August 2018 |
RSVP today to attend the 
CMS  Annual Meeting in Vail
CMS Annual Meeting: COMPAC lunch to feature candidates for lieutenant governor
One month remains to register yourself and your family for the 2018 CMS Annual Meeting, 
in Vail.  This just in: 

Both candidates for Colorado lieutenant governor will attend Saturday's COMPAC luncheon to discuss health care and take
questions from the audience.

Additionally, attendees will engage in learning on risk management, treating mental illness in the general medical setting, physician wellness, health care costs, and more. COPIC points are available.

The fabulous Inaugural Gala, celebrating the beginning of the presidency of Deb Parsons, MD, concludes the meeting with socializing, dinner and dancing with the Nacho Men. Sunday is completely open for a relaxing day in Vail.

The deadline to book or change lodging at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort under the CMS group rate is coming up on Aug. 23. On this date, guests will be charged one night's stay to the credit card that was used during booking.
  • For annual meeting registration, to reserve your lodging, and for more information, click here
  • To register your child(ren) for free childcare during conference events, click here
  • To view the 2018 agenda (updated 8/6/18)click here
NOTE: At the May CMS Board of Directors meeting, the board voted to suspend the 2019 Annual Meeting. This action DOES NOT AFFECT the 2018 CMS Annual Meeting. We hope you'll join us next month for a fantastic program! 
Attn: All Physicians!   
Mark your calendars and plan to attend our most popular event of the year!  
ADEMS Annual 
Physician Meet & Greet 

Thursday, October 18th
Glenmoor Country Club
Appetizers and cocktails provided

Bring your business cards and socialize with physician colleagues from various specialties in the Denver Metro area!  

Proudly cosponsored by: 
Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, 
Littleton Adventist Hospital, 
Parker Adventist Hospital, 
Porter Adventist Hospital, 
SkyRidge Medical Center & 
Swedish Medical Center 
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"Know Your Legal Rights"
Physicians have rights under Colorado law when it comes to dealing with health insurance plans. Information on many of these laws is available to CMS members in the online database " Know Your Legal Rights." The Colorado statutes and regulations contained in this compendium apply to individuals whose coverage is through a fully insured health plan.

Did you know there is an easy way to determine whether or not the Colorado law applies for your patient's health insurance? C.R.S. 10-16-135 was enacted requiring standardization of health benefit plan ID cards. Part of that legislation requires that the designation "CO-DOI" must be placed on the card in a clear and conspicuous manner for any and all plans regulated in whole or in part by the Colorado Division of Insurance. (This is usually in the bottom left-hand corner of the ID card.)

This is just one example of what is available to ADEMS / CMS members in the  Know your Legal Rights database. Be sure to take advantage of this valuable member benefit.

The Crisis Center, a non-profit agency that exists to end domestic violence through advocacy and education and prevention, is seeking an interested physician to join their board of directors.  

The Crisis Center is a non-profit agency that  assists victims of domestic violence in choosing options that enable them to have violence-free homes and relationships. They provide shelter, therapy, legal and community advocacy as well as community education in and around Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln Counties.  Their $1.3 million annual budget allows them to serve over 5000 people a year with 84% of every dollar going directly back to the clients programs.

If you are interested in receiving more information regarding this opportunity, please click here

Mark your calendar for the next Quarterly Physician and Practice Management Program:

Social Media and Marketing your Practice
There are numerous ways to utilize digital marketing to increase your website traffic and generate new patients-come learn how.
Wednesday, Sept 26th
Curtis Ballroom,
DTC- Landmark


Attn: All Physicians!
Annual Physician Meet and Greet

Thursday, October 18th 
Glenmoor Country Club


CVS-Aetna Merger is Anticompetitive and Needs to be Blocked
The proposed merger of the pharmacy chain CVS and insurance company Aetna would harm competition, lead to higher drug spending and out-of-pocket spending, and should be blocked, AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, MD, said in recent testimony at a California Department of Insurance hearing.
"After very careful consideration over the past months, the AMA has come to the conclusion that this merger would likely substantially lessen competition in many health care markets, to the detriment of patients," Dr. McAneny said at the hearing called for by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "The AMA is now convinced that the proposed CVS-Aetna merger should be blocked."

The AMA's view is based on evidence that the merger would likely lead to a substantial rise in market concentration in 88 percent of Medicare Part D regional markets-30 out of 34-which would result in higher drug spending and patients spending more out of pocket for their prescriptions.

A CVS-Aetna deal would allow the combined corporate entity to fortify dominant positions in health insurance, pharmaceutical benefit management (PBM), and retail and specialty pharmacy markets that already lack competition.
Dr. McAneny, an oncologist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, said she believes the merger "could pose a very serious threat to the quality of care and safety of cancer patients in my practice, and across the country, because of the merger's potential impact on the specialty pharmacy market."
Read the full article  here .

(credit and thanks to DMS
 for article content)

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