ASAP e-newsletter: Aug. 31, 2023

We want you there! Register for the 2023 CMS Annual Meeting in Vail, Sept. 22-23

  • Enjoy networking and social events
  • Catch an exclusive movie screening on thoughts and the human brain
  • Earn up to 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ through programming on overcoming failure, reducing stress, cultural competency, and more
  • Plus make the most of free time in the mountains in the fall.
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Member spotlight: Rural champion illustrates CMS past and present

CMS continues our monthly member spotlight series with a Q&A with Jack Berry, MD, and his wife of nearly 60 years, Maribeth. Dr. Berry practiced rural medicine for many years and was a champion of access to care for rural communities.

What is Dr. Berry's favorite part of rural medicine?

"The people. I would care for four generations. Truly from the cradle to the grave. You can have a lot of influence as a rural doctor in a rural community. We hosted many medical students and residents right in our home to show them how rural life can be (really great).

Read the full Q&A with Dr. Berry here

CMS decodes SB23-144: More flexibility in treating chronic pain

A law passed by the Colorado General Assembly in 2023 makes Colorado one of the first states legally to reverse the harms resulting from previous, well-intentioned policies aimed at mitigating the risks of addiction or overdose. SB23-144 works to restore individualized care and provider discretion in treating patients with chronic pain. View this fact sheet for more information on the scope of the bills and its intended outcomes.

SB23-144 podcast from NCMS

The Northern Colorado Medical Society produces a quarterly podcast, stethoSCOPE. This quarter's edition digs in deeper to the new law with experts Kate M. Nicholson, J.D., founder and Executive Director of the National Pain Advocacy Center, and Kenny Maestas, legislative coordinator for the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition.

Listen here!

Today, Aug. 31, is International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day -- Aug. 31 -- is the world’s annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. View resources from #EndOverdoseCO here.

Recommended resources for DEA training requirement

DEA-licensed physicians who can prescribe controlled substances under schedules II, III, IV or V must complete eight hours of training before renewing their license.

Read this COPIC resource document for links to courses.

  • One of the opportunities is from the American Medical Association (AMA members only). Access it here
  • There are three courses from COPIC that can count toward this requirement plus award COPIC Points. Access them here.
  • "COPIC'S Three-Hour Opioids Review (Education for DEA Training Requirements),”
  • "Opioid Management: A Practical Approach to a National Crisis (Opioids I),” and
  • "Opioid Crisis: Strategies for Reducing the Burden (Opioids II).”

Additionally, there are courses from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) here that are specific to the DEA Education Requirements.


Renew your 2024 membership; invoices went out this week

Dues invoices for individuals went out Wednesday, Aug. 30. Invoices to those groups or practices who have opted into group billing will be mailed this week and reach practices next week. All invoices are due Dec. 31, 2023 for the period ending Dec. 31, 2024. Pay early to ensure you have no disruption in benefits through the end of 2024!

Individuals should have received an email from Colorado Medical Society / with the subject line "Your membership invoice for CMS." Your personalized invoice link will be available in the email. Check your spam or promotion folders if you don't see it in your main inbox, or contact us for your invoice link.

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!

COMPAC/SDC fundraising challenge open through Oct. 6!

Any individual over the age of 18 can support advocacy for physicians by donating to the nonpartisan Colorado Medical Political Action Committee (COMPAC) or the Small Donor Committee (SDC). Visit to donate before Oct. 6 and you will automatically be entered into two raffles for a chance to win an iPad or dinner at Ocean Prime. Questions? Contact

Corrected link: COMPAC Board of Directors seeks new members

The nomination period for new COMPAC Board members is now open. Complete the Google form and upload a CV to apply. Board members can have a real impact on advocacy for the professional through fundraising, candidate interviews and building relationships with legislators. Questions? Contact

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

  • CMS office closed Monday, Sept. 4, for Labor Day

  • Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury Committee (virtual) - Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Email to register

  • Independent Physicians Section (virtual) - Thursday, Sept. 7, 6-7 p.m. Email to register

  • Employed Physicians Section (virtual) - Monday, Sept. 11, 6-7 p.m. Email to register

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (virtual) - Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-7:30 p.m. Email to register

  • Committee on Physician Wellbeing (virtual) - Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6-7 p.m. Email to 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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