Aug. 10, 2018
CMS Annual Meeting: COMPAC lunch to feature candidates for lieutenant governor
A little more than one month remains to register yourself and your family for the 2018 CMS Annual Meeting, Sept. 14-15 in Vail. This just in: Both candidates for Colorado lieutenant governor will attend Saturday's COMPAC luncheon to discuss health care and take questions from the audience.

Additionally, attendees will engage in learning on risk management, treating mental illness in the general medical setting, physician wellness, health care costs, and more. COPIC points are available.

The fabulous Inaugural Gala, celebrating the beginning of the presidency of Deb Parsons, MD, concludes the meeting with socializing, dinner and dancing with the Nacho Men. Sunday is completely open for a relaxing day in Vail.

The deadline to book or change lodging at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort under the CMS group rate is coming up on Aug. 23. On this date, guests will be charged one night's stay to the credit card that was used during booking.
  • For annual meeting registration, to reserve your lodging, and for more information, click here
  • To register your child(ren) for free childcare during conference events, click here
  • To view the 2018 agenda (updated 8/6/18), 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 next month for a fantastic program! 
Colorado Consortium Education Symposium: Best Practices for Pain Management and Addiction Treatment - Oct. 24
Wondering what you can do to help fight the opioid epidemic? Interested in learning about how you can incorporate medication-assisted treatment in your practice?
Join health care providers from across the state the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 24, for the 1st Annual Colorado Consortium Education Symposium: Best Practices for Pain Management and Addiction Treatment. Experts in preventing and treating opioid use disorders will be discussing the latest research and best practices you can incorporate into your practice. The symposium will be held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.
The misuse and abuse of prescription opioids is a major public health crisis in Colorado, contributing to a dramatic rise in drug overdose deaths. According to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 1,012 people died of drug overdoses in 2017, with 373 people dying of overdoses related to prescription opioids.
The event will review non-opioid pain management and best practices around medication-assisted therapy (MAT) for opioid use disorders.
The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention is organizing the event. MDs and DOs who attend are eligible for continuing medical education credit. All others will be given a certificate of completion to submit to their professional societies.
The symposium begins at 6 p.m. and will include a poster session, networking opportunities, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Guests are welcome to attend the Consortium's annual meeting the next day, Thursday, Oct. 25.
Buprenorphine training sponsored by ITMatters2:  Aug. 29, 2018
Alexis Ritvo, MD, MPH, interim associate practice director at UCHealth Outpatient Psychiatry/CeDAR Outpatient Addiction Psychiatry, will be conducting a free training session related to buprenorphine training.

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Anschutz Medical Campus
Ed2 North building room L28-1307

Compensation for completing the training may be available in the next few weeks pending state and federal funding decisions. If funds become available, they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ritvo encourages providers to  continue to complete the training, sign up for your DEA X waiver, and submit for compensation.  Thank you for helping address the opioid epidemic in your clinics and communities. Because of physicians seeking training, thousands more Coloradans have access to safe, effective treatments for opioid use disorder.
Don't forget: Cast your vote for CMS president-elect and CMS delegates to the American Medical Association
Voting for the Colorado Medical Society (CMS) officers is open through Aug. 31. All CMS members should have received a ballot in their email on Aug. 1, with a reminder ballot sent Aug. 9. We ask that you find the ballot and take the opportunity to vote. If you did not receive it, please respond to this email. (Only members are eligible to vote.)

See the candidates and read their statements on the election page of

All CMS members are encouraged to use this opportunity to vote, affirming the significant commitment of our organization to engage all members in the governance process. We also ask you to consider seeking a leadership position next year. More details on the 2019 nomination period will be available in September. Thank you for your participation.
AMA: Block the Aetna-CVS merger
The AMA issued a press release Aug. 8 urging the U.S. Department of Justice to block the proposed acquisition of Aetna, Inc. by CVS Health Corporation. The press release -- "AMA Urges DOJ to Challenge CVS-Aetna Merger" -- highlights the 29-page exhaustive AMA analysis that was shared with federal regulators indicating that the proposed merger would likely substantially diminish competition in many health care markets to the detriment of patients. Read the press release here.

The merger was first proposed in December 2017 and in February 2018 the AMA submitted a statement to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law in anticipation of a hearing to lay out the argument that this merger had the potential to decrease competition in Medicare Part D, pharmacy benefit manager services, local health insurance, and many local retail pharmacy markets, and therefore should be closely scrutinized. Read more about the potential merger here.
AMA president to visit Western Slope Sept. 4-5
Western slope physicians: American Medical Association President Barbara L. McAneny, MD, will be the special guest at two membership meetings in September.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 4: Mesa County Medical Society membership meeting, Bookcliff Country Club, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 5: Curecanti Medical Society membership meeting, Montrose Hospital, 12:30 p.m.
Both forums are open to members and non-members to share local issues and learn what's new at the American Medical Association. CMS leaders will also be in attendance. Register through the links above.
Do you like mountain biking? Need CME? Sign up for a unique mountain bike CME conference in Western Colorado Oct. 10-13, 2018
Ready for a fun challenge? Make plans to attend a mountain biking CME conference in Grand Junction, Colo. Oct. 10-13. The topic is "Promoting Exercise and Nutrition for Health: Benefits and Challenges" and attendees can earn up to 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. View the full agenda here.

Grand Junction and Fruita have great mountain biking with hundreds of miles of trails and terrain in Grand Valley. Out on the trails attendees will see the beautiful sights and scenery of Western Colorado as you hit the trails with leisurely rides, steep climbs, switchbacks, downhills and technical challenges. There are many trails to choose from, sure to please any biking enthusiast.

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Colorado Medical Society through the joint providership of Community Hospital and Cycling CME.  The Colorado Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
Community Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.0  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Resources for National Immunization Awareness Month (August)
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccinations for people of all ages. To promote this important health observance, Telligen has released customizable resources to share with patients and beneficiaries on your practice website or social media pages. Resources include:
  • Immunization tips
  • Weekly blog posts
  • Ready-to-use social media posts for your page
  • Resources for providers to share with patients
  • Upcoming educational webinars
Access these resources here.

Additionally, the National Public Health Information Coalition has a toolkit available with messaging, vaccine information and customizable practice materials. Access the NPHIC toolkit here.
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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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