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August 16, 2017

COPIC's 2017 Fall Conference Schedule

COPIC will be sponsoring and presenting several conferences and events this fall in Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Minnesota. To find out where COPIC will be exhibiting in the upcoming months, take a look at the recently updated Conference Support page. This page will continue to be updated throughout the year, so check back regularly to see where you can find COPIC next. If you see our booth at an event, please stop by and say hello!

August 08, 2017

Nominate a Colorado Physician for the 2017 COPIC Humanitarian Award

Each year, COPIC honors a Colorado physician for his or her volunteer medical services and contributions to the community outside of their day-to-day lives. If you know a worthy candidate, please nominate him or her for this award.

The recipient of the award receives a $10,000 grant from the COPIC Medical Foundation to be provided to a 501(c)(3) organization of the recipient's choosing (on his or her behalf) to fund ongoing efforts to deliver and/or improve health care.

We established this award in remembrance of Harold E. "Hal" Williamson. His encouragement and active participation led to the establishment of the COPIC Medical Foundation.

Download a nomination form or visit the COPIC Medical Foundation page to learn more and see profiles on past winners.

August 03, 2017

Subscribe to Financial Focus E-Newsletter

COPIC Financial Service Group’s quarterly e-newsletter covers timely topics about business and personal insurance as well as financial planning and other services. Concise, at-a-glance articles include helpful information and links to resources on topics such as health care reform, trends in cyber liability, retirement planning, benefits of life insurance, and more.

The August 2017 issue of the Financial Focus e-newsletter was emailed to subscribers on August 1st. Sign-up to have Financial Focus delivered directly to your inbox. You can also access the Financial Focus archive to view previous issues.

July 25, 2017

Recent COPIC Medical Foundation Grants

The COPIC Medical Foundation supports organizations and initiatives that improve health care outcomes, patient safety and quality of care. Recent grant funding from the Foundation went to the following initiatives:

  • Human Trafficking Education—The Lab to Combat Human Trafficking will be formalizing protocols and instituting a system-wide anti-trafficking training program for staff and leadership at Denver area hospitals. This program will be shared with other facilities and providers.
  • Managing and Mitigating Risk on the Western Slope—Montrose Memorial Hospital will implement tools and processes to improve patient outcomes in their Quality Improvement program.
  • Meals for Care Transitions—Project Angel Heart will be piloting this new program with medically-tailored meals designed to reduce the risk of and financial penalties associated with hospital readmissions.
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    For more information on these and other initiatives funded by the Foundation, visit the COPIC Medical Foundation’s Grants in Action page.

    July 19, 2017

    Connect with COPIC on Facebook

    COPIC’s Facebook page is another way we connect with insureds, partners, and the health care community. We share information on employee projects, COPIC Medical Foundation activities, and useful links to health care news.

    How do I "Like" COPIC on Facebook?
    1. Go to www.facebook.com/COPICCompanies and login to your Facebook account. (Click the "Sign Up" button if you need to create a new account).
    2. Once you are on COPIC’s profile, just click the "Like" button underneath the top cover photo.
    3. Make sure we are selected to show up in your news feed by hovering over the "Following" tab. A drop down will appear, under "In your news feed," please select "Default," and under "Notifications," select "On" if you want to be updated when we post new information. Please feel free to comment on posts or share them with others.
     
    COPIC also has LinkedIn profiles for COPIC Companies and COPIC Financial Service Group. If you are active on LinkedIn, we recommend that you connect with us there too.

     

    July 12, 2017

    Nebraska Legislation from the 2017 Session

    “The Legislative Landscape” article in the July Nebraska Bulletin newsletter outlines several bills that are of interest to the medical community. The session saw passage of 173 bills of the 667 that were introduced. An additional 67 bills were amended into other bills, and four bills were vetoed by the Governor.

    The following are key legislative bills that impact health care:

    • LB 223 – Allows a prescriber to authorize a designee to use the state's new prescription drug monitoring system.
    • LB 88 – Adopts the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.
    • LB 92 – Prohibits insurers from excluding a service from coverage solely because the service is delivered through telehealth.
    • LB 487 – Prohibits physicians from being held liable for the acts or omissions of another person who administers non-patient specific asthma medication prescribed by the physician for use under a school’s asthma and allergic response protocol.

