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100+ Medical Organizations Urge Changes of Proposed Rule
A powerhouse group of medical organizations spoke with one voice recently in urging CMS to take another look at key portions of its proposed rule that, when finalized, will steer implementation of the massive Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

I n a   June 24 letter(8 page PDF)  to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, the Colorado Medical Society along with more than 100 other organizations pushed renewed action on three main fronts, asking CMS to
  • simplify the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) so physicians can improve performance but with fewer administrative and compliance burdens,
  • provide a stronger pathway to alternative payment models (APMs) -- one that will support physicians eager to transition to new delivery and payment models -- and
  • support physicians in solo, small and rural practices so they, too, have opportunities for success and can avoid unintended consequences.
Lastly, the organizations asked CMS to change the Jan. 1, 2017, start date for APM and MIPS performance and reporting periods.

The AMA has more information and resources - 
Practice Support for New Payment Models
The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPi) is one of the largest federal investments uniquely designed to support clinician practices through nationwide, collaborative, and peer-based learning networks that facilitate practice transformation. 

The goal is to prepare clinicians to be successful with new models of compensation that require new models of care delivery, effective care coordination, and demonstrated value of care.  

TCPi Colorado Practice Transformation Network presents an opportunity for 2,000 clinicians in Colorado to receive practice support as they prepare for new payment models. All physicians -- primary care and specialists -- are encouraged to stay up to date on Medicare payment reform and consider taking advantage of this federally-funded support to help their practice thrive in the evolving health care landscape.

Register today to attend the last of the series of informational webinars provided on TCPi.

July 13 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Register
July 20 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Register
July 27 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Register

We encourage you to attend a live webinar to take advantage of the most updated information and to have your questions answered. However, if you are unable to attend a live presentation, you may click here to access a previously recorded version.

More information can be found online at www.colorado.gov/healthinnovation/tcpi. Further questions? contact: TCPI@hcpf.state.co.us.

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Physicians needed to participate in:
Upcoming candidate interviews for our district
ADEMS will be interviewing candidates running for House and Senate district seats in our catchment area the first week in August.  ADEMS members are invited to participate in this process and meet with area candidates and help make recommendations for COMPAC endorsement.  
Currently ADEMS is planning to interview for two races:

House District 3 
(Open seat of Daniel Kagan - Englewood, Cherry Hills)
Jeff Bridges (D)
Katy Brown (R) 

Senate District 4 
(Open seat of Mark Scheffel - Highlands Ranch, Parker, Castle Rock)
Christina Riegel (D)
Jim Smallwood (R)

If you are interested in joining your physician colleagues to help interview these candidates in the next few weeks, please contact Andrea Chase at ademsstaff@gmail.com as soon as possible. 

We welcome any interested physician member to attend.  We provide information and backgrounds on candidates prior to the meeting and you do not have to have any previous experience. We host these in the evening during the work week at our Littleton office and candidate interviews last only 30 minutes each.  We work hard to schedule these interviews on an evening convenient for our participants.  Thank you in advance!

Register for the 2016 CMS Annual Meeting
Join your colleagues at the re-engineered CMS Annual Meeting in Keystone  Sept. 16-18 as we engage some of the top health care policy and political experts in the nation on issues such as universal health care, physician-assisted death, Medicare payment, physician burnout, health plan mega-mergers, politics, and more. We'll have plenty of time for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation, too, for attendees and their families. 

Upcoming events

Physicians' Mix @ Six
Happy Hour Social
August 18th
6:00-7:30 PM @ Cool River
RSVP today

CMS Annual Meeting
September 16-18
Weekend event
Keystone Resort, Keystone CO
Register today

ADEMS Annual Physician
Fall Meet & Greet
Mark your calendars!
October 13th
Cherry Hills Country Club
RSVP required

Healthcare Alliance, Inc.
Ready to set your own hours in easy-going environment? 
Active, established Littleton healthcare office has room for providers to sublease in suite setting in Kellogg Bldg with excellent amenities. 
For more info call Healthcare Alliance Inc. (720) 306-8280

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

Doctors Care, a safety net 
clinic which provides direct medical care and program support services to the 
medically underserved in 
south Metro Denver, is 
looking for a volunteer 
Primary Care Physician.  
We are in need of a 
physician who is familiar with  an Electronic Medical Record system,comfortable in a  team based care 
environment and would be 
able to devote eight hours 
per week.  This provider 
would work alongside our 
other volunteer physicians 
as well as mid-level staff. 

If you are interested in 
exploring the possibility of volunteering, please contact Jana Baker, Doctors Care Volunteer Manager at 720-810-4787 or

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