July 2, 2015
Register today for the 2015 CMS Annual Meeting - Sept. 18-20 in Breckenridge

Join your colleagues from across the state for the 2015 CMS Annual Meeting for networking, interactive programming on issues important to physicians and patients, and the convening of the House of Delegates that will conduct business integral to the continuing success of CMS. It will be held Sept. 18-20 at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge.

Registration is now open: Go to www.cms.org/register. Do not hesitate to contact Dianna Mellott-Yost at (720) 858-6321 or dianna_mellott-yost@cms.org for more information. The deadline to register is Sept. 11.

Group pricing for the CMS room block at the Beaver Run Resort is guaranteed until Aug. 18, 2015. Reserve your room online here or call the hotel directly at 800-525-2253.

CMS's attendee code is 50H9WH. If calling, be sure to mention that you are with the Colorado Medical Society to receive this special group rate.

Once again, the format of the annual meeting has changed to allow more time for deliberation of strategic issues. Please note that all resolutions must be submitted 40 days prior to the meeting of the House of Delegates. This year that date is Aug. 10. All resolutions and board action items will be posted online for member review and comment after Aug. 10.

Each component society will nominate one member to serve on the reference committee and the reference committee will hold two meetings in person or by phone to review resolutions on Aug. 20 and Sept. 14, both at 6 p.m. with dinner. Contact your component executive if you are interested in serving on the reference committee or contact dianna_mellott-yost@cms.org for assistance. The reference committee report will be posted on the CMS website for member review in September and will also be distributed to delegates upon arrival Friday evening or Saturday morning. CMS will open the HOD on Saturday morning, Sept. 19.

More information will be posted on the annual meeting page of CMS.org - www.cms.org/events/annual-meeting - as it is available.

What King v. Burwell means for Colorado
Colorado Health Institute poses four questions for policymakers

The Supreme Court ruling upholding insurance subsidies through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes another step toward cementing the act as the law of the land. In a paper released on June 25, the Colorado Health Institute analyzes the ruling, what it means for Colorado and what's next in health care policy.

CHI says the case has focused attention on the key role states play in implementing the ACA and paves the way for a more targeted discussion of ensuring that having health insurance means having access to affordable and effective health care.

They identified four questions for Colorado policymakers to answer in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision. Click here to read more on CMS.org.

AMA: 6 characteristics of successful physician-hospital relationships

For physicians who want to work in hospitals or health systems, or for those who are seeking to integrate their practices, the move can be confusing. New guidelines from the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association outline the six principles that enable successful integrated leadership.

The Principles of Integrated Leadership for Hospitals and Health Systems (AMA log in required for download) can guide physicians on how to bring clinical skills and business insights together at the leadership level to foster more collaborative and cohesive decision-making at hospitals and health systems.

"To lead the changes needed to move the health care system forward, many physicians and health care organizations may contemplate options for greater alignment and strong relationships to cultivate an environment centered on teamwork," AMA President Robert M. Wah, MD, said in a statement.

"The new principles support having more physicians in the boardroom and in key roles at the executive level so hospitals can succeed in the reformed models for health care delivery and payment," Dr. Wah said.

Click here to view the six principles of success for integrated leadership between hospitals and physicians on the AMA website.

Provide feedback on workers' compensation rule changes; hearing July 30

The Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation has scheduled a hearing for July 30 about proposed rule changes. With this year's update the division is moving from the unit values found in the Relative Values for Physicians (RVP), to those publicly available through the RBRVS. If you care for injured workers, CMS encourages you to take a look at the values assigned to the procedure codes you use most frequently. The CMS Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury Committee (WCPIC) will be evaluating the proposed rules and providing the Division with input. If you have any comments you would like to share with the committee you can contact WorkCompChair@cms.org.

Registration now open for the 2015 SelectNet Medical Conference: New Horizons in Workers' Compensation

Pinnacol Assurance will offer a medical conference at the Wildlife Experience at CU South Denver in Parker, Colo., on Sept. 24. This complimentary, one-day conference is open to practitioners, practice managers and case managers. The Colorado Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Visit the event website to register and for more information. Registration is first come, first served. Please contact your provider relations specialist with any questions at (303) 361-4945.

Attend the Summit at the Summit Conference and Interactive Webcast: July 20-26

Let My Doctor Practice is a movement founded by the United Physicians and Surgeons of America (UPSA), a non-dues physician-led organization committed to creating a collective voice to restore physicians' autonomy and protect the physician-patient relationship.

Consider attending the meeting in Keystone, Colo., to engage with colleagues, exchange ideas and collaborate on finding solutions. Find more information at letmydoctorpractice.org/conference.

Get covered with COPIC

COPIC Insurance Company is Colorado's leading medical liability insurance provider. Three out of four physicians choose COPIC for this critically important coverage. CMS members receive a 10 percent premium discount from COPIC.

For more information, call (720) 858-6000 or visit www.callcopic.com.

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Physicians Townhall Gathering in Keystone, Colo. July 24-26 (With webcast - starts July 20)

Are you happy with the medical practice environment today? If not, DO something about it - JOIN physicians and other leaders live and to online discuss and define solutions to our most pressing issues. More details: visit www.letmydoctorpractice.org/
conference or call (513) 486-6113

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Colorado Medicaid, CHP+ provider revalidation begins Sept. 15, 2015
Beginning Sept. 15, 2015, all Colorado providers who want to continue or begin providing services to Medicaid and CHP+ members after March 31, 2016, will be required to enroll and revalidate their licensure and business information under new federal enrollment screening criteria.

Read more on CMS.org.
Online CME
The Opioid Crisis: Guidelines and Tools for Improving Chronic Pain Management,
presented by the Colorado School of Public Health and accredited for two credits of CME and approved for COPIC points. This activity examines the best practices and universal precautions for treating chronic pain. Click here for more.
Upcoming events
CPEP presents: "Prescribing Controlled Drugs: Critical Issues and Common Pitfalls"
July 20-22
Hilton Garden Inn, South Colorado Blvd in Denver
Grand Junction
CMS Annual Meeting
Sept. 18-20, 2015
Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge
Colorado Hospital Association's Patient Safety Leadership Congress
Oct. 20, 2015
Denver, Colo.
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