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Breaking Down Barriers

Registration is free for Colorado physicians and component society staff; click here to register online.

You’ll need to log in with your Colorado Medical Society username and password to register. Forgot your credentials? Choose the “Forgot your password?” link on that page. First-time logging in? Use the “activate your account” link on that page. Need help logging in? Contact Tim Yanetta, CMS membership coordinator, at or (720) 858-6306.

Though online registration is preferred, those unable to log in can download and return the PDF registration form.

Friday night giveaway
CMS will kick off the conference with a social reception Friday evening hosted by the Intermountain Medical Society. It will feature appetizers, live music, cocktails and dessert, and a fabulous giveaway: One night lodging for two persons at the Sonnenalp Vail on Saturday, July 25, 2015, and two premium tickets to the New York Philharmonic performance at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. The 6 p.m. concert program is titled “The Weilersteins and Tchaikovsky” and features Alisa Weilerstein on the cello and Joshua Weilerstein, conductor of the orchestra. The giveaway is compliments of the Intermountain Medical Society, with thanks to the Sonnenalp at Vail. The winner of the giveaway must be present to win and must be a CMS member physician or medical student.

Click here to download the agenda as a PDF (updated 4/3/15)
Click here to view the detailed Sunday agenda as a PDF (updated 3/28/15)

May 1, 2015: Friday

6 p.m.Social hour hosted by the Intermountain Medical Society with appetizers, live music, cocktails and dessert
Kings Club, Sonnenalp

May 2, 2015: Saturday

7 – 8 a.m.Breakfast
8 – 8:15 a.m.Breaking Down Barriers
Mike Volz, MD, CMS President-elect
8:15 – 9:30 a.m.Vital Signs: An Interactive Review of a Medical Liability Case
Download the case studies here for review prior to the conference
9:30 – 9:45 a.m.Break and dismiss to breakout sessions
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.Vital Signs: An Interactive Review of a Medical Liability Case, Part 2
10:45 – 11 a.m.Break and return to general session
11 – 11:30 a.m.Prior Authorization Update
Speaker TBD
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Clinics without walls: Denver Health 21st Century Care
Simon Hambidge, MD, Denver Health
12:30 p.m.Afternoon break
6:30 p.m.Dessert reception
7 – 9 p.m.Fireside Chat — Leadership and Governance: Are there better ways to govern a herd of cats?

May 3, 2015: Sunday
Click here to view the detailed Sunday agenda as a PDF

7 – 8 a.m.Breakfast
8 –  8:10 a.m.Welcome back
Michael Volz, MD, CMS President-elect
8:15 – 11 a.m.Barriers Between Physicians and Patients – Some of them Self-Imposed
Ed Dauer, LLB, MPH, et al.

The agenda is subject to change.

Sunday morning breakout selection
The Sunday morning program continues the theme of “Barriers” to medical practice and medical care by focusing on barriers to effective - and professionally satisfying - communication between physicians and patients. A major feature of that program is the opportunity to explore more deeply the causes and cures of those barriers by choosing one of six small-group breakout sessions that will follow the opening presentations. Each is about a different aspect of the topic, and each is led by an expert in that segment of the field. Brief descriptions of the six groups are given below.

Participants may select any group they like, and need not commit to a choice in advance. For logistical reasons, however, it would be helpful for the Planning Committee to have some sense of how many might choose each of the groups. Please view the group descriptions on page two of the Sunday agenda and email to let us know the title (or the letter A through F) of the group you think might be most attractive to you. Thank you.

CME statement

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

The Colorado Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

COPIC has accredited the conference for 3 COPIC points.

Hotel reservations
Sonnenalp Hotel
20 Vail Road
Vail, CO 81657
Reserve your room online

The hotel group rate at the Sonnenalp is $155 per night for a junior suite and $130 per night for a hotel room. Reservations can be made by phone through the Sonnenalp reservations department at (800) 654-8312, or online here. When booking over the phone, be sure to mention you are with the Colorado Medical Society to receive the group rate.

Directions to the Sonnenalp

  • From Denver, follow I-70 West to Vail exit 176 (109 miles).
  • At the end of the off-ramp, enter the roundabout, and take it all the way around and under the interstate.
  • Continue into the next round-about, and take the second exit, Vail Road.
  • Continue on Vail Road just one block to the stop sign. The Sonnenalp is located on your left just past the stop sign.
  • Enter the second stone archway on your left and the Bellstaff will assist you with luggage, check-in, valet parking, etc.

Click here for more directions and a map.

Child care
Child care in Vail is available through Care 4 Kids. Click here for pricing and contact information.

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Event theme
Twenty-five years ago a wall in Berlin was dismantled – the culmination of grassroots political, economic and diplomatic forces that ultimately broke through, brick by brick, and reunified Germany. The wall that has grown over that same stretch of time between patients and physicians – systemic, economic, political, and cultural – is being chipped away by the determined forces of medicine.

The Colorado Medical Society will host the annual spring conference at the luxurious Sonnenalp Hotel in the heart of Vail village May 1-3, bringing together physician activists and national experts in a series of hands-on, eyes- and minds-open interactive sessions on what we are doing, have been doing, and will be doing to hammer at barriers in health care that prevent progress in quality and safety, access, efficiencies, and patient experience.

CMS will kick off the conference with a social reception Friday evening hosted by the Intermountain Medical Society featuring appetizers, live music, cocktails and dessert. Saturday and Sunday’s programming will include an interactive case review presented by COPIC, a session on ambulatory care streamlining, and a session on patient-physician communication. Saturday evening’s Fireside Chat will feature an open forum on CMS governance reform, inviting attendees to consider and provide feedback on various aspects of CMS governance and ways to enhance physician participation and increase transparency and effective decision-making. The 2014 HOD directed the board of directors to develop new structures that will move our organization to the next level..

The purpose of the conference is to create unity among physicians, attract new faces to CMS, develop ideas to address the critical issues facing physicians, and broaden the view of attendees on relevant policy matters by bringing in outside experts. CMS encourages all members, staff and stakeholders to make plans to attend what continues to be a lively celebration of fellowship in the Colorado medical community and a provocative discussion on the how-to’s of patient engagement and their safety, improving care value and collaboration. CMS extends a particularly warm invitation to physicians who have never experienced one of CMS’s spring conferences before.

CMS is pleased to recognize this year’s Gold Level sponsors of the Spring Conference:

Colorado Drug Card
Free Statewide Prescription Assistance Program (PAP): The Colorado Medical Society has partnered with Colorado Drug Card to provide savings to your patients of up to 75% on prescription drugs at over 56,000 retail pharmacies. You can help by encouraging your patients to print a free Colorado Drug Card at:

COPIC Financial
COPIC Financial Service Group offers CMS members financial services and advice in the areas of employee benefits, property/casualty coverage, worker’s compensation, long-term care coverage, life and disability insurance, and investment and retirement planning. You’ll receive advice based on your needs. Call (720) 858-6280 or visit

Physician Practice Management, Inc.
PPM is a physician owned and operated Management Services Organization. PPM was created out of the necessity and desire to help physician practices stay independent.

Purdue Pharma L.P.
Purdue Pharma L.P. develops medications to help relieve persistent pain and provides healthcare professionals with the tools and resources to support their proper use. Visit