ASAP e-newsletter: Nov. 1, 2023

Spread the word: Doc2Doc helps Colorado physicians

Video: Doc2Doc Wellbeing Consulting provides peer support to physicians

The Colorado Medical Society and Colorado Physician Health Plan are six months in to a new program, Doc2Doc Wellbeing Consulting, that is providing peer support to physicians experiencing workplace stress or situational concerns. Any Colorado physician or medical student can call 720-810-9131 to access up to three free, one-hour, confidential, pre-clinical peer wellbeing consultation sessions. Watch a video about the program featuring two CPHP medical directors who are part of the team speaking to physicians or students who utilize Doc2Doc.

Register for in-person wellbeing event: Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Denver Health

Plan to join the Denver Medical Society Foundation (DMSF), Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP), Colorado Medical Society (CMS) and Denver Health for the next event in the DMSF Physician Wellbeing Education Series, "Doctor's Orders: Prioritizing Wellness Within the Medical Community."

  • When: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: Denver Health Medical Staff Commons
  • Speaker: Scott Humphreys, MD
  • About: Dinner will be provided. All health professionals are invited to attend.
  • CME: 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
More information, accreditation and link to register

Share your direct experience about RAC audits with the state

Are you having problems with RAC auditors? Are you facing audits that use flawed coding logic? CMS recently learned that the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) restarted a disputed audit that involves coding for initial patient visits, an issue we have been discussing with HCPF since last year. Please contact Chet Seward, CMS chief strategy officer, if you are being affected by this flawed coding logic and continue to utilize available appeals mechanisms.

Additionally, to call attention to this and other challenges in RAC audits, CMS asks all physicians to share your experiences through a new being conducted by an outside company as required by HB23-1295 -- a bill CMS supported. The survey will evaluate the RAC Program’s adherence to its stated program rules, state law, and federal regulations and requirements, and possible process modifications and improvements. Access the survey here. It will take 15-20 minutes to complete.

A prescription for a healthier, safer Colorado: Colorado’s Medication Takeback Program

Help empower your patients to better protect their families and environment!

Health care providers play a vital role in patient safety. Encourage your patients to participate in Colorado's Medication Takeback Program for safer homes and communities. Find a local dropbox at More information here.

An easier way to keep pets safe starts in your medicine cabinet.

Telligen series: Implementing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services to Improve Health Equity

Telligen, the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization for Colorado, will present a seven-part series starting Nov. 9. Join this series of action-based presentations to learn how to foster a culture of equity within your organization by implementing CLAS standards to combat disparities for your patients, residents and community members, and meet accreditation standards and federal regulations. All sessions in the series begin at 11 a.m. MT. More information and link to register here.

Scholarship available for CO APCD data licensing

Are you a non-profit organization, governmental entity, or researcher in need of health care claims data? CIVHC (the Center for Improving Value in Health Care) has made scholarship funding available to help you access data from the Colorado All Claims Payer Database (CO ACPD) to analyze health care costs, utilization, quality and more.

Data sets and reports that inform and support one or more aspects of the Triple Aim for Coloradans (improving health, improving care and lowering costs) are eligible. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluating benefit design and opportunities to reduce price variation
  • Analyzing outcomes and cost benefit/return on investment of programs such as palliative care and community-based care transitions work that improve population health and patient experience
  • Developing alternative payment models such as bundled payments or population-based per member/month payments for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or medical home models 

Read more here.


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.

If you aren't ready to run for office in 2024, a first step to leadership is to get to know your medical society, and a good way to do that is by attending a CMS event, component society event or committee meeting. View all committee and councils here, and upcoming meetings and events here. The call for volunteers to join committees occurs in the summer but meetings are always open to all members to attend. Don't know where to start? Contact us at and we can help you find your path in CMS.

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 or need assistance making your payment, 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

  • Committee on Professional Education and Accreditation (CPEA) (virtual), Thursday, Nov. 9, 4-5 p.m. Email to register

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (virtual) - Thursday, Nov. 9, 6-7 p.m. Email to register

  • CMS office closed in observance of Veterans' Day - Friday, Nov. 10

  • Doctor’s Orders: Prioritizing Wellness Within the Medical Community (in person in Denver) - Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m. Register

  • Committee on Physician Wellbeing (virtual) - Tuesday, Nov. 21, 6-7 p.m. Email to register

  • CMS office closed in observance of Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 23-Friday, Nov. 24

  • CMS Board of Directors meeting (hybrid) - Friday, Dec. 8, 1-4:30 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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