Pertinent Information

    PLEASE NOTE - THE HCMA OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED DECEMBER 25, 2023 - JANUARY 1, 2024.

    IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO RSVP!

    Holiday Social for HCMA members  

    December 5, 2023, 6:30pm

    At the home of Dr. & Mrs. Michael Cromer 

    Dr. Michael and Carol Cromer will open their home to HCMA members and their guests for an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, socializing, live music, and celebrating the holiday season!  Whiskey enthusiasts are welcome to participate in a tasting hosted by Steward Cromer! Thank you to our sponsors Physicians Wealth Planning and SGP Advisors. Mark your calendar and RSVP today

    Number of COVID-19 cases caused by BA.2.86 variant has tripled in past two weeks

    On November 28th, HealthDay reported “The prevalence of a highly mutated COVID variant has tripled in the past two weeks, new government data” show. Now, nearly 10% of “new COVID cases are fueled by the BA.2.86 variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday.” Officials “first warned of the highly mutated variant back in August, but it has since spread in several regions of the United States.” However, thus far, “preliminary data on the variant suggests it does not trigger more severe illness than previous variants, the WHO said in a recent risk evaluation, but the international agency still noted a recent and ‘substantial rise’ in BA.2.86 cases.” Read more.

    U.S. life expectancy starts to recover after sharp pandemic decline

    A CDC analysis of 2022 data finds that U.S. life expectancy is improving after being knocked backward during the COVID emergency. But it's still lower than it was pre-pandemic. Read more.

    HC3 warns health care industry about threat of Emotet malware

    HealthIT Security reported “The HHS Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) issued a brief about Emotet, a notorious malware strain that has impacted the health care sector” since “at least 2014.” The malware “has been described as the ‘world’s most dangerous malware’ by Europol.” For now, “HC3 stressed that the information in the brief is accurate as of the date of publication, but Emotet will likely evolve and update its capabilities in the future.” HC3 added, “The cybercriminal ecosystem is resilient, fluid, and dynamic – gangs form and disband, but the talent and intellectual capital continues to grow over time. This is not expected to change.” Read the report.

    Tampa Bay Street Medicine - Wish List

    Tampa Bay Street Medicine, a USF Health student-led organization dedicated to bringing healthcare to Tampa’s unsheltered population, is holding a donation drive via an Amazon Wishlist. Please view their list via THIS LINK and consider making a donation. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Heideman, MD Candidate ‘24, Morsani College of Medicine, eheideman@usf.edu.

    Congress must prevent imminent Medicare pay cut

    In a letter on behalf of the FMA, President Jason Goldman, MD, FACP, urged members of Florida’s congressional delegation to prevent an imminent 3.4% Medicare physician payment cut from taking effect next year. Action is especially critical given that Medicare physician pay rates have declined continuously since 2001, and medical practice inflation is projected to be 4.6% in 2024. Find your FL representatives.

    Doctors and Clinicians: Don’t Forget to Preview Your Performance Information

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) opened the Doctors and Clinicians Preview Period on November 13, 2023, and it will close on December 12, 2023, at 8pm (EST). The Preview Period provides an opportunity for doctors and clinicians to review their 2022 Quality Payment Program (QPP) performance information before it’s publicly reported on clinician and group profile pages on the Medicare.gov compare tool and in the Provider Data Catalog (PDC). You can access the secured Preview through the QPP website.

    Please refer to the resources below on how to preview your information:

    Please note the 2022 QPP performance information planned for public reporting in 2024 will be added to Medicare.gov compare tool profile pages and/or the PDC after all targeted reviews are completed. If you have an open targeted review request, you’ll still be able to preview your 2022 QPP performance information during the Doctors and Clinicians Preview Period.

    Alert: DOH Scammers target Florida-licensed practitioners

    Scammers posing as the state Department of Health (DOH) have been sending fraudulent emails to Florida-licensed physicians and other healthcare practitioners as part of a phishing scheme. This email, which did not originate from the DOH, offers to provide licensees with “important information” about a temporary change to their license status. You will never receive unsolicited calls or emails from the DOH that request personal information, demand payments, or make threats against your license. If you receive an email that looks suspicious, do not click any links or attachments, and do not provide any personal information. You can report the scam email by visiting the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

    PHYSICIANS NEEDED to conduct guardianship evaluations for the Court in Hillsborough County

    Applications are currently being sought from licensed Florida physicians to serve as members of the 13th Judicial Circuit’s Guardianship Examining Committee. The work product of the Examining Committee is an essential consideration of the Guardianship Court, before declaring a person to be legally incapacitated, in whole or in part, and before removing any of that person’s rights and, potentially, delegating some of those rights to a legal guardian. Physicians are required to complete the evaluation and file a written report to the Court, for which they are paid a $350 or $500 flat fee, depending on the circumstances of the case.

    A completed application must be submitted for consideration, along with a résumé reflecting relevant experience. Applicants must also be cleared through a court-conducted criminal records check. A one-time initial training is required to be completed within four months of appointment and is available in this Circuit via online video training. After that, members of the Committee must simply demonstrate 2 hours of relevant continuing education training that will enhance their ability to conduct the evaluations.

    For more information about this Examining Committee work and/or to request an application, please contact the Court’s Elder Justice Center by email at elder@fljud13.org or by calling (813) 276-2726. Thank you for your consideration regarding this important community service.

    Recognizing group practices with 100% HCMA membership

    HCMA recognizes the following practices for their dedication to strengthening the voice of medicine in the Tampa Bay area.  Thank you for your continued support!

    10-25 Physicians

    26-50 Physicians

    Over 50 Physicians

    HCMA Government Affairs Committee

    The HCMA's Government Affairs Committee (GAC) is gearing up for another busy legislative season. 

