Annual Meeting: Sept. 14-15, 2018


148th CMS Annual Meeting, Sept. 14-15, 2018 at the Vail Marriott.

Make plans to join the Colorado Medical Society for the most anticipated event of the year for Colorado physicians: the 2018 CMS Annual Meeting. Building on the success of previous meetings, a workgroup of physicians and medical students is already hard at work to craft entertaining social events and high-quality professional development sessions to help you refresh and recharge in your medical career. The 2018 meeting will be held Sept. 14-15 at the Vail Marriott in Vail, Colo., and we hope you and your family will make plans to join us in this idyllic mountain retreat. As always, there is no registration fee for members and we have secured discounted group pricing on lodging at the hotel.

New this year, the conference will conclude with Saturday night’s presidential gala, giving attendees and their guests more time to explore beautiful Vail, a top Rocky Mountain destination, on Sunday. In addition to the hiking, biking and viewing of fall colors attendees know they will enjoy, Vail Oktoberfest – with Bavarian beer, music and dancing, traditional fare, yodeling and alpenhorn blowing – will be held in Vail Village Sept. 14-16, and the Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show will be held Sept. 16. Childcare is provided during conference events with advanced registration.

Registration is open!
Click here to register. (You will be prompted to sign in)

Book your hotel reservations!

View the agenda here!

Read the Colorado Medicine article!



Children's Activity Center
CMS will once again provide child care during meeting events through the Children’s Activity Center! Snacks are provided throughout. Dinner is provided on Friday. Lunch and dinner are provided on Saturday. See the schedule of activities and register your children here! NOTE: Registration is required by Sept. 1 to ensure adequate ratios of care providers to children.

Hotel reservations
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort

715 W Lionshead Cir
Vail, CO 81657
Phone: (970) 476-4444
Book online here.

A group rate is available for the rate of $185/night for a standard room. Book online here. A credit card is required at the time of booking. A one-night, nonrefundable payment will be billed on Aug. 23, 2018. Cancellations after this date will forfeit the one night's payment. All no-shows will forfeit the one night's payment. Complimentary internet and local calls provided in guest rooms. Guests may opt to purchase resort fee at check-in for $25/day (see benefits below). Valet is $10/day; this is the only on-site parking option. Parking may be available in the Lionshead parking garage. No pets allowed.

Guests who opt to pay the daily resort fee will receive welcome gift on day of arrival and access to bike storage, bike wash station, use of hotel GoPro - based on availability, spa locker room access, shuttle service within Vail - based on availability, games and activities, enhanced High Speed Internet access and local calls in room, daily s’mores and lemonade - 3-5pm, digital access to over 5,000 newspapers and magazines via PressReader, Business Center access including printing, 10% discount on spa services, 30% discount on bike rental at Charter Sports, $10 off a bottle of wine.

Educational Objectives


7:15 - 9 p.m. Shedding Light on the Black Holes of Health Costs
1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™

Brian Shiozawa, MD, Regional Director, District 8, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Bill Lindsay, co-chair, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Michele Lueck, President & CEO, Colorado Health Institute
Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Center for Improving Value in Health Care       

  • Identify key components of problems associated with rising costs of health care.
  • Consider strategies for physicians to continue to devise ways to reduce the cost of care while ensuring quality of care.


8:30 - 9:45 a.m. Alternative Approaches to the Opioid Alien Invasion of our Communities
1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™

Robert Valuck, PhD, RPh, Director, Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
Jason Hoppe, DO, Co-chair, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Work Group

  • Summarize progress being made in the opioid crises. 
  • Discuss the cost of the opioid crises, including costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
  • Identify conditions commonly treated with opioids.
  • Describe treatment approaches utilizing fewer or no opioids, and alternative treatments. 

9:50 - 11:15 a.m. Finding Intelligent Life on Planet Health Care
1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™

Brian Shiozawa, MD, Regional Director, District 8, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Bill Lindsay, co-chair, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Michele Lueck, President & CEO, Colorado Health Institute
Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Center for Improving Value in Health Care

  • Outline the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce work plan, what physicians should know, how to prepare, and potentially participate in this work.
  • Describe how data can enlighten next-step work and provide physicians with information to help drive what needs to be done to make a difference for patients, their practice and the profession.
  • Identify what physicians should be thinking about and doing in light of the 10 key drivers environmental scan findings.
  • Describe how states can lead the way on cost control, what is necessary for further advances, and the role of the federal government in this work.

Track 1

2 - 3 p.m. COPIC: The Top 10 Issues in Patient Safety and Risk Management 2018
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™

Alan Lembitz, MD, Chief Medical Officer, COPIC  

  • Describe facets of communication which leads to liability claims or patient safety breaches; including EHR’s, informed consent, and radiologist clinician communication.
  • Assess communication and resolution programs, particularly the experience of the COPIC 3R’s program.
  • Evaluate certain problem areas; including high dose opioid patients, difficult patients and patient noncompliance.
  • Summarize current high risk clinical areas such as acute neurologic conditions.

2 - 3 p.m. How to Thrive in an Oxygen Starved Environment: Physician Wellness Toolkit
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™

Deb Parsons, MD, CMS President-elect
Doris Gunderson, MD, Medical Director, Colorado Physician Health Program

  • Discuss importance of maintaining overall wellness and the impact of a physician’s overall wellness on patient care.
  • Describe potential consequences when overall wellness is not maintained including dissatisfaction, burnout, stress, distress, and illness.
  • Develop skills for assessing one’s overall wellness and identify goals to further promote wellness
  • Apply evidence-based strategies for improving wellness.

Track 2

3 - 4 p.m. COPIC: Circling a Black Hole: Risks and Rewards of Treating Mental Illness in General Medical Setting
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™

David Wahl, MD

  • Summarize current approaches to challenges such as suicidal or aggressive patients.
  • Discuss prescription practices common to all specialties.
  • Examine new federally funded free support, available to all Colorado providers, to enhance opiate use disorder treatment and recovery. 

3 - 4 p.m. Physician Leadership Skills Series: My Influence Style: A Strength or a Crutch?
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™

Kathy Kennedy, DrPH, MA, Director, Regional Institute for Health & Environmental Leadership

  • Define “influence” and appreciate its significance.
  • Identify the influence style that you use most instinctively.
  • Articulate the value and most effective use of each influence style.

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The Colorado Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Colorado Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Photography Policy 

The Colorado Medical Society reserves the right to use images and/or photographs of anyone participating in an activity related to the Annual Meeting. Images may be used in present and/or future publications, online or for other promotional purposes, unless told otherwise at the time image or photo is taken. 

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