Charleston County Medical Society

The local unit of the South Carolina Medical Association The Charleston County Medical Society (CCMS), founded in 1951, is a lineal descendant of the first medical society of the state, the Medical Society of South Carolina (MSSC).

This older society was established in Charleston in 1789 with a view to developing a statewide membership. In 1848 it became one of the component district societies, which made up the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA). When the districts of the state were divided into counties, the Medical Society of South Carolina assumed the status of a county society. In this capacity it continued to fu

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Anti-competitive, outdated laws must be repealed! – CCMS 04/21/2021

Anti-competitive, outdated laws must be repealed! – CCMS

Anti-competitive, outdated laws must be repealed! – CCMS
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SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!
https://charlestonmedicalsociety.org/committee/medico-legal/anti-competitive-outdated-laws-must-be-repealed/

Anti-competitive, outdated laws must be repealed! – CCMS Anti-competitive, outdated laws must be repealed! Research confirms that CON laws lead to higher costs and less access for patients.Both sides of the aisle agree!Tell your lawmaker that these anti-competitive, outdated laws must be repealed by signing this petition today! View full info packet The C...

Townhall 2020 – CCMS 10/22/2020

Townhall 2020 – CCMS

Watch what your representatives answer before you vote.

https://charlestonmedicalsociety.org/townhall2020/

Townhall 2020 – CCMS As the President of the Charleston County Medical Society (CCMS) I am very excited to tell you about an event to which, YOU, as a member of the MEDICAL COMMUNITY can have access.

06/19/2020

Dr. Marcelo Hochman explains how CCMS created a system for ALL doctors to get the PPE they need. Visit ActionPPE.org to find out more and sign up your organization or practice.

06/12/2020

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

CCMS HARD at work for all doctors that need PPE.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina recently joined forces with the Charleston County Medical Society to provide 300,000 PPE supplies to independent physicians across the state. The SC Council on Competitiveness assisted with distribution. Learn more about this collaboration aimed at protecting front-line health care workers:

03/18/2020

eScribe March 2020 - http://eepurl.com/gUZAnP

12/19/2019

Ready to welcome over 150 guests at our Annual Meeting!

12/12/2019

[Action Required] DON’T MISS OUT – SOCIAL EVENING WITH THE UNITED STATES SURGEON GENERAL- LIMITED SEATING - https://mailchi.mp/charlestonmedicalsociety/action-required-special-guest-announcement-3091037

12/02/2019

[Action Required] DON’T MISS OUT – SOCIAL EVENING WITH THE UNITED STATES SURGEON GENERAL- LIMITED SEATING - https://mailchi.mp/charlestonmedicalsociety/action-required-special-guest-announcement-3083093

11/20/2019

MARK YOUR CALENDAR and GET YOUR TICKET NOW!
CCMS Annual Meeting With Keynote Speaker: Surgeon General of the United States; Vice Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps; Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H.
. - https://mailchi.mp/charlestonmedicalsociety/action-required-special-guest-announcement

11/05/2019

Private Practice As An Option is a very important topic nationally. - http://eepurl.com/gILVrf

11/04/2019

Private Practice As An Option is a very important topic nationally. - https://mailchi.mp/charlestonmedicalsociety/see-how-100-doctors-left-the-system-3048597

legacy.com 10/31/2019

View EttaLeah Bluestein's Obituary on PostandCourier.com and share memories

We are very sad to report that Ettaleah Bluestein, MD, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. She will be very missed by the Charleston County Medical Society and the entire Charleston Medical Community.

legacy.com EttaLeah Coplon Bluestein, M.D. Sullivan's Island - EttaLeah Coplon Bluestein, M.D., 76, of Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, wife of Nathan (Nicky)

10/29/2019

Important Debate: Is Private Practice a Viable Option? - https://mailchi.mp/charlestonmedicalsociety/see-how-100-doctors-left-the-system-3040925

eventbrite.com 10/17/2019

The Tryon Medical Partners experience

Join our Q&A session about how 100 doctors took control and left the system. "The Tryon Medical Partners experience" -- FREE for our members, students, residents, and fellows. Only $10 for all others.

