ASAP e-newsletter: March 9, 2020
Preparations underway among first cases of coronavirus in Colorado
The first two cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Colorado were announced on Thursday, March 5, 2020, and at the time of publication had climbed to nine statewide. Colorado Medical Society is committed to working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to instruct physicians and, in turn, their patients, on preparedness and response. The message to physicians is to stay in close contact with your local and state health department should a patient present with symptoms of COVID-19 or report potential exposure to COVID-19. Guidance is evolving and will continue to do so. If you have not already subscribed to receive Health Alert Network (HAN) broadcast emails, we urge you to sign up immediately by emailing cdphe_epr_sit@state.co.us with your full name, position and county of employment. Read more here.
CMS responds to release of Colorado Option bill
Following a months-long stakeholder process, the bill for a statewide public health insurance option (now called the "Colorado Option") has been introduced to the Colorado General Assembly. While the Colorado Medical Society will not determine an official position until after a full analysis of the bill is completed, CMS released a statement outlining initial observations -- including positive tenets of the bill and concerns. “Our members are united in the goal to bring high value care to all patients in Colorado,” said CMS President David Markenson, MD, MBA. “We are committed to being part of this process to ensure that physicians have the ability to practice medicine in the way that provides the best care to their patients.” Read the full press statement here.
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Check out the "physician innovators" issue of Colorado Medicine
The March/April issue of Colorado Medicine brings you stories of physician innovating – just a few examples of many around our state where physicians identified a solution that would make health care more accessible to patients, more valuable to the system, more rewarding to physicians, or all of the above, and how they implemented changes. Plus, read a midsession legislative update, see photos from recent events, and more. Get your first look here.
Residents: Apply for scholarship for leadership program, June 2020 in Breckenridge
The COPIC Medical Foundation has a long history of supporting the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety (AELPS). In keeping with their mission of “improving health care in the communities we serve,” they will be sponsoring the week of June 8-11, 2020 in Breckenridge to train residents from within their COPIC Insurance Coverage areas, which includes the state of Colorado, on patient safety. Through the generosity of The COPIC Medical Foundation, residents can apply for a scholarship to fully fund the AELPS fee. Get more information and apply here. Deadline: March 31.
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AMA: Resource will help physicians integrate record sharing into daily operations
The AMA has created a new online resource to direct physician practices through the legal complexities and operational challenges of providing patients with access to their digital health information. The new Patient Records Electronic Access Playbook outlines the steps for medical practices to integrate record-sharing fulfillment with day-to-day operations with tips, case scenarios and best practices for protecting privacy. Access the playbook here.
CDPHE announces naloxone bulk purchase fund opportunity
Colorado Senate Bill 19-227 created a naloxone bulk purchase fund that allows eligible entities to purchase opiate antagonists, such as naloxone or Narcan, at low or no cost. Available funding will cover 100 percent of the cost until funding is exhausted or until June 30, 2020, whichever comes first. Eligible entities may order naloxone in a variety of delivery methods and dosages. Learn more and apply here (midway down the webpage).
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Last chance: Meet the nominees for 2020 CMS leadership positions and provide comments by March 10
Now that the nomination period for the 2020 Colorado Medical Society election has closed, we are excited to share with all CMS members the nominees being vetted to run for CMS president-elect and the AMA delegation. All members are encouraged to read the submitted materials for your nominees: Mark Johnson, MD, MPH, running for CMS president-elect; and Katie Lozano, MD, and Lee Morgan, MD, running for the AMA delegation. Access the nominees' candidate packets here. Per the election manual, the CMS Nominating Committee will meet to vet and approve all nominees and present the report for approval to the CMS Board of Directors at the March board meeting. All CMS members are encouraged to help the Nominating Committee by providing input for consideration by the committee to help inform their recommendations to the board. Email comments to dean_holzkamp@cms.org by March 10, 2020. 
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Save the date! CMS's 150th Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 26, 2020
Save the date for the event of the year for Colorado physicians, the 150th CMS Annual Meeting. It will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, with programming scheduled during the day at CMS/COPIC headquarters in east Denver and the exhibitor reception and inaugural gala that evening at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum in the historic Lowry neighborhood.
Colorado Psychiatric Society/Denver Medical Society to host Annual Spring Meeting in Englewood - May 16
The Colorado Psychiatric Society and Denver Medical Society invite all physicians to attend their Annual Spring Meeting on Saturday, May 16, 2020, 5:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. at the Hilton Denver Inverness in Englewood. The theme is "Physician Leadership and the Urgency of the Moment in Medicine," with AMA President Patrice Harris, MD, MA, speaking about her personal leadership journey in medicine, the AMA's strategic and advocacy priorities, her experiences integrating health care and social supports, and the importance of all specialties working together on issues of common concern.  Register here.
Coalition for Physician Well-Being to host 2020 conference in Denver - July 13-15
The 2020 Coalition for Physician Well-Being Conference will be held July 13-15 at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver. Programming will focus on ways that organizations can develop programs and initiatives to enhance the well-being of physicians to increase quality patient care and outcomes, lower risk, and promote physician satisfaction and engagement. Find more information here.
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