    COPIC will follow the state's agencies whose work has just begun in establishing rules and policies to enact those bills that have become law. COPIC will keep you apprised as requirements change that may impact your practice.

    July 05, 2017

    Practice Administrator Advisory Group Meeting: Cyber Liability

    COPIC’s Practice Administrator Advisory Group meetings are designed to address timely issues on the minds of insured practice administrators. These meetings also offer an opportunity to network with peers and share insight.

    WHEN: Wednesday, July 19, from 11:30am-1pm (lunch will be served)
    WHERE: COPIC's Office (7351 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230)
    WHAT: The focus will be on cyber liability—common threats, steps to take to protect your practice, responding to data breaches, and support provided by COPIC’s embedded cyber liability coverage. Angie Klein of COPIC’s Claims Department will be the presenter at this meeting.

    Unable to make it in person? We can bring the meeting to you! Thanks to our video conferencing services we are able to provide the meeting in a webinar format. If interested in this option, please make sure to register two weeks prior.

    To register or if you have any questions, please contact Diane Laff (720) 858-6165 or dlaff@copic.com.

    June 20, 2017

    New Seminar: The Opioid Crisis–The Pain that Won't Go Away

    “The Opioid Crisis Part I— The Pain that Won't Go Away” is a seminar that will be held on Wednesday, July 12 from Noon to 1:00pm at Parker Adventist Hospital (Pine A Conference Room). This seminar examines the scope of the opioid problem and uses the guidance of the CDC, FDA, medical boards, and other best practices to describe approaches to practice more safely with opioids. Learning objectives include the following:

    • Describe the current opioid epidemic, state and national data, and the various contributions to it.
    • State the difference between tolerance, physical dependence, and addiction.
    • Distinguish the specific liability risks in the medical treatment of pain, including misdiagnosis, over prescribing or under prescribing, overdose, abandonment, diversion, and vicarious liability.
    • Review guidelines and apply tools to use in prescribing in the setting of chronic pain.

    To register for this seminar, please visit callcopic.com/education.

    June 14, 2017

    COPIC-Sponsored Medical Residents Attend Telluride Patient Safety Week

    COPIC-sponsored medical residents attended a patient safety summer camp last week (June 4-9) in Telluride, Colorado. The Academy for Emerging Patient Safety Leaders: The Telluride Experience is a week-long summer camp where medical residents and health science students are brought together to learn more about patient safety and to help create collaborative projects focused on risk reduction and quality improvement. The annual Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camp aims to identify, support and develop future health care leaders and champions in patient safety, transparency and open communication between patients, patient-advocates, and caregivers.

    Read over students’ reflections on their week at the Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camp on The Telluride Experience blog page. To learn more about The Academy for Emerging Patient Safety Leaders: The Telluride Experience, visit www.telluridesummercamp.com.

    June 06, 2017

    Colorado Legislation from the 2017 Session

    “The Legislative Landscape” article in the June COPIC Topics newsletter outlines the key health care related bills that were passed by Colorado's General Assembly during the 2017 legislative session. COPIC will be keeping tabs on the execution of these bills and other statutes impacting the health care system.

    • Senate Bill 142
      Requires that mammography reports provided to patients include information that identifies the patient’s breast tissue classification based on the breast imaging reporting and data system established by the American College of Radiology.
    • Senate Bill 146
      Modifies provisions relating to licensed health professionals’ access to the electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).
    • Senate Bill 207
      Clarifies the intent for establishing a coordinated behavioral health crisis response system. The bill puts systems in place to help Colorado end the use of jails and correctional facilities as placement options for individuals placed on emergency 72-hour mental health holds (if they have not also been charged with a crime). It also enhances the ability of emergency departments to serve individuals who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
    • House Bill 1284
      Creates a state program for performing checks in the Colorado Adult Protective Services (CAPS) database and requires facilities to perform checks prior to hiring employees who will provide direct care to at-risk adults.
    • House Bill 1322
      Allows a discretionary exception for a licensee to report domestic violence if: 1) victims are at least 18 years of age and 2) the victim indicates a preference that an injury not be reported. The bill maintains medical discretion and conforms with HIPAA requirements already in place.