    • The GAC, in conjunction with the FMA, has compiled a list of 2024 Legislative Priorities, that will be presented to our legislators locally, through our Key Contact program, and in Tallahassee.
    • The GAC is coordinating a contingency of members to visit Tallahassee on February 20th,  during the 2024 Legislative Session. This one-day event includes a meeting with FMA legislative experts followed by scheduled appointments with legislators and/or their administrative staff.  Members often arrive in Tallahassee the evening prior to the scheduled day at the Capitol.  If you are interested in joining the GAC contingency in their visit to Tallahassee, contact Elke Lubin or call the HCMA office: 813.253.0471.
    • If you are interested in serving as "Doctor of the Day" any time during the 2024 Legislative Session (January 9 - March 8), download this information packet which includes the DOD application.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Legislative Services directly: Kelly Welborn, (850) 717-0301, welborn.kelly@leg.state.fl.us.

    Work/Life Balance

    ‘Physician’ as identity vs. a position in the workforce: What generational differences may teach us all. A sense of well-being, connected relationships and time to pursue physical fitness, connection to nature and social justice projects are all primary values for this upcoming generation of future physicians. Read the article.

    The do’s and don'ts of calling out a patient's bad behavior

    It’s a clinical curveball, though in this case, a physician in training can’t turn to science for help. What does a doctor do when a patient’s biased, disrespectful, or hateful language threatens to get in the way of necessary treatment? Read the article from the AMA.

    The future of medicine can begin with you.

    Both pre-med and medical students have asked to shadow members in their offices to gain early clinical exposure. If you would like to serve as a mentor and allow a student to shadow you please register here. The HCMA is compiling a list of volunteers. When a student contacts us, we will share the volunteer's information so the student and physician volunteer can make final mentoring arrangements. Thank you for your participation!

    From the Board of Medicine

    Check your medical license - if you are in GROUP 1, your medical license will expire in TWO MONTHS.  Renew by clicking HERE.

    Medical Doctors

    Group 1 – current license will expire at midnight, ET, January 31 of each even year.

    Group 2 – current license will expire at midnight, ET, January 31 of each odd year.

    Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine

    Current licenses expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on March 31, 2024.

    The Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine are responsible for setting the CME required for licensure and re-licensure in Florida. Each Board specifies a certain number of hours, including some mandatory topics, that must be completed within each two-year licensure term.

    2024 Allopathic Medical License Renewal Guide

    Updated for 2024 and exclusively for members, the FMA’s new Allopathic Medical License Renewal Guide is now available. If your Florida medical license is due for renewal by Jan. 31, 2024, download this printable resource designed to help you meet your deadline, identify possible exemptions and CME benefits, and choose the best option for reporting your CME credits to CE Broker.

    CE Broker

    The HCMA has formed a partnership with CE Broker, the official continuing education tracking system. HCMA members receive a discount when subscribing to a CE Broker account. Subscriptions renew annually and offer a user-friendly system that helps you sort through complex CE requirements. Contact Elke Lubin at 813-253-0471 or click here to receive the promotion code. Go to CEBroker.com and subscribe or set up a 7-Day Free Trial Account. Use the HCMA promotion code to apply your discount.
  • December 04, 2023 4:48 PM | Anonymous

    Physician Wellness

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

    Physician Wellness Program (PWP) usage report:

    ·        The PWP has six providers for counseling and one provider for coaching.

    ·        Since January 2023, twenty-nine therapy sessions and seven coaching sessions have been utilized among four providers.

    ·        Benefits of the PWP are complimentary and available to ALL HCMA members, regardless of membership level.

    ·        The PWP is completely confidential: no identifying reports are submitted, no insurance is filed, and no electronic medical records are kept.

    ·        You are safe here.

    Top 3 Shortcuts to More Work-Life Balance

    Free online video training - Each one has proven effective by hundreds of our physician-coaching clients. They work for anyone on the patient care team.

    1.     Build a solid boundary between work and home after each shift - even if you are on call or have charts left to do.

    2.     Build true life balance into each week in just 15 minutes on Sunday.

    3.     Build a better day off - a true Freedom Day - not just another day of chores around the house.

    Short Video Lessons - only one is longer than 5 minutes that are simple to learn and implement. Each tool works every time you use it. 5 CEU/CME Credits Available for doctors, nurses, NP's, PA's, Dentists and Pharmacists

    Personal News

    Joel Silverfield, MD

    After receiving the HCMA’s Outstanding Physician Award, the BayCare newsroom wrote a feature article about Dr. Silverfield, his career in Tampa, and the HCMA award.

    When asked about why he became a physician, he stated “It was more of a calling than a job, as it was expected of a physician to sacrifice much of their own needs and desires for those of their patients. I’m still amazed that people would ask me for advice and value what I would tell them. Your patients trust you with their deepest personal secrets, rely on you and look to you to do what is right for them, no matter what.”

    The article can be found by clicking here.


    Best Wishes, Anni!

    December 5th marks the last day at the HCMA for Anni Balckwell. Anni served as Event Coordinator since January 2021. She is on to bigger and better things including being a full-time student at the University of Tampa. Anni may pop up at HCMA events as a volunteer, so be sure to wish her luck with her new adventures! We will miss you, Anni!


