Subject: CAFP September E-news: ☑ Board & Award Nominations Open

What's Happening at the CAFP
CAFP Board and Award Nominations Now Open
Nominations for the CAFP Board of Directors are now open. To nominate yourself or a colleague please complete a paragraph that explains who you are (or who your nominee is) and why you (or your nominee) would make a good addition to the CAFP Board. Please send the paragraph to Raquel Alexander at raquel@coloradoafp.org by December 1, 2018. More information about serving on the board can be found here, under Board Nominations.

Nominations are also open for the 2019 CAFP Awards, including Family Physician of the Year, Teacher of the Year, and Family Medicine Resident of the Year. Learn more about the awards and how to complete a nomination here. Deadline is December 1, 2018

Three Updates from the August 2018 CAFP Board Meeting 
  • The Board discussed concerns over the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed changes to E/M payments at length. A letter was sent to the AAFP, and members were activated to give feedback to CMS. 
  • CAFP's Primary Care Investment Initiative continues to make strides. A new report from the Center for Improving Value in Healthcare has accomplished the important first step of assessing primary care spend in Colorado. Stayed tuned for more information about what this report has shown.
  • The CAFP office has taken several steps to be more environmentally friendly. This includes becoming solar powered, updating to more efficient lighting, and a more efficient heating and cooling system. These steps will result in a net savings in energy bills over time, allowing us to remain responsible stewards of your membership dues. 
Employed Physician Membership Resources
If you are an employed physician whose employer pays your dues, or you would like your employer to pay your dues, AAFP has created information to help communicate the value of membership to employers. See the information here »

Member Feedback Needed for Opioid Epidemic Survey
The AAFP’s Government Relations Division is seeking member feedback for a survey on pain management and the opioid epidemic. Take the survey here »

Save the Date: December 2018 KSA & Bonus CME
Join us December 8, 2018 and earn up to 16 CME credits with a KSA and bonus courses. Details to come soon. 

Bridging Liver Diseases to Primary Care - Live Course

While most common cancers are decreasing, liver cancer is increasing. This increase in liver cancer incidence and death rates can be attributed in large part to the most common liver diseases seen in primary care.

Your practice can have a profound effect on liver cancer incidence and death rates through readily available best practices.

Join Liver Health Connection for a day-long CME event to learn more about what family physicians should know.


To Register contact Nancy Steinfurth at 720-917-3965 or nsteinfurth@liverhealthconnection.org.

CAFP Endorses 48 Candidates for Colorado House and Senate
Through our Small Donor Committee, CAFP endorsed 48 candidates for the 2018 election. CAFP endorsed candidates from both political parties based upon their support for CAFP’s agenda including priorities to double the investment in primary care and protect a stable malpractice environment. CAFP President Zach Wachtl, MD, President-Elect John Cawley, MD and CAFP Board members hosted a reception with 32 candidates for the Colorado State House and Senate. Look for an email later this month with information on the candidates CAFP endorsed. Election day is Tuesday, November 6th.

Proposed CMS Changes to Medicare Fee Schedule, E/M Documentation
Medicare recently proposed changes to E/M payments. The proposal collapses E/M codes 99212-99215 and 99202-99205 into single levels of service and pays one rate of $93 and $135 respectively.

We are urging the AAFP to vigorously oppose this proposal from CMS, and will be conveying our opposition directly to CMS. We encourage you to voice your own thoughts to CMS. The website to submit comments to CMS can be found here »
Vaccine Update

This month's vaccine update is all about school and child care vaccination data for the upcoming school year. 


Extras

CAFP member Kari Mader, MD, MPH, was featured in the AAFP's #MemberMonday spotlight in August.


Health is Primary

In September, Health is Primary is focused on healthy aging. Learn more at healthisprimary.org
Primary Care News to Know 
Events, News & Announcements from the Colorado (and National) Healthcare Landscape »
  • CAFP members are invited to join the 5th Annual Harvey Cohen MD Maternal Morbidity & Mortality Summit, Thursday, October 25, 2018 at CU Denver South (The Wildlife Experience), 10035 S Peoria St., Parker, CO 80134, 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Learn more and register here »
  • The National Improvement Partnership Network and the Academic Pediatric Association are collaborating on a national initiative, NIPA, starting in November 2018, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to recruit health care practices that serve adolescents to participate in a 9-month, virtual, quality improvement project. Practices that enroll in this multi-state project will receive training in QI methodology and implement evidence-based practice changes to increase immunization rates and reduce missed opportunities for HPV vaccine administration. Sign-up and learn more here »
  • Colorado Care Planning is a new comprehensive website to help Coloradans of all ages find information for future medical planning. Launched in July 2018, this public website is directed by Hillary Lum, MD PhD in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Coloradocareplanning.org provides free resources like Colorado-specific advance directives including a Medical Durable Power of Attorney from and a living will. Find more information here »
  • The Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) announces “An Evening with Champions”, a benefit dinner on September 22 featuring groundbreaking American Muslim athletes Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (NBA) and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir (NCAA). Proceeds from the benefit will go to IMANA, a non-profit organization that focuses on medical relief efforts across the globe. “An Evening with Champions” will take place at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Denver located at 1450 Glenarm Pl, and begins at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here »
  • Join the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Workshop, hosted by TMF Health Quality Institute, to prepare step-by-step for reporting your measures in the PI category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). This 90-day workshop begins Aug. 7 and will include an implementation guide and action items, live workshop sessions and individual support as needed. For more information about the workshop, view the PI Workshop information sheet here. Sign up here »
  • As the preferred vaccine buying group for the Colorado AFP, Atlantic Health Partners offers low prices and best terms on a comprehensive portfolio of immunizations. We encourage you to be among our many members currently benefitting from Atlantic’s program savings and exemplary customer service.
    Key benefits of Atlantic’s program include: most favorable pricing for Merck, Sanofi, Pfizer and Dynavax vaccines, outstanding flu program that includes Sanofi and Seqirus products, shingles program that includes Zostavax and Shingrix, meningoccal program that includes Menactra and Trumenba, excellent service and support for all vaccine related issues, including ordering, reimbursement, and preparation for flu season. Contact Cindy Berenson or Jeff Winokur with Atlantic Health Partners to see how Atlantic can help you leverage vaccines to optimize your practice at 800-741-2044 or info@atlantichealthpartners.com.
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