June 11, 2018
Registration is now open for the 2018 CMS Annual Meeting
2019 Annual Meeting has been suspended
NOTE: At the May CMS Board of Directors meeting, the board voted to suspend the 2019 Annual Meeting. Read why here. This action DOES NOT AFFECT the 2018 CMS Annual Meeting. We hope you'll join us this September for a fantastic program! 

You're invited to the most anticipated event of the year for Colorado physicians: the 2018 Colorado Medical Society Annual Meeting, Sept. 14-15 at the Vail Marriott in Vail, Colo. Click here to register.

Attendees can experience:
  • Wonderful food and drinks, especially at two fabulous receptions and the formal President's Gala.
  • Informative panel discussions and worthwhile workshops on the hottest topics in medicine led by an impressive slate of state and national speakers.
  • A lively COMPAC lunch with special legislative guests.
  • Special public policy training for medical students.
Childcare  is provided during conference events. Advance registration is strongly encouraged to ensure adequate ratios of children to caregivers. Click here to register your child(ren).

New this year, the conference will conclude with Saturday night's presidential gala, giving attendees and their guests more time to explore beautiful Vail, a top Rocky Mountain destination, on Sunday. In addition to the hiking, biking and viewing of fall colors attendees know they will enjoy, Vail Oktoberfest - with Bavarian beer, music and dancing, traditional fare, yodeling and alpenhorn blowing - will be held in Vail Village Sept. 14-16, and the Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show will be held Sept. 16.

We hope you and your family will make plans to join us in this idyllic mountain retreat. As always, there is no registration fee for members and we have secured discounted group pricing on lodging at the hotel.

Click here for more information and to register.
Build professional resilience through free leadership training from CMS - June 26
The Colorado Medical Society Physician Leadership Skills Series -- an exclusive, free benefit for CMS members -- brings physicians high-quality leadership training from renowned faculty. 

Registration is open for the next program:  " Building professional resilience: How to thrive in the face of challenge " on Tuesday, June 26, 6-8 p.m. at CMS headquarters. 

Grounded in current research from neuro-leadership and performance psychology, this session includes the neuroscience and basic principles behind emotional intelligence, a framework for mental toughness and personal resilience based on performance psychology, the role of mindset and strategy in cultivating our resilience at any age, and tools to cultivate resilience in yourself and in your workforce.

Go to  www.cms.org/register to sign up today.
QPP group eligibility status now available
Physician practices/groups may now log into the federal CMS QPP website to check their 2018 eligibility for Medicare's Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). After groups log in, they will be able to click into a details screen to see the eligibility status of every clinician in the group (based on their National Provider Identifier or NPI) to find out whether they need to participate during the 2018 performance year for MIPS.

Unfortunately, the federal CMS will not be sending out letters to advise physicians of their eligibility status this year so checking on the QPP participation status look-up tool is the only way to determine or verify eligibility status. Eligibility rules in 2018 are different than in 2017 so status this year may be different than last. Also as is indicated in the look-up tool, exempt individual clinicians still will need to report if their group is eligible and chooses to report as a group. The look-up tool can be found here.
AMA report shows national progress toward reversing opioid epidemic, with great strides in Colorado
The American Medical Association issued a new report on May 31  documenting how physician leadership is advancing the fight against the opioid epidemic. Colorado Medical Society physician surveys confirm a shared alarm of this public health crisis and ready acceptance for physicians to play a role in long-term solutions. 

The AMA report found a decrease in opioid prescribing and increases in the use of state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), the number of physicians trained and certified to treat patients with an opioid use disorder, and in access to naloxone. Read more here.
Spread the word: Lift the Label public awareness campaign 
The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health recently launched the " Lift The Label" public awareness campaign that strives to remove damaging labels and stigmas that prevent those with opioid addiction from seeking effective treatment. 

The campaign website features the addiction and recovery stories of 15 Coloradans plus education on opioid addiction, an explanation of treatment, and resources for addiction from the perspective of the addicted or as a loved one suspecting addiction.

Physicians can order education materials -- including a brochure on naloxone, posters displaying the campaign slogans or rack cards about medication-assisted treatment -- by completing the form on this webpage.
Provider education symposium: Call for abstracts for poster session
In conjunction with the annual meeting of the Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention in October, the Provider Education workgroup will host an educational symposium on Oct. 24. You are invited to submit an abstract for a poster session that highlights one of the following related to the opioid crisis in Colorado:
  • Research
  • Quality improvement plans in your medical practice
  • Educational initiatives
  • Advocacy around opioid issues/policy changes in your community
  • Or another interesting program or project that you would like to highlight
This is an opportunity for you to share your work, or the work of your community, with colleagues from around Colorado.