    New Members

    Active Members

    Asma Al-Zougbi, MD

    Endocrinology

    The Tampa Endocrinology Institute, LLC

    3211 W. Azeele St.

    Tampa, 33606

    813.360.1214

    Debra Barnett, MD

    Psychiatry

    Associates for Behavioral Medicine

    14437 University Cove Place

    Tampa, 33613

    813.972.7946

    Harrison Bartels, MD

    Facial Plastic Surgery

    Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery

    2908 W. Azeele St.

    Tampa, 33609

    813.875.3223

    Danielle Hardman, MD

    Jessica Padilla, MD

    Obstetrics & Gynecology

    Womens Care Florida

    2818 W. Virginia Ave.

    Tampa, 33607

    813.872.8551

    Courtney Allen, DO

    Alan Chu, MD

    Hunter Clonts, MD

    Dainius Drukteinis, MD

    Edward Landry, MD

    Chelsea Lenz, MD

    Genevieve Mckinley, MD

    Shaina Parks, DO

    Matthew St. Marie, MD

    Richard Steenland, DO

    Megan Tyler, MD

    Emergency Medicine

    Excelis Medical Associates

    2502 W. St. Isabel St., Ste. B

    Tampa, 33607

    813.874.5707

    Wanda Fussell, MD

    Trevor Wallace Getz, MD

    Otolaryngology

    Florida ENT & Allergy

    Multiple locations

    813.879.8045

    Devin Collins, DO

    Alex Mierke, MD

    Cassandra Ricketts, MD

    Orthopaedic Surgery

    Florida Orthopaedic Institute

    Multiple locations

    813.978.9700

    Daniel Dresser, MD

    Lamees Saeed, MD

    Pathology

    Ruffolo Hooper & Associates

    5751 Hoover Blvd.

    Tampa, 33634

    813.886.8334

    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

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    AER Consulting, Inc. – complimentary phone consultation for up to one hour and a 17% discounted service rate. AER assists new providers entering the industry, adding providers to existing practices, assisting start-ups, as well as helping troubled, ineffective, high-overhead, low-profit practices and turning them into a practical, efficient, low-overhead, profitable, service-oriented approach. With AER you can be assured you are working with a team dedicated to providing the best solutions for your practice. Give AER a call today for a free initial consultation: David Ramirez at 813.375.2486 or Phaedra Lund Shudra at 813.785.4861, www.aerconsultinginc.com.

    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 is 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 Physician Family Alliance Winter Holiday Party

    Sunday, December 17, 2023, 10am-noon

    Culture Club, 4210 W. El Prado Blvd.

    Highlights will include:

    • Mimosa and Hot Cocoa Bar
    • Light Brunch Snacks
    • Live Holiday Tunes by Maria Chan
    • Photos with Santa
    • Holiday Crafts & Activities

    If you are an active Alliance member, feel free to pass this invitation along to anyone interested in joining the Alliance and celebrating with us! RSVPs are required, click this link to register by December 3rd. Not an Alliance member? JOIN HERE

    USF Medical Student Mixer

    Wednesday, January 3, 2024

    GreenWise Pours, Channelside Drive

    USF medical students are invited to attend an annual mixer co-sponsored by the HCMA and the AMA. for more information, contact Alexandra Mazur, USF Morsani College of Medicine MD Class of 2025.

    HCMA Membership Dinner

    Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 6:15pm

    Westshore Grand Hotel

    Dr. Joseph Dituri, our guest speaker, broke the world record for the longest time spent living in a fixed underwater habitat. Also known as “Dr. Deep Sea,” the USF professor lived underwater to study how the human body responds to long-term exposure to pressure from the underwater habitat. Watch your email for registration information.  Sponsor and exhibit opportunities are available, 813.253.0471. 

    26th HCMA Foundation's Charity Golf Classic

    Thursday, April 4, 2024, Call to carts: 1:15pm

    Tournament Players Club - Tampa

    Sponsorship opportunities are available and golfer registration is now open.  Click here for all of the info! 

    TITLE SPONSORS

    Excelis Medical Associates

    WINNER SPONSORS

    USF Health

    USF Morsani College of Medicine

    PAR SPONSORS

    Healthcare Realty Group, LLC

    HOLE SPONSORS

    Advent Health Medical Group

    Rivero, Gordimer & Company, CPAs

    IN-KIND CONTRIBUTORS

    Dr. David & Elke Lubin

    Debbie Zorian

    HCMA Presidential Installation

    Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 6:15pm

    Westshore Grand Hotel

    Dr. Damian Caraballo will be installed as the HCMA's 121st President and the inaugural Dr. Robert Yelverton, Sr. Memorial scholarship will be awarded to a USF medical student.  Mark your calendar! Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available - contact the HCMA office for information, 813.253.0471 or AOrthman@hcma.net
  • November 02, 2023 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    Pertinent Information

    REMINDER - to "FALL BACK" before you go to bed on Saturday, November 4th as daylight savings comes to an end.

    PLEASE NOTE - THE HCMA OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY & FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 & 24, TO CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING.

    Holiday Social for HCMA members  

    December 5, 2023, 6:30pm

    At the home of Dr. & Mrs. Michael Cromer 

    Dr. Michael and Carol Cromer will open their home to HCMA members and their guests for an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, socializing, live music, and celebrating the holiday season!  Whiskey enthusiasts are welcome to participate in a tasting hosted by Steward Cromer! Feel free to bring your favorite bottle of whiskey to share with your colleagues. HCMA Past Presidents will also be honored during the event. Thank you to our sponsors Physicians Wealth Planning and SGP Advisors. Mark your calendar and RSVP today

    What patients want from the doctor's visit

    As reported in a recent edition of Fierce Practice Management, in their 2023 Patient Confidence Index, PatientPoint a patient engagement platform, surveyed 2,000 Americans to determine how they feel going to the doctor and what factors contribute to these feelings. They outlined their findings in their report to help you better understand your patients and how to put them at ease in your office.  Based on their responses, Patient Point identified some key insights and opportunities to improve the experience at your practice, you’ll learn how patients feel about the doctor’s office, how to empower patients during their appointments, and why patients delay doctor’s visits. Download the white paper here.

    Impact on patients unclear as retail pharmacists begin 3-day 'Pharmageddon'

    The nationwide walkout is slated to continue through Wednesday. It's the last attempt to pressure chains to address concerns about staffing shortages that are leading to mistakes that could endanger patients. Read more.

