ASAP e-newsletter: Aug. 30, 2019
CMS Annual Meeting: Registration deadline is midnight Sunday, Sept. 8
Join us in a celebration of the precious role of physicians, Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Time is running out! Register to attend the 2019 Colorado Medical Society Annual Meeting, Presidential Celebration and Gala before registration closes Sunday, Sept. 8 at midnight. This signature event will feature free time in the museum in the morning, three hours of education geared toward the latest knowledge needs for members in all stages of their careers, and a formal gala in the evening to celebrate the inauguration of incoming CMS President David S. Markenson, MD, MBA.

Attendees can earn up to 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and 1 COPIC point each for the following programs: "Unconscious Bias - #MeToo View From a Different Lens," "Update on the Candor Act," and "Maximizing Safe and Effective Practice with Physicians, PAs and NPs."

Free supervised child care will be provided throughout the event and all snacks, lunch and beverages are included. We're rolling out the red carpet for the Inaugural Gala! It all starts with a reception with light appetizers, then a plated dinner and drinks, recognition of all volunteers to organized medicine, a DJ and dancing, and more! Plus, CMS members will have exclusive evening access to the DMNS Gems and Minerals exhibit. A ticket fee of $70 per person for active/emeritus members and guests and $30 per person for medical students will be charged for admission to the gala. Click here to register, see the agenda and accreditation statement, and more!
Voting closes Saturday, Aug. 31! Cast your vote today in the 2019 Colorado Medical Society leadership election
Voting in the 2019 Colorado Medical Society leadership election closes at midnight on Saturday, Aug. 31. Access the ballot here. You will need your CMS member number for your vote to be validated and counted. If you need your CMS member number, are unsure if you already voted or if you have trouble with the ballot, please reply to this email or contact CMS Membership Coordinator Susanna Barnett at 720-858-6312. There are two candidates running for CMS president-elect: Sami Diab, MD , an oncologist in Aurora, and Patrick Pevoto, MD, MBA , an obstetrician-gynecologist in Grand Junction. Read more about the candidates on the election page of Thank you for your participation!
Alert: Vaping cartridges potentially related to the severe acute pulmonary disease outbreak
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a Health Alert Network broadcast on Aug. 21, 2019 regarding a severe acute pulmonary disease outbreak possibly linked to vaping. As of Aug. 29, two suspect cases had been reported in Colorado. Clinicians and local health departments who become aware of cases of this outbreak are asked to report them to CDPHE's Disease Reporting Line: 303-692-2700 or 303-370-9395 (after hours). If the patient has the product in hand, providers should collect and hold it, and contact CDPHEs Disease Reporting Line so that the product can be collected by CDPHE for potential testing. Read more here.
Colorado Health Institute invitation: Medicaid Alternative Payment Model focus groups
The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is seeking stakeholder feedback on potential updates to the Accountable Care Collaborative Alternative Payment Model measure set and reporting options for Performance Year 2020. The series of focus groups will begin in September and are open to the public. The Colorado Health Institute will facilitate the meetings, and in-person and remote participation options are available. Click here to indicate which focus group you can attend. Once you have chosen the date of attendance, materials and meeting information will be sent to you several days before the meeting.
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Public comment closing on legislature-directed public option health insurance
The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and Colorado Division of Insurance will soon conclude its open comment period on a state public option health insurance plan. Agency leaders have hosted public hearings around the state to solicit comments. Though the Colorado Medical Society submitted recommendations on behalf of Colorado physicians, anyone can submit a comment via email to through Aug. 31. All comments received will be displayed publicly on DOI's website. The 2019 Colorado legislature passed House Bill 19-1004, requiring the Polis Administration to develop and submit a proposal to the General Assembly by Nov. 15 concerning the design, costs, benefits and implementation of a state option for health care coverage. HCFP and DOI will spend September drafting the proposal based on comments received, then open a comment period on the proposal in October. Stay tuned for more information on the October comment period.
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Grassroots initiative on surprise billing available now
The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) has been working with state medical associations to promote a fair, balanced federal solution for "surprise" medical billing. In addition to developing advocacy tools, PAI has placed op-eds and ads in numerous publications promoting the bipartisan approach in H.R. 3502 sponsored by Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA) and Rep. Phil Roe, MD (R-TN). The the insurer-championed payment benchmark that is included in the House Energy and Commerce legislation, H.R. 3630, and the Senate HELP legislation, S.B.1895 would devastate physician practices by giving insurers full rate-setting authority, undermining provider networks and causing even more consolidation. Congress will be in recess for a few more days, returning after Labor Day. Over the recess and into the fall, physician organizations are working to flood Congressional offices with communications from constituents expressing support for the Ruiz-Roe framework and voicing concerns about the negative impact on patient access to key physician services should the insurer-backed approach prevail.

