Report from the March CMS Board of Directors meeting and Membership Summit

Dear Colleague:  


This past weekend, your CMS Board of Directors met to take action on priorities important to Colorado physicians and discuss the course of our future as an organization. Here are the crucial highlights from our meeting.

Update on 2024 legislative session, ballot initiatives, and countermeasures


Council on Legislation Chair Darlene Tad-y, MD, and Vice Chair Ricky Dhaliwal, MD, JD, presented insights on the ongoing 2024 legislative session and the efforts that are being made to safeguard the stable Colorado liability climate against the trial lawyers.


  • Health care continues to be a priority at the Capitol. CMS has actively made strides this session to protect patients and represent physicians. 


  • For example, major advances have been made to reform prior authorization through HB24-1149, which will reduce repeated authorizations for patients with chronic conditions after the first prescription, extend prior authorization approvals, and protect patients from denials. The bill passed out of the House and is headed to the Senate.
  • Scope creep continues to be a problem proposed in several bills, including HB24-1171 that would allow naturopaths to prescribe schedule III-V drugs with some exceptions. CMS opposes this unsafe and unwise bill.  


  • CMS and our partners in Coloradans Protecting Patient Access are standing strong against attacks on Colorado’s stable liability climate. The trial lawyers are advancing ballot initiatives to remove our confidential peer review system and destroy our stable liability climate by eliminating all caps on non-economic damages. We are not just on the defensive – with our partners we are pushing our own initiatives that would require lawyers to be transparent in billing, capping their contingency fees at 25 percent and disclosing litigation costs. To take the offensive countermeasures needed we need to raise significant funds now. Donate online here. Join us in advocating for the preservation of a fair and balanced legal landscape that supports access to care for patients. 


Read our next Policy Pulse enewsletter for more about the legislative actions and ballot initiatives that impact you. 


CMS value now and in the future


The board worked into Saturday during a retreat on physician member needs, a strategic discussion on CMS membership marketing, and how to continue to drive value for physicians of all specialties and practice settings across the state.  


  • Through our member survey conducted in early 2024, a super majority of CMS members want CMS to continue to fight for their practice and the profession through advocacy at the state legislature, communicate what’s new and relevant to their day-to-day practice through print and electronic member publications, provide education through accredited CME programs, and provide opportunities for in-person meetings for networking and socializing.  


  • Top issue priorities for both members and non-members are maintaining Colorado’s stable liability climate, reducing administrative burden for physician practices, reducing physician burnout, reforming prior authorization, and defending physician-led care. 


  • Just 28 percent of non-members are likely to recommend a career in medicine, compared to 43 percent of CMS members – perhaps suggesting lower burnout and greater satisfaction.  


Your Board of Directors formed a task force to work with staff to present recommendations for action at the next board meeting to modernize CMS’s dues structure and membership categories to provide flexibility to better meet the needs of Colorado’s evolving physician marketplace. 

I welcome all feedback from members on how we can make our organization stronger together. Reach out anytime to president@cms.org. Thank you for your continued membership and dedication to the profession of medicine.


Sincerely,

Omar Mubarak, MD, MBA 

CMS President