    Study: Hurricane Ian unleashed flesh-eating bacteria into Florida waters

    According to Rita Colwell, the study's senior author, who has studied Vibrio for 50 years, within the last 50 years the number of Vibrio species has skyrocketed from a half-dozen to 110. Both Colwell and Huq (a research professor of cell biology and molecular genetics at the University of Maryland and one of Colwell’s co-authors), said the bacteria can cause illness or death for people who eat raw or undercooked seafood or go into the ocean with an open wound. “Anyone with liver disease, cirrhosis, alcoholism, hepatitis C or hepatitis B infection should not consume raw oysters,” Colwell said. Read more

    A 'tropical disease' carried by sand flies is confirmed in a new country: the U.S.

    Most of the infections reported are in Texas — the only state where health workers are required to report leishmaniasis to health authorities — but Mary Kamb (medical epidemiologist at the CDC) says, "The sand flies which have the capacity to transmit leishmaniasis exist in several U.S. states, primarily southern states." Dermatologist, Dr. Bridget McIlwee adds, "We have data supporting that the disease vectors and reservoirs have been located as far north as Ohio." Read more.

    'Body Electric' examines the connection between social media and depression rates

    Researchers study the psychological effects of time spent online, and what impact that can have on our physical health. Follow the series at npr.org/bodyelectric or on the TED Radio Hour podcast feed. Listen to this 4-minute report by clicking here.

    HCMA Government Affairs Committee

    The HCMA's Government Affairs Committee (GAC) is gearing up for another busy legislative season. 

    • The GAC, in conjunction with the FMA, has compiled a list of 2024 Legislative Priorities, that will be presented to our legislators locally, through our Key Contact program, and in Tallahassee.
    • The GAC is coordinating a contingency of members to visit Tallahassee on February 20th,  during the 2024 Legislative Session. This one-day event includes a meeting with FMA legislative experts to brief attendees on the important issues of the day and appointments will be secured for our contingency to meet with legislators and/or their administrative staff.  Members often arrive in Tallahassee the evening prior to the scheduled day at the Capitol.  If you are interested in joining the GAC contingency in their visit to Tallahassee, contact Elke Lubin or call the HCMA office: 813.253.0471.
    • If you are interested in serving as "Doctor of the Day" any time during the 2024 Legislative Session (January 9 - March 8), download this information packet which includes the DOD application.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Legislative Services directly: Kelly Welborn, (850) 717-0301, welborn.kelly@leg.state.fl.us.
    • The 2024 Know Your Legislators pocket guide is now available. For over 60 years, this resource has been the most respected and trusted legislative guide in Florida. Included in the guide you will find Senate and House members’ photos, biographical data, staff information, capitol and district office information, including e-mail addresses; committee assignments and committee staff; Florida’s Congressional Delegation photos, staff, district and D.C. office information; Senate and House term limits; and more! Order online!

    Medical education loan reimbursement update

    In October, FMA leaders joined Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez at a press conference touting the Florida Reimbursement Assistance for Medical Education (FRAME) Program. The FRAME Program assists eligible healthcare practitioners, including physicians, with the repayment of medical education loans. The FMA secured an annual appropriation of nearly $6.6 million for this program during the 2022 Legislative Session, and physicians and residents received the majority of funds allocated this year. The 2024 awards cycle will open on Feb. 1st. Read more.

    HCMA Membership Committee is being revitalized...

    One of the goals of HCMA President, Dr. Michael Cromer, is to revitalize the Membership Committee. The Committee will be charged with developing campaigns to recruit and retain members and will be asked to commit to following through on assignments. If you enjoy meeting new colleagues and passing on your enthusiasm for the Association, please CLICK HERE for more information or to volunteer.  

    The future of medicine can begin with you.

    Both pre-med and medical students have asked to shadow members in their offices to gain early clinical exposure. If you would like to serve as a mentor and allow a student to shadow you please register here. The HCMA is compiling a list of volunteers. When a student contacts us, we will share the volunteer's information so the student and physician volunteer can make final mentoring arrangements. Thank you for your participation!

    The Academy of Senior Professionals Is recruiting

    For the intellectually curious — and what physician isn’t? — the ideal retirement hangout is the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College, in South Pinellas. Now in its 40th year on the waterfront campus, ASPEC has openings and is recruiting physicians, professors, business executives, and other accomplished retiring professionals. The academy emphasizes lifelong intergenerational learning, service to the college, service to the community, and social engagement. ASPEC physician members who are interested in doing presentations take turns on medical topics, but can also attend and participate in a wide variety of other interest groups. Some physician members help faculty and interact with students in the classroom. And ASPEC has a lot of social events. Sample it for a month for $50; visit www.eckerd.edu/aspec/ or call Mary Robison at 727.864.8834. You can also contact Dr. Roland LaJoie, an ASPEC member who practiced endocrinology in Pinellas for many years by emailing him at rlajoie713@gmail.com.

    Now you can own your own annually required complete package of OSHA training programs and compliance materials

    Materials from OSHA Medical Courses (established 1991) were created by a team consisting of a physician, a lawyer, and a licensed Healthcare Risk Manager. They have been reviewed (unofficially) and complemented by an OSHA compliance officer. Secured on a Flash Drive, they contain required customizable (word document) plans and training materials (PowerPoint) to assure compliance with:

    • OSHA regulation Title 29, Part 1910.1030 (Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control) and,
    • OSHA regulation Title 29, Part 1910.1200 (Hazard Communications.

    Both of the above require documented employee training BEFORE beginning work and ANNUALLY (1910.1030) thereafter. These training materials, for both Part 1910.1030 and Part 1910.1200 are available for $75 plus tax, S&H. Download the order form and send it with payment to the HCMA.

