Happy Thanksgiving from the Colorado Medical Society!

November 2022

Public health emergency leave is still in effect for COVID and has expanded to flu and RSV

A reminder from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment: Under the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA), all Colorado employers, regardless of size or industry, must give employees:

  1. “Accrued” paid sick leave (one hour per 30 hours worked, up to 48 hours a year), and
  2. “Public health emergency” (PHE) leave (two weeks -- 80 hours, or less for part-time employees).

Colorado’s 80-hour PHE leave is ongoing; it continues as long as a federal or state PHE is declared, and while state public health orders have been scaled back, currently federal and Colorado PHEs both remain declared. As of Nov. 11, 2022, the conditions covered by Colorado’s latest PHE declaration include health needs related to not just COVID, but also flu, respiratory syncytial virus (“RSV”), and similar respiratory illnesses. For more information on paid sick leave, please see the CDLE Division of Labor Standards and Statistics’ HFWA webpage.

Help CDPHE promote free training opportunities

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is asking Colorado Medical Society members and their practices to help grow the Colorado health care workforce and child care workforce by promoting free training for in-demand health care professions (CNA, EMT, MA, pharm tech, etc.) and free early childhood education courses for individuals to become certified child care professionals. This will help support upward mobility for low income Coloradans -- especially women -- seeking new career paths. Practices can print and display communications in patient waiting rooms, exam rooms, staff break rooms and other areas. Find materials here: http://hfcgo.com/assistance

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!

Update: Ebola outbreak in Uganda still poses low risk, but resources have been updated

The CDC issued a Health Alert Network Health Update to inform public health departments, public health laboratories, and clinicians in the U.S. about the ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Uganda. No suspect or confirmed EVD cases related to this outbreak have been reported in the U.S. or other countries outside of Uganda to date. However, as a precaution because of increasing cases in Uganda, CDC is raising awareness of this outbreak and the potential for importation of cases. Read recommendations for clinicians here.


New CDC opioid prescribing guideline for pain

Are you interested in learning about the revised CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain?


Dr. David Mendez and Dr. Allison Costello of the University of Colorado are providing a one-hour Zoom session on key takeaways from the 100-page guideline recently released by the CDC. 


The Zoom presentation is scheduled on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 12-1 p.m. Zoom link here; registration is not required.


The CDC also has a Guidelines at a Glance publication.

PFAS: Toxic chemicals to understand and avoid

PFAS chemicals seem to be everywhere these days: at the top of Mount Everest, in umbilical cord blood, in breast milk, and in the news. In 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced new health advisories for PFAS in drinking water. This month, My Green Doctor explains why PFAS are important and how your patients can avoid them. Read more here (log-in required; free registration): mygreendoctor.org/pfas-toxic-chemicals-to-understand-avoid 

My Green Doctor is a free money-saving membership benefit supported by the Colorado Medical Society. Members can use My Green Doctor’s “Meeting-by-Meeting Guide” to learn how to adopt environmental sustainability, save resources, and help create healthier communities. The program adds just five minutes to each regular office staff meeting or weekly office “huddle,” making small changes at each meeting that really add up over time.

Everyone in your practice can register as Partner Society members at www.MyGreenDoctor.org or at www.MyGreenDoctor.es (en Español). Use the discount code MGDCOMS to save $60 instantly and get full free access to My Green Doctor forever. Ask your practice manager to register today and to put My Green Doctor on your next agenda. You can do this!


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

Job board

  • Looking for a physician to share office space in the Midtown Medical Building, Located in Denver; Ideal for Concierge/DPC; 2 exam rooms, 2 offices; could share expenses and provide some cross coverage; Available immediately; please contact Dr. Michael Keller at 720-600-0802.  

  • 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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