July 27, 2018
Physicians: Do you have expertise in cybersecurity? Join HHS virtual focus group - Aug. 9
Physicians are invited to participate in a virtual focus group that is part of a project to improve cybersecurity in health care. The United States Department of Health and Human Services is seeking advice from the health care industry around the country on how to promote cybersecurity in our sector.

As part of that effort, a virtual focus group will be conducted among health practitioners in Colorado on Aug. 9, 6 - 8 p.m. MT online via a WebEx conference. The aim of this two-hour discussion will be to learn more about awareness, practices, and attitudes towards cybersecurity.

Participants in this important effort will help inform and shape the plans and outreach efforts of HHS as it works to address health care cybersecurity issues.

Due to federal regulations on this type of project, financial incentives cannot be provided. These focus group sessions are being organized by a research firm working with the government. This is a great opportunity to weigh in on an important issues facing our industry today. It's important -- and it should be interesting, too.

Focus group participants will be capped at 15 people. RSVP by emailing CISA405d@hhs.gov.
CMS Annual Meeting: Engage nationally renowned speakers on the hottest topics in health care
The 2018 CMS Annual Meeting, Sept. 14-15 in Vail, presents education on the hottest topics in medicine today - including the opioid epidemic, physician wellness, health care reform and more. Click here to view the 2018 agenda (updated 7/26/2018).

Friday evening's fireside chat is a must-attend event with an all-star panel discussing health care costs, including Brian Shiozawa, MD, regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services District 8, and Bill Lindsay of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Saturday's COMPAC luncheon is sure to charge your advocacy interests; both gubernatorial candidates have been invited to debate health care. And once again, medical students will have the opportunity to attend specialized workshops to help educate and prepare them for their careers in medicine, with networking opportunities with CMS-member physicians.

We have made time for plenty of fun and relaxation, too, with great social events like Friday night's Exhibitor's Reception and Saturday's Inaugural Gala with a plated dinner and COPIC-sponsored dessert bar. Sunday is completely open to allow you and your families time to enjoy the beautiful town of Vail and its surrounding areas. Free childcare is provided during educational and social events and, as always, all meals, programming and social events are free for CMS members and a guest.
  • For registration, to reserve your hotel room, and for more information, click here
  • To register your child(ren) for free childcare, click here
  • To view the 2018 agenda, 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 this September for a fantastic program! 
Federal CMS releases proposed rule for the 2019 Medicare fee schedule update

On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (federal CMS) released the Revisions to Payment Policies under Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements proposed rule with comment period. This is the first year that the agency is combining the Medicare PFS and the Quality Payment Program proposed rules. They are requesting comments on the proposed rule by Sept. 10, 2018, and a final rule is expected to be released in November. The federal CMS has published several fact sheets on the rule including a fact sheet on the QPP changes, and a fact sheet on the PFS proposals for 2019. The American Medical Association, and the Colorado Medical Society as part of the federation, will continue to analyze the proposal and draft responses as appropriate. If you would like to share comments, please send them in an email to Colorado Medical Society President Bob Yakely, MD, at president@cms.org.
Know Your Legal Rights: Determine whether Colorado law applies for your patient's health insurance

Physicians have rights under Colorado law when it comes to dealing with health insurance plans. Information on many of these laws is available to CMS members in the online database " Know Your Legal Rights." The Colorado statutes and regulations contained in this compendium apply to individuals whose coverage is through a fully insured health plan.

Did you know there is an easy way to determine whether or not the Colorado law applies for your patient's health insurance? C.R.S. 10-16-135 was enacted requiring standardization of health benefit plan ID cards. Part of that legislation requires that the designation "CO-DOI" must be placed on the card in a clear and conspicuous manner for any and all plans regulated in whole or in part by the Colorado Division of Insurance. (This is usually in the bottom left-hand corner of the ID card.)