    ICD Code lists

    The ICD-9 and ICD-10 valid and excluded diagnosis codes for the latest fiscal year are made available to non-group health plan (NGHP) responsible reporting entities (RREs) and agents for Section 111 liability insurance (including self-insurance), no-fault, and workers’ compensation mandatory reporting. Updated ICD-10 and ICD-9 valid and excluded liability and no-fault code lists for 2024 are now available on the ICD Code Lists page on CMS.gov.

    FL HIV EHE: provider technical assistance opportunity

    The Florida Department of Health’s Division of Disease Control and Health Protection and the University of Central Florida College of Medicine’s HealthARCH have partnered to engage health system organizations with one-on-one technical assistance to improve HIV screening and re-screening rates. This Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) program focuses on seven Florida counties, with an aim to increase the performance of health systems in managing Opt-out testing using electronic health record systems. We are currently working with Tampa Family Health Centers and previously worked with Bayside Clinic. HealthARCH is looking for one more partner, preferably in the Hillsborough/Pinellas area, to round out their cohort. They are especially interested in working with traditionally underserved populations. This is at no cost to the practice, with the only initial requirement being that the health system is using an EMR. For more information click here or contact Kelly Lowenberg, 407.266.4006, or Kelly.Lowenberg@ucf.edu.

    HCMA's new website feature - YOUR website!

    Visitors to the HCMA website can not only find the office address and phone number for members - we have included the opportunity to list your website too!  To add your website to your online HCMA profile, simply log into your HCMA profile (www.HCMA.net) or call the HCMA office, 813.253.0471.

    Member Spotlight … we want to hear from you!

    If you have received an award, have written an article pertinent to medicine, or if you are serving our communities by volunteering for your favorite charity, we would love to showcase your endeavors! Submit a photo along with a brief description of your activities and watch for it in a future edition of Enews, The Bulletin, or on the HCMA website’s upcoming Member Spotlight feature.

    Attention Practice Administrators

    The HCMA is in the planning stages of another reception to honor HCMA members' practice administrators.  Please call Asta at the HCMA (813.253.0471) or email her your name and contact information by CLICKING HERE. We look forward to another fun event!

    Jamais vu, the opposite of déjà vu

    Why does the familiar feel strangely new sometimes? Many people have heard of and probably experienced déjà vu — the strange feeling you have already seen or experienced something as you are seeing or experiencing it. But very few people know about the opposite of déjà vu, known as jamais vu, when a familiar experience feels new. Why does it happen, and what takes place in the brain? Read more.
  • November 02, 2023 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    From the Board of Medicine

    Medical Doctors

    Group 1 – current license will expire at midnight, ET, January 31 of each even year.

    Group 2 – current license will expire at midnight, ET, January 31 of each odd year.

    Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine

    Current licenses expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on March 31, 2024.

    The Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine are responsible for setting the CME required for licensure and re-licensure in Florida. Each Board specifies a certain number of hours, including some mandatory topics, that must be completed within each two-year licensure term.

    2024 Allopathic Medical License Renewal Guide

    Updated for 2024 and exclusively for members, the FMA’s new Allopathic Medical License Renewal Guide is now available. If your Florida medical license is due for renewal by Jan. 31, 2024, download this printable resource designed to help you meet your deadline, identify possible exemptions and CME benefits, and choose the best option for reporting your CME credits to CE Broker.

    CE Broker

    The HCMA has formed a partnership with CE Broker, the official continuing education tracking system. HCMA members receive a discount when subscribing to a CE Broker account. Subscriptions renew annually and offer a user-friendly system that helps you sort through complex CE requirements. Contact Elke Lubin at 813-253-0471 or click here to receive the promotion code. Go to CEBroker.com and subscribe or set up a 7-Day Free Trial Account. Use the HCMA promotion code to apply your discount.


    Physician Wellness

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

    Physician Well-being Six-part Webinar Series

    TWO SESSIONS REMAINING!

    By participating in this 6-part webinar series, you'll gain valuable insights, practical strategies, and compassionate support to thrive in all areas of your life. Connect with a community of like-minded physicians, share experiences, and create a supportive network that promotes personal growth and professional success. This complimentary webinar series is open to all HCMA members regardless of specialty, career stage, level of well-being, financial situation, and/or spiritual beliefs.

    All sessions are 90 minutes in length: 6:00PM-7:30PM

    Click the session title for additional details.

    Course technology requirements:

    • High-speed internet connection for Zoom video conferencing.
    • Computer or tablet with a working camera.
    • In order to get the most out of each session - we ask that participants leave their cameras on throughout.

    PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

    (space is limited)

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ANY OF THE SESSIONS

    Session 5:

    Thursday, November 2, 2023

    Flourishing Finances: Financial Well-being for Physicians

    Speaker: Tonia Gaudiuso, Author of Permission to be Rich: 5 Steps to Become More Powerful Than Money.


    Session 6:

    Thursday, November 16, 2023

    Program Wrap-Up Celebration

    Facilitator: Dian Ginsberg, EdD, CPCC, CHWC


    Personal News

    Star-studded party!

    HCMA staff's annual Halloween party was well attended by a Dia de Muertos lady, Frida Kahlo, Good Witch, a mime (not much of a conversationalist),  Wicked Witch, Miss Demeanor, 20's Flapper Girl with her pup, the Outlaw Josey Wales (hiding out), Bee Keeper, Payne Stewart, Bacon, Mary Poppins & Bert, and Weather Tite Mike!  Cheers!

    Happy Anniversary

    This month HCMA's Executive Assistant, Elke Lubin, celebrates her 36th anniversary with the HCMA. Elke (Mrs. Día de Muertos) posed with an old friend during the HCMA staff Halloween party! Congratulations!

    Family first!

    The HCMA Physician Family Alliance has been busy! In August, Physician Family Day was celebrated at the Florida Aquarium and in October a fall festival complete with face painting and pumpkin decorating was held!

    A holiday event is in the works – details will be posted on the HCMA PFA page as they become available.


