Arapahoe- Douglas-Elbert Medical Society Advocate Newsflash
February 2016
11th Edition, Issue 2
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February 2016

Thanks to all of the physicians and legislators that made our 2016 Medical Society Physicians' Legislative Night a great success!
The Arapahoe-Douglas-Elbert, Aurora-Adams, Colorado and Denver Medical Societies teamed up to offer a night of informal discussions with our Denver Metro State Legislators and Candidates. Approximately 23+ legislators from around the state (including a few candidates) turned out after the February snow storm to show their support to more than 50 physician attendees.  It was a great opportunity for physicians to meet some of their legislators and candidates for office.  Its clear that they will be facing enormous challenges in this legislative session and we really appreciate their attendance to our event and being open to our concerns about big issues like health plan mergers and networks, parity for Medicaid rates, and administrative burdens placed on physician practices.  
Katie Lozano, MD - CMS President-elect advocates for top physician concerns at governor's cabinet meeting

CMS President-elect Katie Lozano, MD, used an exclusive invitation-only meeting on Jan. 26 with members of Gov. John Hickenlooper's cabinet to address the negative impact of administrative and regulatory burden on physicians, the damaging effects on patient care facing the state if proposed cuts in Medicaid E&M codes go through, and the extreme concern physicians have on the issues of network adequacy and the proposed health insurance industry mergers. Read more on
(Credit to CMS:ASAP - article Jan 31, 2016)

Physicians: plan to attend our next networking event


Attn: Practice Managers - Plan to attend this HR seminar

Managing Employee Performance: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly  

Do you reinforce positive behavior when your employees do something well?  Do you address performance issues as they occur?  What if a problem continues to persist, do you know what to do next? Setting clear and specific performance expectations for each employee and providing periodic informal and formal feedback about the employee's performance is crucial to employee development and business results.
Program Outline:
1. Set your employees up for success
2. Factual and observable documentation
3. Preparing and conducting performance feedback
4. Things to consider throughout the disciplinary process

Presented & Sponsored by COPIC:
LaNee Reynolds, PHR
VP, Human Resources, COPIC Insurance

Practice Managers and /or Physicians that directly manage their employees
(space limited - no more than 2 attendees per practice)

Tuesday, April 12th 
7am - Registration / Coffee Reception
7:30am - 9:30am Program

The Curtis Ballroom
5345 Landmark Place
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Click for Directions

Program Sponsored by COPIC:  2 COPIC Points are available for your attendance at this program.
One physician per practice will receive 2 COPIC points for a practice representative attending.  A practice cannot designate more than 1 physician to  receive the 2 COPIC points.

Medical Spanish and Cultural Competency Class Offering
Friday, April 22 -Monday, April 25, 2016
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Denver Medical Society, 1850 Williams Street, Denver
Colorado has one of the highest proportions of Hispanic and Latino populations in the country. To enhance physician communication capabilities, our neighbors at the Denver Medical Society in conjunction with the Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS) is offering a 4 day intensive, total-immersion learning experience in conversational and medical Spanish for physicians, nurses, PAs, NPs and other medical staff. Class levels are targeted to each student’s needs and abilities. This is the 19th offering of this lively, rewarding, and highly popular class conducted by Rios Associates.
Four day class offers a ton of CMEs! Four day class offers a ton of CMEs! Plan now to attend.
  • 45 prescribed hours by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • 43 hours of Category 1 CME from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
  • 45 contact hours of continuing education by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • 43 hours of Category 1 CME from the American Medical Association (AMA)
The cost of the class, including text book: $699  Morning and afternoon snacks are provided.  To register, call Tamara Rios directly at (520) 907-3318. Please call Tamara at that number or email her at if you need additional information.

The AMA comes to Colorado - and wants to help you battle physician burnout
AMA/MGMA Collaborate in Practice Conference 
March 20–22
Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Although burnout plagues 50 percent of practicing physicians, they are not the only ones affected. Increasing responsibilities and stress often lead to burnout, which can significantly impact organizational productivity, morale, costs and quality of care.
The American Medical Association and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) invite you to attend the MGMA/AMA Collaborate in Practice Conference, March 20–22, at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colo., where you can learn effective strategies to battle burnout.

Register now and help your organization reduce burnout.
Save 50%   Two people register for the price of one! 
Use code AMA2FORTUE to save.

Expires Feb. 16
This session will prepare you to:
  • Formulate and integrate interventions with leaders and/or staff to address existing burnout
  • Devise a wellness committee or champion and measure provider and staff wellness
  • Establish wellness programs and administer an annual wellness survey to prevent future burnout
Burnout presentation by: Ronald Menaker, EdD, MBA, assistant professor, healthcare systems engineering, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, and Stephen J. Swenson, MD, medical director, Office of Leadership and Organization Development, Mayo Clinic.
The 2016 CMGMA Compensation Surveys for Physicians, Providers, Managers and Staff is open!
Once again, CMGMA is offering access to participate in their survey and receive the results to our medical society offices.  You have to participate in order to receive any results. You do not need to be a CMGMA or MGMA member in order to participate.
The survey will be conducted completely online through the MGMA website.  CMGMA will use the resources of MGMA to make participation easier for you, and for your effort you will receive access to Colorado practice information.
As you wrap up your 2015 practice accounting be sure you have provider production and compensation information, and staff compensation and benefit information in a convenient place for easy access for the survey.  Key points to remember: 
When to Participate:  Survey will be open and available just a short time!   The 2016 participation is only thru March 4, 2016.

How to Paticipate: You can participate in the survey directly on the MGMA website with this link:
(what information shall I provide?): You get what you give for free, and if you need more, you can receive discounts on other selected data based reports.   
In order to receive staff compensation benchmarking information you must participate in the “Management Compensation” section of the data collection tool.

ADEMS and CMS received this notice from Jan Krause/CMGMA and suggest any further questions specifically about the survey be directed to her:  
Jan Krause FACMPE

AMA urges all physicians subject to the 2015 Medicare MU program to apply for exemption

Prior to adjourning for the holidays in December 2015, Congress passed the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (PAMPA), which directed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to make changes to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program hardship exception process that allows physicians to avoid a Meaningful Use (MU) penalty in 2017. The American Medical Association supported these changes.

The AMA is encouraging ALL physicians subject to the 2015 Medicare MU program to apply for the hardship.

The federal CMS has stated that it will broadly accept hardship exemptions because of the delayed publication of the program regulations. Applying for the hardship will not prevent a physician from earning an incentive. It simply protects a physician from receiving a MU penalty. Therefore, physicians who believe that they met the MU requirements for the 2015 reporting period should still apply for the hardship protection. Note that the program operates on a two-year look-back period, meaning that physicians who are granted an exception for the 2015 program will avoid a financial penalty for 2017.

View step-by-step instructions for completing the hardship exception application here.
(Credit to CMS:ASAP - article Feb 1, 2016)



Upcoming Events

Direct Primary Care
Round Table discussion
February 17th
DMS offices

Physician Happy Hour:
Mix @ Six 
March 2nd
Cool River, DTC

Managing Performance:
The Good, Bad & Ugly
April 12th 
Curtis Ballroom, Landmark

Medical Spanish & Cultural Competency 
April 22 - April 25th
8AM - 5PM
DMS offices



Get covered with COPIC

COPIC Insurance Company is Colorado's leading medical liability insurance provider. Three out of four physicians choose COPIC for this critically important coverage. CMS members receive a 10 percent premium discount from COPIC.

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