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THEFORUMJan/Feb 2012tVolume 11, No. 1T he O f f ic ial M ag az ineWhat’s Inside:ofT h e C o l l ie r C o unt y M e di c a l S oci e tyDr. Jackie A. Kawiecki,Medical Director, NCH BrookdaleInpatient Rehabilitation Center, andNCH Physician Medicine &Rehabilitation Departmentl Collier County Pain Management ClinicMoratorium Extended: What It Means to Youl Med Staffs & Conflicts of Interestl Estate Tax Changes for the New Yearl New Member Spotlight: Dr. Jackie A. KawieckiPhotos ofPLAN: Open HouseCCMS: New Member Reception

T h eF o r u m p a g e2Welcome New MembersJoseph A. Bax, D.O.Paul C. Makhlouf M.D.Daniel Deutschman, M.D.Rebecca Smith, M.D.Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,Pain Management4513 Executive DriveNaples, FL 34119591-2803Fax: 594-5637Board Certified: Physical Medicine &RehabilitationPsychiatry & Addiction Medicine,Addiction Psychiatry1415 Panther LaneNaples, FL 34109591-6736Fax: 239-591-6737Board Certified: Psychiatry, GeriatricPsychiatry, Psychopharmacology, andAdolescent PsychiatryMary J. Foley, D.O.Family Medicine & Forensic Medicine1855 Veterans Park Drive, Suite 103Naples, FL 34109354-4413Fax: 239-791-1079Nuclear MedicineRadiology Regional Center700 Goodlette Road NorthNaples, FL 34102430-1400Fax: 239-430-1401Board Certified: Nuclear MedicinePain Management & RehabilitationRehabilitation Associates of Naples1855 Veterans Park Drive, Suite 101Naples, FL 34109593-0918Fax: 239-593-0927Board Certified: Pain Management &RehabilitationWhat’s on Your Mind?Help us make this magazine more valuable!Send your letters to the editor or e-mail comments toDr. Richard Pagliara at Involved!Discover the benefits of being a physician leader.Contact Margaret to discuss board leadership openings in 2012.CCMS Member NewsVivian Ebert, D.C., was honored by The Florida ChiropracticAssociation (FCA) as the distinguished chiropractic physician ofthe year in Southwest Florida. Congratulations to Dr. Ebert.David Greene, M.D., Otolaryngology, has named his newpractice, Florida Sinus Institute, 1112 Goodlette Road N., Ste.203, Naples, FL 34102, tel: 263-8444, fax: 263-6120.Thanks to Dr. William Laskowski who has retired from the Boardof the Physician Led Access Network (PLAN) after serving since2004. Dr. Laskowski was one of the founding members of CollierWeCare program that was an initiative of CCMS started in 2003.David Whalley, M.D., Chief ofAnesthesiology at Physicians RegionalMedical Center retired in December after40 years in practice. We wish David andhis wife Theresa many happy years ofretirement.Board of Directors2011-2012 CCMSPresidentD. Scott Madwar, M.D.Vice PresidentRolando Rivera, M.D.TreasurerRichard D. Pagliara, D.O.SecretaryMitchell J. Zeitler, M.D.Officer/Director at LargeEric J. Hochman, M.D.Directors at Large: Todd D. Bethel, M.D. & Cesar R. DeLeon, D.O.Ex Officio Directors: Wendy Grossman, CCMS Alliance President,and Margaret Eadington, Executive Director, CCMSViews and opinions expressed in The Forum are those of the authors andare not necessarily those of the Collier County Medical Society’s Board ofDirectors, staff or advertisers. Copy deadline for editorial and advertisingsubmission is the 15th of the month preceding publication. The editorialstaff of The Forum reserves the right to edit or reject any submission.