    New Members

    Keith Dombrowski, MD

    Neurology

    USF Health

    2 Tampa General Circle

    Tampa, 33606

    813.821.8034

     

    Laura Hummel, MD

    Emergency Medicine

    US Acute Care Solutions

    Tampa, 33609

    419.410.0411

     

    Allison Jackson, MD

    Psychiatry

    MindfulMD Psychiatry

    13911 Carrollwood Village Run

    Tampa, 33618

    813.618.3055

     

    Aruna Kode, MD

    Anesthesiology

    Bay Area Envision

    Lutz, 33559

    856.577.1207

     

    Anna-Lisa Stonehill, MD

    Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

    Tampa, 33609

    949.751.9494


    Greta Watts, MD

    Hospice/Palliative Medicine

    LifePath Hospice

    12470 Telecom Dr.

    Temple Terrace, 33637

    813.877.2200


    Associate Member

    Kavita Kalidas, MD

    Neurology Headache Medicine

    USF Health

    4001 E. Fletcher Ave,

    Tampa, 33613

    813.396.9478

    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

    MCMS, Inc., Insurance Trust Fund - Providing Group Major Medical Insurance for HCMA employer-members, their families, and staff. 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 2014 ACA standards and mandatory provisions.  Gallagher also offers a complete employee benefits program that utilizes a statewide pool providing clients with the best available rates: www.trustmcmstrust.com.  


    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 is 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

    Disability Income Insurance - A Discussion

    Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 6:00-7:00pm

    Via Zoom

    When was the last time you independently audited your plan? Eric Roukey, along with HCMA Benefit Providers Mike Jensen and Jeff Anderson, will lead an informal conversation about what you should look for in your disability insurance and how to determine if your plan is the best fit for you. 2023 has seen some big changes in the disability income insurance marketplace. Increasing and decreasing rates, decreasing and increasing benefits, along with misleading sales language. Pre-registration is required - register here.


    Holiday Social for HCMA members  

    December 5, 2023, 6:30pm

    At the home of Dr. & Mrs. Michael Cromer 

    Dr. Michael and Carol Cromer will open their home to HCMA members and their guests for an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, socializing, live music, and celebrating the holiday season!  Whiskey enthusiasts are welcome to participate in a tasting hosted by Steward Cromer! Feel free to bring your favorite bottle of whiskey to share with your colleagues. HCMA Past Presidents will also be honored during the event. Thank you to our sponsors Physicians Wealth Planning and SGP Advisors. Mark your calendar and RSVP today


    HCMA Membership Dinner

    Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 6:15pm

    Westshore Grand Hotel

    Dr. Joseph Dituri, our guest speaker, broke the world record for the longest time spent living in a fixed underwater habitat. Also known as “Dr. Deep Sea,” the USF professor decided to live underwater to study how the human body responds to long-term exposure to pressure from the underwater habitat. Watch your email for registration information.  Sponsor and exhibit opportunities are available, 813.253.0471. 


    26th HCMA Foundation's Charity Golf Classic

    April 4, 2024

    Call to carts: 1:15pm

    Sponsorship opportunities are available and golfer registration is now open.  Click here for all of the info! 

    Sponsors as of today... we'd love to add you to the list of supporters!

     

    TITLE SPONSORS

    Excelis Medical Associates

     

    WINNER SPONSORS

    USF Health

    USF Morsani College of Medicine

     

    PAR SPONSORS

    Healthcare Realty Group, LLC

     

    HOLE SPONSORS

    Advent Health Medical Group

    Rivero, Gordimer & Company, CPAs

     

    IN-KIND CONTRIBUTORS

    Dr. David & Elke Lubin

    Debbie Zorian
  • October 04, 2023 3:54 PM | Anonymous

    Pertinent Information

    FDH West Nile Virus Warning

    Hillsborough County is under a Mosquito-borne Illness Advisory after an asymptomatic West Nile Virus (WNV) positive blood donor was detected. WNV is endemic in Florida and typically, human cases are seen between June and September. Please contact the Florida Department of Health-Hillsborough Epidemiology Program by the next business day if you suspect West Nile virus infection to ensure prompt mosquito control efforts. If you have any questions or would like to obtain a list of warning signs, please contact the Florida Department of Health-Hillsborough Epidemiology Program at 813.307.8010, Kristine Aviles, DVM, MPH, Epidemiology Program Manager, Kristine.Aviles@flhealth.gov. Prevention strategies for mosquito-borne illnesses that patients can be educated on:

    • Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
    • Cover your skin with clothing and use mosquito repellent that is EPA-recommended which includes those containing 10-30% of the active ingredient DEET or the active ingredient picaridin.
    • Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.

    Nobel Prize goes to scientists who made mRNA COVID vaccines possible

    Hungarian-born biochemist Katalin Karikó and American immunologist Drew Weissman found that a chemical change to genetic code called mRNA eliminated a problematic side effect when used in vaccines. Read more.

    Does the risk of getting long Covid increase each time you get reinfected?

    There is a lot of research underway exploring the many still-unanswered questions about long Covid. Ziyad Al-Aly, chief of research at the VA St. Louis Healthcare System and clinical epidemiologist at Washington University in St. Louis, talked with STAT about what we understand about long Covid so far, and what scientists are still trying to figure out. (One of his studies, for example, showed that vaccination appears to lower, but not eliminate, the risk of long Covid.) Read the interview.

    3 respiratory viruses in FL and a vaccine for each. Should you get all 3?

    The short answer is yes, but a Central Florida expert weighs in on how you should receive the vaccines this season ahead of another possible "tripledemic." Read more.

    Online harassment of physicians is out of control

    Survey data shows 2 out of 3 physicians now face harassment and threats online—especially when correcting misinformation. Social media platforms won't help, so what can be done? You may also be interested in: 5 tips to battle anti-science aggression.

