Jan. 31, 2018
CME and COPIC points added! Join your colleagues in person or via webinar at the Public Policy Leadership Forum on Saturday, Feb. 3
Earn up to 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 3 COPIC points, and gain invaluable leadership and advocacy training at the Public Policy Leadership Forum in Denver this Saturday, Feb. 3. CMS members can attend in person or by video conference.

Brought to you by COPIC, the CMS CPMG Section and CMS Medical Student Component, the leadership forum will be held 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. at CMS/COPIC headquarters, 7351 E. Lowry Boulevard, Denver, CO 80230. There is no cost for CMS members or medical students to attend. 
Register today at
www.cms.org/register . View the agenda here. Find more information -- including the CME accreditation statement and how to connect by webinar -- at www.cms.org/events/pplf.
Deadline tonight! Submit your intention to run for office in the 2018 CMS elections by midnight, Jan. 31

All physicians interested in running for CMS president-elect, AMA delegate or AMA alternate delegate must notify CMS of their intention to run by midnight tonight, Jan. 31, 2018. Contact Dean Holzkamp by email at dean_holzkamp@cms.org or by phone/text at 303-748-6113. The extended deadline to submit completed applications is Monday, Feb. 5. Download templates for the required candidate statement, CV and personal statement on the elections page of CMS.org

CMS encourages all members to consider nominating a colleague or self-nominating for  one of the open leadership positions: president-elect (one position open), AMA delegate (one position open) and alternate delegate (one position open).
The election guide is available here. This guide provides all the information a potential candidate needs about the duties, eligibility, terms of office and honorarium for each open position, as well as candidate requirements, campaign guidelines and the election process. The position descriptions and qualifications for office are available starting on page three of the election guide and the candidate  requirements are on page five of the election guide. Questions? Contact Dean through the information above.
Colorado QPP Coalition 5 Fast Facts in Five - January 2018

1. What is the deadline to report my 2017 Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) measures?

The federal CMS attestation portal will be open Jan. 2 - March 31, 2018. For those groups reporting through the CMS Web Interface Tool, the portal is open from Jan. 22 - March 16, 2018.

2. Where do I report my 2017 MIPS Measures? 

The CMS attestation portal was released on Jan. 2. You can now sign in to Quality Payment Program and verify your credentials. Steps to sign in: 1. Go to www.qpp.cms.gov; 2. Click on the new Sign In (Submit and Manage Data) function at the top-right corner; 3. Use your Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) credentials sign in. (Note: User will only have login access and nothing more at this time); 4. Verify your account information. If needed, update your account information in the CMS Enterprise Portal.
 
For questions or problems signing in to the Quality Payment Program:
  • Email the Quality Payment Program Service Center at QPP@cms.hhs.gov
  • Call 1-866-288-8292; TTY: 1-877-715-6222
  • Refer to the "Updated"  EIDM User Guide
3. Do I have to report all my measures and attest to my Improvement Activities at the same time? What if I need to make changes after I enter in data?

No, you are able to go in as many times as needed between Jan. 2 and March 31, 2018 to enter Quality Performance Category data, Advancing Care Information data and attest to the Improvement Activities. The data will be saved each time and a real-time score will be given each time you enter in information. The federal CMS will calculate the final composite score following the deadline on March 31.
 
4. Now that we're in 2018, where can I learn about the new changes in the Quality Payment Program?

The QPP Resource Library has the   Year 2 Final Rule publication as well as the new 2018 resources and fact sheets listed on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website. You may also click here

5. Where can I provide feedback on future measures and activities to incorporate into QPP?

Register for this Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) webinar: MIPS Annual Call for Measures and Activities Webinar - February 5,  Monday, Feb. 5, 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET The Annual Call for Measures and Activities process allows clinicians and organizations to identify and submit for consideration:
  • Quality measures for the quality performance category
  • Electronic Health Record measures for the advancing care information performance category
  • Activities for the improvement activities performance category
Find all Fast Facts and more QPP resources on the coalition website, www.cms.org/coqpp.
Primary care physicians: Take advantage of a  new leadership training opportunity in Colorado

Ready to make a difference in Colorado health care? Not sure where to start, or if you have the abilities?

Primary Care Movers and Changers (PCMAC) is a new leadership program offered by the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL). Spend four transformative weekends with fellow primary care providers, learning how to lead and advocate for change in Colorado.  This leadership program is advocacy focused, and offers participants a wealth of resources including collaborative training, personal leadership assessments, a peer coach, media training, hands-on advocacy practice and much more.

The program is open to a wide range of primary care providers, including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, behavioral health specialists and dental providers. Participants must practice in underserved, metropolitan communities, or themselves come from an underserved community or background.

The training is provided free of change, and includes stipends to help providers with travel and related expenses.  Ready to advocate for the changes you believe in? Click here for more information and to apply.
AMA launches new podcast series to tackle the most salient issues in medicine

The American Medical Association has launched a new podcast series for physicians, residents and medical students. "AMA Doc Talk" is a lively, informative, conversation between physicians, ethicists, patients and academics, focused on relevant topics in medicine and packaged for quick consumption. 
 
Season One, a six-episode run, focuses on the difficult discussions with patients that many physicians face as part of daily practice. The new podcast series features physicians' eye-opening encounters with patients and their real-world solutions and insights. Listeners will hear from peers who have struggled to comfort the sick or dying and agonized over word choice, and they can leave the podcast better equipped to handle even the most challenging conversation.

For more information, visit www.ama-assn.org/ama-doc-talk-podcast-series.
Upcoming events
Clinician Well-Being and Resilience Webinar: Feb. 2
The National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience will host a webinar from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MST to release several resources and provide a first look at an online repository aimed at providing users with resources related to clinician burnout and promising solutions to promote clinician well-being. Register here.
Medical Spanish and Cultural Competency Class: April 20-23
To enhance physician communication capabilities with Spanish-speaking patients, Denver Medical Society is offering a four-day intensive, total-immersion learning experience in conversational and medical Spanish for physicians, nurses, PAs, NPs and other medical staff. Find more information here.
Physician Burnout: Integrated Strategies for Diverse Stakeholders: May 10-11
This two-day conference in Avon, Colo., will focus on the root of physician burnout and provide tools and resources for mitigating burnout and achieving a holistic approach to physician wellness. Speakers from all over the country will share their research and experience on this important subject at this innovative and exciting event. Register here.
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