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Don't forget to renew your Arapahoe-Douglas-Elbert Medical Society and CMS Membership for 2020!
Keep up with Colorado Legislation
Legislative Session 

From public option to healthcare costs and consumer protections...
Want to know updated information on newly introduced bills and/or where the state medical society stands on them?  Make sure to add this bill tracker link to your favorites and stay in the know! 

The bill tracker is a reference tool to help our members follow Colorado health care-related legislation.
The Council on Legislation will take positions on priority legislation throughout session. The Colorado Medical Society position on bills will be available here following each Council on Legislation meeting.
  • Support/oppose
     - Play a lead role and commit significant political resources, including testimony, active lobbying and grassroots engagement; actively work on amendments  
  • Monitor
     - Watch for adverse or favorable amendments that could affect physicians.
Thank you to the ADEMS physician representatives that are members of Council on Legislation.  All ADEMS members are welcome to submit your input to our representatives at any time on these introduced bills.  Feel free to mail [email protected] and we will be sure to share your input.    
Out-of-network law in effect Jan 1, 2020
What you need to know
Surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers continue to be a hot issue nationally and in Colorado. During the 2019 legislative session the General Assembly passed HB 19-1174, which aims to limit the impact of these bills on patients. Though the law took effect Jan. 1, 2020, the Colorado Division of Insurance is still working to finalize rules to implement HB 19-1174, specifically regarding payment and provider disclosures. In the meantime, CMS developed a resource for physicians to help you understand how the new law will affect your practice -- and will continue to update this resource as final rules and regulations are published. Access:  "Out of Network Law - What physicians need to know"
CMS will host their Annual Meeting in Denver again this Fall
Save the date! CMS's Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 26, 2020
Save the date for the event of the year for Colorado physicians, the 2020 CMS Annual Meeting. It will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, with programming scheduled during the day at CMS/COPIC headquarters in west Denver and the exhibitor reception and inaugural gala that evening at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum.

AMA resource: Checklist for the transition to E/M office visit changes

The American Medical Association (AMA) is helping physician practices integrate fundamental changes to the coding and documentation of evaluation and management (E/M) office visit services. New Medicare office-visit coding and documentation guidelines are simpler and more flexible, but physician practices will need to prepare in the newyear to get the full benefit of the burden relief the changes are designed to bring. 
This 10-point AMA checklist and linked resources will help guide physician practices for a smooth transition to the simpler and more flexible guidelines.  To learn more about these significant CPT code set revisions, visit CPT E/M webpage . Additionally, the AMA has created an interactive  educational module , a detailed  description  of the code and guideline changes, along with a  table  illustrating medical decision-making revision to educate physician practices.


Springfest at the Brewery
Physician Social
Saturday, April 18th
Breckenridge Brewery
Littleton, CO

Join us for this
 networking opportunity.  
Family friendly event with VIP room access, food, drink and tours. 
Look for information soon!

Colorado Welcomes AMA President: 
Dr. Harris
Saturday, May 16th
Inverness Hotel
(Details to follow)

ADEMS Annual Meeting & Social
Thursday, May 28th
Glenmoor Country Club 

2020 Legislative Reception & Award Ceremony
June 4, 2020
Downtown Denver

New cost effective Dental Benefit for all ADEMS/CMS members and their employees:

Dear member:  CMS has collaborated with COPIC for a great Delta Dental rate for you and your employees.  Many small offices are seeing a 10-20% savings compared to their current plan.  
Why not check it out?  
Poor oral health can lead to and escalate serious overall health issues. That's why dental insurance is important and why we've collaborated with COPIC Financial Service Group and Delta Dental, the state's leading dental benefits provider, to offer CMS/ADEMS members an affordable dental benefits program for their employees and their families. Designed for small- to medium-sized organizations, this plan offers a combination of flexibility and cost savings to fit your group's needs. CMS worked closely with COPIC Financial Service Group to develop this association plan for members. It's a product we believe in. 
Read more here

"Know Your Legal Rights"
Physicians have rights under Colorado law when it comes to dealing with health insurance plans. Information on laws that protect your practice are available now " Know Your Legal Rights." 

 Be sure to take advantage of this valuable member benefit.

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