Through our articles, resources and multiple communications CMS offers ongoing educational services to its members and their practices.

CMS members often identify advocacy as an important aspect of their CMS membership. Our challenge has been promoting statewide physician involvement, a key piece of CMS advocacy strategy. The following are just a few of the advocacy opportunities available to CMS members.

During the legislative session (January to May each year):

  • Contact your local legislator and/or the CMS government relations team regarding legislation that directly affects your practice or patients.
  • Testify in committee.
  • Host and/or participate in legislative conversations, town halls and receptions.
  • Cultivate relationships with local legislators. Let them know you are a resources for health care-related questions.
  • Participate in the Council on Legislation (COL). COL bylaws allow only two voting members from any society or specialty group; however, all members are welcome to attend meetings in person or by phone.
  • Participate in CMS workgroups and task forces.
  • Answer CMS surveys.

During elections (each summer through the first week of November):

  • Participate in/donate to COMPAC, CMS's bipartisan political action committee.
  • Donate to the Small Donor Committee, which gives money only to lawmakers who vote 100 percent with CMS on liability issues.
  • Participate in candidate interviews held jointly by CMS and your local medical society.
  • Cultivate relationships with candidates. Let them know you are a resource for health care-related questions.
  • Learn if CMS has endorsed a candidate in your district by reading Colorado Medicine, ASAP e-newsletters or contacting the government relations team.
  • Most important, vote!

Thank you for your involvement!

Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Legislative success
CMS celebrates strong 2018 legislative session

Thursday, March 01, 2018
AMA advocacy conference
Colorado physicians travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with legislators, get updates on national health care issues

Thursday, March 01, 2018
Forming relationships
Panel of congressmen and physicians discuss the importance of knowing your elected officials

Thursday, March 01, 2018
Physician advocacy
CMS CPMG Section, Medical Student Component and COPIC sponsor successful public policy training on Feb. 3

Thursday, March 01, 2018
Public policy in practice
Panel on opioid legislation outlines evolution of policy response to epidemic

Thursday, March 01, 2018
Cover: A physician’s view from the capitol
Top 10 rules for effective advocacy from a political novice

Monday, January 01, 2018
Legislative preview
Issues to watch in the 2018 Colorado General Assembly

Monday, January 01, 2018
AMA working for you
AMA making gains on health care reform, practice viability, wellness, medical education and more

Saturday, July 01, 2017
Protect patients first
CMS joins national groups to urge Congress to “protect patients first” in federal health care reform debate

Saturday, July 01, 2017
Federal health care reform
CMS leaders meet with Sen. Cory Gardner to urge thoughtful health care reform