ASAP e-newsletter: July 21, 2023

Annual Meeting registration now open! Join us in Vail Sept. 22-23

Date: Friday, Sept. 22 - Saturday, Sept. 23

Location: The Lodge at Vail, 174 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657

Registration fee: $150 for CMS members; $200 for non-member physicians; $50 each for guest tickets to the President's Gala

Register today to enjoy networking and social events; programming on leadership, wellbeing, cultural competency and more; plus a virtual poster contest, movie screening, and plenty of free time to enjoy fall in Vail. 

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First webinar in series - DEI 101 - coming up July 27, 6 p.m.

Register to join us

The first module in the four-part Foundations in Equity series is coming up next Thursday, July 27. Register today to learn from Rita Lee, MD, faculty at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and director in the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement Health Equity in Action Lab (HEAL). 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 on July 27, 6-7:30 p.m. will explore the historical context, definitions, and core concepts as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Future programs:

  • 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

Call for new committee members: Share your voice and find your place in Colorado Medical Society

Do you feel your voice is not being heard? Have you considered applying your expertise to a Colorado Medical Society committee? There are positions open on CMS committees with three-year terms beginning in September. CMS encourages physicians of all walks of life, perspectives, backgrounds, practice settings, career stage and geographic location to find your community and add your voice. You belong here; find your place in CMS and make a bigger difference in medicine. All committee meetings are open for all CMS members to attend. View upcoming meetings at the bottom of this email and plan to "audit" one you might be interested in joining!

Explore committees and procedure for appointments here

Update: DOI ending plans from Friday Health as of Aug. 31

Due to the financial instability of Friday Health Plans of Colorado, the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) has proactively asked the courts to move Friday Health into liquidation. Their health plans in Colorado will terminate on Aug. 31, 2023.

As a result, current Friday members will need to sign up for new coverage through a special enrollment period (SEP) through Oct. 31. For more information, view DOI's Frequently Asked Questions for consumers.

Doctors, hospitals and other health care providers should still expect to be paid pursuant to their contracts for services they provide to Friday Health members through Aug. 31, 2023. Doctors cannot ask patients with Friday coverage to pay more than the patient's cost share amounts, such as usual co-payment, deductible or coinsurance that are part of a patient's plan, or refuse to bill Friday Health. Read more on or through DOI's Frequently Asked Questions for providers.

HCPF to host PHE unwinding webinar - July 26

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing will host a webinar on July 26, 2023, 1-2:30 p.m. on the end of the Continuous Coverage Requirement and the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). This webinar is intended for community partners such as advocacy organizations, providers, and community organizations who may provide other assistance to Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid program) or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) members.

The upcoming webinar will focus on the May 2023 unwind data and breakout information by demographics. Registration is required. Register here.

AMA data analysis explains why physicians are shifting from traditional business models

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently released a biennial analysis of physician practice arrangements, based on data from the Physician Practice Benchmark Survey. The data showed that physicians are less likely to work in private practice than 10 years ago due to economic, administrative, and regulatory burdens. The need to better negotiate favorable payment rates, improve access to costly resources, and the need to better manage payers’ regulatory and administrative requirements are main reasons why physicians are leaving traditional business models and selling their practices to a hospital or health systems.

Physician Practice Information Survey launching July 31

Assist in documenting changes in physician practice expense

The American Medical Association (AMA) is undertaking a new national study, supported by 173 health care organizations, to collect representative data on physician practice expenses. With the support of Mathmatica, an independent research company, the aim of the Physician Practice Information Survey is to better understand the costs faced by today’s physician practices to support physician payment advocacy. The study will serve as an opportunity to communicate accurate financial information to policymakers, including members of Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (federal CMS). Practices will be contacted via mail and email. We urge you to respond if contacted. Read more 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.

Join the CPS for the APA Moore Equity in Mental Health 5K - Saturday, July 29 in Aurora or your community

The Colorado Psychiatric Society (CPS) DEIA Committee and other supporters including the Colorado Medical Society DEI Committee invite you to an in-person 5K run, walk and roll at CU Anschutz Campus, Bonfils Court, 13001 E 17th Pl, Aurora, CO 80045, on Saturday, July 29 at 8 a.m.

The Moore Equity in Mental Health 5K is organized by APA's Division of Diversity and Health Equity, in support of increasing awareness to combat mental health inequities facing young people of color and in honoring mental health advocate Bebe Moore Campbell. Funds raised benefit Moore Equity in Mental Health Community Grants Program, which supports individuals and community organizations that have undertaken innovative awareness programs to improve the mental health of young people of color.

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

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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

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

  • WCPIC meeting (virtual) - Wednesday, Aug. 2, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Contact to register

  • Committee on Professional Education and Accreditation meeting (virtual) - Thursday, Aug. 10, 4-5 p.m. Contact to register

  • Committee on DEI meeting (virtual) - Thursday, Aug. 10, 6-7:30 p.m. Contact to register

  • Committee on Physician Wellbeing meeting (virtual) - Tuesday, Aug. 15, 6-7 p.m. Contact to register

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