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September/October 2014

Posted By Kate Alfano, Monday, October 27, 2014
Mission of the Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons:
  • Promote excellence in patient care
  • Foster professional fellowship and continuing medical education
  • Be a strong advocate for patients and the physicians who serve them.
Things going on right now: Drive to fund our PAC
  • Whether you are politically oriented or not, politics is part of the process at the heart of health care because the Colorado legislature has an impact on the future of medicine and on our specialty. After some concerted work by some of your engaged and concerned colleagues we set up a political action committee, EYEPAC, and a small donor committee. We want all our colleagues, even those who are not politically minded, to be a part of the on-going effort to maintain the standing of our profession. We benefit from having the ear of our state legislators and money in these funds goes to support legislators who support ophthalmology priorities. A contribution to the PAC is money well spent. The reality is that money and campaign support does help with access, and that’s why we need your contributions. Please give today. Click here for more details.
  • Apart from money, I've made an effort as your president to make our legislators aware of who we are and what we do for the quality of life of our fellow Coloradans. That has included having legislators visit surgery centers to get an up-close view of what we do every day to see that we are professional, service-minded and cost-effective. If you would like to host a legislator at your practice, then please contact CSEPS staff.
Things accomplished:
  • Further development and implementation of the new CSEPS website – click HERE to see it! We have made efforts to determine the needs and desires of members of our society and to construct the site to address those needs and desires. This is really a good and useful site! We are committed to continually make it better by responding to your input. Use the website to find out what is happening in our profession in Colorado and to express your concerns and opinions about where our state ophthalmology society should direct its efforts.
  • Speaking of directing our efforts, I know you received our membership survey. Please take a moment to complete it either online or mail back the paper copy you received. We are listening. Tell us how CSEPS can support you!
  • We held a dinner meeting in Denver with Dr. Ruth Williams, former president of the AAO. She discussed the future of ophthalmology practice in the US and the need to stay abreast of opportunities to collaborate with hospital and other large health care organizations in our communities.
Things coming up:
  • Professional Fellowship – Our young ophthalmologists mixer is scheduled for Oct. 14 at Breckenridge Brewery Colorado Craft. Click here for details. We are also working on details to hold two more local educational meetings in Colorado Springs in late October/early November and in Fort Collins in November. Watch for details.
We are members. If you’re not one, then please consider joining. We want to grow our membership:
  • We fight for our priorities in the state legislature. All of our funding for advocacy comes from membership dues.
  • There are numerous critical issues that come up when the state legislature is in session. We attend to the issues and express opinions in the best interest of our profession and the patients we serve.
  • Organization and numbers gives us credibility and influence.
  • The more members we have, and the stronger our organization - the more effective we are in promoting our profession.
If you are not a member, please join, participate and contribute. Click here to join. If you prefer to support the organization and mission without joining you can make a donation; click here. If you are a member -- talk to non-member ophthalmologists you know about the importance of joining. Have them contact our executive, Chet Seward.

George G. Ulrich, MD

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July/August 2014

Posted By Chet Seward, Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Mission of the Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons:
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George Ulrich, MD
  • Promote excellence in patient care
  • Foster professional fellowship and continuing medical education
  • Be a strong advocate for patients and the physicians who serve them.

Things going on right now:

  • State legislature out of session – It was another busy session with some important victories for ophthalmologists. We have created a great compendium that analyzes the bills you need to know about. Read more about it in the legislative update below. Click here to view the compendium. 
  • Medicare public release of physician data – The feds released the biggest chunk of Medicare date in decades and CSEPS was on the front lines helping the local media to make sense out of all of this information. We emphasized the “raw” nature of this information including the fact that ophthalmology practices have very high administrative costs and while it may look like reimbursement for incredibly expensive intraocular drugs goes to physicians the fact is that the lion’s share goes to pharmaceutical companies. 
  • Professional fellowship – We held another successful social mixer with the Colorado Optometric Association and we have some great educational programs scheduled in Denver and Colorado Springs in the coming months.
  • New web site – Have you checked out the new web site? It has lots of new services (classified ads and career center) for members, in addition to enhanced interactivity so that we can stay connected with you. Log in today!

Things coming up:

  • Education events – August in Denver and late September in Colorado Springs. Check the web site for details. 
  • 18th Annual Ophthalmology Symposium – We are proud to once again co-sponsor this great event scheduled for 9/12-9/13. Click here for details.

Membership continues to be a priority. Are you with us?
The more members we have, and the stronger our organization - the more effective we are in promoting our profession. If you are not a member, please join, participate and contribute. Clickhere to join. If you prefer to support the organization and mission without joining you can make a donation. Click here for details. If you are a member - talk to non-member ophthalmologists you know about the importance of joining. Have them contact our executive Chet Seward. 

 

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