Dec. 1, 2017
Learn how to make your meetings more effective and productive
Attend the final Physician Leadership Skills Series program on Dec. 9
Would you rather have a root canal than attend certain meetings? Have you ever been to a meeting where a participant hijacked the agenda or where you as the leader could not keep everyone engaged? Why are our meetings so painful? Would you like to lead meetings that are more productive or effective? To advance our work, we must meet, and there are effective ways to make those gatherings productive and even enjoyable. 
 
Make plans today to attend the final program in CMS's Physician Leadership Skills Series (PLSS), "Best Practices in Meeting Management." It will be held Dec. 9, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the CMS offices in Denver. This series is exclusive to CMS members only. Get more information here. Register now!
 
In this highly interactive workshop, participants will learn strategies associated with productive meetings. Attention will focus on the structural elements of meetings, providing strategies for effectively managing the meeting processes and creating opportunities for active and respectful participation. Participants will learn how to build consensus on meeting mechanics and tactfully hold the group accountable to those mechanics, plus how to plan and practice respectful responses to behaviors that detract from the group's goals. Don't miss this opportunity!
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.
New health care utilization report available from CIVHC
Utilization of services is one of the key drivers of health care spending. In addition, understanding how and where Coloradans receive care is important for understanding care patterns that could impact health and to inform where opportunities to improve health care access may exist. 

A new interactive health care utilization report from CIVHC based on data in the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD) provides information to help stakeholders find ways to reduce variation in the way care is being utilized with the ultimate goal of improving health and the quality of care while reducing costs. The  report allows users to search by demographics including type of health insurance coverage (Medicaid, Commercial and Medicare Advantage), age and gender, and across years (2012-2015) for a variety of metrics.

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 .
Registration opening soon: 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 students. The first five Western Slope registrants receive a complimentary overnight stay in Denver. Watch for registration opening next week. Find more information here.
Prepare your practice and patients for the New Medicare Card coming in 2018
From April 2018 to April 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will mail new Medicare cards to all active Medicare beneficiaries.  The New Medicare Card removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards due to concerns about identity theft.  The new cards have a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) instead of the Social Security Number-based identifier known as the Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN).

Practices must be prepared to use MBIs starting April 1, 2018, as patients new to the Medicare program beginning in April 2018 will only have cards with MBIs.  From April 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2019, the federal CMS will accept both HICNs and MBIs on Medicare transactions (including eligibility requests and claims) for beneficiaries in the Medicare program prior to April 1, 2018 (i.e., those who  received a HICN).  Beginning in January 2020, physicians may only use MBIs. (Exceptions may include appeals and retrospective adjustments.) 

Read more here from the AMA about how to prepare your practice and your patients.
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