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The Dade County Medical Association has been promoting quality medical care in South Florida since 1903. By joining our organization, you become part of a dedicated group of physicians who advocate for quality and sustainability in the practice of medicine, promote ethical, educational and clinical standards for the medical profession, and advocate for the integrity of the patient/physician relationship.

Download our DCMA Membership Brochure and see our full list of exclusive benefits below:


Member Benefits Table of Contents:

education

Advocacy

Insurance Services

Financial Services

Practice Resources

Professional Enrichment

Vendor Opportunities


Education

CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION

The Dade County Medical Association has a variety of options for members to access CME credits. The organization hosts an annual CME seminar for members with the mandatory courses needed for license renewal. Periodically, the DCMA also hosts other free or discounted CME courses. Additionally, the DCMA journal Miami Medicine includes free CME opportunities for members.

MIAMI MEDICINE

Miami Medicine is the scientific journal of the DCMA. All members receive a free mail subscription to this quarterly publication which includes articles of scientific interest to the South Florida Medical community. It also provides association and member news, legislative updates, and upcoming event information. Members have the opportunity to author scientific articles for the journal. Contact Kristy Williford, Managing Editor, at kwilliford@miamimed.com for details.

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

The Physician Leadership Academy provides training for DCMA members to build and/or improve their leadership skills. A grant from The Physicians Foundation enables DCMA members to attend at no cost.

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA SUBSCRIPTION

Do you like to keep up with the latest health policy and political news? DCMA members receive a significant discount on News Service of Florida subscriptions. The regular annual fee for NSF is $1,095; DCMA members pay just $300 per year. To take advantage of this discount, contact us.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Atlantis University established the “Scholarship for the Dade County Medical Association” to assist active members of the DCMA and eligible dependents, including spouses, children and their employees with post-secondary education. Eligibility criteria does apply and is based on individual needs and circumstances. Contact the DCMA for more details.

The scholarship amounts** could be as follows:

  • Bachelor of Science: Cost for tuition and fees: $55,230; Scholarship Award: $10,230; Student balance: $45,000

 

Advocacy

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY & REGULATORY UPDATES

The DCMA works closely with the Florida Medical Association (FMA), American Medical Association (AMA), and specialty societies on local, state, and national issues that could impact the practice of medicine. DCMA members serve on committees and boards of these associations. We keep members up-to-date by providing weekly webinars during Florida's Legislative Session.

The DCMA and DCMA Political Action Committee (DCMA PAC) partner with the FMA to effectively lobby the legislature and offer testimony before legislators on issues including managed care, licensing and regulations, medical liability reform, health care access, cost containment, and other health care topics.

Working with the FMA, the DCMA provides members with up-to-date information on legislative and regulatory issues via email and the DCMA website

You can get involved in the political process through DCMA in a variety of ways:

  • The DCMA Key Contact Physician Program assigns one or more physician members to each legislator in Miami-Dade County in an effort to forge a relationship with them. This allows a continued dialogue with legislators year-round.
  • Become a Delegate to the FMA to help set policy for the coming year.

DCMA POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

The DCMA Political Action Committee (PAC) is a bi-partisan physician-led organization committed to supporting candaidates that embrace the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship. As a DCMA member, you can join the PAC to help interview candidates for legislative office and ensure pro-medicine and pro-patient candidates are elected.

 

Insurance Services

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE

Through a partnership with The Doctors Company, DCMA members receive a 5% premium discount on medical malpractice insurance.

PHYSICIAN HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM

Many small- to mid-market employers are frustrated with constant health insurance rate increases and little to no explanation as to why or how to combat them. That’s why we’re proud of the Physician Health Benefits program, a partnership between the DCMA, FBMC, and Danna-Gracey. Here’s how it works: Roundstone sets up insurance companies called stop loss group captives. These companies allow mid-size employers to unlock the benefits of self-funding, traditionally only available to large companies. Employer's premiums are re-insured to these companies, and minimize the risk of self-funding by pooling their exposure with many other mid-size employers. The employers collectively own their stop loss group captive company, and unused premium is returned to the employers at the end of the year.

For details and to learn how your company can take part, contact the DCMA at admin@miamimed.com.

WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE

DCMA members are eligible for up to a 30% return on their insurance premium with Workers' Compensation Insurance offered by AmTrust North America and marketed through Danna-Gracey. Annual dividends have been as high as $12,000, which shows the value of DCMA dues! The program is rated “A” (excellent) by A.M. Best. For more information, contact Tom Murphy at (800) 966-2120 or Bill Gompers at (305) 775-1960.

DISABILITY INSURANCE

Disability insurance is available for DCMA members through Principal, the number one disability company in the industry, specializing in the physician market. DCMA members can receive up to a 20% discount on their individual disability policies for life with individual disability coverage benefits up to $20,000 a month, plus full mental and nervous disorder coverage and true own occupation specialty. Principal is also able to offer business overhead disability which will cover office expenses while the doctor is out and is 100% deductible. For more information, contact Jeff Hackmeier at (305) 893-4488.

 

Financial Services

LOANS & lINES OF CREDIT

DCMA members receive the following benefits through our partnership with Amerant: 

  • 0.25% discount on rates for business loans and lines of credit*.
  • 0.25% origination fee on business loans and lines of credit*.
  • Dedicated relationship manager and support staff.
  • Complimentary first order of checks with the opening of a new business checking account.

*All loans are subject to credit approval

CREDIT CARD PROCESSING

BankCard USA, a leading provider of merchant services, offers DCMA members:
  • Bank direct low rates, as low as 1% based on DCMA membership as a whole
  • Free EMV compliant terminal
  • Personal PCI representative

 

 

Practice Resources


LEGAL SERVICES

Through the DCMA partnership with Lubell Rosen, members receive a 30 minute consultation with a lawyer free of charge.

MIAMI HERALD'S "GUIDE TO GOOD HEALTH"

Our organization also partners with The Miami Herald to publish a South Florida Guide to Good Health and Directory of DCMA member physicians.

E-PRESCRIBING WITH MD TOOLBOX

As a member of the DCMA, you receive a 20% savings on the annual E-Prescribe Complete Plan from MDToolbox. Your price is just $28/month ($336/year). MDToolbox is an approved vendor in Florida for e-Prescribing software. Click here to learn more.

PATIENT REFERRALS

The DCMA receives hundreds of telephone calls from individuals seeking physicians. The staff provides referrals only to DCMA members. The DCMA website, miamimed.com, also offers provides DCMA member information to patients.

ANNOUNCEMENT SERVICE

Whether you are marketing an event, hiring for your office, or renting office space, sometimes you need to communicate with your entire network of colleagues. At a discounted member rate, the DCMA will announce your classified advertisement in Miami Medicine. Call the DCMA office for more information at 305-324-8717.

PHYSICIAN INFORMATION SERVICE

The DCMA is pleased to answer the numerous inquiries from the public about member physician's education backgrounds, board certifications, and fellowship training. A wide variety of other patient questions are answered on a daily basis. The office also assists with questions from members' office personnel.

 

Professional Enrichment

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The We Care Program is a unique partnership with the Miami-Dade County Health Department in which DCMA physicians volunteer hundreds of thousands of dollars in health care by treating those without insurance. Contact the Miami Dade County Health Department at (786) 336-1280 to volunteer.danna

EVENTS & NETWORKING

Members can learn about the latest in medicine, earn CME, receive updates on legislation and membership initiatives, or share a meal with colleagues or loved ones. The DCMA hosts a variety of events throughout the year giving our members an opportunity to meet and network with their colleagues in the medical community. Two events also take place annually:

  • DCMA Presidential Inauguration
  • Yearly CME seminar with mandatory courses needed for license renewal

 

Vendor Opportunities 

VENDOR OF CHOICE PROGRAM

The Dade County Medical Association vets a variety of vendors to ensure we partner with organizations that serve the best interest of our members. Click here for complete benefits information and contact information for our DCMA Vendors of Choice:

  • Banking & Financial Solutions: Amerant Community Bank, Ameriprise Financial, and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
  • Credit Card Processing Services: BankCard USA
  • Life Insurance: New York Life
  • Medical Malpractice: The Doctors Company, and Danna-Gracey
  • Insurance Providers: Mutual of Omaha
  • Legal Representation: Lubell Rosen, Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel

 

For more information on DCMA member benefits or to join, contact Shelly Hakes, Membership Manager, by clicking here.