T h eF o r u m p a g e3Dr. Madwar Meets withReinhold Schmieding of ArthrexDr. D. Scott Madwar, CCMS President and MargaretEadington, Executive Director, along with CountyCommissioner Jim Colettamet recently with the Presidentand Founder of Arthrex, ReinholdSchmieding, and CCMS memberPaul Hobaica MD, who is theMedical Director of the Arthrexmedical clinic. Arthrex is a worldleader in medical device technologybringing innovative technology toorthopedic specialists in athroscopicprocedures. They bring an economicimpact of 1.2 billion dollars toCollier County annually.Mr. Schmieding is forthright andsincere in his desire to strengthenthe bonds between the professional and industrial delivery of expertmedical care. There appears to be no better place to start that righthere in Collier County where he hasmade his headquarters. The synergiescan include educational support forall physicians in the goal to remaincurrent and relevant in the fields ofsports medicine and orthopedic surgery.Arthrex will be generously hosting theCCMS Spring General Membershipmeeting at their Headquarters onThursday, March 15th. The topic will be“Advancing orthopedic medicine in thecommunity and around the world. Thelatest surgical treatment innovations,advances in orthobiologics, medicalPictured (l-r): Paul Hobaica, M.D., Arthrex Medical ner Jim Coletta, D. Scott Madwar, M.D., CCMS President;and Reinhold Schmieding, Arthrex Founder and President.research and more.”CCMS Alliance ReportThe CCMSA has been busy with some great eventsthis year. We recently held a Ladies Night Outcooking event at the home of Beth Schultz. We heldour holiday playdate at the Pelican Bay CommunityPark Playground on November 21st. At both of theseevents we collected donations for holiday gifts for theImmokalee Child Care Center. We also used the ArielGoldman Grant awarded to us for purchasing holidaygifts for the Children’s Advocacy Center.Please look out for our next Couples Night Outfundraiser which will be held at the end of January.This event will be a special dinner at Mercato followedby a movie at Silverspot. All proceeds from the eventwill go to our scholarship foundation. Invites will besent just after the New Year.PLAN Open HouseThe Physician Led Access Network hosted an openhouse at their new office location at 2500 Tamiami TrailNorth, Suite 212, Naples, on Thursday, December 8th.For more information on volunteering for the programcall Michelle Jay at 776-3016.PLAN staff welcome ConnieDillon, Executive Director of CHSHealthcareMargaret Eadington, PLAN Chairwith Dr. MetkaDr. Joan Colfer, Commissioner JimColetta, Connie Dillon, Kelly Daly, Dr.Carron and Deb Cecere congregate inthe new conference roomDr. Michael Carron, RadiologyRegional Center and PLAN Boardmember with Deb Cecere, PLANExecutive DirectorPlease don’t hesitate to contact us (my e-mail below)if you have any questions about membership orgetting involved with volunteering on our manycommittees. On behalf of the CCMSA, we wish you agreat holiday season!-Wendy Jeanne Grossman, CCMSA

T h eF o r u m p a g e4President’s Message:The Fifth Vital Sign: A Badge of Dishonorby D. Scott Madwar, M.D., President of CCMSThe Collier County Commission extended a moratoriumDecember 13th against new pain management clinics fromopening in an effort to crack down on “pill mill” operations.The vote was apparently unanimous and without discussion. Thebasis for the moratorium is a perceived need by state lawmakersto address a drug database monitoring program to crack down onpill mill operations and pain drug abusers. This occurs on the coattails of more stringent state regulations in House Bill 7095 forthose physicians prescribing narcotic analgesics to those patientswith non-narcotic malignant pain.We are aware of the intended consequences. But what about theunintended consequences of these two simultaneous events.We have now decided to segregate patients into two broadcategories: those with cancer and those without. Apparently if youdo not have cancer, there may be a significant chance that yourpain is illegitimate. Conversely, the prescribing patterns of yourcare provider may be illegitimate. Is it ever possible for a patientwith cancer to have illegitimate pain? This is the fundamentalconflict within House Bill 7095.The logic of a pain clinic moratorium will be similarly flawedif it equates legitimate with illegitimate practices. Legitimatepractices will be too busy to comply with the new regulationsand will simply pass the care of non-malignant pain on to theexisting interventional pain physicians. These doctors will, in turn,prioritize to the care of those likely to benefit from proceduralinterventions (i.e., epidural injections) and will have to turn awaythose requiring care with their newly stigmatized illness. Wherewill these patients then turn? What was once “the fifth vital sign”has now become a badge of dishonor.Are deaths associated with alcohol use similarly evaluated?Will we place a moratorium on future wine festivals? Are deathsrelated to cell phone use similarly evaluated? Can you envisionthe recommendation of the NTSB that we ban all cell phone useof any kind while operating a motor vehicle?The reality of our dilemma is that once again we doctors (fromthe Latin “docere” meaning to teach) have failed. We have in ourpower the ability to teach our patients the safe and appropriateuse of medications. Since the 5th Century BC we have pledged“I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients accordingto my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone”.It appears that now we have deferred the nuance of our craft tolegislators and will have unintended consequences to bear.Reactions from a Board Certified Pain PhysicianAs a practicing pain physician I am worried that the newstate laws concerning prescribing controlled drugs (narcotics andsedatives) are so onerous on primary