Aug. 20, 2018
CMS Annual Meeting: Earn up to 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ and 2 COPIC points while learning about the hottest topics in medicine by renowned speakers
Plus, make your hotel reservation before the Aug. 23 deadline and bring your artistic expressions on wellness/burnout
The 2018 CMS Annual Meeting, Sept. 14-15 in Vail, brings you education on the hottest topics in medicine today from nationally known speakers. Earn up to 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 2 COPIC points while engaging
in sessions and workshops on  risk management, treating mental illness in the general medical setting, physician wellness, health care costs, and more.

The deadline to book or change lodging at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort under the CMS group rate is Aug. 23. On this date, guests will be charged one night's stay to the credit card that was used during booking. Make your reservation today to get the best rate!

Physician wellness will be a big feature of the meeting. Throughout the weekend CMS will have two chair massage stations set up for attendees to enjoy. Friday evening attendees can experience a demonstration of current applications of virtual reality, including content that can be utilized for mental health and wellbeing, by the National Mental Health Innovation Center's Tech Innovation Network (TIN), a first-of-its-kind national, formalized network of diverse clinical and community partners. 

And CMS urges all attendees to reflect on what has been helpful to your wellbeing and what has been challenging to achieving your desired state. CMS invites attendees to record and display written testimonials on provided poster boards at the meeting to help inspire and support colleagues. Attendees are also encouraged to bring and display any artistic expressions -- such as photographs, paintings, poetry, other writings or even quilts -- that express feelings of well-being or burnout
  • For annual meeting registration, to reserve your lodging, and for more information, click here
  • To register your child(ren) for free childcare during conference events, click here
  • To view the 2018 agenda (updated 8/16/18), click here
NOTE: At the May CMS Board of Directors meeting, the board voted to suspend the 2019 Annual Meeting. This action DOES NOT AFFECT the 2018 CMS Annual Meeting. We hope you'll join us next month for a fantastic program! 
CMS joins AMA in comments on the E&M proposal in the 2019 proposed Physician Fee Schedule/Quality Payment Program rule
The Colorado Medical Society joined the American Medical Association and other state medical societies in sending a letter to federal CMS Administrator Seema Verma regarding the E&M proposal in the 2019 proposed Physician Fee Schedule/Quality Payment Program rule. 

In an effort to reduce documentation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (federal CMS) proposed to collapse coding and payment for office visits. The AMA rapidly convened a CPT/RUC workgroup on E&M. The workgroup has an aggressive meeting schedule throughout the fall.  The workgroup plans to develop a CPT proposal by early November.
The CPT editorial panel would then vote on the recommendations in February and the RUC then plans to develop revaluations by May. The AMA has spoken a number of times to senior administration officials about the E&M proposal and the workgroup, most recently on Aug. 14 . Because they are still in an open comment period for the proposed rule, federal officials couldn't say anything definitive, but -- according to the AMA -- they did welcome the participation of federal CMS staff in the AMA CPT/RUC workgroup and appear open to considering alternative solutions. Stay tuned.
Colorado Consortium Education Symposium: Best Practices for Pain Management and Addiction Treatment - Oct. 24
Wondering what you can do to help fight the opioid epidemic? Interested in learning about how you can incorporate medication-assisted treatment in your practice?
Join health care providers from across the state the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 24, for the 1st Annual Colorado Consortium Education Symposium: Best Practices for Pain Management and Addiction Treatment. Experts in preventing and treating opioid use disorders will be discussing the latest research and best practices you can incorporate into your practice. The symposium will be held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.
The misuse and abuse of prescription opioids is a major public health crisis in Colorado, contributing to a dramatic rise in drug overdose deaths. According to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 1,012 people died of drug overdoses in 2017, with 373 people dying of overdoses related to prescription opioids.
The event will review non-opioid pain management and best practices around medication-assisted therapy (MAT) for opioid use disorders.
The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention is organizing the event. MDs and DOs who attend are eligible for continuing medical education credit. All others will be given a certificate of completion to submit to their professional societies.
The symposium begins at 5 p.m. with a poster session, networking opportunities, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. The plenary session begins at 6 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend the Consortium's annual meeting the next day, Thursday, Oct. 25.

Editor's note: In the Aug. 10 ASAP, we incorrectly reported that this event starts at 6 p.m. The correct start time is 5 p.m. We regret the error.
Buprenorphine training sponsored by ITMatters2:  Aug. 29, 2018
Alexis Ritvo, MD, MPH, interim associate practice director at UCHealth Outpatient Psychiatry/CeDAR Outpatient Addiction Psychiatry, will be conducting a free training session related to buprenorphine training.

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Anschutz Medical Campus
Ed2 North building room L28-1307

Compensation for completing the training may be available in the next few weeks pending state and federal funding decisions. If funds become available, they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ritvo encourages providers to  continue to complete the training, sign up for a DEA X waiver, and submit for compensation.  Thank you for helping address the opioid epidemic in your clinics and communities. Because of physicians seeking training, thousands more Coloradans have access to safe, effective treatments for opioid use disorder.
Don't forget: Cast your vote for CMS president-elect and CMS delegates to the American Medical Association
Voting for the Colorado Medical Society (CMS) officers is open through Aug. 31. All CMS members should have received a ballot in their email on Aug. 1, with a reminder ballot sent Aug. 9. Two more reminders will be sent Aug. 22 and 29. We ask that you find the ballot and take the opportunity to vote. If you did not receive it, please respond to this email. (Only members are eligible to vote.)

See the candidates and read their statements on the election page of CMS.orgThank you for your participation.
AMA president to visit Western Slope Sept. 4-5
Western slope physicians: American Medical Association President Barbara L. McAneny, MD, will be the special guest at two membership meetings in Colorado in September.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 4: Mesa County Medical Society membership meeting, Bookcliff Country Club, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 5: Curecanti Medical Society membership meeting, Montrose Hospital, 12:30 p.m.
Both forums are open to members and non-members to share local issues and learn what's new at the American Medical Association. CMS leaders will also be in attendance. Register through the links above.
Do you like mountain biking? Need CME? Sign up for a unique mountain bike CME conference in Western Colorado Oct. 10-13, 2018
Ready for a fun challenge? Make plans to attend a mountain biking CME conference in Grand Junction Oct. 10-13. The topic is "Promoting Exercise and Nutrition for Health: Benefits and Challenges" and attendees can earn up to 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. View the full agenda here.

Grand Junction and Fruita have great mountain biking with hundreds of miles of trails and terrain in Grand Valley. Out on the trails attendees will see the beautiful sights and scenery of Western Colorado as you hit the trails with leisurely rides, steep climbs, switchbacks, downhills and technical challenges. There are many trails to choose from, sure to please any biking enthusiast.

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Colorado Medical Society through the joint providership of Community Hospital and Cycling CME.  The Colorado Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
Community Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.0  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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