May 2020
CMS primer for Colorado physicians: Reopening your medical practice
Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order on April 27, moving the State of Colorado from the “Stay at Home” phase of his COVID-19 response plan -- with a temporary cessation of all elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures -- to the “Safer at Home” phase -- that permits the limited recommencement of voluntary or elective surgeries or procedures. The Colorado Medical Society developed a primer to help CMS members understand what the executive order and amended public health order mean for their practices, and to provide information on other requirements, obligations, and best practices as you resume providing a full range of health care services to your patients. Access the primer here .
Federal CMS releases additional resources on changes to quality reporting programs in response to COVID-19
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (federal CMS) recently announced "extreme and uncontrollable circumstances" policy exceptions and extensions for upcoming quality measure reporting and data submission deadlines for federal CMS quality reporting programs in response to COVID-19.

The following resources provide additional details about these changes:

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Colorado QPP Coalition to hold office hours: May 26, 12-1 p.m.
The Colorado Quality Payment Program Coalition will hold virtual office hours Tuesday, May 26, 12 - 1 p.m., with the following organizations sharing opportunities that they currently have available for primary care practices in Colorado: CORHIO, Practice Innovation Program at CU, Telligen and TMF Health Quality Institute. Register here and note the dates of future office hours.
We need physicians to respond to the COVID-19 survey; please remind those in your practice
The Colorado Medical Society, in partnership with many of our partners in the Colorado House of Medicine, sent an important survey to physicians last week asking how the COVID-19 crisis has affected you. We ask you to mention this to physicians in your practice, if possible, and urge them to complete the survey using the personalized link that was emailed to them at 5 p.m. on May 12 and again at 7 a.m. on May 15. (Because the link is unique to each member to ensure validity of the data, we cannot include the link here.) These messages -- from SurveyGizmo -- may be in a junk/spam folder. Physicians will receive a final reminder on Wednesday, May 20. Thank you for your time.
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Join us for the next virtual town hall meeting on COVID-19 Wednesday, May 20, 6 - 7 p.m.
Join us for the next virtual physicians' town hall this Wednesday, May 20, 6 - 7 p.m.: "Scalpel or bone saw: The legislature operates on the budget." Register here. The legislative session was temporarily adjourned due to COVID-19; as the Colorado General Assembly reconvenes for its remaining days, health care cost and access are sure to be at the center of a major budget discussion. This town hall will bring in the major players to give you insight into what to expect. It will be moderated by CMS President David Markenson, MD, MBA. Panelists: Sen. Bob Rankin, Rep. Yadira Caraveo, MD, and Rep. Kyle Mullica.
Register for two upcoming CMS webinars: Ethics and COVID-19, and Social Determinants of Health and their Effects on COVID-19 Outcomes
Providers can earn up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit  per webinar
Ethical issues related to COVID are complex and challenging. This webinar will feature experts addressing ethical issues related to access to care including protecting health care workers. You will have the opportunity to provide suggestions on other ethical aspects of COVID and the practice of medicine to be addressed in future educational events. Earn a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Find more information, registration and the full accreditation statement here .

Understanding the impact of social determinants of health on our patients and communities is crucial to all health care providers, particularly during this COVID-19 public health crisis. Expert panelists will give an overview of the impact of social determinants of health on COVID-19 outcomes, with a focus on smoking/vaping and obesity. Earn a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Find more information, registration and the full accreditation statement here .
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