    Medscape Young Physician Compensation Report 2023: Do rising salaries boost job satisfaction?

    In 2022, physicians younger than 40 years, on average, enjoyed a compensation bump that exceeded what older counterparts received. The gender pay gap between younger male and female doctors narrowed as well, meaning raises for women were on a healthy trajectory. Despite these positive developments, younger physicians less often felt fairly compensated than they did one year earlier. Read more

    HCMA Membership Committee to be revitalized...

    One of the goals of HCMA President, Dr. Michael Cromer, is to revitalize the Membership Committee. The Committee will be charged with developing campaigns to recruit and retain members and will be asked to commit to following through on assignments. If you enjoy meeting new colleagues and passing on your enthusiasm for the Association, please CLICK HERE for more information or to volunteer.  

    Encourage a colleague to join the HCMA and they will receive membership through 2024!

    Throughout all the changes in healthcare, your HCMA has remained a strong leader and physician advocate. Please encourage your colleagues in Hillsborough AND surrounding counties to join the HCMA. Share this edition of Enews or direct them to our website to learn more about the HCMA and all the benefits we offer! They can also call the HCMA office at 813.253.0471 or email Debbie Zorian, Executive Director for more information. Your assistance is appreciated as we continue to provide great benefits and services to members and our communities.

    Retired physicians needed

    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, OLLI-USF, serves the local community as a continuing ed hub that brings learning opportunities via workshops, trainings, lectures, non-credited courses, and networking events to adults 50+ in Tampa Bay. As they begin faculty recruitment for upcoming semesters, they are seeking out retired professionals and experts in their field who may desire to teach/volunteer a topic of their choice via a medium they are most comfortable with. Click here to view OLLI's homepage. For more information, contact Precious Goodson, Florida Gulf Coast University, M.A. Ed Leadership Graduate Student/Class of 2024, at pgoodson5582@eagle.fgcu.edu

    HCMA Membership Directories have arrived

    The 2023 Summer edition has been mailed to active members.  The printed edition is also available on the HCMA website.  Please check your listing.  If there is an update to be made, you can make it by logging into your profile on the HCMA website or by calling the HCMA office at 813.253.0471.  Please click here for updates we have received from your colleagues, as of today.

    HCMA's new website feature - YOUR website!

    Visitors to the HCMA website can not only find the office address and phone number for members - we have included the opportunity to list your website too!  To add your website to your online HCMA profile, simply log into your HCMA profile (www.HCMA.net) or call the HCMA office, 813.253.0471.

    See us on your social media feed!

    Click these links and "follow" us so we will show up in your feeds.  Keep updated on events, legislative alerts, and see what we have been up to. 

    Facebook

    Instagram

    LinkedIn

    Member Spotlight … we want to hear from you!

    If you have received an award, have written an article pertinent to medicine, or if you are serving our communities by volunteering for your favorite charity, we would love to showcase your endeavors! Submit a photo along with a brief description of your activities and watch for it in a future edition of Enews, The Bulletin, or on the HCMA website’s upcoming Member Spotlight feature.

    Attention Practice Administrators

    The HCMA is in the planning stages of another reception to honor HCMA members' practice administrators.  Please call Asta at the HCMA (813.253.0471) or email her your name and contact information by CLICKING HERE. We look forward to another fun event!

    AMA is seeking ambassadors

    Are you an AMA member? Consider joining the AMA Ambassador Program. It’s an easy, fun, and effective way to increase your involvement with the AMA. Click here to learn more.

    HAVE YOU CREATED YOUR HCMA PROFILE YET?

    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 register for all events, update your office information, your home mailing address, pay your 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.

    From the Board of Medicine

    Medical Doctors

    Group 1 – current license will expire at midnight, ET, January 31 of each even year.

    Group 2 – current license will expire at midnight, ET, January 31 of each odd year.

    Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine

    Current licenses expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on March 31, 2024.

    The Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine are responsible for setting the CME required for licensure and re-licensure in Florida. Each Board specifies a certain number of hours, including some mandatory topics, that must be completed within each two-year licensure term.

    2024 Allopathic Medical License Renewal Guide

    Updated for 2024 and exclusively for members, the FMA’s new Allopathic Medical License Renewal Guide is now available. If your Florida medical license is due for renewal by Jan. 31, 2024, download this printable resource designed to help you meet your deadline, identify possible exemptions and CME benefits, and choose the best option for reporting your CME credits to CE Broker.

    CE Broker

    The HCMA has formed a partnership with CE Broker, the official continuing education tracking system. HCMA members receive a discount when subscribing to a CE Broker account. Subscriptions renew annually and offer a user-friendly system that helps you sort through complex CE requirements. Contact Elke Lubin at 813-253-0471 or click here to receive the promotion code. Go to CEBroker.com and subscribe or set up a 7-Day Free Trial Account. Use the HCMA promotion code to apply your discount.
  • October 04, 2023 3:26 PM | Anonymous

    Physician Wellness

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

    Physician Well-being Six-part Webinar Series

    FOUR SESSIONS REMAINING!

    By participating in this 6-part webinar series, you'll gain valuable insights, practical strategies, and compassionate support to thrive in all areas of your life. Connect with a community of like-minded physicians, share experiences, and create a supportive network that promotes personal growth and professional success. This complimentary webinar series is open to all HCMA members regardless of specialty, career stage, level of well-being, financial situation, and/or spiritual beliefs.

    All sessions are 90 minutes in length: 6:00PM-7:30PM

    Click the session title for additional details.

    Course technology requirements:

    • High-speed internet connection for Zoom video conferencing.
    • Computer or tablet with a working camera.
    • In order to get the most out of each session - we ask that participants leave their cameras on throughout.

    PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

    (space is limited)

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ANY OR ALL OF THE SESSIONS

    Program materials will be emailed to registrants before each session.


