Physician-Patient Relations
July, 2018
Greetings!

Consumers are inundated with headlines in the media of physicians and medical systems violating regulations and the politics of the state of health care in our country. This repetition and focus on the negative has created a distrust in our medical system and in health care providers. This month we are here to provide resources to help you navigate physician-patient relations and strengthen the perspective consumers have on health care.

If you have an article, topic idea or an event you think may be of interest to your colleagues in the El Paso and Teller County areas, let us know at epcms@epcms.org or 719.591.2424.
Now Accepting Nominations for Deserving Physicians and Nurses
We are now accepting nominations for the 3rd Annual Outstanding Physician Awards!

Help us recognize community physicians who demonstrate outstanding professionalism and skill in the science and art of medicine.
We are now accepting nominations for the 28th Annual Excellence in Nursing Awards!

Help us honor nurses in the community who exemplify nursing's highest standards.

Stephen Sanders discusses Reaffirming the Doctor-Patient Relationship in this engaging video clip. He discusses embracing your relationships with your patients, by giving it your all and asking for the same thing in return.

Our mission is to Make Life Great by taking outstanding care of our customers and creating long-term relationships. We live by our values and strive to always put the customer first, get the basics right, and do the right thing. To learn more about us, please visit our website, www.greatwesternbank.com.
More and more consumers in the health care industry have a negative association in their minds of health care systems and health care providers. How can we improve our patients perceptions of us?

Get covered with COPIC
COPIC Insurance Company is Colorado's leading medical liability insurance provider. Three out of four physicians choose COPIC for this critically important coverage. CMS members receive a 10 percent premium discount from COPIC. For more information, call 720.858.6000 or visit our website, www.callcopic.com .
Events
Flames to Ashes: The Burn Out of Medical Professionals
Thank you to our members for attending the presentation by Dr. Doris Gundersen on burn out in the medical profession.

We hope those who attended enjoyed the presentation and time with colleagues!

Join us at this session featuring a remote speaker, Adele Allison, exploring the waters of payment transformation through the use of data, and essential strategies and technologies that will lead to success under population-based payment archetypes associated with APMs and MIPS set forth under MACRA.

**This meeting can be attended in-person or via webinar!

Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care
At Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care (PPHPC), hospice is about living . As the largest and only not-for-profit hospice and palliative care provider in El Paso County, PPHPC believes that every patient and family deserves consistent expert care and compassionate personal attention.
PPHPC provides outpatient hospice services in patients' homes and extended care facilities and delivers care at their 16-bed inpatient unit at Penrose Hospital. Other services include: a palliative care and consultation program, touch therapy, aromatherapy, animal companions, music therapy, in addition to grief support for adults and children.

Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care
2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
719.633.3400 | www.pikespeakhospice.org
Get taken into the heart of the ICU as we join Dr. Zitter, here in Colorado Springs for a private screening of Extremis. Watch as patients and families grapple with the complexities of urgent medical decision-making in serious illness and witness both the beauty of saving life and the beauty of a gold death.

Attend this event held by Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care and enjoy complimentary admission for the medical community.

This CPR class will provide a 2-year BLS certification following successful completion of an AHA online training module and in-person skills practice and check-off.

Join us at this event to dive into the MIPS and APM tracks by discussing participation and eligibility requirements, sharing tools and resources for reporting, and reviewing the upcoming changes for 2019.

The speaker, Courtnay Ryan, is a Sr. Quality Improvement Facilitator for Telligen, the Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organization for Colorado, Iowa and Illinois.

At Great Western Bank, we’re focused on you. We’re focused on Making Life Great for the people and communities we serve. We do it with honesty integrity, and respect-always have, always will.

We are listening to the heartbeat of your business. We are here to provide commercial banking for the medical community.

NEWS ALERTS!
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper recently signed into law House Bill 18-1128, which will take effect on September 1, 2018. This House Bill places stricter requirements on your practice for breach notification.

The Independence Center is striving to make a change in our community by providing physicians with accessible equipment to properly treat patients with physical disabilities.


As of May 21st, a bill was signed into law limiting opioid prescriptions a physician or health care practitioner may prescribe. This law went into place  immediately, therefore your practice should make changes immediately to stay in compliance with this law.

Did you know?
As a member of the El Paso County Medical Society, you are eligible for a 10% discount on your medical liability insurance.

Contact us at epcms@epcms.org or call 719.591.2424 to learn more.

Peak Vi sta Community Health C enters is seeking a Chief Medical and Dental Officer
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Mike Ware - Chief Executive Officer
Frankie Gales- Chief Operating Officer
Jessica Petty - Practice Renewal Director
Judy Knight - Credentials Manager
Bethany Leigh - Finance & Administrative Manager
Nancy Nelson - Executive Assistant
Lizz Arnold - Administrative Assistant
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1465 Kelly Johnson Blvd., #130
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
          
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