This is just one example of what is available to CMS members in the Know your Legal Rights database. Be sure to take advantage of this valuable member benefit.
Colorado Consortium relaunches online CME on prescribing for pain management

The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention has relaunched their online continuing education course, "Guidelines and Tools for Improving Pain Management: Opioid Stewardship." Working with the Center for Health, Work and Environment, the consortium redesigned the course to help health care professionals in Colorado stay in step with the latest opioid prescription guidelines and best practices. It is applicable to any health care professional in Colorado who treats patients dealing with pain, from clinicians to dentists to practice managers.
As the opioid crisis grows, it's more important now than ever that health care professionals stay informed about the latest pain management policies and practices to deliver the best possible care to their patients.
Those who take the course will gain the skills and knowledge to:
  • Follow the latest state, federal, and professional society guidelines to improve patient care
  • Apply evidence-based, comprehensive pain management practices and address opioid misuse in your community
  • Earn Continuing Medical Education (CME), Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE), and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit*
Over the past six years, more than 2,800 health professionals have completed the course and more than 90 percent say that they have applied what they learned in their practice. Building on the past success, the redesigned version covers current federal and state prescription guidelines, offers guidance on how to help patients with pain return to work, and more.

Access the course here.
Denver-area members: Attend the Alternatives to Opioids Training and Networking Dinner in Lone Tree or Thornton , Aug. 15 or 16  
The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention presents two training and networking dinners in August. The events are targeted to physicians, pharmacists, behavioral health providers, dentists, NPs, PAs, PTs, MAs, RNs, LPNs, public health professionals, wellness professionals, students and others.

This event gives providers the opportunity to learn more about alternatives to opioids and ask questions of experienced trainers, providers in search of next steps after getting their MAT waiver, and those providers just wanting to make connections in their local communities for warm referrals.

Registration is $30 and includes dinner and CME. A COPIC Point has been requested. For more information and questions, contact TCOPP.OverdosePrevention@gmail.com.

Aug. 15
Double Tree by Hilton Denver-Thornton
83 E 120th Ave
Thornton, CO 80233

Lone Tree
Aug. 16
Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows
10345 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Physicians: Do you prescribe for addiction? AAAP seeks consultants for $100/hour

The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) is looking for consultants with two or more years of prescribing experience in addiction medicine. It pays $100 per hour for this much-needed service that you might already be providing for free. You do not need to be an AAAP member or any specific specialty to apply. Find more information here. If you are interested and willing to be considered as a physician TA consultant in your state, please complete this brief survey:  http://www.cvent.com/d/btqyk0 . If you are looking for technical assistance with buprenorphine prescribing,  click here .
Division of Insurance releases preliminary 2019 health insurance information
Final approval of plans expected soon

The Colorado Division of Insurance released preliminary information for proposed health plans and premiums for 2019 for individuals and small groups on July 13, 2018. The division is accepting comments on these plans through Aug. 3 and will announce the final plans in late summer/early fall.

The same seven companies that offered on-exchange, individual plans are returning for 2019 and all counties in Colorado will have at least one on-exchange company selling individual health plans.

For 2019, a total of 16 insurance companies plan to offer 808 individual and small group plans in Colorado. The average requested premium change for individual plans across all companies is a 5.94 percent increase, while in the small group market, the average requested change across all companies is a 7.15 percent increase.

The plans and requested premiums from the insurance companies, also called filings, are available on the Division's "Health Insurance Filings" web page (click "Search Health Insurance Plan Filings" on that page).
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2018 Neurosciences CME Symposium, 7.25 approved credits. Discover, learn and discuss what's new and cutting-edge in neurosciences. 

7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Friday Sept. 14, 2018 at Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center. Register here. 

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Upcoming events
2018 Colorado Medical Society Annual Meeting - Sept. 14-15 in Vail
Register today for the 148th CMS Annual Meeting, Sept. 14-15, 2018, at the Vail Marriott.  Find more information here.
Know Your Legal Rights
Member benefit: Know Your Legal Rights database

Find comprehensive information on your rights to: 

  • Protections from physician profiling;
  • Expedited prior authorization and referrals;
  • Telehealth coverage;
  • Protection against anti-retaliation;
  • Help with narrow networks;
  • Timely payment;
  • Fairness in contracting;
  • The right to appeals;
  • And much more!
Go to  www.cms.org/kylr  to view the resource. 
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