March 24, 2017
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Nomination period re-opened through April 30 for AMA delegates and alternate delegates
Due to an increase in AMA membership, the Colorado Medical Society has been awarded a fifth AMA Delegate and a fifth AMA Alternate Delegate. As a result, the nomination period for the positions of AMA Delegate and Alternate Delegate has been extended through April 30, 2017, to seek candidates to fill the two additional positions. All CMS members are encouraged to consider nominating a colleague or self-nominating for one of the open leadership positions in our AMA delegation. Overall, there will be four Delegate and four Alternate Delegate positions elected in an all-member election this August. The term of the positions will begin Jan. 1, 2018 and continue for two years through Dec. 31, 2019.

Read more about these positions in the the election guide, available here. This guide provides all the information a potential candidate needs about the duties, eligibility, terms of office and honorarium for each open position, as well as candidate requirements, campaign guidelines and the election process. The position descriptions and qualifications for office are available starting on page three of the election guide and the candidate requirements on page five of the election guide. Questions? Contact
Get your sneak peek at the latest Colorado Medicine for an in-depth analysis of the merger rulings, managed care reforms and more 
The latest Colorado Medicine features an in-depth analysis of the court rulings to block the Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana mergers by AMA legal expert Henry Allen, JD. Read about the tremendous effort by physicians, for physicians to achieve this victory.

Also in this issue, learn about the El Paso County Medical Society's new full-service program for practices' nonclinical needs, ProPractice; see photos of your Colorado colleagues at the National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC; get the latest on our efforts to achieve meaningful managed care reforms in the Colorado legislature, and more! View the virtual issue here. 
The new Health First Colorado interChange went live on March 1; get your questions answered at a webinar on March 29, 12 - 1 p.m.
Click here to register for a March 29 webinar on the new Health First Colorado interChange, Medicaid's new claims processing system that went live on March 1.

We know you have questions; join us on Wednesday, March 29, 12-1 p.m. when representatives from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will provide updates and listen to your feedback.

They will not be able to answer detailed questions that are specific a particular provider; however, to ensure that they cover the information you need we are asking that you submit any questions in advance. Those questions should be sent to

This program is jointly sponsored by the Colorado Group Management Association and the Colorado Medical Society.
Attend "multi-generational leadership," the third program in the free CMS Physician Leadership Skills Series -- and earn CME
Earn up to 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ at the next program in the CMS Physician Leadership Skills Series, exclusive and free for CMS members. It will be held in Denver on Saturday, April 22, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Register here.

The topic of the April program is multi-generational leadership. Health care requires teamwork, and for physicians that often means leading and working with people of different ages and generational attributes. Understanding what that means for patients is important, but increasingly it is becoming essential to know what that means for those that you, as a physician, work with daily.

Today four generations are working side by side in most organizations. A fifth is not far behind. The multi-generational workplace presents the unique challenge to achieve maximum productivity, efficiency and employee engagement while avoiding generational culture clash. This workshop focuses on practical strategies for capitalizing on all of the assets each generation brings.

Find more information on the full series, including the CME accreditation statements, and access registration here.
CHI analysis: AHCA would lead to steep Medicaid funding cuts in Colorado
The Colorado Health Institute, a nonpartisan health policy research organization, analyzed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) under consideration in Congress and found that it would lead to a $14 billion funding cut for Colorado during the first decade of its implementation.

According to the analysis, which focuses only on proposed changes to Medicaid, the AHCA would likely cause nearly 600,000 Coloradans to lose eligibility for Medicaid by 2030.

The bill makes two major changes to Medicaid: It limits federal funding for people who joined Medicaid under the expansion authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and it converts federal funding for Medicaid to a per capita allotment system. Funding under per capita allotments is expected to grow slower than funding under the current system.

Under the ACA, Colorado achieved an uninsured rate of 6.7 percent, less than half the 14.3 percent uninsured rate in 2013, and CHI attributes almost all of the drop in the state's uninsured rate to the ACA's Medicaid expansion.

Click here to read the analysis.
Telligen now recruiting for Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship
Telligen, the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Colorado, is launching a new initiative called the Telligen Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship and is currently recruiting outpatient healthcare settings (including physician offices) to implement an antibiotic stewardship (AS) program. The goal of an antibiotic stewardship program is to monitor, reduce and prevent misuse and overuse of antibiotics in health care settings. As always, there is no cost. Access the application and more information here.

The CDC released the Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship on Nov. 11, 2017. The core elements focus on Commitment, Action, Tracking and Reporting and Education and Expertise.

It's time to focus on antibiotic stewardship and reduce antibiotic resistance, which has been identified as a fundamental aspect of global health security and is a priority across federal, state, academic, public and private entities. Each year in the United States at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria includes reduction of inappropriate antibiotic use by 50 percent in outpatient settings and by 20 percent in inpatient settings by 2020.

Telligen will offer two 30-minute webinars in April to provide an overview of the Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative for physician offices. They will be held April 6 at 1 p.m. and April 18 at 9 a.m. Click the dates to register for one fo the webinars.
Alert: HHS OIG Hotline Scam
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently confirmed that the HHS OIG Hotline telephone number is being used as part of a telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the country. These scammers represent themselves as HHS OIG Hotline employees and can alter the appearance of the caller ID to make it seem as if the call is coming from the HHS OIG Hotline 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477). The perpetrator may use various tactics to obtain or verify the victim's personal information, which can then be used to steal money from an individual's bank account or for other fraudulent activity. HHS OIG takes this matter seriously. The agency is actively investigating this matter and intend to have the perpetrators prosecuted. 

HHS OIG will not use the HHS OIG Hotline telephone number to make outgoing calls and individuals should not answer calls from 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477). It is safe, however, to call into the HHS OIG Hotline to report fraud or to email Individuals may also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). More information is available on the  OIG Consumer Alerts webpage.
Apply for SIM to receive valuable guidance, assistance
There is just one week left to apply for the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) and capitalize on valuable support to help you integrate behavioral and physical health in primary care settings. The application closes March 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. MST.
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