ASAP e-newsletter: Feb. 12, 2020
Coronavirus: What Colorado physicians should know
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. Since then, more than 30,000 cases have been reported, with the vast majority in mainland China. In this article, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides guidance to providers on identifying, reporting and treating a patient suspected of having 2019 novel coronavirus. Read more here.

Also, CMS has compiled helpful resources from a variety of sources -- including accredited continuing education -- on this coronavirus resource page and will continue to update it as new tools are available.
Meet the nominees for 2020 CMS leadership positions and provide comments
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 recently updated and approved by your CMS Board of Directors, 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 by March 10, 2020. 
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CIVHC: Out-of-network CO APCD data now available
During the 2019 legislative session, House Bill 19-1174 was passed to protect patients from surprise bills for health care services from out-of-network providers. The legislation designates the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD) as a data source for determining payment for out-of-network provider and emergency services. The CO APCD is specifically being used to calculate the 50th percentile paid (allowed) amounts for emergency department visits and 60th percentile paid amounts for professional/anesthesiology services by region and statewide. The bill went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, and the first datasets generated by CIVHC and other related resources are now available on the Division of Insurance website.  Access the Out-of-Network APCD Reimbursement Datasets here. Plus: Access the CMS guide on the out-of-network law for physicians here.
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Survey request: Perspectives on infant mortality in Denver metro and Aurora
Two third-year medical students at the University of Colorado are studying infant mortality in Denver metro and Aurora communities and they request the help of providers in these areas in completing a survey to investigate physician and provider perspectives on infant mortality. Access the survey here. It should take approximately two minutes to complete and responses are anonymous. At the end of the survey is the students’ contact information. Anyone willing to continue contributing to this study in the form of in-person or phone interviews are encouraged to reach out to them. 
CMS joins state medical associations and national specialty societies in opposing the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule
The Colorado Medical Society recently signed onto a joint letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services opposing the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule (MFAR) -- joining the effort to protect appropriate Medicaid funding, physician members and their patients. All 50 state medical associations, the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, and 12 specialty societies signed the letter and submitted it on Jan. 31, 2020. Individual physicians are encouraged to contact the Republican members of the Colorado Congressional delegation to ask them to urge the federal CMS to withdraw the rule and to inform their House and Senate Republican leaders of their position. The AMA states that the best course of action to stop this rule is to engage Republican governors and members of Congress to weigh-in with the federal CMS. Read the letter here.
Colorado Consortium releases annual report
The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention recently released their annual report, presenting the activities of the Consortium and its work groups in 2019 and describing their ongoing work. Notably, the Consortium held 13 in-person continuing medical education trainings in 2019, educating 93 physicians, 63 nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and 78 behavioral health specialists. Since 2017, the Consortium has organized nearly 50 provider education events educating 418 doctors and 245 nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Read the report here.
Access federal resources for rural communities to respond to the crisis of addiction
The federal government recently released a community action guide to assist leaders in rural communities in building an effective local response to the crisis of addition. The Rural Community Action Guide: Building Strong, Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities discusses impact, prevention, stigma and treatment for addiction, including sections on jails and recovery. Access the guide here. This resource complements both the Community Assessment Tool, which gives county specific data about deaths and factors that may make a community more vulnerable to addiction, and the Federal Rural Resources Guide, which includes comprehensive information about different federal funds for rural communities impacted by addiction. The guide also has a companion supplement, a listing of promising practices.
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.
Support Colorado's pro-physician candidates today!
We need your help to make physician voices heard at the Colorado Capitol. Visit to support pro-physician, pro-patient lawmakers across Colorado! In 2018, COMPAC, the bipartisan political arm of CMS, endorsed 80 candidates, and COMPAC and the Small Donor Committee (SDC) contributed just under $130,000 to candidates who stand for physicians and their patients. These candidates went on to make incredible gains on behalf of organized medicine, thanks to your generous support. SDC gives money only to those who vote 100 percent with physicians on issues of liability. Make your voice heard. Contribute today!

Any individual over 18 can donate to COMPAC and the Small Donor Committee. Contribute up to $625 to COMPAC for the 2019-2020 election cycle. Contribute up to $50 to the Small Donor Committee for the 2019 calendar year. 
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