Sept. 7, 2017
It's not too late! Register for the CMS Annual Meeting by Friday, Sept. 8
The 2017 CMS Annual Meeting, Sept. 15-17 in Breckenridge is coming up next weekend! Don't miss your opportunity to experience interactive sessions on the hottest topics in medicine today. Earn up to 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ and 2 COPIC points while engaging in sessions and workshops on compassion fatigue and physician burnout, cyber security, opioid abuse, health system reform, telehealth, physician leadership and more!

You and your family and guests will have a ton of fun, too, at  great social events like the Exhibitor's Reception Friday night and black-tie President's Reception and Inaugural Gala and Dinner Saturday night. Register here! Need help with registration? Contact Dianna Fetter at dianna_fetter@cms.org or 720-858-6321. A few rooms under the CMS group rate at the Beaver Run Resort are still available. Click here to reserve your lodging ASAP to get the best rate.
CMS election results are in!
Thank you to all the members who voted during the 2017 Colorado Medical Society election of officers. We express our sincere thanks, also, to all of the exemplary physician candidates. 

The following candidates were elected to office via an all-member vote:

CMS President-elect
Debra Parsons, MD

AMA Delegate
David Downs, MD, FACP
Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD
Jan Kief, MD
Lynn Parry MSc, MD

AMA Alternate Delegate
Brigitta Robinson, MD, FACS
Michael Volz, MD
Carolynn Francavilla Brown, MD
Henrique Fernandez, MD, FACP
Join COMPAC today and contribute to advocacy efforts for patient safety and physician wellness
COMPAC is the nonpartisan political action committee of the Colorado Medical Society made up of physicians and medical students. Our goal is to support and elect pro-physician, pro-patient candidates on the state level.

Following the Aug. 2 release of the media story -- Naturopathic Doctors Illegally Calling Themselves 'Physicians', in which COMPAC Chair Mark Johnson, MD, MPH, is interviewed disavowing this practice -- the Colorado Medical Society received a flood of emails affirming the alarming trend of NDs self-identifying as physicians.

Every legislative session brings new battles for patient safety and we need your help to continue to fight. Join COMPAC today through our secure online payment system! Your support will help us continue to make our voice heard.
Save the date: Two-part CPEP webinar on reducing physician risk when prescribing pain medicine - Oct. 17 and Nov. 1
Physician educators at the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians (CPEP) and health care lawyers at Polsinelli have developed and are sponsoring a two-part webinar this fall titled, "The Feds Are Coming! Reducing Physician Risk When Prescribing Pain Medicine. The webinars will be held Oct. 17 and Nov. 1. The Colorado Medical Society and COPIC are co-sponsoring the program. Watch for more information on the course and registration in a future ASAP e-newsletter and on CMS.org.
Gov. Hickenlooper shares bipartisan blueprint to stabilize individual health insurance market
In late August, Gov. John Hickenlooper, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, shared a letter detailing their bipartisan framework for stabilizing the individual health insurance market. In the letter they recommend:
  1. Immediate federal action to stabilize markets, 
  2. Responsible reforms that preserve recent coverage gains and control costs, and 
  3. An active federal/state partnership that is based on innovation and a shared commitment to improve overall health system performance.

The letter to Congressional leadership is signed by six other governors from both sides of the aisle. Click here to read the letter.

Register for the FREE DoWC 2017 fall discussions/training sessions
Registration is open for the 2017 discussions/training sessions presented by the Division of Workers Compensation. There are three main topics to participate in:
  • 2017 Medical Fee Schedule rule changes;
  • Getting Set Up for Telemedicine; and
  • Introduction to the Medical Treatment Guidelines.
DoWC is continuing the "Universe" registration process to create and track event tickets. Please print these out and bring to your session. There are nine (9) sessions to choose from, with the main topics highlighted in the event title -- all are free to attend.

If you opt for a session that is webinar-based, AND you plan to attend via the webinar, there is a link within the event to complete the "GoToWebinar" registration as well (view able after clicking the "+More" link). Please complete both.

Registered by visiting: https://www.universe.com/users/cdle-division-of-workers-compensation-5Y8KF1. Questions? Contact Jim Becker at james.becker@state.co.us.
Leadership opportunities - AMA nomination opportunities for leadership positions in key medical education organizations
The Council on Medical Education is currently soliciting qualified AMA member candidates for positions with the following organizations. The deadline for applications for these opportunities is  Monday, Sept. 11 .

Qualified and interested AMA members are invited to seek AMA nomination for opportunities with the following:
  • ACGME Review Committee for: Dermatology
  • ACGME Review Committee for Family Medicine
  • ACGME Review Committee for Internal Medicine
  • ACGME Review Committee for Medical Genetics and Genomics
  • ACGME Review Committee for Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • ACGME Review Committee for Ophthalmology
  • ACGME Review Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery
  • ACGME Review Committee for Pathology
  • ACGME Review Committee for Psychiatry
  • ACGME Review Committee for Radiation Oncology
  • ACGME Review Committee for Surgery
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM)
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA)
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) 
Position details and applications for these opportunities can be found at the Council on Medical Education Leadership Opportunities page.
 
If you have questions, contact Mary O'Leary, Program Administrator, AMA Council on Medical Education, 312-464-4515.
Doctors Without Borders information session: Monday, Sept. 11 or Thursday, Sept. 14
On Monday, Sept. 11, and Thursday, Sept. 14, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will hold recruitment information sessions in Boulder and Denver for medical and non-medical professionals to learn more about working with MSF in the field. Click here to RSVP for the Boulder session on Sept. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. at Galvanize Boulder, or click here to RSVP for the Denver session on Sept. 14, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Posner Center.
Federal CMS releases new information on virtual credit cards
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released additional subregulatory guidance on virtual credit cards and fees for standard electronic funds transfer (EFT). These FAQs and responses address many of the concerns that are near and dear to providers' hearts: the payer/vendor coercion typical of virtual cards/EFT "value-added" programs, the lack of transparency around fees, and the ability of providers to request and receive standard EFT with no vendor or health plan fees. Click here to access the FAQs.
Free obesity treatment resource
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) launched an online AACE Obesity Resource Center . The website presents complications-centric patient care strategies that support improved long-term maintenance of weight loss. Visit the site for resources and tools for your patients.
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