care physicians that they willsend all their pain patients to us board certified specialists. It willinundate us with so many patients who have been helped over theyears with low doses of daily pain medicine, well-cared for by theirprimary care doctors.For years we have tried to stop the “pill mills” in Florida, thosedishonest doctors who sell narcotics to bogus patients for a bigprofit. The new state laws are helping to do that with many beingshut down.One of the unintended consequences is that pharmacies are undermuch closer scrutiny by the State and there is a reluctance by many tofill narcotic prescriptions, even for legitimate patients who have beenon stable doses for years.The Drug Enforcement Agency, on a national level, of course, wants to getcontrolled drugs “off the street”, so they have pressured manufacturersto reduce the supply. This results in my patients telling me “I’ve been tofour pharmacies and can’t get my prescription filled.” It requires me towrite a different prescription and the patient to transition to a differentdrug which may not be as tolerable as the original.These are prices we pay to try to reduce the prescription drug deaths,40% of which victims are under 18, and this year are estimated by agroup of State medical examiners to be between 10-15 deaths PERDAY in Florida, up from 7 per day five years ago. This is far higherthan deaths from heroin and cocaine combined.We’ll watch how the experienced pain physicians have dealt with thenew law, and perhaps lobby the legislature to amend it if there areportions too burdensome, but it is a good start to try to get rid of the“bad guys pushing drugs”, and the horrendous numbers of accidentaldrug overdose deaths in this State. - James Worden, M.D.

T h eF o r u m p a g e5Pictures from the New Member Welcome EventWendy GrossmanCCMSA President andher husband Dr. JoelGrossmanDr. James Limand his wife, DorisMr. and Dr. Aleksandra Granath andMrs. and Dr. Marc GuttmanDr. Timothy L. Kerwin, new member, CCMS PresidentDr. D. Scott Madwar, Sue Gauta and CCMS PastPresident Dr. Joseph GautaDr. Lindita Hobdari, Mrs. Lugo, and Dr. Gerardo LugoDr. Cesar De Leon, Milly De Diego andMrs. and Dr. David OrnsteinDr. Jaime Weaver and guest withDr. Jonathan Sonne and Dr. Rebecca Lambert

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T h eF o r u m p a g e8Medical Staffs & Conflicts of Interestby Jeffrey L. Cohen & Albert R. Meyer, The Florida Healthcare Law FirmMedical staffs are increasingly frustrated with the financialrelationships their medical executive committee (MEC)members have with the hospitals where they work.These financial relationships can bethe cause of troubling conflicts ofinterest (COI). Medical staffs needto be proactive about the issue.A hospital based physician’slivelihood (and the economic welfareof his/her family) depends in parton having a good relationship withthe administration of the hospitalwhere he or she works. It is easy,therefore, to see how the physicianwould be hard pressed to go againstthe hospital on controversial matters.The same goes for a full time employed physician of a hospital andeven a medical director who may derive significant compensationfrom his or her relationship with the hospital.COMPLETE REVENUE CYCLE MANAGEMENTBut what about a physician who staffs a hospital based departmentat hospital #1 who wants to get on staff at competing hospital#2? What about the physician who is employed by hospital #1becoming a member of hospital #2and who wants to become presidentof hospital #2’s medical staff?The complexity of this evolvingbusiness model brings hospitals andphysicians closer, which createsCOIs. MECs must take a good look atwhat circumstances constitute a COIand develop methods to counteractthem.A COI basically exists for an MECmember when the member has arelationship with a party which causes the member to place hisor her personal interests before those interests of the medicalstaff as a whole. A classic COI is a financial relationship withthe hospital. If an MEC member receives money from a hospitalfor providing a service to or on behalf of a hospital, a COI exists.But the inquiry does not stop there. Simply having a COI is notdispositive. The question is what to do about it.There is essentially a two step process involved for an MECmember with a COI. First, the COI must be disclosed. This oughtto be done annually and at each MEC meeting. Second, on anymatter where the COI is implicated, the MEC member ought torecuse himself or herself from a vote on the matter. They canparticipate in the MEC consideration, but should leave the roomwhen the vote is taken. Increase cash flow Improve claim accuracy Expedite payment Streamline employee productivity Full EHR integration Reduce coding errorsClifford Medical Billing helped us streamline thereimbursement process by reducing codingerrors which led to a reduction in returnedor unpaid claims. – James J. Talano, MHA,Administrator, SWICFT InstituteLisa M. Clifford, CPCClifford Medical Billing Specialists5688 Strand Court Naples, FL 34110(239) 325-2088 fax: (239) 325-2089www.cliffordmedicalbilling.comThere is a third option, a poison pill of sorts. If an MEC memberfind that the COI has him or her bouncing in and out of the MECmeeting room regularly, there ought to be consideration given tothe person’s resignation.At the very least, medical staffs must develop policies andprocedures regarding COIs. COIs ought to be defined and handledon a predetermined basis. Moreover, medical staffs should giveserious consideration to ensuring that at least a majority of theMEC members do not have a COI that would prevent themfrom doing their job, which is to ensure the integrity and properfunctioning of the medical staff.Mr. Cohen is board certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in healthcarelaw. Mr. Cohen can be reached at and alsoby calling (888) 455-7702.

