Subject: CAFP January E-news: New Member Benefits, New Legislation, New Year

What's Happening at the CAFP

Apply for the last SIM cohort

The Colorado State Innovation Model is expanding access to integrated behavioral and physical health across Colorado and helping primary care providers success in alternative payment models. Apply for the third and final cohort by Jan. 10 to capitalize on valuable practice coaching, access to a data aggregation tool, the opportunity to apply for $40,000 in small grants and more: bit.ly/sim3application 





New Physician and Resident Members: Take Advantage of CAFP's New Physician Benefits Package
We are excited to introduce a comprehensive package of benefits from the CAFP, designed to help resident and new physician members successfully transition into the first years of medical practice. The benefits include services like contract reviews, loan repayment counseling, CME, and more, all free of charge.


January 24: What's Next in Payment Reform for Colorado?

Want to be on the cutting edge of the future of payment reform in our state? Join the Colorado Primary Care Collaborative and the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians for "Not Someday. Today. Making Primary Care Payment Reform a Reality in Colorado." 

When: January 24, 2018, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: History Colorado Center


Join the CAFP For the 2018 Annual Summit

Registration for the 2018 Annual Summit is live and underway! We have a great line-up of speakers planned so far. Come celebrate CAFP's 70th anniversary, get lots of live CME credits, and enjoying meeting more of your family medicine colleagues in Colorado and beyond. 

When: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - Sunday, April 15, 2018 

Where: Cheyenne Mountain Conference Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado 


Medicaid Alternative Payment: Pick Your Quality Measures Today
Colorado Medicaid is implementing an Alternative Payment Model for Primary Care (APM), which offers practices up to a 4% payment enhancement on top of FFS reimbursements. Select your baseline measures in the survey today. The survey will remain open through January 31, 2018. Medicaid will use the survey to refine the APM model. The survey will also help practices identify the measures they are likely to be successful on. APM Measures align with MACRA and other payment reform efforts. SIM and CPC+ practices do not have to select measures.

APM Implementation Workgroup
As the Department moves forward with the APM, a workgroup is forming to assist with its implementation. The Department is looking for representation from primary care physicians, primary care practice coordinators, and office managers. The group would provide feedback and input on how best to implement the APM.

The time commitment would be one 60-90 minute meeting every other month. A kick-off meeting was held on November 20th from 12-1pm and the next meeting is scheduled for January 8, 2018. Meetings will be scheduled every other month thereafter. There will be a call-in option for those unable to attend in person.

If you have questions about the survey or are interested in participating in the Implementation Workgroup please send an email to the APM inbox, HCPF_PrimaryCarePaymentReform@state.co.us.

Pharmaceutical Shortages
Due to Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico in October, several drug shortages have occurred or worsened. 7 of the top 10 drugs globally are manufactured in Puerto Rico. The IV Saline shortage has been among the most well-known in recent months, with 90 drugs on the FDA’s shortage monitoring list due to the hurricane. You can access a statement by the FDA Commissioner and find up-to-date information on current shortages on the FDA’s website.

CDPHE
Vaccine Update

This month's vaccine update is all about the MCV4 Booster.


Extras

Going out of practice after 45 years, by late February, 2018.

Available: equipment, medical supplies, waiting room furniture, much more.

All for sale at pennies on the dollar, some give-aways.

Call: 303 771-1647 Office
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Address: 3545 S. Tamarac (# 130), Denver, CO. 80237
Health is Primary

In January, Health is Primary is all about fitness and nutrition. Learn more at healthisprimary.org
Primary Care News to Know 
Events, News & Announcements from the Colorado (and National) Healthcare Landscape »

  • Quarterly Infectious Disease Newsletter from Tri-County Health Department now available. Read more here »
  • Colorado family physician Mike Pramenko, MD recently published a letter in the Grand Junction Sentinel on current healthcare issues. Read more here »
  • The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is launching a series of Disability Competency training videos and materials for Primary Care providers and staff. Learn more here »
  • TMF Health Quality Institute is excited to offer – at no charge – a new online application to help clinicians prepare for and participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). With the TMF MIPS Toolbox, clinicians can select and track their MIPS measures, calculate a projected final score and submit data directly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Learn more here »
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