April 2021
CMS is proud to launch Partners in Medicine
Bringing trusted, vetted, valuable resources to CMS members and your practices
The Colorado Medical Society is excited to launch our new Partners in Medicine (PIM) Program to connect industry leaders and physicians and practices in the furtherance of patient care and helping physicians achieve personal and professional satisfaction. CMS has partnered with a host of respected and leading health care industry and wellness providers to offer services in many areas of physician need. Read more here.
Partners in Medicine Lunch and Learn series
Webinar: Coding 101 with RPM Medical Billing - April 22, 12 p.m.
The first program of the new Colorado Medical Society's Partners in Medicine Lunch and Learn Series is coming up April 22, 1-2 p.m. RPM Medical Billing will present "Coding 101, Landmark changes to E/M office coding effective Jan. 1, 2021." Find more information and the link to register here.

Mark your calendars for future PIM L&L events and learn how these Partners can help your practice:

  • Abyde - May 22
  • HippoHealth - June 22
Congress passes bill to avert Medicare cuts
Congressional lawmakers have approved a bill to put off automatic cuts to Medicare provider payments until the end of the year, following strong advocacy by the American Medical Association. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill into law. The automatic cuts were originally put into place by the 2011 Budget Control Act, which set up an annual 2 percent reduction in Medicare payments as one of its mechanisms for reducing the debt. Read a statement by the AMA here.

The cut was originally scheduled to take place April 1. In anticipation of Congressional action to avert the cut, Novitas Solutions held claims with dates of service on or after April 1 to reduce the need for reprocessing. Claims should now go through as usual.
J&J COVID-19 vaccine: Health alert
On April 13, the CDC issued a health alert about the CDC and FDA’s recommended pause in the use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine. The recommendation came, in part, to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for adverse events and can provide proper management due to the unique treatment required with this type of blood clot. This alert includes specific recommendations for clinicians. Read it here.

From the American Medical Association: What you need to know about the pause.
Colorado Independent Provider Association's Virtual Meeting
Direct Employer-Physician Contracting
INDEPENDENT PHYSICIANS: Register for the Colorado Purchasing Alliance's Colorado Independent Provider Association's Virtual Meeting

Topic: Reforming Healthcare: Direct Employer Contracting
The Pathway to a High-Value Network

Speakers:
  • Robert Smith, President TCPA
  • Jan Gillespie, MD, Colorado IPA President
  • Joseph Quaranta, MD, President Community Medical Group
Free Information Blocking webinar features new ONC national coordinator - April 28
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a non-profit multi-stakeholder Health IT organization, will present “Ready, Set, Comply; Meeting the Information Blocking Challenge” on April 28, 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. MT. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) extended the Information Blocking compliance date to April 5, but after that began enforcement activity. The webinar will assist physician practices and others in understanding the requirements and developing an effective compliance plan. Learn more about the event and register here.
Telehealth Initiative: Resources for physicians
The Physicians Foundation, American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Massachusetts Medical Society and Texas Medical Association launched The Telehealth Initiative to help physicians and practices navigate virtual care. The Initiative is providing free online access to resources that participating physicians used to encourage other physicians to consider telehealth services. View the free resources here.

Related: HippoHealth, a participant in the CMS Partners in Medicine program, provides a telehealth platform for practices. Learn more here.
COQPP: Overview of the 2021 Final Rule
Benjamin Britton, MSN, RN, CPHQ, of TMF, provided an overview of the 2021 Quality Payment Program Reporting Requirements during the Colorado Quality Payment Program Office Hours virtual event series. View the presentation slides here.
Thanks to our Partners in Medicine
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