ASAP e-newsletter: Nov. 14, 2019
2020 CMS Election: Call for nominations
The nomination period for the 2020 Colorado Medical Society all-member election is open through Jan. 31, 2020. The Colorado Medical Society encourages all members to consider nominating a colleague or self-nominating for one of the open leadership positions: president-elect (one position open) or AMA delegation (two positions open). The election manuale, which contains all of the information a potential candidate needs about the duties, eligibility, requirements and election process, is available on the CMS website, as is the current list of declared candidates. Read more here.
MEDICAL STUDENTS: Save the date for the 2020 MSC Day at the Capitol
The 2020 Medical Student Component (MSC) Day at the Capitol will be held Jan. 21, 2020, at the state Capitol in Denver. Last year’s event was highly praised by students, physicians and legislators. Mark your calendars to join us for this fun event where you gain firsthand knowledge from experts and elected officials on how to positively influence health care public policy. We’ll send more information as the date approaches.
Opioid interim committee releases summary of bills to be introduced in 2020 session
The Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Study Committee has released a summary of bills they recommend for introduction in the 2020 legislative session to address the opioid epidemic. The five bills build on their work from the last two legislative sessions and include recommended amendments from the CMS Committee on Prescription Drug Abuse. Pain specialist Johnathan Clapp, MD, told 9News there has been an evolution in the focus of the bills coming out of the legislature. “The original bills the first couple of years from the Opioid Interim Committee were designed to save lives. They were set up so they could catch people [who] were addicted from overdosing and try to save them. Now the process is, we have a lot of those safeguards in place and what we are really trying to do now is prevent the flow, in a sense turn off the faucet, so we don't have to catch as many people downstream and limit as many exposures as we can.” Read more here.
New overdose and naloxone guide for hospital-based physicians
As part of CO’s CURE project (Colorado’s Opioid Solution: Clinicians United to Resolve the Epidemic), the Colorado Hospital Association has created the Hospital Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Guidelines. These are strategies for hospitals and hospital-based clinicians to decrease rates of opioid overdose deaths. Read the guidelines here. The guide was been shared with CMOs, all the other state hospital associations and the American Hospital Association. CHA is also working to distribute it to the 10 CURE hospitalist pilot sites who just received a $15,000 check for naloxone and pilot data.
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Read the latest Colorado Medicine : CMS President David Markenson outlines the focus of his presidential year, and more
In this issue, newly installed CMS President David Markenson, MD, MBA, outlines his goals for office: supporting the doctor-patient relationship, and promoting to the public the unique calling to be a physician and the physician's role in society. Plus, this issue contains features on the CMS response to the state's draft proposal for health insurance coverage, the origins of the Central Line platform, photos from the Annual Meeting and Legislative Celebration, a tribute honoring outgoing CEO Alfred Gilchrist and Alfred's parting wisdom. Read the e-issue here.
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New online toolkit provides evidence-based resources related to perinatal substance use
The Substance Exposed Newborns (SEN) Provider Education Work Group has launched the Colorado Perinatal Substance Use Provider Toolkit and work group members urge all clinicians working with this patient population to utilize the searchable online compendium. The hundreds of evidence-based and inclusive resources provided include clinical guidelines and recommendations, data and epidemiology, and patient handouts and resources, bringing the latest from sources such as ACOG, AAP and CDC. Providers can also find tools and resources related to patient identification and communication, substance use disorder treatment, lactation, management of substance-specific impacts, community referrals, patient education, and more. Read more here.
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AMA releases 2020 PFS Final Rule Summary
On Nov. 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the CY 2020 Revisions to Payment Policies under Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies final rule. The American Medical Association has provided a summary of some of the policies the federal CMS finalized in the rule. The AMA will continue to review the rule and analyze the policies, with more information coming soon. Access the summary here.
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Payer issues: We want to hear from you!
CMS, with Colorado MGMA, is gathering intelligence for advocacy efforts
As we approach the upcoming legislative session, we need to hear from you concerning issues impacting your practice. In partnership with the Colorado Medical Group Management Association, the Colorado Medical Society seeks intelligence from practices on the "front lines." Please contact us at with your payer issues.

And remember to use the members-only Know Your Legal Rights online catalog of provider protection statutes that you can use in disputes with health plans. It contains decades of public policy victories that may assist you in your dealings with payers. Make sure all of the physicians in your practice are members of the Colorado Medical Society so you have access to this great resource today!

*Accessing Know Your Legal Rights requires a CMS member login. Member physicians’ staff can obtain their own login by contacting Tim Yanetta at
The Colorado Medical Society is pleased to announce a new member benefit: Group dental insurance plans through Delta Dental
Poor oral health can lead to and escalate serious overall health issues. That’s why dental insurance is important and why the Colorado Medical Society (CMS) has collaborated with COPIC Financial Service Group and Delta Dental, the state’s leading dental benefits provider, to offer CMS 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 its members. It's a product we believe in.  Read more here.
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