      May 31, 2017

      Summer Nebraska Education Opportunities

      Ownership in the Medical Practice: An HR Perspective
      Speaker: LaNee Reynolds
      Omaha—July 24; Omaha Marriott
      Kearney—July 25; Holiday Inn
      Lincoln—July 26; Embassy Suites

      This seminar touches on mantras that every practice/facility should implement in order to create a more respectful and accountable work environment where employees feel safe to share ideas, nurture working relationships, and keep the practice/facility safe from risk.

      Compliance Boot Camp: Everything You Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid to Ask
      Speaker: David Ginsberg
      Omaha—Sept. 18; Omaha Marriott
      Kearney—Sept. 19; Younes Conference Center
      Lincoln—Sept. 20; Embassy Suites

      This seminar provides up-to-date information on the latest issues and trends affecting practices/facilities regarding compliance. With all the changes in health care, compliance must take center stage to ensure the safety of your practice/facility.

      Please RSVP online at www.callcopic.com/education. Questions? Contact Stephanie Heronema at (720) 858-6129.

      May 24, 2017

      New Website Resource for Cyber Risks

      COPIC partners with NAS Insurance to provide cyber liability coverage embedded in our policies. As part of this coverage, insureds have access to NAS cyberNET—a website that offers resources to help prevent or mitigate the damages from data breaches and other cyber risks.

      NAS cyberNET offers support in the following areas:

      • Cyber training
      • Sample policies
      • Incident response plans
      • Best practices

      Please note that you have to be logged in with your username and password to access this page.

      May 15, 2017

      Sign-Up for the Financial Focus

      COPIC Financial Service Group’s quarterly e-newsletter covers timely topics about business and personal insurance as well as financial planning and other services. Concise, at-a-glance articles include helpful information and links to resources on topics such as health care reform, trends in cyber liability, retirement planning, benefits of life insurance, and more.

      The May 2017 issue features articles on "spring cleaning" your finances, what you need to know about renewing a lease, the benefits of tax-advantaged and 529 savings vehicles, and steps to protect your home against wildfires.

      Sign-up for Financial Focus and we will deliver each issue directly to your inbox. You can also access the Financial Focus archive to view previous issues.

      May 08, 2017

      Nominate a Nebraska Physician for the 2017 COPIC Humanitarian Award

      Each year, COPIC honors a Nebraska physician for his or her volunteer medical services and contributions to the community outside of their day-to-day lives. If you know a worthy candidate, please nominate him or her for this award.

      The recipient of the award receives a $10,000 grant from the COPIC Medical Foundation to be provided to a 501(c)(3) organization of the recipient's choosing (on his or her behalf) to fund ongoing efforts to deliver and/or improve health care.

      We established this award in remembrance of Harold E. "Hal" Williamson. His encouragement and active participation led to the establishment of the COPIC Medical Foundation.

      Download a nomination form or visit the COPIC Medical Foundation page to learn more.

      April 25, 2017

      Now Available: 2017 COPIC Education Catalog

      Curious as to what types of seminars and courses COPIC is offering this year? Then take a look at the 2017 COPIC Education Catalog—a downloadable PDF that provides a comprehensive list of education activities along with descriptions, length of time to complete, associated COPIC points/CME credits, and more.

      You can also view a current schedule of planned activities and register to attend these on our Courses and Seminars page.

      Interested in scheduling a seminar at your practice or facility? Contact Carmenlita Byrd at cbyrd@copic.com or (720) 858-6131.

      April 18, 2017

      COPIC’s 2016 Annual Report Now Available

      Our Annual Report includes key facts and figures, along with accomplishments we achieve with our insureds and partners in health care. The following are some of the items highlighted in the report:

      • Our expansion with a regional focus.
      • Involvement with key legislative advocacy in Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa.
      • Support provided by our HR Services, COPIC Financial Service Group, and more.
      • Highlights of our 2016 grants and winners of the COPIC Humanitarian Award.

      An electronic version of the 2016 COPIC Annual Report is now available for download. To request a hardcopy of the report, please email kkumlin@copic.com.