To build on efforts to date, PAI partnered with FreeRoots to develop a grassroots initiative to help promote engagement by physicians. Click here to try out this free and easy-to-navigate tool, which allows physicians to take five minutes or less to communicate with their members of Congress in several different ways, simply by entering their zip code.
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Apply today for the 2018-2019 Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award. The deadline is Aug. 16, 2019.

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Support a local Overdose Awareness Day event on Aug. 29, 30, 31 or Sept. 7
Please consider attending one of the remaining Overdose Awareness Day Events in Colorado, listed below. For more information about each event, visit and find ‘Colorado’ under ‘Activities 2019’. Those unable to attend in person can follow along virtually at #AdiosSobredosisCO and #EndOverdoseCO. Along with remembrance, the Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention hopes to bring attention to the hope of overdose prevention. During the final days of Naloxone Awareness Month, declared for August by Gov. Jared Polis, find materials for the Bring Naloxone Home campaign at

  • Denver - Aug. 30, Harm Reduction Action Center, 231 E. Colfax Ave., 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Fort Collins - Aug. 30, Civic Center Park, 201 Laporte Ave., 4 - 8 p.m.
  • Greeley - Aug. 30, Lincoln Park, 800 10th Ave., 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Pueblo - Aug. 31, Pueblo Riverwalk, Flood Wall Stage, 101 N Union Ave, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Boulder - Aug. 31, Courthouse Lawn, 1325 Pearl St., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Grand Junction - Aug. 31, Old Courthouse Lawn, 544 Rood Ave, 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Durango - Sept. 7, Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave., 1 - 3 p.m.
2019 Provider Education Symposium: Call for abstracts for poster session on opioid epidemic work
Registration is now open for the 2019 Provider Education Symposium hosted by the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. It will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, 5:30 - 9 p.m., at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Register here. Registration, a poster session, and hors d'oeuvres will be available at 5 p.m. This event is free of charge. Consider submitting an abstract for the poster session that highlights your work related to the opioid crisis in Colorado. The deadline to submit an abstract is Sept. 6. Read more here.

This year, the Consortium is collaborating with Boston University School of Medicine to present SCOPE (Safer/Competent Opioid Prescribing Education) of Pain. SCOPE of Pain is an in-depth training that focuses on effective communication skills and the potential risks and benefits of opioids for managing acute and chronic pain. The training includes the assessment of opioid misuse risk and recognition and treatment of opioid use disorder. Earn credits for CME and ABIM MOC Part II. For more information, contact
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AMA CEO discusses innovations in health care on ‘Top Docs Radio’ 
The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s ‘Top Docs Radio’ show addresses innovations in health care – and it features American Medical Association (AMA) CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, MD. Madara discusses how technology is shaping today’s health care system; direct-to-consumer technology; Health2047, a company that is developing and commercializing health care solutions; Akiri, a software-defined network and secure routing protocol for health care data; First Mile Care, a preventive chronic care company that is developing solutions to reverse health conditions like prediabetes; how AI could transform the health care system; and what AMA is doing to promote health equity. Watch the ‘Top Docs Radio’ show on innovations in health care here.
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Nominate a Colorado physician for the COPIC Humanitarian Award; deadline: Aug. 31
The COPIC Medical Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2019 COPIC Humanitarian Award, an annual award honoring a Colorado physician who has demonstrated outstanding volunteerism and contributed greatly to the Colorado health care community. The award bestows a $10,000 grant to the health-related 501(c)3 organization of the recipient's choice. The nomination deadline is Aug. 31. Find more information and the nomination form here.
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