ASAP e-newsletter: July 29, 2019
Physicians give input on legislature-directed public option health insurance
More than 40 physicians representing many specialties and geographic areas gathered on July 23 to discuss the state’s development of a public option for health insurance. These component and specialty society physician leaders shared information, gathered perspectives, and considered opportunities for collaboration to influence the development of the plan. The group first heard from special guests Kim Bimestefer, executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), and Michael Conway, commissioner of the Division of Insurance (DOI), and then held a facilitated group discussion to identify key takeaways and steps moving forward. Read more here.
Register for the CMS Annual Meeting for high-quality continuing medical education
Earn a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and up to 3 COPIC points
The educational topics have been announced for the 2019 CMS Annual Meeting, to be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Physicians in all stages of their careers can attend three hours of educational sessions geared toward the latest knowledge needs. The sessions are eligible for one COPIC point each as well as a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Make plans to attend one or all of the following afternoon presentations:

  • Unconscious Bias - #MeToo View From a Different Lens with speaker LaNee Reynolds
  • Candor Act with speaker Jean Martin, MD, JD
  • Maximizing Safe and Effective Practice with Physicians, PAs and NPs with speaker A. Lee Morgan, MD, FACOG

Free childcare with fun activities will be provided by childcare experts in the Children's Activity Center throughout the annual meeting. Explore the museum with your family and guests in the morning, attend educational sessions in the afternoon, and enjoy the Inaugural Gala in the evening when all volunteers to medicine will be recognized. Don't miss this opportunity for fun and education!

Click here to register online for the 2019 CMS Annual Meeting, Presidential Celebration and Inaugural Gala. Click here for more information about the meeting, including the agenda, learning objectives and accreditation statement, and hotel accommodations.
Jean Martin, MD, JD, COPIC Senior Legal Counsel
A. Lee Morgan, MD, FACOG, COPIC Physician Risk Manager
LaNee Reynolds, COPIC Vice President of Policyholder HR Services
COMPAC Board of Directors seeks nominations
The COMPAC Board of Directors is currently seeking nominations to fill five vacancies. Self-nominations are welcome. COMPAC is the nonpartisan political action committee of the Colorado Medical Society that supports and elects pro-physician, pro-patient candidates based on candidate interviews by physicians at the local level using objective criteria to determine which candidates to endorse. COMPAC board nominations should include the nominee's resume and short statement of the nominee's interest in joining the COMPAC board. Submit nominations to Emily Bishop at by Aug. 12, 2019. Read more here.
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Encourage Coloradans to "Bring Naloxone Home!"
The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention asks you to help spread the word about naloxone, the life-saving medication that reverses opioid overdoses. The consortium will launch the Bring Naloxone Home campaign on Aug. 1, with a special event on the West Steps of the State Capitol in Denver at 10:30 a.m. Speakers will tell their moving stories about being saved by naloxone and how they saved lives with the opioid overdose reversal medication. The campaign focuses on the message that opioid overdoses occur in all kinds of settings across Colorado, impacting citizens of every socio-economic level, age range, and community. It will feature digital and social media ads, a website, billboards, transit ads, and media outreach. RSVP for the campaign launch event here.
New edition of consortium's "Community Reference" toolkit is online
The 2019 edition of "Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention: A Colorado Community Reference" has been completely revised to provide a better look at the current state of the opioid crisis in Colorado – and to reflect feedback on what tools and information people and organizations around the state need to fight the epidemic in their communities. Read and download the Community Reference here.
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CMS president urges DORA to better define, discipline for injection-based investigational care
Chiropractors should be barred from subjecting patients to injection-based investigational care and be subject to disciplinary action should they facilitate these activities, wrote CMS President Debra Parsons, MD, FACP, in a letter to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. In comments related to the sunset reviews of the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners and State Board of Nursing, Parsons wrote that it has come to CMS’ attention that “some chiropractors are utilizing nurse practitioners to perform injection therapies that are not standard of care and not part of an IRB-approved clinical trial such as ‘stem cell therapy’ or the use of amniotic or umbilical cord tissue, platelet rich plasma, or autologous or allogenic serum or plasma with or without vesicles to treat chronic pain or disease.” Read more here.
HHS webinar: Syringe Service Programs -- A Critical Public Health Intervention, Tuesday, July 30, 12-1 p.m. MT
The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health will host "Syringe Service Programs -- A Critical Public Health Intervention," on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 12-1 p.m. MT. Register here. Webinar participants will engage with HHS leadership around syringe services programs (SSPs), which are an important community-based prevention program that can save lives, combat the nation’s opioid crisis, reduce the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C and support individuals in accessing SUD/OUD treatment services.
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AMA to host practice transformation boot camp and learning experience - Sept. 18 in Charlotte, N.C.
Prior to the 2019 American Conference on Physician Health™ (ACPH), the AMA will host a practice transformation boot camp. The boot camp has been designed to focus on the fundamentals of effective change strategies and workflow interventions that improve practice efficiency and promote professional well-being. Physicians, care team members and other health system professionals are invited to register. Registration for the ACPH, a scientific conference co-sponsored by the AMA, Mayo Clinic and Stanford University, is also open. This year’s theme for the ACPH is “Activating health system change to promote physician well-being.” Find more information about both events here.
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Nominate a Colorado physician for the COPIC Humanitarian Award; deadline: Aug. 31
The COPIC Medical Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2019 COPIC Humanitarian Award, an annual award honoring a Colorado physician who has demonstrated outstanding volunteerism and contributed greatly to the Colorado health care community. The award bestows a $10,000 grant to the health-related 501(c)3 organization of the recipient's choice. The nomination deadline is Aug. 31. Find more information and the nomination form here.
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CMS members: Watch for your ballot on Thursday, Aug. 1
All CMS members are eligible to vote for the 2019-2020 CMS leaders. Get to know the candidates now by reading their candidate statements, CVs and candidate profiles on the election page of Two candidates are running for CMS president-elect: Sami George Diab, MD, and Patrick Scott Pevoto, MD, MBA. Eight candidates are running for the Colorado delegation to the American Medical Association. All ballots will be cast electronically to the email address CMS has on file for you. If you want to change your email address, please contact to update your information. Taking the opportunity to vote affirms the significant commitment of our organization to engage all members in the governance process. If you have questions about the voting process, don't hesitate to reach out.
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