ASAP e-newsletter: July 6, 2023

DOI on Friday claims: Providers will be paid

In late June, the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) placed Friday Health Insurance Company into rehabilitation and took control of the company. DOI took this action to protect consumers enrolled in a Friday health plan and to ensure that providers are paid pursuant to the contracts in place with Friday with the funds remaining in the company. Do you see patients with Friday insurance? DOI has prepared a set of frequently asked questions for you. Access it here.

The DOI has set up a special email address for health care providers to contact the DOI with questions and concerns about providing care to Friday members, claims submission, and claims payment. See more information in the FAQ about necessary information to include when contacting the DOI.

Member spotlight: Denver physician-attorney believes in the power of a unified voice to effecting change

CMS continues our monthly member spotlight series with a Q&A with Ricky Dhaliwal, MD, JD, a dual-trained emergency and internal medicine physician and attorney, who is the current vice chair of the Colorado Medical Society’s Council on Legislation.

Why is it important to Dr. Dhaliwal to be involved in advocacy?

"I know if we’re not the ones creating that message, then it’s going to end up being someone else. That someone else might not understand how medicine works or may be incentivized by something that doesn’t benefit patients. If we don’t own this, someone else will and we’ll be left complaining about how medicine used to be."

Read the full Q&A with Dr. Dhaliwal here

All CMS members are eligible to be featured in member spotlight; contact to self-nominate or to nominate one of your colleagues.

ICYMI: CMS statement on SCOTUS affirmative action ruling

CMS President, Patrick Pevoto, MD, MBA, issued a statement following the United States Supreme Court ruling striking down affirmative action in higher education. "While the Supreme Court decision changes long-held legal precedent, it does not diminish the importance that Colorado Medical Society has and will continue to place on ensuring a diverse physician workforce." Read the statement here.

Colorado Medical Society and CU Anschutz department present Foundations in Equity Certificate series, July-October 2023

The Colorado Medical Society DEI Committee welcomes faculty from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement Health Equity in Action Lab (HEAL) to present the Foundations in Equity certificate program exclusively to CMS members. Complete all four modules in the series to earn the Foundations in Equity certificate or complete individual modules based on interest and availability.

  • Module 1: DEI 101 (Zoom only), Thursday, July 27, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Module 2: Implicit Bias (Zoom only), Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Module 3: Microaggressions, Allyship, and Upstanding (in-person in Vail or Zoom by request), Saturday, Sept. 23, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Module 4: Equity in Action (Zoom only), Thursday, Oct. 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
More information and link to register

American Medical Association-Racial Equity Institute: Groundwater Training, July 12

The American Medical Association will again present the Racial Equity Institute (REI) Groundwater Training, an in-depth introduction to racial equity, on July 12, 2023, 4-7 p.m. MT. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit will be offered to attendees at no cost upon completion.

This webinar offers the opportunity to learn from and interact with experts from the Racial Equity Institute (REI). REI organizers use stories and data to explain how racism is structural. Exploring historical and modern-day racial inequity, the session introduces an analysis that most find immediately helpful and relevant. The groundwater metaphor helps explain that we live in a racially structured society, which causes racial inequity. In other words, we have a “groundwater” problem, and we need “groundwater” solutions. Starting from there, we begin to unlock transformative change. Register here.

Save the date for the Colorado Pain Society 6th Annual Chronic Pain Conference, Oct. 13-15, 2023, in Vail, held in conjunction with Medical Education Resources and the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. Target audience: physicians, advanced practice providers (APPs), psychologists and others interested in pain medicine.

Primary care providers – one-day free conference (live or virtual attendance):

Specialists, psychologists, and primary care providers - three-day paid conference:



Nominate an outstanding volunteer physician for COPIC's Humanitarian Award

The COPIC Humanitarian Award is presented annually to honor a physician for volunteer medical services and contributions to their community. Once again this award presentation will take place at the CMS Annual Meeting -- this year in Vail, Sept. 22-23 -- during the President's Gala.

COPIC specifically looks to recognize those individuals who unassumingly volunteer outside the spectrum of their day-to-day lives. The recipient of the award designates a $10,000 donation from COPIC to be provided to a health care-related 501(c)(3) organization within their respective state. If you know a worthy candidate, please nominate him or her for this award. Find more information here. Nominations close Aug. 15.

Webinar: Home-buying in today's market with Huntington Bank

Huntington Bank will host a webinar on July 11, 10:30 a.m. MT, during which they will cover the basics of buying a home with tips relevant to today's market. Questions will be answered live and attendees can submit them anonymously. Find more information and register here.

Thanks to our Partners in Medicine

Job board

  • EDCare is recruiting for an Attending Physician reporting directly to the Chief Medical Officer at our Denver, CO location. The Attending Physician will provide leadership and direction to all Licensed Independent Practitioners while also providing medical care to EDCare patients. To learn more, see the posting here or contact Marisa Cicco at (720) 889- 4232 or
  • Looking for a physician to share office space in the Midtown Medical Building, Located in Denver; Ideal for Concierge/DPC; 2 exam rooms, 2 offices; could share expenses and provide some cross coverage; Available immediately; please contact Dr. Michael Keller at 720-600-0802. 

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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

  • Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (virtual): Thursday, July 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Contact to register

  • CMS Committee on Physician Wellbeing (virtual): Tuesday, July 18, 6-7 p.m. Contact to register

  • CMS/CU webinar series - Module 1: DEI 101 (virtual), Thursday, July 27, 6-7:30 p.m. Register

  • CMS/CU webinar series - Module 2: Implicit Bias (virtual), Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Register

  • CMS/CU webinar series - Module 3: Microaggressions, Allyship, and Upstanding (in-person in Vail or Zoom by request), Saturday, Sept. 23, 2-3:30 p.m. Register for Zoom participation; in-person registration coming soon

  • CMS/CU webinar series - Module 4: Equity in Action (virtual), Thursday, Oct. 26, 6-7:30 p.m. 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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