      April 11, 2017

      2016 Colorado Humanitarian Award Recipient - Dr. Monte Uyemura

      Congratulations to Dr. Monte Uyemura, who was recently awarded the 2016 Colorado COPIC Humanitarian Award. Dr. Uyemura is a Family Practice physician who has spent the majority of his career in Wray, where he was the Medical Director for its hospice for 20 years. He has been known to make house calls to patients during their final stages of life and he started an organization with his wife called “The Space,” which is a place for community members (young and old) to come together for creative activities.

      The COPIC Medical Foundation’s annual Humanitarian Award recognizes a volunteer physician in Colorado and provides a $10,000 grant to the health-related nonprofit organization of the recipient’s choice. After reviewing an impressive slate of candidates, Dr. Uyemura was selected as the 2016 recipient of this award.

      Read more about Dr. Uyemura in the “ 2016 COPIC Humanitarian Award Recipient—Dr. Monte Uyemura” article from the April 2017 COPIC Topics newsletter.

      April 06, 2017

      4/19 Practice Administrator Advisory Group Meeting

      COPIC will be hosting the first of its 2017 Practice Administrator Advisory Group Meetings in April.

      WHEN: Wednesday, April 19; 11:30am–1pm
      WHERE: COPIC’s office in Denver (Lowry area); 7351 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230
      WHAT: GroundFloor Media, a communications firm that COPIC partners with, will present on “Social Media 201—Growing Audiences on Social Media,” which is designed to help practice administrators and other medical professionals understand best practices and things to avoid when using social media.

      Lunch will be served. If you can’t make it in person, you can register with us (please do so by 4/10) to connect through our video conferencing services and watch the meeting live in a webinar format. All webinars begin at noon and end at 1pm (MST).

      To register or if you have questions, please contact Diane Laff or call her at (720) 858-6165.

      March 29, 2017

      Register for 10th Annual NeuroMedicine Conference on 4/28

      WHEN: Friday, April 28, 2016; 7:00am-5:00pm
      WHERE: The Medical Center of Aurora

      The Medical Center of Aurora is proud to host the 10th Annual NeuroMedicine Conference to help primary care providers identify and treat neurological disorders. While the demands on the primary care physician continue to grow, the ability to treat patients and manage their care can become increasingly challenging. The NeuroMedicine Conference is an educational forum that focuses on your needs.

      This conference is FREE to health care providers. Download the 2017 NeuroMedicine Conference flyer or CLICK HERE to register. Or call 303-873-0630.

      After participating in the conference, participants should be able to:

      • Identify appropriate assessment and initial interventional strategies for common neurological disorders seen in a primary care setting.
      • Utilize the latest research and evidence-based clinical guidelines in determining efficacy, risks, and benefits of treatment strategies for neurological disorders.
      • Identify and utilize appropriate diagnostic studies for differential diagnosis of common neurological clinical presentations.

      6.75 Continuing Medical Education Credits—HealthONE CME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continued medical education for physicians. HealthONE CME 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.

      6.75 CE (Contact Hours)—Provider is approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #12923 for 6.75 Contact Hours. License must retain the document for a period of four years after the course concludes.

      *1 COPIC Point available for physician attendance.

      March 13, 2017

      Annual Update on COPIC’s Corporate Community Relations

      COPIC’s Community Action Team (CATeam) was created to encourage employees to serve the community through participation in events and services that support initiatives that will improve local communities. The CATeam coordinates the planning, administration and evaluation of community programs that COPIC sponsors. The CATeam also recruits employees as well as pursues and evaluates possible partnerships with other community institutions and nonprofit organizations for community service projects.

      This past year, employees volunteered in a wide range of capacities, from donating blood to playing in a charity volleyball tournament. The CATeam Annual Update provides a snapshot of the volunteer and fundraising efforts of COPIC’s employees in 2016.

      March 06, 2017

      2017 Nebraska Patient Safety and Risk Management Symposium

      Mark your calendar and register now for COPIC’s 2017 Nebraska Patient Safety & Risk Management Symposium to be held on April 26 and 27 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska. This event is known for its top speakers and informative presentations, and offers a great opportunity to network with peers.

      Who is eligible to attend?

      The symposium is open to all COPIC-insured physicians, office managers/administrators, allied health professionals as well as those responsible for patient safety, risk management and quality, nursing leaders, and other appropriate physician office staff in Nebraska. There is no cost for COPIC insureds to attend.

