SCMS News and Recent Web Postings
2014 FMA LEGISLATIVE SESSION REPORT
The 2014 Legislative Session concluded on Friday, May 2nd and only 264 of the 1,989 bills filed were passed. This was the fewest number of bills passed in a single session since 2001. The FMA tracked 317 bills and numerous amendments on behalf of its members. Click here to read the highlights of some of the key legislative issues.
2014: NAVIGATING THE MEANINGFUL USE INCENTIVE PROGRAM - WEBINAR
Carol Carpenter, Meaningful Use subject matter expert from the UCF Regional Extension Center, will discuss Meaningful Use requirements for 2014 in this 30 minute Webinar. Carol will review the criteria necessary to meet Stage 1, as well as offer a glimpse into the direction CMS is heading with Meaningful Use Stage 2. Sign up for this informative discussion scheduled for Wednesday, November 6th at noon by clicking here.
UCF REGIONAL EXTENSION CENTER TO EXPAND SERVICES TO SPECIALISTS
September 10, 2013 - The University of Central Florida Regional Extension Center is expanding its services to help specialty providers meet the challenge of switching from paper to electronic health record (EHR) systems. Many physicians across the country are adopting EHRs to meet new healthcare reform requirements or face financial penalties come 2015. Click here to read more.
FLORIDA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING
SCMS Delegates, Udita Jahagirdar, M.D., Andria Mushahwar, M.D., Khristian Noto, M.D. and Sara Irrgang, M.D. spent the last weekend in July attending the FMA Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL and serving as representatives for the Seminole County Medical Society. These delegates were part of the Central Florida Caucus, which is composed of Seminole, Lake-Sumter and Orange County Delegates. The Caucus met twice during the weekend to discuss proposed resolutions that were submitted to the FMA House of Delegates for its consideration. Many of the resolutions voted upon during this meeting will set the FMA's legislative agenda for 2014. The SCMS would like to thank its delegates for their time and dedication during this important event.
If you are interested in serving the SCMS in a similar role next year, please contact the office at 407-804-9535 or email@example.com. Participation in this meeting is a rewarding experience.
SCMS MEMBER KHRISTIAN NOTO, M.D. HIGHLIGHTED IN PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT
SCMS Member, Khristian Noto, M.D. was the Physician Spotlight in the most recent issue of the Orlando Medical News. Click hereto learn more about Dr. Noto and his involvement in the community.
SCMS PHYSICIANS HEAD TO TALLAHASSEE
On April 3rd, SCMS President, Raaj Popli, M.D. along withCharles Chase, D.O. and Khristian Noto, M.D. made the trek up to Tallahassee to meet with some of our Legislators and discuss issues effecting physicians and patients in Florida. Some of the items discussed involved scope-of-practice issues as well as extension of the CAT fund exemptions for physicians. The group met with a total of nine offices while in the Capitol as well as the Florida Medical Association. Overall, the trip was a success! Click here to view the slideshow.
"PITCH YOUR PILLS" - February 26th, 2013
The Seminole County Medical Society has recently partnered with the Seminole County "Pitch Your Pills" campaign in an effort to help reduce prescription drug abuse in Seminole County. Our county now has 10 Disposal locations (1 in every city) where patients can dispose of their medication for free, no questions asked. Make sure that you and/or your patients' unused, unwanted, or expired prescriptions are properly disposed of, thus reducing the risk of drug abuse in our community. Click here to find a drug disposal location near you. Call the medical society at 407.804.9535 to request educational brochures and materials. You can also click here to download campaign materials. The "Pitch Your Pills" campaign was created by the Seminole Prevention Coalition, a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization which exists to build a healthy, safe and strong community in Seminole County. The coalition seeks to unite local organizations, businesses, agencies and individuals together for a common cause.
EHR & MEANINGFUL USE BOOTCAMP
The UCF Regional Extension Center is hosting an EHR and Meaningful Use Bootcamp at the Orlando Science center next Thursday 3/14/13. They'll have EHR and non-EHR vendors showing product demonstrations and allowing those in attendance to test drive different systems if they have not yet chosen an EHR or who are looking to change vendors. Click here to view the event page.
MEANINGFUL USE & EHR INCENTIVE PROGRAM WORKSHOPS
The Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) is going to be hosting 2 workshops on March 26th and 27th at the Orlando Area office in Downtown Orlando. The workshop will be a detailed overview of the Incentive Program and a discussion of Stage 1 Core Measures. Click here to register.
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH CE BROKER? - January 28th, 2013
Beginning with the physician renewal in January 2014, The Department of Health (DOH) will verify each physician's continuing education records in CE Broker at the time of renewal. CE Broker is the official continuing education (CE) tracking system for the Florida Department of Health and manages the database of CE records for the DOH. Licensees can see reported hours and post courses through a Basic Account at no-charge. A Professional Account gives a more complete picture of your renewal requirements and hours left to fulfill compliance. The Concierge Account benefits those who have many courses to report and who do not want to do it manually. Click here to see a more detailed description of each account.
