June 2021
Credentialing bill strongly supported by CMS and CMGMA passes legislature
Senate Bill 21-126, which will streamline the credentialing process for physicians by setting 60-day timelines and requiring communications between the plans and applicants throughout the credentialing process, has passed the Colorado House of Representatives and Senate, and now awaits the governor's signature into law.

A collaborative effort by CMS, the Colorado Medical Group Management Association, and Colorado Association of Health Plans, the bill is the result of two years of negotiations.
Practice leader tells policy success story in Colorado Medicine
Eric Speer, MBAHA, FACMPE, chief administrative officer for Centeno-Schultz Clinic, wrote the Final Word feature for the May-July 2021 Colorado Medicine, about how he has worked as a practice administrator and board member of the Colorado Medical Group Management Association on legislation and policy to reduce administrative burden and increase patient safety. Read the article here.
Practice management news from the American Medical Association
MAs help slash physician documentation time by 71%

Many doctors find that EHRs interrupt their time with their patients, which can lead to physician burnout. Learn how team documentation can help. Read more from the AMA.
Clarifications make E/M changes easier to implement

The CPT Editorial Panel has issued technical corrections to help physicians answer lingering questions and simplify E/M documentation. Read more from the AMA.
Partners in Medicine Lunch and Learn series
Telemedicine webinar - June 23, 12-1 p.m.
Register today for the next Partners in Medicine Lunch and Learn event proudly hosted by the Colorado Medical Society. On June 23, 12-1 p.m., Hippo Health will present on telemedicine. Learning objectives:

  • Overview of basic telemedicine - How Hippo Health works today
  • Local success stories of practices on Hippo Health - From basic telemedicine to virtual care coordination
  • Where telemedicine is going - How virtual care networks can elevate your practice
  • Integrated virtual urgent care - How a new model for care can grow your practice
  • Integrated on-call virtual care - How to monetize after-hours phone calls
CSU Health Network at Colorado State University is recruiting for a Director of Psychiatry Services
The Director of Psychiatry Services has administrative responsibility for the management of Psychiatry Services and provides leadership, direction and clinical supervision in accordance with departmental, organizational and University goals and objectives. 

For a full position description and instructions on how to apply, see https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/87984. Apply by 11:59 pm Mountain Time on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.
Information for current and prospective COVID-19 vaccinators
The Colorado Medical Society joins the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in encouraging primary care physician practices to become COVID-19 vaccinators. Providers who can administer vaccines must enroll with CDPHE. Colorado Medical Society staff can support you through this project. Email membership@cms.org for assistance.

New: The Biden administration announced June 9 that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will pay an increased rate for physicians to administer COVID-19 vaccinations at the home of access-challenged or homebound patients. Details here.
 
Reminder: The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing increased its reimbursement rate for administering COVID-19 vaccines.

Resource: CDPHE created a communications toolkit for primary care physicians to help encourage their patients to get vaccinated.
Survey: The future of telehealth in Colorado
Help shape the future of telehealth in Colorado by completing a short survey from the Colorado Office of eHealth Innovation and Prime Health. It features all multiple choice responses and should take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete. Share information about telehealth in your practice as well as your own experiences. Three respondents will receive a $100 Visa gift card.
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