eventbrite.com Discussion and Q&A about Doctors taking control of their practices; autonomy; alternatives, options

charlestonmedicalsociety.org 10/02/2019

Healthlinks – CCMS

Did you see that CCMS has already got 3 articles in the HealthLinks magazine? Check it out!
https://charlestonmedicalsociety.org/topic/healthlinks/

charlestonmedicalsociety.org Healthlinks September/October Healthlinks September/October Check us out in the September/October edition of Healthlinks Magazine. General, Public Health| Read More

charlestonmedicalsociety.org 08/29/2019

Burnt Toast – CCMS

Read our President's Message "Burnt Toast" ~ ...Important drivers of burnout and depression in Doctors are lack of autonomy and meaning in work.
http://charlestonmedicalsociety.org/president/marcelo-hochman-md/burnt-toast/

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charlestonmedicalsociety.org 08/08/2019

Congratulations to James Henry Tolley, MD, MAT, Assistant Professor – CCMS

We love you, Dr. Tolley! Thank you for your continued commitment. We look forward to many more years working together!
http://charlestonmedicalsociety.org/congratulations-to-james-henry-tolley-md-mat-assistant-professor/

charlestonmedicalsociety.org View Larger Image Congratulations to James Henry Tolley, MD, MAT, Assistant Professor James Henry Tolley, M.D., MAT, is a native of Charleston, SC, a graduate of Clemson University and received his Master’s Degree from The Citadel. He received his MD degree from The Medical University of South Car...

charlestonmedicalsociety.org 08/08/2019

Walter E. Limehouse, MD, MA, FACEP, Associate Professor Retires – CCMS

Congratulations to Dr. Walter Limehouse! Thank you for your continued support of CCMS.

http://charlestonmedicalsociety.org/walter-e-limehouse-md-ma-facep-associate-professor-retires/

charlestonmedicalsociety.org View Larger Image Walter E. Limehouse, MD, MA, FACEP, Associate Professor Retires Dr. Walter Limehouse retired June 30, 2019 after 22 years at MUSC. He graduated from MUSC in 1974 and completed his medicine internship at Hospital St. Raphael/Yale in New Haven, CT before serving in the US Public Heal...

charlestonmedicalsociety.org 08/08/2019

Fletcher C. Derrick, Jr., MD, Retires – CCMS

We at CCMS would like to recognize the amazing accomplishments of Dr. Fletcher Derrick, Jr. We wish him a full and joyful retirement.

http://charlestonmedicalsociety.org/fletcher-c-derrick-jr-md-retires/

charlestonmedicalsociety.org View Larger Image Fletcher C. Derrick, Jr., MD, Retires As of June 30, 2019, Dr. Fletcher C. Derrick, Jr. will be retiring from the practice of urology at Lowcountry Urology Clinics and from the staffs of Roper and St Francis Hospitals. Dr. Derrick was a junior intern at St. Francis in 1957 while in...

mailchi.mp 06/27/2019

CCMS eScribe Newsletter

The CCMS eScribe newsletter is back!
https://mailchi.mp/charlestonmedicalsociety/escribe-june-2019

mailchi.mp The son of a theologian/minister and schoolteacher, Richard Gross grew up in western New York and Pennsylvania. In 1961, he graduated from Alfred University, where he was a forgettable Division III athlete(football, wrestling), but compensated for that with an undistinguished academic record. He the...

[04/17/19]   Come out and join us for the SCMA Annual Meeting, Thursday, April 25-Sunday, April 28. 170 Lockwood Blvd., Charleston, SC. Our very own Todd Schlesinger will be inaugurated as the SCMA President Saturday evening. https://www.scmedical.org/

thehill.com 04/08/2019

The 'competitor's veto' is killing entrepreneurship — but that may end this year

"The good news is that several states are considering repealing their CON laws this year. The bad news is that it’s difficult to get these laws off the books, given the medical industry’s support of the CON system." #SCPOL #CONRepeal

Join the medical society and help us repeal the Certificate of Need - https://bit.ly/2U4H8zR

thehill.com States are doing away with laws that require startups to notify existing businesses of their intent to enter an industry.

