ASAP e-newsletter: Oct. 13, 2021
CMS past president Diab to address prescription drug costs on new state board

Gov. Jared Polis appointed CMS Immediate Past President Sami Diab, MD, to the new Colorado Prescription Drug Affordability Review Board. He will serve a three-year term working to protect Colorado consumers from excessive prescription drug costs by reviewing affordability, establishing upper payment limits, and making policy recommendations to the General Assembly to improve affordability of prescription drugs. Fellow physician Gail Mizner, MD, of Snowmass Village, Colo., joins him as the other physician appointee.
Two Colorado health systems recognized for efforts to reduce work-related burnout

Reducing work-related burnout takes a systems-level approach. The Colorado Medical Society applauds the two Colorado recipients of the American Medical Association's 2021 Joy in Medicine™ Health System Recognition Program: UCHealth Southern Region and UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Read more here.
CMS is working for you as the Colorado Option takes shape
Representatives from the Colorado Medical Society continue to weigh in on the framework for the Colorado Option standardized plan, protecting amendments gained during the session that protect the viability of your practices. Latest actions on your behalf:

  • CMS submitted these responses on Sept. 17 as follow up to the second meeting (8/12/21)
  • CMS submitted this letter on Oct. 7, on behalf of the Colorado House of Medicine, as part of ongoing feedback to DOI

The next meetings will be held Nov. 9 and 10 on the 1332 waiver process. Read more about what CMS is doing for you here.

Is prior authorization better?
How has the burden of prior authorizations changed since Jan. 1, 2020?

  • Increased significantly
  • Increased somewhat
  • No change
  • Decreased somewhat
  • Decreased significantly
Do any of the health plans with which you contract offer programs that exempt physicians from prior authorization requirements?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure
Upcoming events
Medical aid in dying webinar: Information all Colorado physicians must know (even if you don't participate) - Thursday, Oct. 21, 6-7 p.m.

Speakers Cory Carroll, MD, a solo-practice family physician, and Michelle Brassil, MD, a hospice and palliative care physician with Banner Health in Greeley, will discuss the state of Medical Aid In Dying (MAID) in Colorado at the next installment in the Northern Colorado Medical Society's Virtual Education Series. Learn about the history of the End of Life Option Act's passage in Colorado, what the law requires of all physicians, how frequently it is utilized, how to participate, and how to connect patients who request MAID with resources even if you don't prescribe the medications. Earn 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. View full objectives and accreditation on the registration page.
National Prescription Drug TakeBack - Saturday, Oct. 23

The Colorado Medical Society and the CMS Substance Use Disorder Committee urge members to spread the word to patients: Take advantage of the biannual National Prescription Drug TakeBack Day on Saturday, Oct. 23 to safely and conveniently dispose of prescription drugs. Also let them know that unused expired, and unwanted medicines left in home cabinets are at risk for abuse, misuse, and theft. Encourage them to #SecureYourMeds. More information on TakeBack Day locations at
Partners in Medicine Lunch and Learn webinar
The Security Risk Analysis - Abyde, Nov. 10

Believe it or not, this year is almost over -- and with time flying that means annual HIPAA and MIPS Security Risk Analysis (SRA) deadlines will be here before we know it, too! This year, don't wait until the last minute. Join Colorado Medical Society's preferred HIPAA compliance partner, Abyde, on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 12 p.m. MST for a live 30-minute webinar on how to quickly and efficiently knock out the most crucial step in a HIPAA compliance program -- the Security Risk Analysis.
Colorado Consortium 4th Annual Education Symposium: Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Consortium is partnering with the Colorado Society of Addiction Medicine to host the 4th Annual Education Symposium. Join colleagues in medicine, public health, pharmacy and others from across Colorado to explore the fentanyl crisis in Colorado and beyond. This activity is certified for up to 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. The agenda can be found on the Consortium website events page. Click here to register (Zoom). For more information regarding the Education Symposium, please contact

ACCME Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Colorado Medical Society and The North Colorado Health Alliance. The Colorado Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Colorado Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Thanks to our Partners in Medicine
Introducing CMS's newest Partner in Medicine, Sharkey, Howes & Javer
Upcoming CMS meetings

All Colorado Medical Society committee meetings are open to all CMS members. All are held via Zoom unless otherwise noted. Find a full list of events here: Questions? Contact

  • Physician Mindfulness Group Meeting - Thursday, Oct. 21, 6-7 p.m.

  • Committee on Value in Health Care - Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6-7:30 p.m.

  • Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs - Monday, Nov. 1, 6-7 p.m. Register

  • Workers' Compensation & Personal Injury Committee - Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Register

  • Committee on Education and Accreditation - Thursday, Nov. 4, 4 - 5:30 p.m. Register

  • Independent Physicians Task Force - Wednesday, Nov. 10, 12-1 p.m. Register

  • Employed Physicians Task Force - Monday, Nov. 15, 7-8 p.m. Register

Registration is required for most meetings. Non-members or those unable to be identified at the time of the meeting will be removed from the meeting. Unsure if you are a CMS member? Email
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