Dec. 20, 2017
Happy holidays from CMS
This holiday season and all year long the Colorado Medical Society is grateful for the opportunity to serve Colorado physicians by bringing you the latest information and resources to make your job a little easier, advocating for you in the public policy arena, and connecting you to your peers from around the state. Thank you for all that you do to improve the health of Coloradans. We wish you a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous 2018, and we look forward to working with you in the coming year. Don't hesitate to reach out to any member of our staff or CMS President Bob Yakely, MD, with questions, comments or concerns.
Registration now open: Public Policy Leadership Forum on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
Advocacy in the public policy realm can be a powerful tool to effect positive change -- if you understand the nuances of a powerful short game and strategic long game. The CMS CPMG Section, Medical Student Component and COPIC invite physicians and medical students to attend a Public Policy Leadership Forum on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

You advocate for your patients every day. Take that advocacy to the next level by learning from some of the best in the business, getting the information you need and practicing the key skills for success in public policy advocacy. The interactive and action-packed program will cover the basics on the legislative and rule-making process, how to approach hot-button issues, the importance of knowing your elected officials and candidates, the mechanics of lobbying and real-world opportunities to get involved now.

The event will be held at CMS/COPIC headquarters. Seating is limited to 85 participants divided between physicians and medical students. The first five Western Slope registrants receive a complimentary overnight stay in Denver. Register today at www.cms.org/registerFind more information here.
Medical marijuana information for physicians
The marijuana research group at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has developed a two-page medical marijuana information sheet for physicians. To access this information, visit CDPHE's Medical Marijuana Registry physician page and click on medical marijuana information for physicians.

Please email marijuana.research@state.co.us if you have questions, or if you would like more information.
December Fast Facts from the CoQPP Coalition
The Colorado Quality Payment Program (CoQPP) Coalition has released their Five Fast Facts for December to help physician practices navigate the program. View the fast facts here to get answers to the following questions:
  1. Who can join a virtual group?
  2. How are virtual groups treated?
  3. Can a virtual group qualify for small or rural considerations?
  4. How do I join a virtual group?
  5. Why would I join a virtual group?
As always, find other Fast Facts and great resources on the CoQPP Coalition website, www.cms.org/coqpp.
With deadline fast approaching, AMA urges physicians to take simple steps this year to avoid Medicare payment penalty in 2019
The American Medical Association reminds physicians that to meet the 2017 reporting deadline for MACRA (Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act) participation, they must report on at least one patient and one measure by Dec. 31 and submit to Medicare no later than Feb. 28 -- if they are submitting claims -- to avoid a Medicare payment penalty in 2019.

The AMA has many resources available to practices to guide them through the process. Read more here.
Transparency in health care prices: What physicians need to know for Jan. 1, 2018 implementation
In 2017 the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation requiring greater transparency in provider prices enabling consumers to be better informed. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018 physicians will need to disclose to consumers their charges for the 15 most common services they provide when payment is made directly by the patients rather than by a third party. 

This applies to physicians in a solo practice, medical group, independent practice association or professional corporation. Health care providers are required to make available to the public the prices for at least the 15 most common health care services provided. Such information should be available in a single document, either electronically or by posting conspicuously on the provider's website if one exists.

Apply for cohort-3: Last chance to participate in SIM
SIM practices are at the forefront of innovation, re-evaluating their processes and taking steps to deliver comprehensive primary care and integrate behavioral health into their patient offerings. This is an exciting time for Colorado practices that want to start the process of transitioning from volume- to value-based health care delivery models. 

An increasing number of health care professionals -- and payers -- are talking about value-based reimbursement while a group of Colorado practices are receiving support to make it a reality through the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative. The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) is now accepting applications for the third and final cohort of practices. The SIM team encourages practices to take advantage of this opportunity to progress along the continuum of integrated care and test alternative payment models. The application closes Jan. 10.
Registration is now open for "Physician Burnout: Integrated Strategies for Diverse Stakeholders," May 10-11, 2018 in Avon, Colo. 
Make plans to attend the inaugural "Physician Burnout: Integrated Strategies for Diverse Stakeholders" conference, May 10-11, 2018 at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain in Avon, Colo. Registration is now open:  www.regonline.com/physicianburnout.
This two-day conference will focus on the root of physician burnout as well as 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. Click here to view the agenda and speakers. 
S ponsorship opportunities are available. Contact ellen.bagwell@ucdenver.edu .
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