    Session 3:

    Thursday, October 5, 2023

    Nurturing Connections: Cultivating Relationship Well-being for Physicians

    Facilitator: Dian Ginsberg, EdD, CPCC, CHWC

    Session 4:

    Thursday, October 19, 2023

    Thriving in Medicine: Cultivating Career and Intellectual Well-being for Physicians

    Speaker: Dian Ginsberg, EdD, CPCC, CHWC

    Session 5:

    Thursday, November 2, 2023

    Flourishing Finances: Financial Well-being for Physicians

    Speaker: Tonia Gaudiuso, Author of Permission to be Rich: 5 Steps to Become More Powerful Than

    Money

    Session 6:

    Thursday, November 16, 2023

    Program Wrap-Up Celebration

    Facilitator: Dian Ginsberg, EdD, CPCC, CHWC

    Personal News

    HCMA’s 2023 Outstanding Physician

    During the September 19th HCMA Membership Dinner, Dr. Joel Silverfield received the 2023 HCMA Outstanding Physician Award. A member for over 40 years, Dr. Silverfield represents that rare physician leader who established two separate but parallel paths to serve medicine. As a young physician and later as a seasoned physician, he has put forth significant time and effort in serving and representing the HCMA and its members. He became HCMA’s 118th President in 2021 and continues to help lead the Association with enthusiasm while putting the best interests of physicians and their patients first. Dr. Silverfield's cool southern demeanor and charm are among the many leadership qualities he possesses. 

    Dr. Brown receives the Dr. Frederick Reddy Award

    Also during the September Membership Dinner, Dr. Haywood Brown was awarded the Dr. Frederick A. Reddy Memorial Award.  This award is given to an individual in our community who demonstrates the qualities that were so prevalent in Dr. Reddy’s work within the community. A significant portion of Dr. Haywood's career’s work has been to address health inequities by focusing on infant mortality and perinatal maternal safety and mortality, particularly among traditionally underserved populations.

    Grant recipients are honored!

    Due to the success of the 2023 Charity Golf Classic, the HCMA Foundation awarded grants that will fund programs through Champions for Children, Children’s Home Network, Clothes to Kids, Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Judeo Christian Health Clinic, Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision, MORE HEALTH, New Life Village, Outreach Free Clinic & Resource Center, and Voices for Children of Tampa Bay. A USF Medical Student scholarship was also awarded.

    Active Member

    Victoria Hammond, MD

    Emergency Medicine

    Landmark

    5130 Sunforest Drive, #200

    Tampa, 33634

    833.766.1079

    Affiliate Member

    Danielle Madril, MD

    Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology

    United Healthcare

    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

    Mike Jensen

    Jeff Anderson

    813.287.8379

    Physicians Wealth Planning/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. 

    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 is interested in advertising in The Bulletin, or marketing their services to HCMA members, more information can be found in the HCMA Marketing packet.  

    Thank you, Dr. Foley!

    Longtime HCMA member and member of The Bulletin Editorial Board, Dr. Michael Foley, has made a contribution for the fourth year. 

    Thanks to Dr. Foley's generosity, by helping offset publishing expenses, The Bulletin will continue to maintain the high quality our readers enjoy.

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    Laugh Out Loud Comedy Show

    October 7, 2023, 6-10pm

    Brandon Elks Lodge

    Tickets are now available for this year's Laugh Out Loud Comedy Show! The event will benefit 2023 HCMA Foundation grant recipient, Outreach Free Clinic and Resource Center. We hope you will consider supporting this event as a guest or a community sponsor for “Laugh Out Loud Comedy Show” and share an evening of laughter…because laughter is the best medicine! More information can be found HERE.

    Women in Medicine Reception

    October 25, 2023, 6:00pm

    Palma Ceia Country Club

    HCMA's female members are invited to celebrate women in medicine and socialize among colleagues.  Sponsored by The Bank of Tampa Women Connected, Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery, SGP Advisors, and TGH Imaging Powered by Tower.  Additional sponsors are welcome, contact Debbie Zorian, Executive Director, for details. Click here to register.

    Pumpkins, Pizza, & Painting

    October 22, 2023, 2:30-4:30pm

    Foster Park, 4700 S. Clark Ave, Tampa, 33611

    An invitation from the HCMA Physician Family Alliance. Enjoy pizza, snacks, drinks, mini-pumpkin decorating, and face painting.  RSVPs required.

    Holiday Social for HCMA members  

    December 5, 2023, 6:30pm

    At the home of Dr. & Mrs. Michael Cromer 

    Dr. Michael and Carol Cromer will open their home to HCMA members and their guests for an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, socializing, and celebrating the holiday season!  Mark your calendar and watch your email for the invitation.

    HCMA Membership Dinner

    Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 6:15pm

    Westshore Grand Hotel

    Dr. Joseph Dituri, our guest speaker, broke the world record for the longest time spent living in a fixed underwater habitat. Also known as “Dr. Deep Sea,” the USF professor decided to live underwater to study how the human body responds to long-term exposure to pressure from the underwater habitat. Watch your email for registration information.  Sponsor and exhibit opportunities are available, 813.253.0471. 

    26th HCMA Foundation's Charity Golf Classic

    April 4, 2024

    Call to carts: 1:15pm

    Sponsorship opportunities are available and golfer registration is now open.  Click here for all of the info! 

    Sponsors as of today... we'd love to add you to the list of supporters!


    TITLE SPONSORS

    Excelis Medical Associates

     

    WINNER SPONSORS

    USF Health

    USF Morsani College of Medicine

     

    PAR SPONSORS

    Healthcare Realty Group, LLC

     

    HOLE SPONSORS

    Advent Health Medical Group

    Rivero, Gordimer & Company, CPAs

     

    IN-KIND CONTRIBUTORS

    Dr. David & Elke Lubin

    Debbie Zorian
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