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Colorado Governor's Newsletter March 2020

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Alwinn Steinmann, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Alwinn Steinmann, MD, FACP, ACP Governor



I am happy to share with you my first chapter update, just about a month into my term as Governor. I do want to thank Dr. Christie Reimer for stepping back into the Governor's role and leading the chapter over the past year as well as all her help as we transitioned.

We had a terrific, albeit somewhat snowy, chapter meeting at the Broadmoor last month. There were over 150 attendees and for the first time we had medical student posters in addition to those from residents in all four of our Colorado residencies programs. Many thanks to our meeting planning committee for all their hard work on this and to Christine Westbrook and her husband for their organizational and on-site contributions. A special thanks to Drs. Jen Ziouras and Gail Mizner, our meeting Co-Chairs.

Also, at our chapter meeting, the following awards were given out:

  • Laureate Award - Dr. Christie Reimer
  • Volunteerism Award - Dr. Joseph Johnson
  • Distinguished Medical Educator (Inaugural) - Dr. Robert Gibbons
  • Council of Early Career Physicians Award - Dr. Hillary Lum
  • Silver Excellence Award - Colorado Chapter

I would also like to congratulate Dr. Deb Parsons and Dr. Mel Anderson who were successfully nominated to become Masters!

Please check out our committee updates below to learn what is going on in our chapter. I have also included a few links to items on the national ACP website that may be of interest. One is the ACP's vision of a better healthcare system, “Better is Possible”, which was recently published as a supplement to the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Lastly, one of the links is for the ACP's physician education module on the novel coronavirus and the related COVID-19 disease. This educational module is available free of charge to everyone and is updated regularly to reflect new knowledge and developments. Members may also claim CME and MOC credit.

I look forward to my term as Governor of our chapter and to getting to know and work with more of you over the next four years.

Al Steinmann

Governor, Colorado Chapter of the American College of Physicians



Community Project – “Docs for Socks” at the 2020 ACP Colorado Chapter Meeting!!

Thanks to everyone who attended the ACP CO Chapter meeting and donated socks for the “Docs for Socks” community service project. You donated 176 pairs of new socks which were distributed to homeless clients at Springs Rescue Mission in Colorado Springs. Most of the socks were given out during the foot care clinic sponsored by the Colorado Springs Branch of the University of Colorado School of Medicine on February 7, 2020 where 40 homeless clients received basic foot care services provided by medical, undergraduate, other health sciences students, and volunteer podiatrists. The remaining pairs were distributed through the week in the Springs Rescue Mission resource center as clients received additional services. Thank you very much for your generosity!



ACP Calls for Comprehensive Reform of U.S. Health in a Series of Papers Offering a New Vision of Health Care

ACP has released a comprehensive series of policy papers that outline ACP's vision of a better health care system for all, published as a supplement in Annals of Internal Medicine.Better is Possible: The American College of Physicians Vision for the U.S. Health Care System issues a bold call to action, challenging the U.S. to implement systematic reform of the health care system, and provides an ambitious new vision for better health care for all and expansive policy recommendations for how to achieve it.

ACP's “Envisioning a Better Health Care System for All” series of policy papers addresses issues related to coverage and cost of care, health care delivery and payment system reform, and reducing barriers to care and social determinants of health. They offer specific recommendations supported by evidence about ways the U.S. can change the status quo and improve the health care system for all.

ACP developed the papers based on examination and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the current U.S. health care system and ACP's analysis of the major problems with American health care. Using the best available data and evidence and a comprehensive review of the literature and recommendations as their foundation, potential solutions outlined in the papers build on ACP's day-to-day advocacy to support the daily practice and well-being of its members and health of patients.

ACP invites all members to join the conversation:

  • Engage on social media by using #ACPVision4HealthCare.
  • E-mail your thoughts, questions, and suggestions to us at



2019 Novel Coronavirus: A Physician's Guide from ACP

ACP has developed the following educational content that is freely available to the healthcare community as a public service of ACP in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

  • Novel Coronavirus: A Physician's Guide This online learning activity can be easily accessed on handheld devices and provides a clinical overview of infection control and patient care guidance.
  • Coronavirus: What the Clinician Needs to Know This podcast was produced by Core IM in collaboration with ACP, and includes an interview with Dr. Christina Fiske, infectious diseases subspecialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

For these coronavirus education activities, ACP members may report their learning time for CME credit without charge. Please feel free to share these resources with others in the health care community.

For additional information, contact Laura Baldwin



Save the Date!!

2020 ACP Colorado Chapter – Resident/Fellow Meeting

May 13, 2020

St. Joseph Hospital – Stern/Elder Conference Room

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

2020 ACP Colorado Chapter Ortho Day

October 3, 2020

St. Joseph Hospital – Stern/Elder Conference Room

7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2021 ACP Colorado Chapter Meeting

February 4, 2021 thru February 6, 2021

Broadmoor Hotel



CECP Update:

The ACP Colorado Chapter Council for Early Career Physicians (CECP) has had another exciting year! Our council continues growing with the recent additions of Nicholas Breitnauer, MD, Med/Peds-trained primarily outpatient-based clinician out of Denver Health, and Phil Hitchcock, MD, outpatient primary care provider and hospitalist.

Further, our annual CECP breakfast at the Broadmoor during the annual ACP conference was exceptionally well attended and received. Emmy Betz, MD MPH and Erik Wallace, MD presented their illuminating and eye-opening talk “Getting to Gun Safety: The Physician's Role in Preventing Firearm Injury.” We are in the midst of brainstorming and planning our next speaker and event for the Fall.

Our CECP is interested in hearing from you! We are soliciting your input as well as suggestions and requests for topics and speakers for future events. Additionally, we are always looking to broaden our community. Please contact with any ideas, suggestions, or if you would like to be more involved with CECP.



HPPC Update:

Colorado Chapter Health and Public Policy Committee Update

Chair - Dr. Rich Penaloza

The Colorado legislative session has gotten off to a busy start. As in previous years, we are working closely with the Colorado Medical Society, through their Council on Legislation, and coordinating our efforts as much as possible. The bill proposing the Colorado “public option” was recently introduced and we will be taking a close look at that. The national ACP office is helping us review it and will provide some guidance for us. From what we already know about the public option, national ACP said that it seems consistent with ACP policy and recommended support. We will likely work with other physician and health related organizations if we do decide to support it.

We are also watching the work of the Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborative. They submitted their first report in December and recommended that insurers in the state increase the portion of all payments that go to primary care physicians by 1% per year for 2 years as a starting point. (The current average in Colorado is around 9 -10%.) Dr. Steinmann represents the ACP and CMS in this Collaborative. Dr. Penaloza will be standing in when Dr. Steinmann cannot attend.




Membership Update:

Spring is upon us! With the return of warmer weather and birds' delightful songs we lay out our plans for 2020. If the resounding success of this year's Annual conference at the Broadmoor is a harbinger of the year to come, I am very excited! It was shared at the conference that our chapter has again grown by 3.76%. This reflects the hard work by everyone who continues to create a chapter that speaks towards our patient centered values, support our desire for evidence-based care for our patients, and create a space for restorative camaraderie. In 2019, we also strengthened our partnership with the National office with participation with several initiatives including ones that outreach to new colleagues. Our plan for 2020 is to continue to build upon our success with the continued outreach to new members and continued participation in national initiatives. If you would like to join our committee, your participation is always welcomed The committee meets two to three times a year for an hour to discuss areas that we can support the growth of our chapter. Happy Spring and here is to an excellent year!