ASAP e-newsletter: Jan 5, 2021
Continued shortages of COVID vaccine supply, differing local vaccination strategies, and recent changes to the state’s phased approach to vaccinations (to include patients that are 70+ years old and other essential workers) have caused confusion and frustration for many physicians that have not yet been vaccinated.

CMS continues to strongly advocate that physicians and their teams that are on the front line must be vaccinated as soon as possible. CMS has learned that the state will be sending a letter to all Phase 1 providers (look for that as soon as tonight) in an effort to focus these efforts. Watch for that communication. We also learned that the state will launch a public form later this week to help coordinate vaccinations for remaining phase 1A and 1B populations. 

We have compiled a list of current resources including scheduling contacts. Follow this link and click the Where to Get Vaccinated button. (this list is updated frequently)
Distribution of COVID-19 vaccine: What you need to know...
Sharing info in real time – So you don’t miss a thing.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:00pm-7:30pm

Statewide distribution changes
Local health strategies
Plans for patient population vaccinations

Don’t forget to renew for 2021.
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Encourage COVID-19 vaccination with #CMSWhatsYourWhy
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-CMS Members in the SPOTLIGHT-

In this moving article, CMS member, Deborah Saint-Phard, MD shines a light on “the immense strain of living at the intersection of an epidemic of racism, COVID-19 and a surge of physician burnout.” Thank you Dr. Saint-Phard for sharing your perspective and helping lead the way toward meaningful, lasting change. We stand with you!

An article co-written by CMS member, Matthew K. Wynia, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, is the No. 1 most-read National Academy of Medicine (NAM) paper of 2020. The paper, dated March 5, 2020, discussed the crisis standards of care principles for scarce resource allocation during an epidemic. The article received the most mainstream media attention of any article released by the NAM, with more than 100 news outlets referring to it.

Let us know of other great work by CMS physicians:
Upcoming events for physicians
Upcoming CMS committee meetings
All Colorado Medical Society committee meetings are open to all CMS members. Find the latest list of events on the CMS events webpage, Upcoming meetings for January are listed below with registration links and agendas, if available. If not yet available, use the "request the agenda" link to be notified by a CMS staff person when the agenda has been published.

Registration is required; 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
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2021 CMS Election: Call for nominations
The nomination period for the 2021 Colorado Medical Society Election is open through Jan. 31, 2021. The Colorado Medical Society encourages all members to consider nominating a colleague or self-nominating for one of the open leadership positions: president-elect (one position) or AMA delegation (eight positions). The election manual, which contains all of the information a potential candidate needs about the duties, eligibility, requirements and election process, is available on the CMS website. Read more here.
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