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T h eSummary of Actions:F o r u m p a g e1 02011 AMA Interim Meetingby Corey Howard, M.D., F.A.C.P., Chair, FMA Delegation to the AMA; Vice Speaker, FMA House of DelegatesYour FMA Delegation to the AMA attended the 2011Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in NewOrleans, November 11-15. We submitted 12 resolutionson behalf of the physicians in Florida. These resolutions andtheir final actions are noted in the table provided below.The most important resolution for the FMA at this meeting wasinitially titled: “AMA to Make Private Contracting Its HighestPriority” as submitted to the FMA House of Delegates by the SouthFlorida Caucus. During the AMA Interim Meeting the resolveclauses were modified for clarity and to make an additional pointas the resolution in its original form was destined for reaffirmation.This change and the recommended title change were as follows:Substitute Resolution 203: A Grassroots Campaignto Earn the Support of the American People for theMedicare Patient Empowerment ActRESOLVED, That our AMA now initiate and sustainour well-funded grassroots campaign to secure thesupport of the American People for passage of theMedicare Patient Empowerment Act in Congress asdirected by the I-2010 HOD meeting through policyD-390.960.Resolution 810:ChoiceEmpowering StateRESOLVED, That our AmericanMedical Association advocate thatstate governments be given the freedom to developand test different models for covering the uninsured,provided that their proposed alternatives a) meet orexceed the projected percentage of individuals coveredunder an individual responsibility requirement whilemaintaining or improving upon established levelsof quality of care, b) ensure and maximize patientchoice of physician and private health plan and, c)include reforms that eliminate denials for pre-existingconditions.Importantly, the AMA House of Delegates also adopted SubstituteResolution 216: Stop the Implementation of ICD-10 to mandate thatthe AMA vigorously take action to stop implementation of ICD-10(The International Classification of Diseases and Related HealthProblems, 10th Revision). ICD-10 has about 69,000 codes andaims to replace the 14,000 ICD-9 diagnosis codes currently in use.This resolution requires the AMA to work with other national andstate associations to assess an appropriate replacement for ICD-9.The recent AMA policy listed was in support of the Medicare PatientEmpowerment Act, now called HR 1700 as introduced by TomPrice, M.D., Member of the U.S. House of Representatives fromGeorgia. During the Interim Meeting the executive committee ofyour FMA Delegation to the AMA met with leaders from state andnational specialty organizations in order to gain support. There wasan uphill battle initially. However, we were able to have open andhonest debate as to the merits of this important resolution. A strategywas developed and implemented when the resolution was presented(it was the last item of business). Since the AMA had policy on thissubject, your FMA Delegation thought that it was time to move tothe next level and have a directive to take action. This resolutionpassed with over 90% voting in the positive. This was a major winfor our patients and for the physicians of the FMA.This was a coordinated action through many large states such asCalifornia, Texas, and New York. I am very proud of how effectiveyour FMA Delegation was during this meeting.In addition to this very important policy, your Delegation madeit clear that Florida was going to lead the way for the practiceof medicine. As always our goal is to help physicians practicemedicine. That is exactly what we did. We will continue toprovide valuable input into the process on behalf of our membersand the people of the State of Florida.CCMS Past President Corey Howard, M.D., FMA Vice Speakerand AMA Delegation Chair speaks to delegation members at theJuly 2011 FMA annual meeting.


