CORRECTION: The previous email did not include the link to the DEI survey for CMS members. It has been corrected below. The survey link can also be found here.

ASAP e-newsletter: April 21, 2021
Physician Town Hall: Healthcare Legislation & Becoming a Vaccinator - Join us @6pm!
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 6 p.m.

Stay in the loop on where negotiations stand on the Colorado Public Option and other important legislation. Also - learn how to get COVID-19 vaccines in your practice.
Special guests: Gov. Jared Polis and Dr. Eric France speaking on vaccine distribution. Legislative Update: Kim Warner, MD and CMS Advocacy Team
Governor Jared Polis
Eric France, MD, MPH,
CDPHE
The Colorado Medical Society has partnered with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) to connect primary care physicians who are willing to be COVID-19 vaccinators directly with vaccine supply. 

Help reach patients who may be unsure of receiving the vaccine or in need of individual counseling by their physician about COVID-19 and each patient's unique health issues.
We need YOUR voice...
The Colorado Medical Society is kicking off a new diversity and inclusion learning curriculum, and we need your help!

We’re reaching out to members to get your perspective on diversity and inclusion.
In March of this year, we began our partnership with The Nova Collective, a Black and woman-owned DEI consulting company. This partnership has focused on laying the foundation needed to bring to life a culture of inclusion where our members are celebrated for their diversity because we know our differences are what make us beautiful. We believe that diversity, inclusivity, and belonging will fuel our innovation and growth, both today and for years to come.
Partners in Medicine Lunch and Learn series
Webinar: Coding 101 with RPM Medical Billing - April 22, 12 p.m.

Don't forget to register for CMS's first Partners in Medicine Lunch and Learn event, tomorrow, April 22, 12 - 1 p.m. RPM Medical Billing presents "Coding 101, Landmark changes to E/M office coding effective Jan. 1, 2021." More information and link to register here.
Continuing Education Opportunities
Northern Colorado Medical Society, with support from Colorado Medical Society, presents the next event in the NCMS Virtual Education Series:

"Medical Nutrition and Chronic Disease Management"

Gain a better understanding of how nutrition plays a role in preventing, treating and managing chronic disease.

Speakers: Cory Carroll, MD; Frank Dumont, MD; & Zhaoping Li, MD

May 20, 12-1:30 p.m.

1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit available

Full accreditation information available on the registration page
Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention's:

"Lunch and Learn Series"

Four sessions left!

Topics:
  • Headache management
  • Buprenorphine for pain
  • Managing methamphetamine-induced psychosis
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases for people with SUD


Didactic session followed by a Q&A.

0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits available for each session

Full accreditation information available on each registration page
Diabetes, Systemic Drugs & Our Eyes - Virtual Webinar
Sunday, May 2, 9 - 11 a.m.
Diabetic Retinopathy for the General Practitioner: presented by 
Matthew Manry, MD, Surgical and Medical Retina Specialist 

Ocular Toxicity of Systemic Drugs: presented by Justin Kanoff, MD, Surgical and Medical Retina Specialist 
 
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
In other news...
Independent physicians: Register for Colorado Purchasing Alliance's Colorado Independent Provider Association's Virtual Meeting

Thursday, April 22, 6-7:30 p.m.


Speakers:
Robert Smith, President TCPA
Jan Gillespie, MD, Colorado IPA President
Joseph Quaranta, MD, President Community Medical Group

Virtual film screening and panel discussion: Medicating Normal

The Colorado Consortium’s Benzodiazepine Action Work Group will be hosting a virtual film screening of Medicating Normal followed by a panel discussion on April 27 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. The panel includes CMS member Lesley Brooks, MD. Click here to register. The suggested donation for tickets is $5. All proceeds benefit Periscope Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that funds the outreach efforts of Medicating Normal, bringing these screenings and important conversations to more communities worldwide.
Donate for Mothers May blood drive

Donate for Mothers this May! Vitalant Colorado is partnering with women's health advocates and hospital-based blood drives to honor moms and raise awareness about the need for blood donations to support patient needs, which include helping moms and babies. You, too can get involved. Learn more at vitalant.org/donateformothers.

DENVER EVENT: Wednesday, May 26
Blood donations by appointment 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lowry donation center 717 Yosemite Street, Denver, CO 80230
Tour/mentor opportunities available; contact WNielsen@vitalant.org for more info
Medical students:
Registration is OPEN for White Coat Wisdom!
Registration is now open for White Coat Wisdom, a virtual event sponsored by the Colorado Medical Society that brings med students face-to-face with physician leaders to learn about:
  • managing debt
  • public health
  • the business of medicine
  • and much more!

It will be held May 8, 6-8:30 p.m. with a live fun trivia event immediately following. More information here.
Thanks to our Partners in Medicine
Upcoming CMS Committee Meetings
All Colorado Medical Society committee meetings are open to all CMS members. Find a full list of events here: cms.org/events.
Questions? Contact membership@cms.org.

  • Council on Legislation Meeting - Wednesday, April 28, 6-8 p.m. Registration link coming soon; email emily_bishop@cms.org for more information

  • Workers' Compensation & Personal Injury Committee Meeting - Wednesday, May 5, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Register here

  • Physician Wellbeing Committee Meeting - Thursday, May 5, 7-8 a.m. Email dianna_fetter@cms.org for connection information

  • White Coat Wisdom Medical Student Component Event - Saturday, May 8, 6-8:30 p.m. Register here

  • Committee on Professional Education and Accreditation - Thursday, May 13, 4-5 p.m. Register here

  • Physician Mindfulness Group Meeting - Thursday, May 20, 6-7 p.m. Register here

  • CMS Board of Directors Meeting - Friday, May 21, 1-5 p.m. Register here

Registration is required for most meetings. Non-members or those unable to be identified at the time of the meeting will be removed from the meeting. Unsure if you are a CMS member? Email membership@cms.org.
Participate in monthly meetings of the CMS Physician Mindfulness Group

Next meeting:
Thursday, May 20, 6 p.m. via Zoom

Guest speaker: Dr. Wendy Zerin
No cost to attend.


Save the date for future meetings: June 24**, July 15, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16.

**Meeting moved to the fourth Thursday of the month for June ONLY
Thanks to our Partners in Medicine
Here are some ways to get the most out of your CMS membership this year:

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Shape future health care policy via Central Line
Explore discounts and services for you and your practice
Engage with a council or committee
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