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ASAP e-newsletter: March 29, 2024

Liability fight intensifies; amplify your impact

A series of five ballot measures proposed by trial lawyers would destroy common-sense policies that have increased patient safety, strengthened access to health care and contained costs in Colorado for the last 40 years. These initiatives threaten to make health care more expensive, harder to find and less safe. Senate Bill 130 is the reasonable alternative we can use to encourage lawmakers to pass this legislative session. 

NO on Ballot Initiatives 150, 274, 275, 276 and 277

These measures would destroy safe spaces in medical care that promote patient safety and eliminate reasonable limits on the amount of money an individual can collect when suing a health care provider. This would result in many health care specialists opting out of higher-risk procedures and patient care, charging more for these services or leaving their practices altogether. The impact on Coloradans would be devastating.

There’s a better way. 

YES on Senate Bill 130: The fair, reasonable and balanced solution 

Senate Bill 130 would increase the limit on how much individuals can collect when they win a lawsuit to a reasonable level, while still protecting health care for millions of Coloradans. This positions Colorado to continue attracting and retaining talented health care providers, which preserves access to health care (including specialty care) and protects patients from skyrocketing health care costs.  

What you can do:

Contact your legislator to share your support of Senate Bill 130.

  • Click here to send a message and encourage your colleagues to do the same

Educate yourself on these ballot initiatives and spread the word to your family, friends and community groups.

Make a donation of any amount to help us make a strong public statement, that we are committed to this fight.

  • Contribute online
  • Write a check made to Colorado Medical Society with "Liability Defense Fund" in the memo line and mail to 7351 E. Lowry Blvd, Ste. 110, Denver, CO 80230
  • Call in your donation to 720-859-1001

Stay tuned as more information is available, and don't forget to register for our webinar, co-hosted with the Colorado Hospital Association, on Monday, April 8 at 12 p.m.

An update on our work to reform prior authorization; plus, a patient's story

A bill CMS supports to lesson the burden of prior authorization on your patients and your practice is advancing with the help of advocacy by physicians and patients. HB24-1149 passed the House and is scheduled for hearing in Senate committee on April 10. Thank you to all who submitted stories through CMS's campaign website, Health Can't Wait Colorado! Stories illustrate how prior authorization harms patients; click here to read an account by Margaret Comstock of Pueblo that was published in the Colorado Sun on March 28.

Coming soon to your mailbox: Get a sneak peek at Colorado Medicine

  • Help CMS fight to protect medical liability caps and professional review
  • Mentally prepare for retirement plus utilize a practical checklist
  • Stay up to date on what we're doing for you and your patients at the Capitol
  • Consider the importance of using patient-first language in interactions and documentation

Read the virtual issue here.

Now accredited for CME!

CMS webinar - Grief: What it is and how to cope moving forward

  • Tuesday, April 30, 6-7 p.m.
  • Earn up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(accreditation here)
  • Speakers: Lise Barbour, MD, and Lisa Schlitzkus, MD
  • Learn:
  • How to identify and articulate the seven phases of grief,
  • How to analyze the various ways grief may affect physicians – both mentally and physically, and
  • How to identify 3-4 resources and coping mechanisms to process grief.
Register here

AMA advocates on a federal level: Cybersecurity crisis resources for health care providers

The American Medical Association (AMA) has been advocating for physicians since the first day of the cyberattack that crippled Change Healthcare.

The AMA requests your response to an 11-question survey assessing the impact on physician practices. Please respond by Wednesday, April 3.

Medical students: Apply for CMS scholarships by April 5

Time is running out to apply for two medical student scholarships from the Colorado Medical Society Education Foundation.

The Alfred D. Gilchrist Student Leader Scholarship is open to third- and fourth-year Colorado medical students who have demonstrated a significant leadership contribution to organized medicine. Deadline: April 5, 2024. Read more here.

The Rural Track Scholarship is open to Colorado medical students finishing their first year of a rural medicine track or program. Deadline: April 5, 2024. Read more here.

Questions? Contact

Apply for leadership training through RIHEL by April 26

For over 25 years, Advanced Leadership Training Program (ALTP) has supported health and environmental professionals with engaging and enriching learning experiences.

This year-long program provides a foundation of exemplary leadership practices focusing on: justice and belonging; collaboration and teamwork; coaching and practical skills.

The next cohort runs from August 2024 through May 2025. View program details.

Empowering Colorado: Medication disposal for safer communities

Medication safety is a shared responsibility. Guide your patients in the proper disposal of unused medications to reduce the risk of misuse and accidents. Find your nearest drop box at More information here.

An easier way to protect your teen starts in your medicine cabinet.


Thanks to our Partners in Medicine

Job board

  • Telluride Regional Medical Center seeks to hire an experienced Primary Care Physician. Telluride Regional Medical Center (TRMC) is seeking a full-time Family Medicine or Med-Peds Physician to be part of our primary care team serving our community of local residents and visitors and members of our neighboring communities. Read more here or apply at

Do you have a position open at your practice? Space to sub-let? Selling your practice? Place a job board or classified ad with CMS! CMS members receive the first month free. Contact for more information!

Upcoming CMS meetings and events

All Colorado Medical Society committee meetings and events are open to all CMS members and you are welcome to attend! All are held via Zoom unless otherwise noted. Find a full list of events here: Questions? Contact

  • Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury Committee (virtual) - Wednesday, April 3, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Email to register

  • Council on Legislation (hybrid) - Wednesday, April 3, 6-7:30 p.m. In person at the CMS office in Denver or via Zoom. Email for more information

  • Council on Legislation (virtual) - Wednesday, April 10, 6-7:30 p.m. Email for more information

  • DEI Committee (virtual) - Thursday, April 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Email to register

  • Committee on Physician Wellbeing (virtual) - Tuesday, April 16, 6-7 p.m. Email to register

Registration is required for most meetings; non-members or those unable to be identified at the time of virtual meetings may be removed. Unsure if you are a CMS member? Verify your membership here.

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