Subject: CAFP May E-news: Maintenance of Certification- Share Your Thoughts

What's Happening at the CAFP

Give Your Input on Maintenance of Certification
Many members at the state and national level have expressed their dissatisfaction with Maintenance of Certification (MOC). 

There is a commission studying current MOC practices and what family physicians want changed.

A survey is available for you to give your input. The survey is brief but will provide valuable feedback to those making decisions on MOC changes.  

Thank You For Making CAFP's 70th Anniversary Great!
We enjoyed another successful CAFP Summit in April. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

Ready to be an earlybird and get registered for the 2019 Summit, happening May 2-5 in Fort Collins? Early registration is now open! Save $50 with coupon code EARLYBIRD. Register here.

And don't forget, we have a great line-up of new venues coming your way. Join us in the following locations: 

Estes Park
Grand Junction

CAFP’s Bill to Increase Investment in Primary Care Gets Voted Down
After winning strong bipartisan support last week in the House Health Committee on a vote of 11-2, CAFP’s Primary Care Investment bill HB-1365 was sent to a second committee where it was unfortunately caught in a broad effort to stall numerous pieces of legislation. The bill would have begun annual statewide reporting on the share of payers’ spending on primary care and developed recommendations to increase that spending to 15% of the healthcare dollar.

Although the bill did not pass this year, CAFP will be taking steps to advance our efforts to increase statewide spending on primary care from currently inadequate levels. And we can return next year to push this important legislation once again. While the bill got voted down, there was no opposition to it from any industry stakeholders in the Health Committee. And we have made progress with policymakers and the industry in redefining a fundamental problem facing our healthcare system: we are not investing enough in our primary care system to drive the health outcomes and lower costs that we need to achieve.

CAFP members spoke up in their communities and placed op-eds in multiple papers around the state on the issue. You can read Dr. Rick Budensiek’s take on primary care investment in the Greeley Tribune, Dr. Michael Vargas’ view in the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, or Dr. Mike Pramenko’s op-ed in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.
Vaccine Update

This month's vaccine update is all about increasing access to the Hepatitis B Vaccination. 

Medical Supplies for Donation

A CAFP member is downsizing his practice and has equipment for donation, including 2 exam tables, 1 procedure table (hydraulic powered by standard wall plug), 1 wall mounted oto/ophthalmoscope and several bp cuffs (mecury). If you or a clinic you know may be interested please contact Dr. Cory Carroll at


Atlantic Health Partners is the preferred vaccine buying group for the CAFP. Our members who work with Atlantic report very high satisfaction, most notably for the savings and customer support.

In addition to offering the best prices and terms for Sanofi, Merck, and Pfizer (Trumenba) vaccines, Atlantic now offers contract pricing for Shingrix. With ACIP giving a preferential recommendation to GSK’s Shingrix over Merck’s Zostavax, Atlantic has expanded its program to include both shingles vaccines.

In addition, Atlantic can help your practice prepare for the upcoming flu season.

Key benefits of Atlantic’s program include:
  • Strong flu program including Sanofi and Seqirus flu vaccines
  • Most favorable pricing for Merck and Sanofi vaccines with “one stop shop”
  • Shingrix program for GSK’s new shingles vaccine
  • Excellent service and support
We encourage you to contact Cindy Berenson or Jeff Winokur with Atlantic Health Partners to best determine how Atlantic’s program can benefit your practice. Their contact info is 800-741-2044 or

Colorado Quality Payment Program (QPP) Coalition – Five QPP Fast Facts in 5 Minutes

Check out the new QPP Fast Facts.

Do you know if you’re eligible to participate in 2018 Quality Payment Program? CMS released the 2018 QPP MIPS Participation Look Up Tool. There will be (2) determination periods for 2018 to determine eligibility in this program based on CMS claims review for the following timeframes:
  • Sep. 1, 2016-Aug. 31, 2017
  • Sep. 1, 2017-Aug. 31, 2018
Are you new to the 2018 Quality Payment Program and need a MIPS 101?
Please join the QPP Coalition to discuss the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2018 eligible clinicians. The webinar will review 2018 MIPS eligibility status, the basics of how to participate in the 2017 MIPS QPP Track, and how to set up an EIDM account to prepare for your 2018 reporting submission.
May 22nd, 12:00pm – 1:00pm MST

Health is Primary

In May, Health is Primary is all about the importance of mental health. Learn more at
Primary Care News to Know 
Events, News & Announcements from the Colorado (and National) Healthcare Landscape »

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), is accepting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Improving Access to Overdose Treatment (Short Title: OD Treatment Access). SAMHSA will award OD Treatment Access funds to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), Opioid Treatment Programs, or practitioners who have a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to expand access to Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs or devices for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Recipients will partner with other prescribers at the community level to develop best practices for prescribing and co-prescribing FDA-approved overdose reversal drugs. After developing best practices, the recipients will train other prescribers in key community sectors as well as individuals who support persons at high risk for overdose. Learn more here »
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