Member news alert: March 20, 2020
Polis executive order: Temporary cessation of all elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures and preserving personal protective equipment and ventilators
In response to ongoing the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the related declaration of state emergency, Gov. Polis issued an executive order today that directs: 

“(A)ll hospitals, outpatient surgeries and procedure providers…to cease  all  elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures and to preserve personal protective equipment and ventilators and respirators from March 23, 2020 to April 14, 2020, with the exception of rural and critical access hospitals. Rural and critical access hospitals are strongly advised to follow this guidance but are not mandated to do so under this order.”

Colorado Medical Society encourages physicians to follow this executive order to help support our physician colleagues and the community. 
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Stay up-to-date with the COVID-19 CMS-member physician discussion board
Join the CMS COVID-19 discussion board on Basecamp, a password-protected discussion and file-sharing platform that is actively moderated by CMS staff. This forum is meant to increase collaboration and problem-solving around COVID-19 among Colorado physicians. It has already stimulated peer-to-peer discussion around provider shortages, access to tests, telehealth, supply shortages and care protocols. Sign up here.
CMS COVID-19 website
The Colorado Medical Society has created a COVID-19 website that provides the latest information, guidance and resources from federal, state and local sources. While the response to the epidemic evolves, this site is a valuable resource that is continually updated to provide you with the information you need.
Attend next physician virtual town hall on COVID-19:
March 25, 2020, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Plan on attending the next CMS physician virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 25 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. More than 500 physicians participated in the first town hall call this week that featured updates on the COVID-19 response from leaders at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. These town halls are open to all physicians. They are designed for you to ask questions, get answers and engage with your physician colleagues and other Colorado leaders. Register here and plan on future, regular town hall meetings on Wednesday evenings from 6 - 7:30 as the COVID-19 response continues.