October 2022

Advocating for Colorado practices: Colorado Medical Society meets with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Colorado Medical Society and Colorado Hospital Association were invited to a dialogue session with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Pictured with CMS Immediate Past President Mark B. Johnson, MD, MPH, CMS Senior Director of Policy Amy Goodman, and representatives from CHA are federal CMS Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Blum; and Special Advisor Kristiana Yao, representative of the federal CMS Denver regional office. Those in attendance discussed our partnership work and issues in Colorado, including recent successes and challenges. The federal CMS sought to understand how they can best partner with CMS to provide innovative solutions.

Do you receive a group bill from CMS? Renew today!

All practices that have opted in to group billing should have received invoices for 2023 membership. Pay by check by remitting to the address listed on the invoice or if your practice prefers to pay by credit card, call Mihal Sabar, CMS accounting manager, at 720-739-8358. Questions? Has your roster changed? Contact CMS at membership@cms.org or 720-859-1001. Thank you for your help in maintaining your physicians' memberships!

MGMA corner: Register for the October Lunch and Learn

When: Oct. 27, 2022 12 p.m. MDT

Where: BOK Financial - 4582 S. Ulster St. Pkwy., Ste. 2, 2nd floor Conference Room, Denver OR 2312 N. Nevada Ave., 3rd Floor in PH Admin Ste. 300, Colorado Springs

Topic: Bring Your Own Data in U.S. Healthcare

Speaker: Sean O'Malley

More information and link to register

Outbreak of Ebola in Central Uganda poses low risk to U.S.

The CDC issued a Health Alert Network Health Advisory about a recently confirmed outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Uganda caused by the Sudan virus. It summarizes their recommendations for:

  • U.S. public health departments and clinicians
  • Case identification and testing
  • Clinical laboratory biosafety considerations 

No suspected, probable or confirmed EVD cases related to this outbreak have been reported in the U.S. However, as a precaution and to remind clinicians about best practices, they’re communicating with public health departments, public health laboratories, and health care workers to raise awareness.

The CDC and U.S. Department of Homeland Security will screen travelers to the U.S. who have spent time in Uganda in the prior 21 days. CDPHE will assess and monitor travelers to Colorado from Uganda within the preceding 21 days and alert local public health agencies of any people undergoing travel monitoring in their jurisdiction.


CMS joins AMA in urging action on Medicare physician payment

The Colorado Medical Society joined the American Medical Association and many other state medical and specialty societies in alerting House and Senate leaders to the financial instability that Medicare physician payment policies will bring to practices throughout the nation in the coming year.


In the letter, the organizations asked Congress to do the following prior to scheduled Medicare payment cuts taking effect in 2023:

  • Extend the Congressionally enacted 3 percent temporary increase in the Medicare physician fee schedule that was intended to offset budget neutrality adjustments for new office visit policies.
  • Provide relief for an additional 1.42 percent budget neutrality cut that is planned for 2023 to offset new facility visit policies.
  • End the statutory annual freeze and provide an inflation-based update for the coming year.
  • Prevent a scheduled 5 percent payment cut for Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and the corresponding impossible-to-meet revenue threshold increase at the end of 2022.
  • Waive the 4 percent PAYGO sequester triggered by passage of the American Rescue Plan Act.

Read the letter here. Read more information here.

OeHI survey on telehealth; respond by Oct. 25

The Office of eHealth Innovation and Prime Health have released the 2022 Colorado Provider Telehealth Survey to follow up on telehealth usage, benefit, and challenges for patients and providers to inform future decision-making in support of equitable statewide telehealth access, adoption and sustainability. The survey is expected to take 15-20 minutes to complete, and only aggregated data will be shared publicly. Three participants will be selected at random to receive a $100 gift card. To be eligible, respondents simply provide their email at the end of the survey. Responses are due by Oct. 25, 2022. 

Take the survey

AMA toolkit: Simplified outpatient E/M documentation and coding

Reduce workload and unnecessary burdens in your practice by applying new time-saving E/M documentation and coding changes in just 4 steps with anAMA STEPS Forward® toolkit. Learn more.


Thanks to our Partners in Medicine, who support Colorado physicians and practices!

Job board

  • Position available: Family Practice or Internal Medicine trained physician in Southern Colorado. Read more here.

  • A longtime internal medicine physician in Rifle, Colo., will retire in the next year and is looking for a physician to take over the practice who is committed to serving a rural population. The sale of the practice includes the building. If interested, please call 970-625-5521.

  • Hospitalist, Frisco CO. PRN hospitalist shifts available in Summit County CO. 2-6 shifts/month. Please call 303-885-4673 to discuss.

  • Physician office space to share, available July 1, 2022, in renovated house on South Wadsworth Blvd. near Alameda Ave. Read more here.

Place a job board advertisement by contacting dianna_fetter@cms.org.

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