T h eF o r u m p a g e1 2SPOTLIGHT ON NEW MEMBERNever Stop Training: What Drives Dr. Jackie A. Kawieckiby Mollie PageDuring her fourth semester at medical school, Dr. JackieKawiecki experienced a personal tragedy that wouldimpact her direction in medicine. The victim of a severecar accident, Dr. Kawiecki suffered serious spine injuries that sether training back nearly four years.Faced with hours of extensive rehabilitation each day, she wasforced to resign from her orthopedic internship at the Universityof Minnesota. The injuries also delayed her ability to start clinicalpractice at the University’s Trauma 1 hospital in St. Paul. Withher original career path obstructed, Dr. Kawiecki had to find anew direction.In less than two years she obtained a masters in HealthcareAdministration, did coursework toward an MBA in Financeand Operations, and pursued a fellowship in clinical outcomesresearch. Then in June 1998, Dr. Kawiecki went back to finishher clinical internship. During all this training, the headstrongphysician somehow also found time to work in the University’sPhysical Medicine department.“I finally got everything done in 2002,” said Dr. Kawiecki, whowas simply referring to her scholastic goals.Like many colleagues, Dr. Kawiecki is highly driven. She quicklywent to work for the Social Security Administration in Minnesota;reviewing patient charts and cases involving disability. I later findout she also wed and birthed a son during this period.A year-long pediatric rehabilitation fellowship at the University’sGillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul rekindled Dr.Kawiecki’s interest in Physical Medicine.“We had a child here [NCH downtown] last year that was a neardrowning victim,” said Dr. Kawiecki. “She went without oxygenfor almost 20 minutes. It took three days of guided physical,occupational, and speech therapy to get her stabilized.”In 2004 she began working in a neuro rehab program, where shecould cultivate her interest in advanced rehab therapies.“This is where I learned about spasticity management,” saidDr. Kawiecki. This was at a time when Botox injections werejust starting to be used for pain management. The next year shetransferred over to Region’s Hospital where she worked in its 24hour trauma center.All her administration and medical training kicked in when shewas recruited in January 2006 to be the Corporate Medical Directorat the Courage Center in Minnesota, a non-profit rehabilitationcenter that uses a holistic approach to physical medicine to includeservices ranging from transitional rehabilitation to communityreintegration.The Center opened Dr. Kawiecki’s eyes to even more newtherapies for chronic pain rehabilitation. She opened a spasticityclinic within the center and in the evenings finished dual boardsin Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord InjuryMedicine (plus some more work in pediatric rehab).December 1st marked her first anniversary as the Medical Directorof the Brookdale Center for Health Aging & Rehabilitation, adivision within NCH Healthcare. The 54-bed facility is just behindNorth Collier Hospital, but you’ll find Dr. Kawiecki in her officeat NCH Downtown because she’s also the medical director of the60-bed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation hospital located atthe Downtown campus.Staying busy fits Dr. Kawiecki. Her focus now is to custom buildpatient rehab plans in a comprehensive multi-disciplinary atmosphere.“There’s no 3-day hospitalization requirement to admityour patients into the acute inpatient rehab center,” said Dr.Kawiecki. “We manage their rehabilitation while you managetheir medical diagnosis.”“Early consultation with PM&R in the hospital allows us to partnerwith the primary physician, attending physician, and specialistsas early as an ICU setting. This helps prevent complicationsincluding skin breakdown, bowel dysfunction, joint contractures,and peripheral pressure neuropathy. We want to initiate rehabtherapies early in the hospital for best outcomes.”Outcomes are important to Dr. Kawiecki. Still in discomfort herself,her busy days keep her moving. “I live with what my patientsexperience, so I’m always searching for new therapies or ideas.”For this reason, Dr. Kawiecki will never stop training. In fact,she’s currently working with FGCU research. The “BodySupported Treadmill Training” program aims to rebuild apatient’s natural gait.“It’s good for stroke patients and also helps rebuild motorplanning and control. This is very important knowledge for mystroke patients.”In fact, she was instrumental in obtaining a special accreditationin stroke rehabilitation for the Center, and it now enjoys a 68percent success rate for patients returning to their regularcommunity lives.

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