      Purpose and Goals:

      • Purpose: COPIC is dedicated to empowering our insureds and their staff with proactive and meaningful information regarding patient safety and risk management through professional education and workshops.
      • Our Goals: Discuss current issues and trends in medical liability that facilitates proactive interventions. Provide evidence-based best practices based on state and national trends. Provide educational information and tools that improve patient safety and mitigate risk in the office setting.

      CLICK HERE for the event page which includes more detailed information as well as the 2017 Symposium Registration Form. To register for the event, please download and complete the registration form and return to Stephanie Heronema by fax (720-858-6003) or email (sheronema@copic.com). Please complete one registration form for each individual attending. RSVP deadline is April 7, 2017.

      February 28, 2017

      2017 Patient Safety Awareness Week—March 12th-18th

      The United in Patient Safety campaign culminates each year with Patient Safety Awareness Week, designed to mark a dedicated time to increase awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public.

      This year, Patient Safety Week is March 12th-18th. The week will launch a yearlong effort to highlight issues important to drive to reduce harm to patients and the organizations united in this mission while providing the opportunity for discussions, events, and engagement by those dedicated to this cause.

      Patient Safety Awareness Week is led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Each year, health care organizations around the country take part by prominently displaying promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community, and utilizing NPSF educational resources among hospital staff and patients.

      There are a number of ways to get involved in Patient Safety Awareness Week. Visit the United for Patient Safety website for more information on ways to get involved as well as access to 2017 Patient Safety Awareness Week resources and promotional materials.

      February 20, 2017

      COPIC Medical Foundation Accepting Grant Applications Thru April 1st

      Do you have a program or initiative that needs funding support and can really make a difference in the health care community? Apply for a grant from the COPIC Medical Foundation. The application deadline for the next round of grant funding is April 1st. Before submitting a full grant application for consideration, please make sure your program fits one of our grant funding guidelines:

      • The education and training of health care professionals
      • Development, implementation, or changes in health care-related systems, tools, and processes that improve outcomes
      • Pilot programs designed to improve medicine

      Please note that we do not provide on-going grant support. Once approved for funding, your organization will be eligible for funding again after three years.

      Please contact Lindsey Sidener at (720) 858-6071 to learn more about the COPIC Medical Foundation and our eligibility requirements or visit www.copicfoundation.org to download a grant application form.

      February 13, 2017

      Sign-Up for the Financial Focus

      COPIC Financial Service Group’s quarterly e-newsletter covers timely topics about business and personal insurance as well as financial planning and other services. Concise, at-a-glance articles include helpful information and links to resources on topics such as health care reform, trends in cyber liability, retirement planning, benefits of life insurance, and more.

      The February 2017 issue of the Financial Focus e-newsletter was emailed to subscribers on Februrary 1st. Sign-up to have Financial Focus delivered directly to your inbox. You can also access the Financial Focus archive to view previous issues.

      February 08, 2017

      Sign Up for MGMA Stat to Receive Timely Data on Health Care

      The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has been a leading source for reliable health care data and information for 90 years. MGMA Stat – a weekly poll delivery system – is the next step in the MGMA legacy of data innovation, providing thousands of health care professionals with data, knowledge and resources to make their organization work smarter. MGMA Stat is open to all health care professionals, regardless of MGMA membership status.

      Add your voices to a growing panel of participants! To sign up, text the word COPIC to 33550.

      How does it work?

      • After signing up, you will start receiving weekly polling questions via text message
      • Voting is conducted via text message, you need a cell phone to participate
      • To provide your input, simply respond to the question with your answer
      • Results will be texted to participants within 48 hours
      • The time commitment is less than 10 seconds per week

      Why participate?

      • Receive timely data you won't get elsewhere, as soon as it is published (within 48 hours of the poll date)
      • Gain valuable insights for your organization
      • Want to know what other healthcare organizations are doing? Send your questions to research@mgma.org to be included in a future question
      • Your opinion will help MGMA better serve you and your organization through lobbying efforts, product and service offerings, educational content and more

      For more details, download the MGMA Stat information flyer or visit www.mgma.org/polls.

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