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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.

    January 30, 2017

    COPIC’s 2017 Spring Conference Schedule

    COPIC will be sponsoring and presenting at several conferences and events this spring in Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa and Oklahoma. To find out where COPIC will be exhibiting in 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!

    January 23, 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. 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.

    January 18, 2017

    Changes to Colorado Medical Board Rule 400

    Physicians and physician assistants should be aware of some important changes made over the past year to Colorado Medical Board (CMB) Rule 400 regarding the licensure and practice of physician assistants (PAs).

    Previously, a PA was required to have one supervising physician for each employer. Under the revised rule, however, if the employer is a multi-specialty organization, such as a multi-specialty practice, hospital, hospital system or HMO, the PA is required to have a primary supervisor, duly registered with the board, per specialty practice area when performing delegated tasks consistent with the delegating physician’s education, training, experience and active practice.

    Senate Bill 158, which became effective as law in August 2016, adds PAs throughout several existing statutes that specifically reference physicians. This includes statutes addressing workers’ compensation matters, health care coverage, and PAs working under the direction of podiatrists, among others.

    Senate Bill 158 removed the requirement that every prescription have the supervising physician’s name imprinted on it. Now, that is required only for controlled substance prescriptions. All other PA prescriptions must include the PA’s name and the name and address of the health facility where the PA is practicing.

    To learn more, read the “Change to Colorado Medical Board Rule 400 Regarding PA Supervision” article that appeared in the January 2017 issue of the Colorado Copiscope newsletter (a username/password is required to access the newsletter). The CMB rules and the Primary Physician Supervisor Registration Form are available on the CMB website at https://www.colorado.gov/ pacific/dora/Medical_Board

    January 16, 2017

    Exclusive COPIC Report on Emerging Issues in the Digital Age

    COPIC INSIGHT is an exclusive resource developed for medical professionals. It provides insight on timely issues in health care, along with resources to help insureds address challenges in their own setting.

    The 2016 COPIC INSIGHT: Emerging Issues in the Digital Age report includes articles on relevant issues such as:

    • Protecting Your Online Reputation
    • Physician Review Sites
    • Patients Recording Encounters
    • Photography, Recordings and Privacy
    • The Open Access Movement—OpenNotes

    Download the 2016 COPIC INSIGHT report today. Our 2015 COPIC INSIGHT report, which focuses on data breaches and cyber liability, is also available for download.

    January 09, 2017

    COPIC Hires Niles Cole as Chief Financial Officer

    COPIC is pleased to announce that Niles Cole has been hired for the position of Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Cole has more than 26 years of experience as a business and finance leader in the medical professional liability insurance industry. Before joining COPIC, he spent 17 years as the Chief Financial Officer at Constellation (formerly referred to as MMIC Group), and six years as the Controller at Physicians Insurance. In addition, Mr. Cole served as a co-chair and board member of Physician Insurance Association of America’s Technology, Finance and Human Resources Section, and he was a founding member of the Oasis Customer Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from Minnesota State University and completed the Minnesota Executive Program at the University of Minnesota.

    Please join us in welcoming Niles Cole to COPIC! Click here to view the press release which includes more information about Niles Cole.

    January 03, 2017

    Technical Support for Education Portal on COPIC’s Website

    A new Technical Support page, within the education portal on COPIC’s website, will walk you through how to resolve technical issues you may encounter. This page can be accessed on the Courses and Seminars page of the COPIC website. A majority of issues encountered on our Education section relate to a browser’s settings for blocking pop-ups. COPIC’s online courses launch in a separate window, which are considered pop-ups, to allow for the optimal viewing experience. See the Technical Support page for step-by-step instructions, organized by browser type, on how to enable pop-ups to access our courses as well as details on how to clear cookies and cache.

    Please note, you must be logged in to your account to see and access the Technical Support page.

    December 19, 2016

    COPIC’s “Giving Tree” Provides Gifts for Underprivileged Families

    For the third consecutive year, COPIC partnered with our longtime friends at Inner City Health Center to provide gifts for underprivileged families and children this holiday season. COPIC employees picked ornaments from COPIC’s “Giving Tree,” then purchased and brought in the gifts represented on each ornament. The gifts were then presented to the 56 children and families at the Inner City Health Center on Saturday, Dec. 10th.

    Inner City Health Center is a private, non-profit, volunteer-based health care facility committed to improving the health of low-income and uninsured families. To make a donation to Inner City Health Center, or more information on the center, visit http://innercityhealth.org/.

    For previous announcements, please see the Archives links on the top right of this page.

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