Subject: CAFP July E-news: New Opioid Guidelines for Physicians

What's Happening at the CAFP
Martha Illige Scholarship Deadline Approaching
To honor Dr. Martha Illige and her sustained commitment over many years to medical education, resident training, and the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, the CAFP provides an annual opportunity for a pair of female physicians from a Colorado Family Medicine Residency program to attend the August Balance Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Through a process that involves a shared application, one resident-faculty dyad consisting of a female family medicine residency faculty and a female PGY-2 or PGY-3 resident from the same program will be provided with $1200.00 per person to help defray the costs of attending the conference together.

Ways to Support the CAFP
The CAFP's philanthropic and advocacy work is possible because of support from our members. As you consider contributions you wish to make in 2018 we invite you to support one or more of CAFP's initiatives

CAFP Foundation
The CAFP Foundation is dedicated to advancing primary care in Colorado by supporting both physicians and communities. All funds donated to the foundation go directly to students and residents to support scholarships that help them attend family medicine-centered events. You can donate to the foundation online here, or send your check (made out to the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians Foundation) to CAFP Foundation, 2224 S. Fraser St. Unit 1, Aurora, CO 80014.

Campaign for Dr. John Bender
CAFP Past President and current AAFP Board Member Dr. John Bender of Fort Collins is currently running for President-elect of the AAFP. Having a physician from Colorado in this important role elevates Colorado's concerns and brings an even greater voice of representation to Colorado family physicians. Contributions to the campaign assist with campaign related expenses. Contributions can be sent to the CAFP, c/o Raquel Alexander, 2224 S. Fraser St. Unit 1, Aurora, CO 80014. Please make check payable to the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. 

Be sure to look for a story about Dr. Bender in CAFP's Summer magazine, hitting mailboxes soon. 

Residents, Where are You Going After Residency?
CAFP resident members are invited to join Foothills Medical Society, CAFP and the Colorado Medical Society for:

Where am I Going After Residency?
Thursday, August 23
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Molly Brown Summer House

Learn about options after residency, take part in a Q & A with current physicians, enjoy dinner and lawn games and more.

New Law Limits Opioid Prescriptions, Requires PDMP Check for 2nd Fill
Under the new law, a prescriber must limit a patient’s initial prescription of an opioid to a seven-day supply, if the prescriber has not written an opioid prescription for the patient in the last 12 months. The prescriber may exercise discretion in including a second fill for a seven-day supply. Several exceptions to the prescribing limits exist, including for chronic pain. Read the Medical Board’s guidance for complete details on the new law, including exceptions and requirements for checking the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

After the first prescription, the prescriber is required to check the PDMP database before prescribing any additional opioids for the same patient. Failure to check the PDMP constitutes unprofessional conduct if the prescriber repeatedly fails to comply with this new requirement. Certain exceptions also exist for the requirement to check the PDMP.

Medicaid Medical Home Payments Changing
Beginning July 1, 2018, administrative medical home payments and incentive payments will be paid by Regional Accountable Entities (RAEs, formerly RCCO’s); these payments will no longer come directly from the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. Physical Health services will continue to be reimbursed by the Department fee-for-service through the Colorado interChange.
Action Needed:
Vaccine Update

This month's vaccine update is all about options for the shingles vaccine.


Funding Available for Practices
March of Dimes Colorado has grant funding available to practices to help address the growing concern of maternal and child health. Learn more about the funding opportunity here »

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
COPIC this month released a COPISCOPE summary of “Guidelines for the Safe Prescribing and Dispensing of Opioids.” The summary offers helpful guidance on making diagnoses and assessing risk, determining proper dosing, and appropriately treating based on the duration of the pain.

Health is Primary

In July, Health is Primary is focused on the importance of adolescent health. Learn more at
Primary Care News to Know 
Events, News & Announcements from the Colorado (and National) Healthcare Landscape »

  • CAFP members are asked to participate in a survey on the Colorado Newborn Blood Spot Screening Program. The Colorado Newborn Blood Spot Screening Program provides screening for metabolic disorders for all newborns in the State of Colorado. The program is seeking feedback from stakeholders to assess needs for increased communication and training. Take the survey here »
  • CAFP Past President and current CEO and President of the Colorado Trust Ned Calonge, MD, MPH has authored an article with thoughts on current events and their implications for health. Read more here »
  • Clinicians and applicable practice staff should have an Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) system account so they can use the CMS Enterprise Portal and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Portal and access the reports contained in both. Find out more »
  • Summer vacation often gives students of all ages a break from homework and classes. But, for
    healthcare professionals, summer appointments present an opportunity to educate young
    patients and parents about their recommended vaccine schedule. Read more »
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention: A Colorado Community Reference is a resource and reference guide for communities and organizations working to address the opioid crisis in Colorado. The Community Reference was developed by the Consortium with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, and it is intended to give organizations like yours valuable resources you can use for your local efforts. Read the Community Reference here »
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