Colorado Medical Society 
News for Colorado Physicians                                                                                August 13, 2012

1. Meet the new Medicare contractor-Novitas August meetings:

Metro area: Aurora-Adams County Medical Society, Clear Creek Valley Medical Society, Denver Medical Society

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Time: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Where: Colorado Medical Society, Mile High Room, 7351 E. Lowry Blvd, Denver CO 80230 (MAP)

Cost: No charge. Continental breakfast served.

RSVP: Registration required. Register now by clicking here  or visit the CMS website. August 16 deadline.

Metro area: Arapahoe-Douglas-Elbert Medical Society 

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Time: 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM   

Where: Doctors Care, conference center, second floor, 609 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton CO 8012(MAP)

Cost: No charge for members, $10 for non-members.

RSVP: Registration required by email before August 16 to

Colorado Springs and Pueblo

Date: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Time: 7:45 AM to 12:45 PM
This Novitas meeting is part of the Pikes Peak PAHCOM payer forum and includes representatives from Aetna, Anthem BCBS, Cigna, Humana, and United. The agenda focuses on website transparency and use of social media by commercial payers.

Where: Clarion Hotel, 314 West Bijou St., Colorado Springs CO 80905 (MAP)

Cost: Download registration to view meeting costs.

RSVP: Registration required by August 16. Download registration form here.


2. Show me the $$: Taking control of your practice's future through performance measures

Get the first hand information you need from public and private payers on how future payment models will be tied to performance and then learn how you can "capitalize" on this in your practice. This one-half day workshop will provide useful information and tools for you and your practice team to help you participate in value-based payment plans.


When:  August 29th

Time:    9:00 AM to 3:00 PM   

Where: Colorado Medical Society, 7351 E. Lowry Blvd, Denver CO 80230


Register now by clicking here .


3. Annual meeting handbook: Action required

Attention all CMS delegates, alternate delegates and members! 

Help shape the future direction of the Colorado Medical Society! The handbook, containing reports resolutions and official business for the 2012 Annual Meeting, has been posted on a special members-only web page. Now it's up to you to join the conversation and influence CMS policy that will be decided at the 2012 Annual Meeting in September. 


This year a virtual reference committee is being used to solicit even broader physician feedback on the business before the CMS House of Delegates. The virtual reference committee will meet on August 27, so be sure to share your thoughts now.


How do I get started?

Simply click here and you will be directed to a special page on the CMS website that has links to all of the reports and resolutions that will be debated at this year's annual meeting. Each report and resolution has its own page where you can learn about the issue. Each page also has a "Share Your Feedback" section located in the upper right hand corner where you can send your thoughts and opinions to the Reference Committee. 


All comments posted by August 23 will be considered at the Reference Committee meeting on August 27. 


Click here to send us an email and help will be on the way.

4. Register for the CMS Annual Meeting - Everyone welcome!


Leveraging Relationships:  
The Collaborative Imperative  
September 6-9, 2012  


Keystone Resort and Conference Center


Join your colleagues at the 142nd Annual Meeting, where there will be plenty to discuss and debate from a blend of policy, strategy, and CME-accredited programming.  


Annual meeting hot topics: 

  • Covering the uninsured/Affordable Care Act - Help decide CMS' course of action as the state nears a decision on the Medicaid expansion made optional by the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act. Resolutions directing CMS to support a single payer system and another to oppose any efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, will further spike the debate.
  • Choosing Wisely Campaign - Discuss whether CMS will be the first state medical association in the country to endorse the Choosing Wisely campaign that addresses the overuse of tests and procedures.  
  • Payment reform - Delegates will be debating and voting on whether CMS and the Colorado Hospital Association should collaborate on payment reform, and if so, what the goal of such collaboration should be. The dominant health plans in Colorado through their medical directors will engage with delegates in a CME-accredited interactive plenary session on aligning payment and quality.
  • No free lunch myth debunked - All attendees are invited to attend Friday and Saturday luncheons, compliments of the CMS Delegation to AMA and COMPAC respectively, to break bread with friends and hear the latest AMA and COMPAC news. 
  • Scope of practice - Principles on APN Scope of Practice developed over the last 12 months will be debated and voted upon.
  • Saturday night gala - Join your colleagues for an evening of fun, friends and fantastic food - and, of course, entertainment, music and dancing.   


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