March 2020  |
Colorado Physician Voices Heard in Washington DC
ADEMS President-elect, Chris Linares, MD attended the AMA National Advocacy Conference and accompanying visits to Colorado's congressional delegation February 10-12. She joined a leadership group from Colorado organized medicine that included new CEO Bryan Campbell (Colorado Medical Society) and leaders from other Colorado county medical societies: President Alan Kimura, MD and Executive Director Kathy Lindquist-Kleissler (Denver Medical Society), President  Edward Norman, MD and Executive Director John Ward (Northern  Colorado Medical Society), President Trish Weber, MD (Mesa County Medical Society).

In addition to attending conference sessions with several key health care legislative leaders such as Senator Bill Cassidy, MD of Louisiana, Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services Director Seema Verma, and Admiral Brett Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Linares was also able to participate in briefings on current legislative efforts impacting physicians and patients.

Key issues currently active in Congress, which were a focus of the Colorado group's discussions with Colorado's senators and representatives in meetings on Capitol Hill, were federal efforts to address out-of-network or surprise bills (3 House and 2 Senate bills under consideration), proposals such as H.R. 3107 which would reduce prior authorization burdens, MACRA refinements, and efforts to provide funding and regulatory pathways to conduct research on medical impacts of marijuana use. The group was able to provide real-world examples and explanations of how these issues impact patients and their physicians on a daily basis.

ADEMS leadership has attended the AMA National Advocacy meeting and hill visits each year, as it is important to bring the voice of practicing South Metro area physicians to our legislative leaders and to let them know that we are engaged and committed. Thanks to Dr. Linares who took the time to participate directly and we appreciate our members who make it possible with their support of ADEMS and its continued mission to advance the practice of medicine in our community. 

The group met with principles and staff for every Colorado district and both Senate offices

Dr. Trish Weber of Grand Junction explains the details of surprise bills to HD 6 Rep. Jason Crow
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Current data and Colorado physician resources

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is tracking up to date guidance for health care professionals on identifying, reporting and treating patients suspected of having 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Current Colorado data and resources are available  here.


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. 

Colorado Welcomes AMA President: 
Dr. Harris
Physician Leadership & The Urgency of the Moment in Medicine
Saturday, May 16th
7PM - 8:30PM
Hilton - Denver Inverness 

ADEMS Annual Meeting & Social
Thursday, May 28th
Glenmoor Country Club
Save the date and stay tuned for details 

2020 Legislative Reception & Award Ceremony
June 18, 2020
6PM - 8PM
Grant Humphrey's Mansion
Downtown Denver
Note new event date! 


The CMS 150th Annual Meeting 
Sept. 26, 2020
Save the date for the the 150th Colorado Medical Society Annual Meeting this fall.

It will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, with programming scheduled during the day at CMS/COPIC headquarters in Lowry and the exhibitor reception and inaugural gala that evening at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum.  Stay tuned for further information about this event this summer.

Did you know?
New cost effective Delta Dental group plan available to ADEMS/CMS members and their employees

Members:  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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