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Colorado Governor's Newsletter October 2018

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Andy M. Fine, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Andy M. Fine, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

Your ACP Colorado Chapter has had a busy last few months.

Much of ACP's work is focused on education and advocacy for internists and their patients.

We have had chapter educational conferences for the Associates' Meeting, our Doctor's Dilemma program, our Annual Broadmoor meeting, Ortho Day (coming Oct 13th, 2018), an Early Career Physicians program, and our inaugural High Value Care Day.

All of these have been well attended and well-reviewed.

ACP national education products continue to provide award winning materials to make you a better clinician to better serve your patients. These include Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP Internist, ACP Hospitalist, MKSAP 18, ACP Journal Wise, and a myriad of podcasts, books, and other practice resources.

Policy has been especially active in these times of massive shifts in the healthcare landscape, and so we will end with quoting much of ACP's new marketing materials for informing internists on what ACP stands for:

“The American College of Physicians works for you – providing internists with education, clinical support, practice resources, and advocacy for policy changes that will make a difference in your daily work, your professional development, and your patients' health.

At the American College of Physicians, we know problems like administrative burdens, inadequate physician payments, high drug prices, and lack of access to affordable health care coverage are making it harder for internists to practice medicine, earn a living, and help patients. That's why we press legislators and regulators for changes that can successfully improve your daily work experience and free you up to focus on the care you were trained to provide.

The American College of Physicians is an unrelenting advocate for policy changes to reduce administrative burdens, increase physician payments, lower medical liability costs, address high drug prices, and expand patient access to care. We gather evidence to support which changes will make a difference, then lobby Congress, weigh in with regulators, educate consumer advocates, partner with like-minded organizations, and provide support to help you influence policy in your state. We may not always succeed, but we'll never stop working for you and your patients.

There is power in numbers. As the nation's largest specialty medicine organization, the American College of Physicians uses its leverage to press policymakers and regulators for changes that its research shows will benefit the field of medicine and the patients that physicians serve. That's how it works for and with you at a national and state level to reduce administrative burdens, increase physician payments, and expand patients' access to affordable health care coverage and treatment. – reform how physicians are compensated to truly achieve better value for patients and to recognize the value of care provided by internists; and reduce the complexity in our health care system.”

Thanks, and if you are interested in participating in chapter activities or committees, please let us know,

Andy Fine, MD, FACP




Resident/Fellow Update

The Resident and Fellow member section of the Colorado ACP Chapter continues to grow! We now have 183 members from four internal medicine residency programs across the state: Parkview, Sky Ridge, St Joseph's, and University of Colorado. The section organizes and hosts several annual events including presentations of clinical, research, and quality improvement abstracts at the Colorado Chapter Meeting and at the spring Resident and Fellow Scientific Meeting (May 14, 2018). We also host our annual “Doctors Dilemma” competition – a Jeopardy-style contest of medical knowledge among contestants from the four state programs (February 21, 2018). Congratulations to last year's winner, University of Colorado! Resident and Fellow section events are open to all ACP members. Please also join us for our breakout session at the state chapter meeting. For more information or to get involved, please contact your local residency program director or



High Value Care Conference – September 8, 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the inaugural High Value Care Conference at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital. It was a great success!! The speakers were excellent and the participants were engaged. The morning went smoothly. The speakers shared valuable information and the attendees learned about improving high value care for our patients. We have heard feedback from the attendees and are planning on adding this new conference to our yearly agenda for the Colorado Chapter. We are looking forward to seeing you in September 2019!

Matthew Moles, MD and Andy Fine, MD, FACP



Colorado Early Career Physician Update

The ACP Colorado Chapter Council for Early Career Physicians (CECP) has had an exciting year! Juan Lessing MD FACP joined Mary Anderson Wallace MD FACP as CECP co-chairs. Last November, CECP hosted a very well-attended event called “Medical Errors: What I've Learned and How to Grow and Go On” where panelists and the audience discussed the human side of medical error and productive ways to cope with this very real part of clinical practice. We are excited for our soon-upcoming Fall event, where Doctors Caitlin Dietsche and Susan Calcaterra will be discussing “Opioid Best Practices Across the Spectrum of Opioid Use” on October 17th, 2018 from 6:30-8PM @ Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital – Colorado Room South (free parking across circular drive entrance via Gilpin, 1719 E. 19th Ave.) This DO-NOT-MISS talk promises to be practical and immediately applicable in addressing the many facets of and challenges in caring for patients throughout the entire spectrum of opioid use, including discussion of the new and ever-changing Colorado laws regarding opioid prescribing. Lastly, CECP is interested in hearing from you! CECP is soliciting your input as well as suggestions and requests for topics and speakers for our February state-wide meeting and for other 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.