Yaffee and Dr. Marcelo Hochman Discuss Problems in Our Healthcare System

On June 11, 2021, Dr. Hochman was interviewed by Yaffee on WVNN. Listen here

After COVID: 3 things that states can do now to fix health care

To improve health care, there are a number of steps that states should be taking, including tax reforms and getting rid of CON laws. By Dr. Marcelo Hochman and Daryl James (Opinion contributors) Policymakers talk about comprehensive health care reform. They see a broken system and want to fix everything at once. Emergency room workers can relate, but they take a more strategic approach when patients arrive with multiple injuries. Through triage, they prioritize problems and apply isolated but related interventions to save lives. Fixing the health care system can work the same way. COVID-19 has exposed a range [...]

May 26, 2021|Categories: 2021, Medico-Legal, President|Tags: , |

SCMA Firearm Safety Resolution

Congratulations to Dr. Annie Andrews, Dr. Jan Key, and the entire CCMS School Health Committee! Their resolution regarding firearm safe storage counseling, which was sponsored by CCMS and submitted to the SCMA House of Delegates at the 2021 SCMA Annual Meeting, was adopted by the SCMA delegates on April 25. This resolution encourages practicing physicians in South Carolina to use patient encounters as an opportunity to discuss firearm safety and safe storage practices and supports efforts to inform the public about safe storage of firearms.

April 26, 2021|Categories: 2021, Meeting, School Health|Tags: , , |

Anti-competitive, outdated laws must be repealed!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 Tell your lawmaker that these anti-competitive, outdated laws must be repealed by signing this petition today!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 Certificate of Need (CON) conversation is back up in the South Carolina Senate! Senator Wes Climer proposed a full repeal of CON on the Senate floor today (Tuesday) and now also receives support from Democratic Senator Dick Harpootlian. The issue is expected to resurface as soon as tomorrow in the Senate. The time to engage is today. Now is the time to contact members of the [...]

April 21, 2021|Categories: 2021, Medico-Legal|Tags: |

CCMS Officers To Be Elected

Charleston County Medical Society 2020 Annual Meeting – Election of Directors and Officers The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Membership of the Charleston County Medical Society (“CCMS”) has been scheduled for January 14, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the safety of CCMS members, the Board of Directors has decided to hold the Annual Meeting virtually, by videoconference. In light of the virtual format, the Board of Directors is providing these electronic ballots to enable CCMS’ voting members (“Membership”) the opportunity to elect CCMS directors and officers in advance of the Annual Meeting. Those who seek to [...]

December 3, 2020|Categories: 2020|Tags: , , |


CCMS Members can feel proud of the fact that due to the success of our PPE PROJECT CCMS is able to award .... As the founder of the PPE PROJECT CCMS receives an ongoing donation reflective of sales – which is used for scholarships for deserving medical students. CCMS is pleased to announce that we will be awarding five cash scholarships to MUSC Medical Students. [Did you know that students can join CCMS for free?] Each student will be given a $2000 check directly to be used toward whatever needs they may have.  We feel that this direct aid [...]

November 17, 2020|Categories: 2020, Young Physicians|Tags: , |

We’ve Been Nominated!

CCMS was nominated as a Healthcare Hero for our COVID response  - the PPE PROJECT which continues to this day! As the founder of the PPE PROJECT, CCMS receives a donation reflective of sales – this allows us to award scholarships to local medical students. CCMS is excited to report that we have been nominated as a Health Care Hero in the COVID Response Category. Get your free tickets to this event today!

November 17, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, Public Health|Tags: , |

Success! Townhall!

Our recent Townhall proved to be very informative and well-liked. The site had over 600 visits in the span of a week. That is an amazing increase of more than four times the normal visiting rate. The candidates graciously shared their time with us to answer your questions. Thank you for your input and interest.

