ASAP e-newsletter: Oct. 11, 2023

Students and physicians learned together at White Coat Wisdom

The Colorado Medical Society Medical Student Section (CMS MSC) hosted a great meeting on Saturday, Oct. 7. More than 60 students attended to network with physicians and learn about leadership, finances, wellbeing, medical liability insurance, starting a practice, and more.

Many students are looking for mentors; if you are a physician willing to mentor a student, please reply to this email or contact

Webinar: Your input needed to improve behavioral health assessments to improve public safety - Oct. 25, 6-7 p.m.

Earn up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

The Northern Colorado Medical Society and Boulder County Medical Society will host a virtual CME seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.: “Behavioral Health Assessments and Understanding the Relationship Between Suicidality and Homicidality.” Supervisory Special Agent Gabriel Krug, who works with the FBI Behavioral Task Force will give a unique perspective on assessment tools and local resources available for mental health care. We need physicians' input into this complex issue! Physicians can receive up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™More information, accreditation and link to register here!

Great gathering in Denver; next Living Room Conversations event tomorrow in Colorado Springs

Denver physicians enjoyed great discussion, food and a sunset view at Living Room Conversations, a wellbeing event meant to support community. There will be a Living Room Conversations event in Colorado Springs tomorrow, Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m. Local physicians will discuss the book "Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being" by Martin Seligman. More information and link to register for Colorado Springs event.

Register: Final module in Foundations in Equity series - Oct. 26

Earn up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

One module remains in the four-part Foundations in Equity series brought to you by the CMS DEI Committee. Even if you missed the other modules, you can still attend and benefit from the final module! We will also offer one make-up session per module; more information coming soon. The speaker is Rita Lee, MD, director of the Health Equity in Action Lab (HEAL), part of the Anschutz Medical Campus.

  • Module 4: Equity in Action (Zoom only), Thursday, Oct. 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
More information, accreditation and link to register


AMA resource: Cybersecurity training

The “Cybersecurity for the Clinician” video training series on the AMA Ed Hub™ provides physicians and students in the medical profession with what they need to understand how cyber-attacks can affect clinical operations and patient safety. The eight videos in the series use easy, non-technical language to explain how you can do your part to help keep health care data, systems and patients safe from cyber threats. With October recognized as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, use this resource to stay current on your security training and posture. 

AMA survey: Help us help YOU to update Medicare physician payment!

The American Medical Association (AMA) Physician Practice Information (PPI) Survey is underway, and we urgently need all selected physicians to actively engage in this effort. The intent of the survey, which has been endorsed by over 170 medical societies and other health care associations, including the Colorado Medical Society, is to collect updated and accurate data on practice costs, which are a key element of physician payment. These data have not been updated since last collected over 15 years ago and it is critically important to update these data to ensure accurate payment. Read more about this survey.


Webinar: End of continuous coverage requirement under COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

The Colorado Department of Health Care and Policy and Financing (HCPF) will host their next quarterly information session about the end of the Continuous Coverage Requirement and the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency on Oct. 25, 1-2:30 p.m. Register here. These webinars are geared toward community partners such as advocacy organizations, providers, and community organizations who may provide other assistance to Health First Colorado or CHP+ members (housing, social services, etc.).

Partners needed for Colorado Needles/Sharps Take-Back Program

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking partners to participate in the Colorado Needles/Sharps Take-Back Program. CDPHE is seeking areas to put kiosk collection receptacles in Colorado in areas of need where sharps/needles are being found. The goal is to provide free and convenient access to proper needle disposal for Coloradans in areas of high-identified community need, such as locations where improperly disposed sharps are currently being encountered, with a priority for servicing communities identified as under-resourced populations. If approved, the state will pay for the collection receptacle and all materials needed for the shipment of collected sharps to a contractor for destruction. Contact Lynette Myers, the Medication Takeback Program Coordinator at CDPHE, with questions or to learn more:

Consortium annual meeting - Thursday, Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

You're invited to register for the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention’s 2023 annual meeting, coming up on Thursday, Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration closes this Friday, Oct. 13. The event will be held on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora and simulcast on Zoom. Hear a review of the Consortium’s past year, updates pending before Colorado lawmakers, and the latest on medication-assisted treatment in jails. There will also be an awards presentation, three breakout sessions, and presentations from state agencies and partners, including information about grant funding. Find more information and the link to register here.

Coming soon: National Prescription Drug Disposal Day

The DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day returns on Saturday, Oct. 28. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., dozens of sites around Colorado will be collecting expired and unused medication. Visit the event's web page to find a location near you, and encourage your patients to safely and securely dispose of prescription medications. 

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. Pay early to ensure you have no disruption in member benefits!

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

Thanks to our Partners in Medicine

Job board

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

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (virtual) - Thursday, Oct. 12, 6-7 p.m. Email to register

  • Committee on Physician Wellbeing (virtual) - Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6-7 p.m. Email to register

  • NCMS/BCMS webinar: Behavioral Health Assessments and Understanding the Relationship Between Suicidality and Homicidality (virtual) - Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6-7 p.m. Register

  • 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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