Happy holidays from the Colorado Medical Society!

CMS wishes you and your loved ones a safe and warm holiday season, and a prosperous New Year! We look forward to our continued work together in 2024.

ASAP e-newsletter: Dec. 20, 2023

Available on demand: What you need to know about new physician assistant law

A webinar CMS hosted last week delved into a new physician assistant law that took effect in August 2023. Watch the webinar, All the Things You Need to Know About the New Physician Assistant Regulations, on demand here.

Additional resources to help you navigate this law:

Public health emergency unwind: What are the impacts on your patients and practice?

The Colorado Medical Society asks members to complete a brief survey to share how you and your patients have been impacted by the ending of the public health emergency, which established continuous coverage for Medicaid enrollees from 2020 through May 2023. As you may know from CMS publications and other news sources, Medicaid began redetermining an individual's eligibility for Medicaid earlier this spring and disenrolling members if their eligibility status changed. Your response is important.

Access the brief survey here

Continue to help patients with Medicaid through the renewal process

To help Keep Coloradans Covered, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing needs physicians and practices to please continue to use their prepared toolkits, available in the top 11 languages used by Medicaid beneficiaries, to help people complete the renewal process or transition to other affordable health coverage: Update Your AddressUnderstanding the Renewal Process and Take Action on Your Renewal.

There is still time to make Medicare changes during 1/1-3/31

Network changes are a given with Medicare Advantage. Unfortunately, one major network change happened half way through the Annual Enrollment Period. Advent Health will not be in Humana’s Medicare Advantage network for 2024. If your patients find themselves in a situation when they need to switch to continue care with a certain physician or facility, they can use the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period that runs every year from Jan. 1 to March 31. Read more here from CMS sponsor Mary Jo Heins.

Webinar from Panacea Financial: Avoiding Financial Pitfalls and Investing for the Future

CMS Partner in Medicine Panacea Financial will present a webinar at 9 a.m. MT on Jan. 23, 2024: Avoiding Financial Pitfalls and Investing in Your Future. Join Panacea President and Co-founder Michael Jerkins, MD, MEd, to learn more about sorting out your finances for your long-term financial well-being. Cultivating healthy financial habits is paramount for buying a house, buying into a practice, having kids, insulating yourself from financial risk, and enjoying life — and the earlier you start, the better. Find more information and register here.

Last chance for PDMP Integration funding opportunity (No cost to providers!)

Colorado Medical Society would like to make physicians and practices aware of two related opportunities to make it easier to do PDMP checks as Colorado law requires, at no cost to the practice. Find out more about this electronic health record integration through Opisafe. You must contact Opisafe by Jan. 2, 2024. Read more here.

On-demand recording: Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention's 11th Annual Meeting

The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, an organization CMS has supported since its inception, hosted their 11th Annual Meeting in October. If you were unable to attend the meeting or would like to review the presentations, a recording of the morning and afternoon sessions is now online along with videos of the breakout sessions, presentation slides, and poster PDFs at  

corxconsortium.org/2023-annual-meeting. Also presented during the meeting were pain management and opioid use resources from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) and naloxone information from HCPF in English and in Spanish.

Keep Colorado clean and safe: Dispose of meds, protect kids and the environment with Colorado's Medication Takeback Program

As dedicated health care professionals, you understand the importance of safe medication storage. However, did you know your guidance can make a significant impact on your patients' families and the environment? Encourage them to participate in Colorado's Medication Takeback Program -- a vital step towards a safer and healthier Colorado.

Find a local dropbox at TakeMedsSeriously.org/safe-disposal. More information here.

An easier way to protect the environment starts in your medicine cabinet.

The Pulmonary and Allergy Update highlights insights and recent advances in pulmonary medicine, asthma, allergy and immunology, presented by faculty from the leading respiratory hospital in the nation. Network with colleagues and nationally recognized experts, and learn the latest updates on management and treatment options for your patients. Workshops and small-group sessions provide great opportunities to discuss key issues and interesting cases with colleagues and National Jewish Health faculty. More information.


Nomination period open for 2024 CMS leadership election

Have you thought about a leadership role in the Colorado Medical Society? We encourage members of all walks of life, perspectives, backgrounds, practice settings, career stages and geographic locations to consider a leadership position now or in the future. The nomination period for the 2024 election -- during which CMS members elect the president-elect and members of the Colorado delegation to the American Medical Association -- is open through Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024. The election takes place in August. Read more here.

Thank you to those who have already renewed your 2024 membership

Dues invoices for individuals and those who have opted in to group billing are due Dec. 31, 2023 for the 2024 membership year. Renew today to ensure you have no disruption in member benefits -- especially if you are COPIC insured. COPIC will terminate the 10 percent discount for physicians who are no longer CMS members on Jan. 1, 2024.

If you have questions or need assistance making your payment, contact the CMS membership team at membership@cms.org or 720-739-8343. Thank you for your membership and continued investment in our medical society!

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 https://jobs.tellmed.org

  • Douglas County Health Department invites applicants to the position of Medical Officer. The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) Medical Officer advises the DCHD Executive Director and the Douglas County Board of Health (BOH) on medical issues decisions pertaining to and affecting public health in Douglas County. This is a part-time, on-call contractor opportunity. Read more here or contact mhill@douglas.co.us.

  • We have the perfect practice opportunity in Colorado! The Healing Gardens Health Center is a well-established and well-respected primary care and integrative medicine center in beautiful Fort Collins, Colo. This is an opportunity to not only build your dream practice, but also to create and benefit from ownership, all while working with a great team of like-minded providers. We are looking for an experienced board-certified Primary care and integrative/functional medicine provider. We are open to MD, DO, NP or NDs. Read more here or contact jcwhitefields@aol.com.

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 debra_will@cms.org 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: cms.org/events. Questions? Contact membership@cms.org.

  • CMS office closed Monday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas

  • CMS office closed Monday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's Day

  • Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury Committee (hybrid) - Wednesday, Jan. 3, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Email chet_seward@cms.org to register

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (virtual) - Thursday, Jan. 12, 6-7:30 p.m. Email kate_alfano@cms.org to register

  • Committee on Physician Wellbeing (virtual) - Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6-7 p.m. Email kate_alfano@cms.org to register

  • Council on Legislation (virtual) - Wednesday, Jan. 17, 6-7 p.m. Email chet_seward@cms.org for more information

  • Council on Legislation (virtual) - Wednesday, Jan. 24, 6-7 p.m. Email chet_seward@cms.org for more information

  • Council on Legislation (virtual) - Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6-7 p.m. Email chet_seward@cms.org for more information

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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