ASAP e-newsletter: Sept. 1, 2021
You're invited to the 151st CMS Annual Meeting
The 151st Colorado Medical Society Annual Meeting is coming up on Friday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. and we want you to join us for an engaging and interactive virtual event. As CMS CEO Bryan Campbell explains, CMS members who register before Sept. 7 will receive a gift delivered to your doorstep!

Event features:

  • Delta variant updates with CDPHE Chief Medical Officer Eric France, MD, MPH/MSPH
  • Celebrate your leaders with the swearing-in of Mark B. Johnson, MD, MPH, and a farewell address by Sami Diab, MD
  • Great raffle prizes!! - generously gifted by our sponsors
  • This is more than "just another Zoom meeting." We have surprises in store!
CMS is working for you as the Colorado Option takes shape

Access a new dedicated CMS.org webpage here for the latest on the Colorado Option and how the Colorado Medical Society is advocating for physicians during the rule-making process run by the Division of Insurance.

We are actively participating on your behalf at all stakeholder meetings but you can choose to attend any remaining in the series of six general meetings: Sept. 9, Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and Nov. 4. Register here.

DOI has called a special meeting for physicians and other health care providers on Sept. 10, 12-1 p.m. Register here.

Questions? Want to get more involved? Email membership@cms.org.
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COMPAC - all that you didn’t know, but should!
A new podcast from the Northern Colorado Medical Society

On this latest podcast from NCMS, hear from NCMS Board of Directors member Sean Pauzauskie, MD, and CMS Director of Government Affairs Emily Bishop about the most recent work of COMPAC -- the Colorado Medical Society's nonpartisan political action committee -- plus an exciting fundraising challenge and how YOU can be involved.

"Physicians and frontline health care workers have taken tremendous risks during this pandemic, and we continue today risking our own safety and well-being—putting our families at risk—to treat mostly unvaccinated people afflicted with COVID-19. Help us win this fight, follow science, and end this pandemic by requiring vaccination.”

Excerpt of statement by Gerald E. Harmon, MD
President, American Medical Association
Upcoming events
Webinar: What health care providers need to know about information sharing and the info blocking regulation - Sept. 14, 11 a.m.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is hosting a series of webinars to discuss the information blocking requirements of the 21st Century Cures Act. The first webinar on Sept. 14, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. MT, is a physician-focused presentation covering key aspects of their regulations focused on information blocking. Ask your questions and get answers from ONC’s experts.
NCMS Virtual Education Series
Women in Medicine, What EVERYONE Needs To Know
Sept. 16, 6 p.m.

  • 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • Speakers: Cathy Ow, MD, and Christina Reimer, MD
  • Everyone is encouraged to attend this session to learn what being a woman in medicine means and how we can make it better, together.
The Colorado Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Colorado Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 Hour(s) Attendance w/ No Credit. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The CMGMA Fall Conference is the annual event bringing health care professionals from across the state together.

  • Outstanding speakers on timely topics targeted to medical group administrators, executives, managers, health administration students and faculty.
  • Networking events, meals and social functions to facilitate discussion and relationship building.
  • Exhibit Hall featuring providers of the industry’s most sought-after products and services
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In other news...
Results of the 2021 CMS leadership election

Thank you to all of the CMS members who voted for your leaders. Below are the results. Terms begin at the 151st CMS Annual Meeting.

President-elect
Patrick Pevoto, MD, R.Ph, MBA

AMA Delegation
Dave Downs, MD, FACP
Carolynn Francavilla Brown, MD
Jan Kief, MD
Rachelle M. Klammer, MD
Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD
Lynn Parry, M.Sc., MD
Brigitta Robinson, MD, FACS
Mike Volz, MD
Heading Toward 65: What Physicians Need to Know about Medicare Enrollment

Physicians are Medicare Insiders when it comes to the workings of Medicare billing, coding and coverages. We want to become well-versed in Medicare idiosyncrasies via education and research, not billing denials.

Likewise, being educated regarding Medicare enrollment will save us from denials of coverage. As I’ve guided hundreds of people on their Medicare journey, I’ve found several recurring Medicare idiosyncrasies to be central to the conversation with physicians and other high-income individuals, as well as billing departments. Read more here.

Mary Jo Heins is a former medical practice manager and past president of Colorado MGMA. As an independent Medicare insurance agent, she now helps people with all facets of Medicare -- objectively and fee free.
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Upcoming CMS meetings

All Colorado Medical Society committee meetings are open to all CMS members. All are held via Zoom unless otherwise noted. Find a full list of events here: cms.org/events. Questions? Contact membership@cms.org.

  • Physician Mindfulness Group - Thursday, Sept. 16, 6-7 p.m. Register

  • Colorado Medical Society Board of Directors - Friday, Sept. 17, 1-5 p.m. Register


  • Committee on Value in Health Care - Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m. Register

  • Workers' Compensation & Personal Injury Committee - Wednesday, Oct. 6, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Register

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.
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