Michael Volz, MD, installed as president of the Colorado Medical Society
Michael Volz, MD, was installed as president of the Colorado Medical Society (CMS) at the organization’s 145th Annual Meeting in Breckenridge on Sept. 19. Dr. Volz is board certified in Allergy/Immunology and a native of Wisconsin. He is currently a solo-practice physician with two offices in Denver in addition to providing coverage in rural Eastern Kansas twice per month. CMS is the largest physician organization in the state, representing more than 7,500 physicians, physicians-in-training and medical students.
In his inaugural speech before meeting attendees and their guests, he spoke of the challenging and tumultuous times facing medicine today and the opportunities to improve the care experience for patients. Dr. Volz committed his presidential year to two topics – representing the profession in the public policy space and reforming the CMS governance process and structure.
Dr. Volz explained in his inaugural address that physicians face a daunting number of practice-relevant public policy issues in 2016. He specifically cited network adequacy – whether physicians are in or out of health insurance networks and patients have adequate access to high-quality care – as having the potential to consume considerable advocacy resources alone. He also discussed the pressing challenge of setting reasonable standards of accountability for the impending consolidation of four major health plans doing considerable business in Colorado into two and preserving access to care for Medicaid patients by continuing primary care pay parity with Medicare in the state budget.
Dr. Volz noted, “We enjoy strong working relationships with the medical leadership of Colorado’s health plans and we may find those relationships can transcend differences and lead to workable and sustainable policies as it has so many times in the recent past.”
Also during the meeting, the House of Delegates, in response to a comprehensive set of governance retooling proposals developed over the past year by the CMS Task Force on Governance, voted overwhelmingly to dissolve themselves into a realigned model that connects a streamlined board to the widest possible spectrum of its physician constituencies. These reforms will be thoughtfully enacted over the next year to re-engineer CMS into a grassroots-centered governance model that will be continually retooled to ensure broader physician engagement and member satisfaction.
“I look forward to working with you on many matters of mutual importance that extend well beyond what I have briefly outlined as emergent priorities,” he told attendees of his inauguration. “Thank you for this opportunity to help advance our community, our profession, and our state’s health.”
Dr. Volz was awarded a medical degree by Medical College of Wisconsin, completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Miami, and completed his sub-specialty training in allergy/immunology at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Disorders in Denver.
As a medical student and later as an intern and resident, Dr. Volz represented his peers at the American Association of Medical Colleges. He has served as the president of the Colorado Allergy and Asthma Society and the Clear Creek Valley Medical Society (CCVMS), the medical director for the American Association of Colorado asthma camp, and as a board member of the CCVMS Board of Trustees, the CMS Board of Directors and the Lung Association of Colorado Board of Directors.
The Colorado Medical Society is a nonprofit organization whose membership comprises the majority of physicians, residents and medical students in Colorado. The Society’s mission is to promote the science and art of medicine, the betterment of public health, and the welfare of Colorado physicians and their patients.
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