DMS September Bulletin
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Official Publication of The Denver Medical Society

September 2019
Physicians Can Support the Future

The Denver Medical Society Foundation provides an opportunity to Denver physicians to support their profession, their community, and their colleagues. Beginning with the 2020 dues collection process, physicians can add a gift of any amount to their payments to support the work of the DMSF and enhance the practice of medicine in Denver.

The DMSF was created with the proceeds from the Denver Medical Library which was formed by the Denver Medical Society in the early years of the Society’s existence. The Library ceased to exist when an agreement which had provided for the Library’s operations and physical location with Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center expired. In order to continue the commitment envisioned by the Library’s founders to support and enrich the Denver medical community, the DMSF statement of purpose is "to promote collegiality and collaboration in order to create a positive environment for the practice of medicine in Denver." Our main focus since creating the foundation has been to grow its assets, which are now more than $500,000.

DMSF has made initial efforts to fulfill its purpose by studying the needs of Denver physicians and by supporting community efforts that are in alignment with these goals. We have surveyed Denver physicians to determine what their needs are and done a study of medical libraries in the Denver area to determine the availability of medical literature resources to community physicians.

The DMS foundation created and implemented a “physician community-building” project known as “The Free Lunch” in which lunch was provided for physicians in a common space conference room at an area medical office building. The purpose of this endeavor was to engender physician interaction and camaraderie akin to the now obsolete physician lounge.

Grants have been given to several regional organizations and events that support and enhance the practice of medicine in the Denver area. These include the 2018 Physician Burnout Symposium organized by the CU School of Medicine and Dr. Deborah Saint-Phard; the Colorado Physician Health Program; and Every Child Pediatrics (formerly Rocky Mountain Youth), which provides care for many underserved children, and the Stout Street Clinic, which serves the homeless, to further the physician community’s commitment to improve healthcare for all.

As DMSF grows, its long term objective will be to provide support for a continued practice of medicine which honors the profession’s legacy of caring for and advocating for patients and communities, while carrying into the future a deep commitment to a profession grounded in learning, ethical behavior, and collegial support.

Join us in this commitment to the future. When you receive your 2020 dues invoice this month, please include a tax deductible gift to the DMSF and help us build a bridge to a future that is committed to making ongoing transformational change a tool for enhanced professionalism and that supports physicians in their continued commitment to maximizing their patients’ and communities’ well-being.

The current president of the Foundation board is Aris Sophocles, MD, JD. 


Colorado’s End of Life Statute:
Aid in Dying-A Physician’s Perspective

Cory Carroll, MD is a practicing family medicine physician in Fort Collins who has helped patients through the process.

He will share his experience and what physicians need to know to respond to patient questions and concerns.

Dinner provided.


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Register today for
HIPAA Enforcement:
Perspective Of The Office For Civil Rights


The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will present on HIPAA, focusing on breach highlights and recent enforcement activity. OCR will also explain its investigative process and describe recurring compliance challenges that regulated entities experience.

Learn how to:

  • Explain the types and locations of breaches that are most frequently encountered by entities and reported to OCR.
  • Describe how OCR processes complaints and compliance reviews.
  • Discuss the corrective action plans and settlement amounts that resulted from recent enforcement activity.
REGISTER TODAY - seating is limited
DATE:  Thursday, September 19, 2019
Register online:
Schedule: 5:30 PM–6:00 PM Registration and Free Dinner
6:00 PM–7:00 PM Seminar

Questions: 800.421.2368, extension 6322

LOCATION:  Denver Marriott West
1717 Denver West Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401

Challenges of Cultural Diversity in Healthcare: Protect Your Patients and Yourself

FTC approves 4.3 Billion Takeover of Denver-based DaVita Medical Group

Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management Education,
The Doctors Company

Physicians are increasingly faced with providing care to a multicultural society complicated by literacy issues. Ensuring safe and quality healthcare for all patients requires physicians to understand how each patient’s sociocultural background affects his or her health beliefs and behavior.

Consider the following scenarios: A married 32-year-old Middle Eastern female with uterine fibroids presented at the office of a gynecologist. After years of infertility and pain, a hysterectomy was recommended. She spoke English moderately well but with a heavy accent. Offers of an interpreter were declined, including translation of the surgical consent form. Eight weeks posthysterectomy, the patient asked the physician how soon she could expect to become pregnant.

An elderly female Asian patient was noncommunicative with the physicians and staff during the first three days of her hospitalization. She would not maintain eye contact or talk, even when an interpreter was provided. Communication regarding the patient’s care or concerns would occur only when a male family member was present. The staff and physicians—concerned with privacy issues—generally spoke with the patient when family members were not present. After several days of delayed treatment because consent for a necessary but nonemergent surgery could not be obtained from the patient, a visiting chaplain of the same nationality explained the cultural requirement that a male be present for a female’s care.

Click here for the full article.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approved the $4.3 billion acquisition of DaVita Medical Group, a subsidiary of the Denver-based dialysis provider DaVita Inc., by Optum, a health services company owned by UnitedHealth Group. But in an “unprecedented move,” Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser filed a complaint raising concerns about the anti-competitive effect of the merger on the health care market in Colorado Springs.

“Traditionally, state attorney general offices have taken a back seat to the federal government in protecting consumers,” Weiser said in a statement to the Denver Post. “Today’s action is a path-marking step that demonstrates Colorado’s commitment to protecting consumers from anti-competitive mergers or other harmful actions.”

DaVita Medical Group owns two large physician groups in Colorado Springs. UnitedHealthcare is the largest provider of Medicare Advantage plans in the region and is the sister company of Optum, a medical group of physicians, ambulatory surgery centers, and urgent care centers. In December 2017, UnitedHealth Group announced that Optum would acquire DaVita Medical Group. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigated the merger but declined to attach conditions to protect Colorado markets. 

Weiser filed a complaint to challenge the merger as proposed and seek that pro-competitive protections be mandated.

Red the full article here.

FTC DOI Issues Cease and Desist Orders for Trinity Healthshare and Aliera Healthcare

The Colorado Division of Insurance issued cease and desist orders for Trinity Healthshare and Aliera Healthcare on Aug. 12. Trinity represents itself as a health care sharing ministry. Aliera is the administrator, marketer and program manager for Trinity. According to a DOI news release, the division is concerned that they may be using misleading marketing practices, blurring the lines between health insurance that complies with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act and non-compliant insurance (like what is offered by health care sharing ministries). Because of this, the DOI says, the companies may be putting consumers at risk and violating Colorado insurance law. Read more here. 

You’re invited to
 Legislative Reception & Awards Ceremony
Join us as we celebrate another successful legislative session

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Thursday, September 26 
6:00PM – 7:30PM

Walker Fine Art; 300 W 11th Ave, Denver Co
Mark Your Calendar!
CMS 2019 Presidential Celebration and Gala
Celebrate the inauguration of incoming CMS President David S. Markenson, MD, MBA.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Register here

The Doctors Company Risk Management Dinner
HIPAA Compliance
5:30-8:30 PM
Denver West Marriott-1717 Denver West Blvd, Golden
RSVP here

Legislative Reception & Awards Ceremony
Walker Fine Art, 300 W 11th Ave
View details here
Aid in Dying: A Physician’s Perspective
Cory Carroll, MD is a practicing family medicine physician in Fort Collins who has helped patients through the process.
6 PM at the Denver Medical Society-1850 N. Williams Street, Denver
Dinner provided.
RSVP here
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