The posters will be displayed during the annual meeting Oct. 25 to highlight in greater detail some of the work you and your colleagues are doing around the state.  More details about this educational symposium are forthcoming.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. Abstracts or questions should be emailed to Susanna.Cooper@ucdenver.edu .
Community reference guide for combatting the opioid epidemic is now online 
As the opioid and prescription drug misuse and abuse crisis continues to escalate in Colorado and across the nation, communities and organizations are looking for strategies and tools to address the epidemic and protect their communities. To help support them, the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention has developed  the Community Reference

Stakeholders can use elements of the reference to enhance existing work or develop new strategies and programs. Specifically, chapter 8 addresses provider education. Communities can use this chapter for information on providing educational resources to providers and health care teams, how providers can engage in preventing prescription drug abuse if they don't know where to start, how to strengthen connections between providers, and/or accessing training for medication-assisted treatment. 

The Community Reference is posted on the Consortium's website, here. Share it widely and send questions or feedback to pm@corxconsortium.org.
Opioid prescribing: Understand the new law
As of Monday, May 21, Colorado physicians must limit an initial opioid prescription for some patients, and, for those patients, conduct a screening on the Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database (PDMP) on the first refill to reduce the risk of drug-seeking behavior for nonclinical use or abuse.  This law is effective immediately and you may  need to change your practice habits immediately to stay within the bounds of this law.

These limits do not apply, if, in the judgment of the prescriber, the patient:
  • Has chronic pain that typically lasts longer than 90 days or past the time of normal healing, as determined by the prescriber, or following transfer of care from another prescriber who prescribed an opioid to the patient;
  • Has been diagnosed with cancer and is experiencing cancer related pain; or
  • Is experiencing post-surgical pain, that, because of the nature of the procedure, is expected to last more than 14 days.
The Colorado Medical Society Office of General Counsel developed a summary and initial FAQ of the new law -- which was referred to in the 2018 Colorado General Assembly as Senate Bill 18-022 -- to help you understand the new law and its requirements. Access this FAQ resource and see a summary graphic here. CMS encourages you to share these resources with all those who will be affected by the new law.

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies has also released information on the new law. Access DORA's summary here.
Coming soon: Cast your vote in the 2018 Colorado Medical Society leadership election
The Colorado Medical Society will hold our annual leadership election Aug. 1-31, 2018. Running for CMS president-elect is David Markenson, MD; and running for CMS delegate to the American Medical Association (two positions open) are Katie Lozano, MD, FACR, and Lee Morgan, MD.

We will soon post the candidates' profiles, CVs and personal statements on the CMS website.

All CMS members are eligible to vote for CMS officers via electronic ballot. Read more about voting and the candidates in the July/August issue of Colorado Medicine. You will receive your ballot by email. Are CMS e-communications coming to your preferred email address? Email membership@cms.org with any contact information changes.
AMA releases new physician guide on caring for the caregiver
Every day in their treatment rooms, physicians encounter individuals who are making profound sacrifices to help a loved one who is seriously ill, often at the expense of their own well-being. To help physicians understand the day-to-day challenges and risk of burnout faced by informal caregivers, the American Medical Association has published Caring for the Caregiver: A Guide for Physicians.

As more people live longer and become sick, frail or disabled from chronic diseases, their care is often shouldered by relatives, partners, friends and neighbors. Caring for a loved one can be meaningful and rewarding, but this immense responsibility can take a toll. Caregiver burnout occurs when individuals feel overwhelmed and alone, physically exhausted and emotionally fatigued.

"The AMA recognizes that assisting a loved one who needs help with medical and personal tasks can be a daunting job, leaving the caregiver physically exhausted and emotionally drained," said AMA President David O. Barbe, M.D., M.H.A. "The new AMA guide provides an important resource to help physicians support and guide caregivers to do their best to cater to their loved ones, while being responsible for their own health too."

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2018 Colorado Medical Society Annual Meeting - Sept. 14-15 in Vail
Register today for the 148th CMS Annual Meeting, Sept. 14-15, 2018 at the Vail Marriott.  Find more information here.
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