03/26/2019

Last week five members of CCMS spoke before a Ways and Means Subcommittee in favor of repealing the Certificate of Need. Thanks to Nancy Mace and Murrell Smith for leading the fight to lower costs and expand access to health care in SC! #RepealCON

postandcourier.com 03/18/2019

S.C. Legislature has an opportunity to make health care more competitive and cut costs

"What if I told you that there was a state law limiting the number of restaurants that can serve hamburgers?"

That's what goes on in health care - read this! #sctweets #scpol

postandcourier.com What if I told you that there was a state law limiting the number of restaurants that can serve hamburgers? And what if I told you that this law was

March 7th - Doctors & Politics 03/12/2019

Our "Doctors & Politics" event on March 7, 2019 was a success. Special thanks to Sen. Tom Davis, Sen. Sandy Senn, Rep. Peter McCoy, and Rep. Nancy Mace for participating on our panel. Over 60 physicians in attendance!

Thank you Alex Thornton Photography for these great photos!

Our "Doctors & Politics" event on March 7, 2019 was a success. Special thanks to Sen. Tom Davis, Sen. Sandy Senn, Rep. Peter McCoy, and Rep. Nancy Mace for participating on our panel. Over 60 physicians in attendance!

Thank you Alex Thornton Photography for these great photos!

charlestonbusiness.com 03/06/2019

Debate renewed over contentious health care law

"The 2019 effort to repeal the certificate of need program is being led by the Charleston County Medical Society.

Dr. Marcelo Hochman, president of the Charleston County Medical Society and a plastic surgeon based in Mount Pleasant, said the original goal of certificate of need programs was laudable but real-world experience in the last 40 years has proven a disconnect between vision and reality.

“Experience has proved them wrong, and now the public is suffering from that,” he said.

Repealing the certificate of need program, Hochman said, would give patients more options and bring down costs."

charlestonbusiness.com South Carolina regulations guiding health care investment are coming under scrutiny again after a Department of Health and Human Services report found that such laws do not achieve their intended goals. The law, known as the State Certification of Need and Health Facility Licensure Act, requires an...

apnews.com 02/26/2019

Lawmakers, physicians call for repeal of health care law

CCMS IN THE NEWS!

In a letter last week to Gov. Henry McMaster, the Charleston County Medical Society said it supports a full repeal of the certificate of need program. The letter signed by 100 state physicians read in part, “Our CON law facilitates a cartel of ever-expanding hospital systems which block competitors from ever entering into the market.”

apnews.com COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some South Carolina lawmakers and doctors are trying again to repeal a state oversight program called the certificate of need, which they say puts unnecessary limits on where...

02/21/2019

CCMS Pres. Marcelo Hochman, GCMS Pres. Rob Brown, and SCMA Pres. March Seabrook visited with Gov. McMaster yesterday and discussed how we put doctors and patients first. #scpol

charlestonmedicalsociety.org 02/21/2019

MUSC OPIOID CONFERENCE

http://charlestonmedicalsociety.org/musc-opioid-conference/

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postandcourier.com 02/04/2019

Nancy Mace: South Carolina's certificate of need law hurts health care industry and consumers

ICYMI: State Rep. Nancy Mace in the The Post and Courier - "According to George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, Certificate of Need laws lead to higher health care spending, fewer hospitals and a lower quality of care."

postandcourier.com Far too often we look to government for solutions to our health care issues. Unfortunately, politicians and special interests prefer pointing fingers and playing politics when it comes to these

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198 Rutledge Ave, Ste 7
Charleston, SC
29403

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Charleston County Medical Society has successfully evolved from a society to organize physicians for scientific and professional purposes, to an organization called upon to lead the community in health related issues.
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