Report from the CMS Board of Directors - Sept. 14, 2019
Dear colleague,

Greetings from your board of directors!

Earlier this afternoon your CMS board of directors met during the CMS annual meeting and I wanted to send you a brief note detailing what we covered. This was my last board meeting serving as your president and I once again was humbled by the caliber of the organization representing you and the physicians of Colorado, as well as grateful for the opportunity to serve. As is our custom, I would love to hear any input or questions you have so send me a note and I will reply promptly. 

We approved the operational plan that will drive our work within three key areas in the coming year including public policy, communications and organizational excellence. Health care today is complex and multi-faceted, and this plan puts a priority on the issues that are critical for physicians and the patients you serve. Please take a moment to review it.  

There were a number of other important action items on the agenda today including: 

  1. Board best practices: The board finalized a number of important policies regarding conflicts of interest and standards of conduct. These governance reforms are essential to help ensure that we have an ethical, transparent, participatory and rigorous process that protects the integrity and effectiveness of CMS advocacy. 
  2. Central Line: The board took action on a policy proposal submitted through Central Line regarding the commercial determinants of health. Please keep an eye out for an email from your local representative board member regarding that proposal and then vote on whether or not you think the board “got it right” regarding this proposal.  
  3. CMS/COPIC partnership: The board voted to renew the CMS/COPIC marketing service agreement that recognizes the special relationship between the two organizations and continues the CMS/COPIC discount.
  4. Other fiduciary duties: Minutes from the July meeting and a financial report were considered and approved. Both are available upon request. We also approved the 2019-2020 budget.

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as your president. It has been an incredible year. I was honored to swear in your next CMS President David Markenson, MD, MBA, and recognized Sami Diab, MD, as the new CMS president-elect at the gala earlier this evening. I look forward to staying connected and working with you in the future. I hope you have a great weekend. 

Warm regards, 
Debra J. Parsons, MD, FACP
President, Colorado Medical Society