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President's update - January/February 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Happy New Year! With a new year comes the opportunity to review and refresh our goals. I'll hope you'll review what we're doing now and what's on deck and join us in advancing our society.

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:

  1. Professional Fellowship - Ski club. There have been two meet-ups this ski season. We look forward to additional ski clubs.
  2. Meetings with our state legislators - We've had two so far with more scheduled during the session. See below for more information.
  3. Medicaid rate increase for ophthalmologists - We are evaluating the 1.5 percent increase proposal and preparing a response.
  4. Alan Kimura, MD, has been appointed as councilor to AAO for Colorado. The AAO Council serves as the advisory body to the Board of Trustees. Dr. Kimura will serve as a two-way source of information and feedback between the national academy and CSEPS, coordinate joint activities and develop recommendations, among other duties.

Things coming up this winter:

  1. More skiing. The next one is Saturday Feb. 1 at Breckenridge. We'll meet up at noon at the Peak Nine Restaurant located at the top of Peak 9. Bring a lunch or buy lunch there. It is informal. We will ride the lifts together and ski.
  2. CSEPS Connect, our education series. The next CSEPS Connect will be held on Feb. 12 with featured guest Attorney General John Suthers. We'll have programs throughout 2014.
  3. Mixers - The next social mixer is Feb. 28.

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 gives 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.

George G. Ulrich, MD