CONGRATULATIONS DR. ROSENBERG!
The Seminole County Medical Society is proud to announce that member,Steven Rosenberg, M.D. was elected to the Florida Medical Association Board of Governors as the Medical Specialty Representative during the FMA Annual Meeting, which was held during the weekend of July 27th-29th, 2012 in Boca Raton, FL. Congratulations Dr. Rosenberg!
A PRODUCTIVE FMA ANNUAL MEETING
The weekend of July 27th-29th, 2012 the Florida Medical Association held its Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, FL. SCMS Physicians, Charles Chase, D.O., Sanjiv Kapil, M.D., Raaj Popli, M.D., and Kenneth Wing, M.D. traveled down to South Florida for this important meeting. One resolution of note that passed by the House of Delegates during the weekend was submitted by The Florida Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Society in conjunction with the Orange County Medical Society and the Central Florida Caucus which supports training of school personal in the treatment of Anaphylaxis as well as to place Epi-Pens in all schools for the treatment of such. Some other notable resolutions that were passed by the House of Delegates during the weekend include resolves to advocate for the elimination of implementation of ICD-10 and wait for the adoption of ICD-11, request the AMA to petition the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a fee for the existing codes for reimbursement to physicians for telephone and electronic communications, seek legislation to amend Chapter 893 of the Florida Statues to legalize Syringe Exchange Programs in the state of Florida, and to support legislation that would make it a crime for caretakers to purposely withhold and/or provide false or misleading information to treating physicians/health care professionals regarding the true nature of a child's injury or condition. Of course, there were many more resolutions passed by the House making for a very productive weekend! Newly installed FMA President, Vincent DeGennaro, M.D., announced that his focus in the coming year would be on education, leadership, sustainability and succession. He emphasized focusing on the patient always, reaching our to other physicians and finding ways to work together, supporting physician leaders, more women, and more diversity.
SEMINOLE COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR
This year's Seminole County Regional Science, Math, & Engineering Fair is scheduled for Saturday,February 4th, 2012 at the Seminole Towne Center Mall. The fair needs the assistance of SCMS physicians in making this year's event a success. THIS IS AN OFFICIAL CALL FOR JUDGES FOR THE 2012 FAIR. The fair needs about 250 judges on Saturday, from 8AM to 3PM to provide quality judging for all the students. Click here for a complete list of categories. To sign up to judge, email Vanessa Moosavifazel at firstname.lastname@example.org Please be sure to give her your contact information & judging preferences.
BRING A DOC TO DINNER
Shepherd's Hope, a nonprofit organization which provides free medical care for those with limited incomes and no insurance in Central Florida needs Physicians, ARNP's, and PA's. Join them at Leu Gardens on Tuesday, November 8th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm to meet other practitioners, enjoy drinks and a light dinner as well as learn more about Shepherd's Hope. For just ONE evening a month you can make a differences in the lives of men, women, and children in Central Florida! Click here for more details and RSVP information.
SCMS PRESIDENT, DR. THOMAS KELLEY, FEATURED IN ORLANDO MEDICAL NEWS
Dr. Kelley was recently interviewed by the Orlando Medical News regarding the issues facing physicians and the healthcare industry at the local level as it relates to the state and national level. Click here to read the full article.
FINAL RULES ON E-PRESCRIBING PUBLISHED BY CMS
The final rules for e-prescribing include new exemptions for physicians and a deadline to apply for those exemptions. For more information, click here.
ELECTRONIC DEATH REGISTRATION SYSTEM LAUNCHED IN FLORIDA
Vital Statistics has moved to electronic filing of Florida Death records. This means the record is filed online, via a secure Internet site, using Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS). The user has direct access to the state database for entry of death record information. EDRS increases accuracy and timeliness while improving statistics for state and national surveillance systems. Funeral directors are onine users and complete the demographic/personal information on the decedent. The EDRS record is then sent electronically to the physician for certifying the medical information. The certifying physician can be an online user and complete the medical certification electronically, using EDRS; OR can be an offline user and complete the medical certification via Fax Attestation. The fax is system generated and looks much like the medical portion of the paper death record. Click here to read a memo from the Florida Deparment of Health and see a sample flyer.
CONGRATULATIONS DR. JON WIESE!
SCMS President-Elect, Jon Wiese, M.D. was recently awarded a perfect HCAHPS patient satisfaction score in Doctor Communication in 2009 & 2010. Great job Dr. Wiese!
SCMS MEMBER RECEIVES PATIENTS' CHOICE AWARD
Congratulations to SCMS Member, Dr. Marc Sharfman who is a repeat recipient of the valued Patients' Choice physician award! Only a select few physicians consistently receive rave reviews. Dr. Sharfman is one of the few with near perfect scores from his patients. In fact, of the nation's 720,000 active physicians, less than 6% were accorded this honor by their patients in 2010. Congratulations, Dr. Sharfman! Keep up the good work!
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