November 17, 2020|Categories: 2020, Legislative Affairs|Tags: , |

PPE Donated to the Charleston County School District

Ellen Nitz Director of Nursing Services   CCMS was pleased to be able to donate 1000 non-sterile surgical gowns to the school nurses for CCSD! It is always a pleasure to be able to give back to our community.

September 1, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: , , , |

Independent health practices in SC using group buying power to get PPE by Jason Raven

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - As state governments, large health systems, and others scrambled to stockpile personal protective equipment (PPE), small independent health practices in the state struggled to keep up. Read the full story. is the brainchild from CCMS and has delivered over 2.5 MILLION PPE across the nation. Purchase PPE at (Free shipping at $500)

August 19, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, Public Health|Tags: , |

250,000 KN95 masks donated for frontline workers and first responders CHARLESTON COUNTY

The donation was made by Josh Lambert and his team at inFocus Healthcare Consultants. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, Dr. Robert Ball, MUSC I.D. Epidemiologist, Dana Holladay, Charleston County Medical Society Administrator, Josh Surratt, Seacoast Church Lead Pastor, and representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01) joined Josh Lambert, inFocus Healthcare Consultants President, for the event. 20,000 of these KN95 Masks were donated to the Charleston County Medical Society. Thanks to Mr. Lambert for his donation in coordination with Mayor Tecklenburg, Senator Scott, and Rep. Joe Cunningham, CCMS will distribute these 20,000 [...]

Letters to the Editor: Charleston County Medical society denounces racism, violence

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June 16, 2020|Categories: 2020, Marcelo Hochman MD, President|Tags: , |

Dr. Seuss Week

When Doctors get involved in their communities, it can inspire a love of learning.  Doctors Richard Gross, Marcelo Hochman, and Bill Simpson recently helped North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary students celebrate Dr. Seuss week.  Thank you Renee' Rountree, MUSC Youth Collaborative Community Outreach Coordinator, and Donetta White-Gamble, MA, CDF, Career Specialist, CCSD, for allowing us to be a part of this event.

March 5, 2020|Categories: 2020, School Health|Tags: , , |

For Immediate Release

Palmetto Promise Institute – Repealing Certificate of Need Regulations PRESS RELEASE by Palmetto Promise Institute FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 2020Media contact: Oran P. Smith, PhD PPI Senior Fellow (803) 360-1194 Palmetto Promise Introduces Healthcare Freedom Agenda with Support from Physicians and Lawmakers COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 22, 2020) – Palmetto Promise Institute, joined by Senators Wes Climer, Tom Davis, and Mike Gambrell, introduced a Healthcare Freedom Agenda for South Carolina at a news conference Tuesday morning. Reforms include protecting Direct Primary Care, repealing Certificate of Need regulations, empowering patients with the Right to Shop for healthcare [...]

January 23, 2020|Categories: 2020, Medico-Legal|Tags: , , |

CCMS Annual Membership Meeting

Thursday, December 19, 2019, from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Country Club of Charleston 1 Country Club Drive Charleston, SC 29412 Keynote Speaker: United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH   Due to special requirements and limited seating, attendance will be limited to Ticket Holders. Note: CCMS Members in good standing are entitled to claim ONE FREE TICKET Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows entitled to ONE FREE TICKET by joining CCMS (Free) CLICK HERE TO GET TICKETS

December 16, 2019|Categories: 2019, General, Meeting, Membership, Public Health|Tags: , , |

Dr. Hochman’s Letter to the Editor Wall Street Journal CVS/Aetna Merger

Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal here: Wall Street Journal - Dr. Hochman's letter to the editor [pdf]

June 13, 2019|Categories: 2019, General, Medico-Legal|Tags: , |

Dr. Hochman Interview on Accad&Koka

On June 3, 2019, Dr. Hochman was interviewed by The Accad & Koka Report.  Listen here: For an automatic transcription, you can read and listen here:

June 3, 2019|Categories: 2019, General, Legislative Affairs, Medico-Legal|Tags: , , |
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