ASAP e-newsletter: Jan. 10, 2020
Out-of-network law became effective Jan. 1, 2020; what you need to know
Surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers continue to be a hot issue nationally and in Colorado. During the 2019 legislative session the General Assembly passed HB 19-1174, which aims to limit the impact of these bills on patients. Though the law took effect Jan. 1, 2020, the Colorado Division of Insurance is still working to finalize rules to implement HB 19-1174, specifically regarding payment and provider disclosures. In the meantime, CMS developed a resource for physicians to help you understand how the new law will affect your practice -- and will continue to update this resource as final rules and regulations are published. Access "Out-of-network law: What physicians need to know" here.
The legislature is now in session - read our legislative preview for insight on issues important to physicians
The 2020 Colorado General Assembly convened Wednesday, Jan. 8, and the legislative landscape is already shaping up to produce a challenging session for physicians. It’s not without opportunity, however, with several CMS-authored bills, impressive goals in the public health arena, and ample opportunity for physicians to have a seat at the table. Read our 2020 legislative preview, the cover story of the January-February issue of Colorado Medicine, for more on a physician credentialing bill, a workers' compensation arbitration bill, interventions to address the opioid crisis, proposals to reduce high health care costs and improve quality, threats to liability, and more. Click here to read a legislative preview from the nonpartisan Colorado Health Institute. The session adjourns May 6.
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The MIPS 2019 data submission period is open through March 31
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has opened the data submission period for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)-eligible clinicians who participated in the 2019 performance period of the Quality Payment Program. Data can be submitted and updated from 10 a.m. EST on Jan. 2, 2020 until 8 p.m. EDT on March 31, 2020. Read more here.
Check your initial 2020 MIPS eligibility on the QPP website
You can now use the updated federal CMS Quality Payment Program Participation Status Lookup Tool to check on your initial 2020 eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Just enter your National Provider Identifier to find out whether you need to participate in MIPS during the 2020 performance period. Read more and access helpful resources here.
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MEDICAL STUDENTS: Register today for the 2020 MSC Day at the Capitol
Register today for the 2020 Medical Student Component (MSC) Day at the Capitol. It will be held Jan. 21, 2020, 12-4 p.m. at the state Capitol in Denver. Last year’s event was highly praised by students, physicians and legislators. Plan to join us for this fun event where you gain firsthand knowledge from experts and elected officials on how to positively influence health care public policy. Register here. You will need your CMS member number to register. Contact membership@cms.org if you do not have a member number.
Honor outgoing CMS CEO Alfred Gilchrist at his retirement celebration - Jan. 30 at CMS
Join us to honor our friend and colleague, Alfred Gilchrist, as he retires from his position as Colorado Medical Society CEO. His retirement celebration will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, 3-7 p.m. at CMS headquarters, 7351 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80203.

The event will be casual / come-and-go at CMS headquarters, with drinks and appetizers served. RSVP here.
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Support Colorado's pro-physician candidates today!
We need your help to make physician voices heard at the Colorado Capitol. Visit cms.org/contribute to support pro-physician, pro-patient lawmakers across Colorado! In 2018, COMPAC, the bipartisan political arm of CMS, endorsed 80 candidates, and COMPAC and the Small Donor Committee (SDC) contributed just under $130,000 to candidates who stand for physicians and their patients. These candidates went on to make incredible gains on behalf of organized medicine, thanks to your generous support. SDC gives money only to those who vote 100 percent with physicians on issues of liability. Make your voice heard. Contribute today!

Any individual over 18 can donate to COMPAC and the Small Donor Committee. Contribute up to $625 to COMPAC for the 2019-2020 election cycle. Contribute up to $50 to the Small Donor Committee for the 2019 calendar year. 
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2020 CMS Election: Nominate yourself or a colleague for a leadership position before the Jan. 31 deadline
Time is running out! The deadline to nominate yourself or a colleague for CMS president-elect (one member elected) or the AMA delegation (two members elected) is Jan. 31, 2020. All members will vote in August. 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, as is the current list of declared candidates. Read more here.
Seeking volunteer opportunities for retired physicians
A group of retired physicians under the leadership of CMS past president M. Robert Yakely, MD, have been working with COPIC to develop an online catalog of volunteer opportunities for retired physicians who have elected to keep their Colorado medical license and malpractice insurance in force. Active or retired members who know of any such opportunities for physicians who wish to continue to make contributions to their communities to remain engaged are encouraged to contact ryakely@hotmail.com to add to this online list. Find the current list of volunteer opportunities here.
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Save the date! CMS's Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 26, 2020
Save the date for the event of the year for Colorado physicians, the 2020 CMS Annual Meeting. It will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, with programming scheduled during the day at CMS/COPIC headquarters in west Denver and the exhibitor reception and inaugural gala that evening at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum.
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