July 27, 2017
CMS Annual Meeting: Earn up to 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ and COPIC points while learning about the hottest topics in medicine by renowned speakers
The 2017 CMS Annual Meeting, Sept. 15-17 in Breckenridge, presents education on the hottest topics in medicine today from nationally known speakers. Earn up to 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ and COPIC points while engaging in sessions and workshops on compassion fatigue and physician burnout, cyber security, opioid abuse, health system reform, telehealth, physician leadership and more!

Click here to view the 2017 agenda (updated 7/27/17) .

We have made time for plenty of fun and relaxation, too, with great social events like the Exhibitor's Reception Friday night and President's Reception and Inaugural Gala and Dinner Saturday night. Free child care is provided during most educational and social events ( registration required by Sept. 1; separate from main conference registration).
Register here! All meals, programming and social events are free for CMS members and a guest. Reserve your lodging at the Beaver Run Resort here .
Electronic ballots for CMS elections to be distributed Aug. 1; view the candidates online today
The Colorado Medical Society will hold our second all-member election of CMS officers Aug. 1-31, 2017 -- that's just a few days away! We encourage all members to visit the election page on CMS.org to view each candidate's profile, CV and personal statement, as well as brief video addresses. Eleven exemplary physicians are running for eight positions for CMS delegate/alternate delegate to the AMA. Deb Parsons, MD, is unopposed in her bid for president-elect.

All CMS members are eligible to vote for CMS officers via electronic ballot. Read more about voting in the July/August 2017 issue of Colorado Medicine. You will also receive more information by email. Are CMS e-communications coming to your preferred email address? Email  membership@cms.org with any contact information changes.
Get CME credit for learning more about QPP
A new, online and self-paced overview course on the Quality Payment Program is now available through the federal CMS's MLN Learning Management System. Learners will receive information on:
  • The Improvement Activities performance category requirements, and how this category fits into the larger Quality Payment Program
  • The steps you need to take to report Improvement Activities data to the federal CMS
  • The basics about scoring of the Improvement Activities performance category
Physicians can earn up to  0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. It is the third course in an evolving curriculum on the Quality Payment Program, where learners can gain knowledge and insight on the program while earning CME. First-time learners will need to register. Click here to go to the MLN Learning Management System and access the program.
Find out if you are QPP exempt under the "special status" calculation
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has introduced new information on qpp.cms.gov that indicates whether clinicians have "special status" and can therefore be considered exempt from the Quality Payment Program.

To determine if a clinicians' participation should be considered as special status under the Quality Payment Program, the agency retrieves and analyzes Medicare Part B claims data. A series of calculations are run to indicate a circumstance of the clinician's practice for which special rules under the Quality Payment Program will affect the number of total measures, activities or entire categories that an individual clinician or group must report. These circumstances are applicable for clinicians in: Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), Rural, Non-patient facing, Hospital Based, and Small Practice settings.

For more information, visit the Quality Payment Program website.
10.10.10 announces data repository collaboration with CIVHC and CORHIO to support health innovation entrepreneurs
10.10.10, the Denver-based non-profit venture generator, has teamed up with leaders of Colorado's health innovation ecosystem to give participating entrepreneurs in the yearly 10.10.10 program access to a data innovation "test bed" for pilot-testing new digital health innovations. The June 10.10.10 program brought together 10 CEOs looking for "their next big thing" to solve 10 "wicked problems."

The CIVHC/CORHIO partnership creates one of Colorado's most comprehensive resources of health care claims and outcomes data. While initially available to June's 10.10.10 entrepreneurs, the goal will be to provide enhanced access to other entrepreneurs in Colorado. Read more here.

The 10 "wicked problems" given to the June participants were Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, toxic stress, childcare accessibility, affordable housing, food insecurity, aligning incentives to value, implementation science, mental health, health literacy and self-determination in wellness. Read more here. Interested individuals will meet July 31 to recap the program and hear an update on what the 10 CEOs are working on in relation to these problems.

The next 10.10.10 program will be held in October. Go to www.101010.net for more information and to register.
Survey: Help identify strengths and weaknesses of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) have been identified as a promising practice to reduce risky opioid prescribing. To improve provider utilization of the PDMP in Colorado, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is directing multiple projects to improve access to the PDMP and the overall user experience. To guide Colorado's PDMP enhancement projects, we are requesting your participation in the PDMP User Survey. Findings from the PDMP User Survey will inform system enhancement to help improve PDMP use as a clinical tool. Gathering information from those who use the system is the most effective way to make meaningful changes to the PDMP and reduce prescription drug misuse. Your assistance in completing and distributing this survey is greatly appreciated. Click here to take the survey. It will be open through the end of July.
Help needed: Provider survey of opioid patient education
Pharmacists from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy have developed a survey to assess provider knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding opioid education. If you already took this survey in December 2016, you do not need to take it again.

The results will be shared with the Provider Education Work Group of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to help improve patient education and address barriers to education. This survey should take less than 20 minutes to complete. Access the survey here.
Call for stories: Raising the volume on oral health
Have you witnessed first-hand the connection of oral health to one's overall health?

The Colorado Medical Society has teamed up with Delta Dental of Colorado and a statewide coalition to better inform businesses, health professionals and the public about how closely connected oral health is to overall health. And we need your help!

If you have a story that demonstrates the connection of oral health to overall health, we'd love to consider including it in the #TeethMatter campaign. Email RussRizzo@gbsm.com to share your story.

Did you know that a dentist or dental hygienist can spot early signs of 120 diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and several forms of cancer? Or that 90 percent of systemic diseases have symptoms in and around the mouth?

By taking care of your oral health, you can help prevent or better manage many serious chronic health conditions. And you can increase your chances of living a long, healthy and productive life.

Through the #TeethMatter campaign, we hope to encourage Coloradans to make regular visits to their dentist or dental hygienist and to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of oral health to us as individuals and as a society.

Our coalition includes dentists, physicians, health foundations, business groups and many more.

If you are an employer, encourage your employees to see their dentist or dental hygienist regularly. If you are a medical institution, educate your health professionals on the connection between oral and overall health.

For more information, visit www.deltadentalco.com/wellness.
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 www.callcopic.com.

Is your lease expiring within 18-months? If so, we can help. Carr Healthcare Realty is the nation's leading provider of commercial real estate services for healthcare tenants and buyers. Visit: www.carrhr.com 

The average physician can save $38,000 by refinancing their student loans with LendKey! CMS members get a $400 cash bonus when refinancing through this partnership.

Rates as low as 2.14% variable and 3.25% fixed. Visit www.LKrefi.com/co-med. Phone: 888-549-9050 Email: customer.care@lendkey.com

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Transcription Outsourcing, LLC is the leading U.S. provider of medical transcription services. We provide physicians with the ability to be more productive and more profitable. To learn more, call 720-287-3710, visit www.transcriptionoutsourcing.net or email bwalker@transcription

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The El Paso County Medical Society presents: "Colorado End-of-Life Options Act: It's Now a State Law!"

Aug. 24, 2017, 12-1 p.m.; Earn 1 free CME credit. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Cancer Conference Rooms A, B, C, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs. Learn more here.

Go to www.epcms.org/events to register.
CME: End-of-Life Options Act - Aug. 24
The El Paso County Medical Society presents: "Colorado End-of-Life Options Act: It's Now a State Law!"

Aug. 24, 2017, 12-1 p.m.; Earn 1 free CME credit. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Cancer Conference Rooms A, B, C, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs. Learn more here.

Go to www.epcms.org/events to register.

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