March 30, 2018
Happy Doctors' Day!

March 30 is National Doctors' Day in the United States, recognizing all physicians and their efforts since 1991, when it was officially made a holiday. We at the Colorado Medical Society are grateful for all of our members' careful care and hard work, and we are here to support you and your practices. You are often unsung heroes. Know that your hard work is greatly admired and that you help keep everyone at their full potential. Keep up the good work!

And watch for an exciting announcement coming soon about a tool for CMS members only: the launch of the Know Your Legal Rights database.
Is turnover killing your practice? Find out how to sustain your team at a free CME leadership program on April 21 in Denver
Health care requires high-performance teamwork, and building and sustaining your practice team is essential to good patient care and the viability of your practice. Whether it is managing yourself or managing your team, understanding what works best to help get the job done proactively rather than reactively can be a lynchpin of your leadership.

An upcoming CME workshop in the CMS Physician Leadership Skills Series -- free for CMS members -- focuses on practical strategies focused on physician engagement and best practices like "stay interviews" to help prevent turnover and drive optimal performance. It will be held 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. on April 21 at the CMS offices in Denver.

Attendees can earn up to  4.0  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Read more here, including educational objectives and the CME accreditation statement. Or go directly to registration here:
Six weeks remain! Register today for "Physician Burnout: Integrated Strategies for Diverse Stakeholders," May 10-11, 2018 in Avon, Colo. 

Make plans to attend the inaugural "Physician Burnout: Integrated Strategies for Diverse Stakeholders" conference, May 10-11, 2018 at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain in Avon, Colo. Register here:

This two-day conference will focus on the root of physician burnout as well as provide tools and resources for mitigating burnout and achieving a holistic approach to physician wellness. Speakers from all over the country will share their research and experience on this important subject at this innovative and exciting event. Click here to view the agenda and speakers.
Federal CMS extends the MIPS 2017 data submission deadline from March 31 to April 3
If you're an eligible clinician participating in the Quality Payment Program, you now have until Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 8 PM EDT to submit your 2017 MIPS performance data. You can submit your 2017 performance data using the new feature on the Quality Payment Program website.

How to get started
Go to and click on "sign in" on the top right side of the webpage.
  • You'll be required to log into the Quality Payment Program data submission feature using your Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) credentials user name and password. If you don't have an EIDM account, you'll need to obtain one. Review this EIDM user guide and get started with the process as soon as possible. Currently, you should allow at least 5 business days for EIDM requests to be processed. 
  • After logging in, the feature will connect you to the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) associated with your National Provider Identifier (NPI). 
  • You'll be able to report data either as an individual or as a group. Be sure to login and get familiar with the feature before you submit your data.
Get help with QPP from the Colorado QPP Coalition. Visit the coalition online at
AMA releases survey results about burdens of prior authorization 
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced the results of a prior authorization (PA) physician survey conducted in December 2017 that shows strong evidence of the significant impact that the burdensome PA process can have on both patients and physician practices.

The survey results, along with a variety of other PA advocacy and educational resources, are available at Read a press release about the survey results here: Patient Clinical Outcomes Shortchanged by Prior Authorization, Says AMA Physician Survey
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibit "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race" -  now open at UC Anschutz in Aurora

A traveling exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, " Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race," is on display at the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus through May 22. The exhibition examines how the Nazi leadership, in collaboration with individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution, murder, and ultimately genocide. The exhibit is free to the public. 

CMS will sponsor an evening event for physicians on Tuesday, May 8. Watch for more information about the event in a future ASAP e-newsletter. 

"Deadly Medicine" is an expansion of the annual Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics (HGCB) program of the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities. The theme of the 2018 HGCB program is Echoes of the Holocaust: Cultivating Compassion in 21st Century Healers, and it will include programming across all four CU Campuses during the Week of Remembrance, April 9-13. The program will feature keynote speaker Patricia Heberer-Rice, PhD, senior historian at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and an expert on the Deadly Medicine exhibit.

Find more information on the exhibit and 2018 program here.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to be held on April 28 
Encourage your patients to take part in the 15th  DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to turn in their unused prescription medications to secure locations. The event addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue:  Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction, accidental poisoning and overdose by getting potentially dangerous and addictive medications out of patients' medicine cabinets and keeping them from being diverted for non-medical use. 

The most common start to non-medical use and addiction of opioids is the result of unused prescriptions obtained free from friends or relatives. Experts have labeled this phenomenon the "medicine cabinet" problem. 

Take Back Day will happen nationally on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and many Colorado communities have permanent take-back drop boxes for prescription medications. Find more information and drop box locations at
Upcoming events
Practical Strategies to Combat Opioid Harm series - Thursdays in April
Telligen will hold a series of webinars at 11 a.m. MT to  explore resources to combat opioid harm. Topics will include opioid prescribing, treatment, education, tools, Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP), risk screening and more.  Find more information and register here.
Colorado Pain Society Annual CME Conference - Chronic Pain Management: April 6-8
The Colorado Pain Society will host its third annual Pain Conference designed to meet the educational needs of providers involved in the care of patients dealing with chronic pain.  Find more information and register here.
Basics of Chronic Pain Management: A Pre-Conference Seminar at the CAFP Annual Summit - April 12
The Center for Personalized Education for Physicians (CPEP) and the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians will host a one-day seminar in Colorado Springs that will help you treat the growing population of chronic pain patients with safety and confidence. This seminar is designed for clinicians who manage or encounter patients with chronic pain. It is not intended for pain management specialists. To register for this seminar, click here. Once you reach the registration page, be sure to select the "Pain Management Pre-Conference Course" option.
Medical Spanish and Cultural Competency Class: April 20-23
To enhance physician communication capabilities with Spanish-speaking patients, Denver Medical Society is offering a four-day intensive, total-immersion learning experience in conversational and medical Spanish for physicians, nurses, PAs, NPs and other medical staff. Find more information here.
Physician Burnout: Integrated Strategies for Diverse Stakeholders: May 10-11
This two-day conference in Avon, Colo., will focus on the root of physician burnout and provide tools and resources for mitigating burnout and achieving a holistic approach to physician wellness. Speakers from all over the country will share their research and experience on this important subject at this innovative and exciting event. Register here.
Save the date: 2018 Colorado Medical Society Annual Meeting - Sept. 14-16 in Vail
Save the date for the 148th CMS Annual Meeting, Sept. 14-16, 2018 at the Vail Marriott. The hotel group rate is available now. Registration will open this summer. Find more information here.
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