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President's update - March/April 2014

Saturday, March 1, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Mission of the Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons:
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 in session - Thus far we have fought to stave off a number of onerous bills including a driver's license bill that would have imposed civil and criminal penalties on physicians for failure to report conditions that may compromise a patient's ability to drive. We also carefully considered a bill that continues optometry's ability to prescribe hydrocodone combination drugs. There is a lot more session left and we remain actively engaged on a number of fronts to protect you.
  • Medicaid rate increase for ophthalmologists - Did you know that Medicaid is the second largest payer in the state 
    Come join us for ski club!
    and may be on way to be the first? We submitted a response to a proposed set of payment reforms within Medicaid including an increase in rates for specific eye codes (review it here). The legislature is evaluating this proposal and will pass a budget soon that will hopefully include those increases.
  • Professional fellowship - Ski club has been an under-appreciated benefit lately. These outings are a great way to unwind and catch up with colleagues. Make plans to attend the next one!
  • Fellowship dinner in Denver with Attorney General John Suthers - He presented the AG's legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act and related the story of the Supreme Court deliberation and action. 
Things coming up: 
  • Education events - ICD-10 is coming and we know that it is critical to prepare. That's why we are holding CODEquest, the most trusted name in ophthalmic coding education, on April 26 this year. Register today
  • We are partnering with our friends at OMIC to hold a risk management seminar on March 18 in Denver (register here) and plans are being set for our next CSEPS Connect educational events in Fort Collins in late March/early April and in Denver in May. Stay tuned for details.
  • We are working on a social mixer in Colorado Springs in April. Watch your email and check the CSEPS website for details.
  • More skiing. The next one is Saturday, April 12 at Breckenridge. RSVP here. Meet at noon at the Peak Nine Restaurant located at the top of Peak 9. Bring a lunch, or you can buy lunch there. It is informal. We will ride the lifts together and ski.
  • We are going to completely overhaul and upgrade our website in the coming months to provide you with exciting new member benefits and better ways to connect with us and each other.

We want to grow our membership:

  1. We fight for our priorities in the state legislature. All of our funding for advocacy comes from membership dues.
  2. There are numerous critical issues in implementation of the Affordable Care Act. We must take part of the conversation and advocate policies and laws that serve our patients well.
  3. Organization and numbers give us credibility and influence.
  4. 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 for an online application. If you prefer to support the organization and mission without joining you can send a check to CSEPS c/o Chet Seward, 7351 E. Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230. If you are a member - talk to non-member ophthalmologists you know about the importance of joining. Have them contact our executive Chet Seward at 303-810-8689.