Arapahoe- Douglas-Elbert Medical Society Advocate Newsflash
August 2014
10th Edition, Issue 5
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August 2015

Dear ADEMS members and Delegates:  In preparation for the upcoming annual meeting, please take note of the following important deadlines and meeting dates:
  • August 10 - All resolutions due.  
  • August 18 - ADEMS Delegate Precaucus Meeting - 6:30PM - ADEMS offices - RSVP!
  • August 19 - House of Delegates (HOD) Opening 8:30am
If you would like to attend/be a delegate for ADEMS, please contact Andrea Chase at ASAP.  ADEMS is offering a lodging stipend for your participation. 


Recognizing National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)

NIAM draws attention to immunization in August each year.

NIAM draws attention to immunization in August each year.

Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being vaccinated against infectious diseases. In 2015, the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) is coordinating NIAM activities.

Toolkits to Help You Raise Awareness About Immunization

The National Immunization Awareness Month Communication ToolkitExternal Web Site Icon was developed by NPHIC, in collaboration with CDC, to help you communicate the importance of vaccination throughout the lifespan. Each week of NIAM will focus on a different stage of the lifespan:

There is also an abbreviated “Ready for school” toolkitExternal Web Site Icon to help you communicate about the importance of vaccines for children of all ages before the school year starts.

MHealth Insurer mergers raise concerns over competition, prices

If recently announced mergers among the nation’s largest health insurers are approved, the industry “will be an industry dominated by three colossal insurers” – an outcome that consumer advocates, policy experts and former regulators say could be harmful to consumers, the New York Times (8/3, Abelson, Subscription Publication) reports. Moreover, the Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana deals come “in the wake of a similar frenzy of deal-making among hospitals and doctors’ groups.” Experts caution that the merger could reduce competition and lead to higher prices, but the insurers argue that “sweeping changes in the market caused by the federal health care law, including greater government oversight and intense pressure to keep prices low,” would protect consum

Colorado Medicaid & CHP+ Provider Revalidation & Enrollment begins Sept. 15.

New federal regulations established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services require enhanced screening and revalidation of all Medicare, Medicaid, and CHP+ providers.

Beginning Sept. 15, 2015, all Colorado providers who want to continue, or begin, providing services to Medicaid and CHP+ members after March 31, 2016, will be required to enroll and revalidate their licensure and business information under new federal enrollment screening criteria. The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) has posted more information on the provider screening rule on their website; click on the Federal Provider Screening Regulationslink.

Based on the federal CMS’s Timeline
Existing Colorado Medicaid and CHP+ providers will begin revalidation/enrollment on Sept. 15, 2015. To help all existing providers meet the March 31, 2016 deadline, HCPF will group counties together and initiate a series of revalidation/enrollment ‘waves’ by county. A map showing the county waves/groups and a schedule of when each wave can begin their revalidation/enrollment will be released in July.

Obtain your National Provider Identifier (NPI).

  • Make electronic copies of certifications and licensures.

HCPF has created a general ‘Provider Enrollment Checklist’ that lists information you will need to have ready. The checklist and a number of helpful FAQs can be found on the Provider Resources webpage. Providers are encouraged to visit the website often as this information is updated frequently.

CMS and AMA secure ICD-10 grace period 
CMS and AMA secure ICD-10 grace period

The American Medical Association (AMA) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (federal CMS) announced in early July that physicians will have more time to adjust to the ICD-10 diagnosis code set after the Oct. 1, 2015implementation. For a one-year period starting Oct. 1, Medicare claims will not be denied solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 diagnosis codes provided, as long as the physician submitted an ICD-10 code from an appropriate family of codes.

The idea for a grace period originated in Colorado with senior delegate to the AMA Ray Painter, MD, who formulated the language and took it to the AMA two years ago. Although the resolution passed and has been AMA policy since that time, it did not receive much attention because of the AMA's hardline stance on achieving a delay of ICD-10 implementation, which they secured in 2014. Though the AMA is still firm on seeking a delay, this is not likely to happen again.

There is still time to get your practice ready for ICD-10. The federal CMS has an ICD-10 Quick Start Guide. Providers can also go to the agency's Road to 10 tool for small practices. Additional resources are available on the website.



ADEMS Board & Precaucus Meeting
Tuesday, August 18th
6PM Board
6:30PM Precaucus meeting for all Delegates 
ADEMS office
RSVP to:

COPIC: Employment Case Law-Post-Mortem
Aug. 19
COPIC building in Denver

CMS Annual Meeting
Sept. 18-20
Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge

Annual Physician Meet & Greet
October 7 (Tentative date)
Cherry Hills Country Club

Available Online CME:
The Opioid Crisis: Guidelines and Tools for Improving Chronic Pain Management,
presented by the Colorado School of Public Health and accredited for two credits of CME and approved for COPIC points. This activity examines the best practices and universal precautions for treating chronic pain. Click here for more.

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.
For more information, call(720) 858-6000 or

Reduce your Practice's Operating Costs:

Cost Savings for COPIC Customers

In addition to the comprehensive coverage and innovative patient safety and risk management programs offered, COPIC offers another financial benefit for its insureds that provides access to group purchasing for office supplies and services. An arrangement between COPIC and GroupSource Group Purchasing, a leader in cost containment strategies for medical practices, permits COPIC-insured customers to participate in an innovative program called CO-POWER. The following items are available through the CO-POWER program:

  • Medical supplies
  • Computer repair/service
  • Charts & records
  • Laboratory supplies & testing
  • Statement processing
  • Claims processing
  • Yellow page advertising
  • Copiers & printers
  • X-ray supplies/services
  • Food service
  • Custom compounding
  • Uniforms
  • New carpet
  • Pharmacy supplies
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Employment screening
  • Cellular phone service
  • Office furniture
  • Medical equipment
  • Medical waste disposal
  • Office supplies
  • Answering services
  • Conference calling
  • Postage machines
  • Toner and ink cartridges
  • Elevator service
  • Collection services
  • Payroll processing
  • Pharmacy dispensing
  • Vaccines
  • Overnight delivery service
  • Credit card processing
  • Linen and laundry services
  • Forms & printing
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Medical publications
  • Transcription services
  • Carpet cleaning

Contact Christopher Wright at 720.399.7499 or email for a free, no obligation analysis to compare the prices you currently pay to the contract prices that have been negotiated. Savings are direct to your practice; COPIC receives no commission, rebate, or percentage.

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