Arapahoe- Douglas-Elbert Medical Society Advocate Newsflash
January 2016
11th Edition, Issue 1
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January 2016

Medical Society Physicians' Legislative Night 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Warwick Hotel - Millennium Ballroom
1776 Grant St., Denver
6:00PM - 8:00PM
The Arapahoe-Douglas-Elbert, Aurora-Adams, Colorado and Denver Medical Societies are proud to team up and offer a night of informal discussions with our Denver Metro State Legislators and Candidates. Plan to attend this great opportunity to meet some of your legislators and candidates for office.  They face enormous challenges in the coming legislative session and seek our input on upcoming issues this legislative session like health plan networks, parity for Medicaid rates, administrative burdens placed on physician practics and proposed health plan mergers.   
We will be meeting in the beautiful Millennium Ballroom on the 15thfloor of the Warwick Hotel. 
Join us at 6PM  for Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres.
This is a great meet & greet event for our physician members (and guest), so be sure to mark the date on your new 2016 calendar!
In order for us to best prepare for this evening your reservation is required.
Email your reservation to no later than Friday, January 29th.
Please include full physician member name and title along with your guest’s  name.  
There is no cost to attend.

CMS Board votes to prioritize legislative issues, governance progress; suspends Spring Conference for one year

After a lengthy discussion, the CMS Board of Directors voted to suspend the 2016 Spring Conference to devote resources to the high-stakes legislative policy issues directly affecting physician practices scheduled for this upcoming session and to the implementation of the significant governance reforms approved by the House of Delegates in September.

However, since the House of Delegates has been sunset and the convening of the House comprised a large portion of the annual meeting, CMS is seizing the opportunity to re-engineer the annual meeting and increase its relevance. A task force will decide how to incorporate the most popular features of the spring conference: robust education, legislative issues and programming. The Arapahoe-Douglas-Elbert Medical Society and CMS encourages all members to mark their calendars for the 2016 Annual Meeting, Sept. 16-18 in Keystone.

Questions or comments? Want to join the work group to re-engineer the annual meeting? Contact CMS President Mike Volz, MD, at or CMS President-elect Katie Lozano, MD, at

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.

New Grant Opportunities Available for Qualified Practices in Colorado

There are new healthcare grants available to Colorado practices offered by the State of Colorado and other sources. Colorado physician practices and medical clinics may be eligible for both monetary compensation and free services from one or more of many healthcare grants being offered in Colorado.
CORHIO is participating in several of the healthcare grant programs and partnering with medical practices to help them participate and receive incentives. Here are details on three of these grants -- Evidence Now Southwest, Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative, and State Innovation Model. The commitment required from practices varies, but at a minimum, the grants ask participating practices to compile basic data for process and outcomes measures tracking and/or to participate in care coordination improvement programs.

Financial Incentives
Some of the grants offer cash incentives ranging from $500 to $5,000 (see details below). Additionally, CORHIO is able to offer free quality improvement and EHR assistance as well as some health information exchange services.

Individual Grant Details

Evidence Now Southwest – focused on building a quality improvement program using cardiology measures
· Eligibility: Primary care, internal medicine, geriatrics - independent, non-hospital owned (10 or less providers per site)
· Practice Commitment: nine months; attendance at two learning sessions, submit cardiology clinical quality measures (CQMs)
· Practice Incentive: $500 per site, includes Meaningful Use and practice facilitation help from CORHIO, select practices will receive extra assistance with patient engagement facilitation (determined by county)
Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPI) – focused on making progress through phases of transformation for primary care and specialty care, including care coordination, medical neighborhood, and value-based compensation
· Eligibility: Primary care, internal medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, specialists - independent, non-hospital owned
· Practice Commitment: Attend regional learning sessions, work with practice facilitator, submit measures
· Practice Incentive: TBD
State Innovation Model (SIM) – focused on comprehensive primary care with emphasis on behavioral health integration, medical home, and reformed payment
· Eligibility: Primary care, internal medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics - independent, nonhospital owned (10 or less providers per site)
· Practice Commitment: Three years, attendance at two learning sessions, submit CQMs
· Practice Incentive: Up to $5,000 plus payment incentives from the payers
· Please note: the application deadline for the first round of SIM has passed, but there will be additional opportunities announced
To Learn More
Call CORHIO at 720-285-3245 or email We will ask you a few questions to find out which grants you may qualify for and can explain the amount of stipend and services you are eligible to receive. Participation in the grant programs is limited, and once the spots are filled, the program cannot accept any more practices.
Download the catalog of Colorado’s Primary Care Advancement opportunities from Colorado Health Extension System

Doctors Care remains dedicated to quality health care by Focusing on 4 Core Services

Doctors Care Clinic - Dedicated to Quality Health Care

Our on-site clinic provides primary care to children and young adults (720-458-6161).  If you fit the following criteria, this program may be right for you:
·         You are between newborn and 33 years old.
·         You have Medicaid, CHP+ or are uninsured. No private insurance accepted.
·         You need primary care and/or gynecological care.
·         You need a physical and/or immunizations. 
Click here to learn more about our clinic.

Access for the Uninsured - Low-Cost, Temporary Care
(Formerly the Sliding-Fee-Scale Program)
Doctors Care provides assistance to individuals who have an urgent medical need, but do not immediately qualify for affordable health coverage. Access for the Uninsured patients pay reduced costs for medical assistance based on their income. A network of nearly 1,000 primary and specialty care providers as well as six major medical centers in South Metro Denver participate in the program. 720-458-6222
To Qualify, Patients Must:
·         Be uninsured
·         Live in Douglas, Elbert, or Arapahoe counties (excluding the city of Aurora)
·         Have limited income. 
Click here to learn more about this program.
Health Navigation - Finding Solutions to Better Health
Doctors Care Navigators help people identify and solve problems that may be preventing them from living a healthy lifestyle. They can provide connections to a variety of services and resources including applying for Medicaid, food or shelter assistance, finding a doctor, finding affordable medications and understanding a health insurance policy. 
720-458-6178 or
Click here to learn more about this service.

Connection to Coverage - Understanding Insurance Options
Doctors Care is committed to helping individuals and families obtain free or low-cost health coverage. Our certified health coverage guides are available to help patients apply for Medicaid, tax-credits for private plans, and other financial assistance in getting coverage. Doctors Care is a Connect for Health Colorado Assistance Site and a Certified Medicaid Application Assistance Site. 720-458-6185 or
Click here to learn more about this service.
We Promise To
  •  Serve all patients
  • Offer discounted fees for patients who qualify
  • Not deny services based on a person's: race, color, sex, national origin, disability, 
    religion, sexual orientation, inability to pay
  • Accept Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHP+)
For more information about programs and opportunities to work with your offices, please contact Casey Hilliard, Health Access Program Director at 720.458.6170 or email at



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Medical Society Legislative Night
February 3 
Warwick Hotel, Denver



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