All Announcements

October 03, 2013

Colorado Society of Addiction Medicine's free CME course - "ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care"

The Colorado Society of Addiction Medicine invites you to attend a free CME course, “ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care.”​

FDA statistics indicate that more than 33 million Americans, teens and older, misused extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioids during 2007—up from 29 million in 2002. Yet these drugs have long been a major tool in the management of chronic pain or to help those who suffer from a painful injury or surgery. Highly effective yet highly addictive, the challenge posed by ER/LA opioids—patient assessment, prescribing guidelines, managing treatment and addressing alternatives when opioids fail—are the critical issues addressed by the American Society of Addictive Medicine’s “ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care” course.​

Saturday, November 2, 2013
Starting at 8:00 a.m.
Exempla St. Joseph's Hospital
Denver, Colorado

Participants will earn 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits™ and 1 COPIC point upon completion of the course assessment and evaluation.

Click here for event details and registration information.

October 01, 2013

2013 Patient Safety Leadership Congress

​The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) invites you to be a part of the 2013 Patient Safety Leadership Congress. In the new era of health care, delivery and financing will depend on well designed collaborative partnerships between hospital leadership and the medical staff. This year’s Patient Safety Leadership Congress will bring together executive leadership from the hospital along with physician teams to chart a path for transformational, coordinated safe patient care.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Denver at Convention Center
Denver, Colorado

Save the date for the 2013 Patient Safety Leadership Congress. For more information visit the CHA website or click here to download a PDF with key event details.

October 01, 2013

Upcoming Seminar for Office Staff - "Legal Issues in Managing Employees"

COPIC is excited to partner with Mountain States Employers Council to offer "Legal Issues in Managing Employees," a seminar open to practice administrators and office managers. This concentrated full-day program offers an overview of the complex legal issues associated with day-to-day employment related decisions and actions. It also provides current information on legislation, court decisions and enforcement procedures that affect the employment relationship.

Location and Dates:

The program run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (breakfast and lunch included).
Cost to attend: $225 (checks payable to COPIC)

Seating is limited, so please register early! Contact Lindsey Sidener at (720) 858-6071 or to sign-up or for more information.​

September 10, 2013

Relaunch of Education section of

In our ongoing efforts to offer insureds the best resources, COPIC has redesigned the Education section of our website to make it more user-friendly with better search capabilities to find educational activities that match your needs.

The Education section now has two main pages:

  • An Education Overview page which provides general information about the resources and activities we offer and annoucements on new courses we have launched. It also includes links for more information on our COPIC Points Program and partner organizations for education opportunities.
  • A Courses and Seminars page which allows you to search through a current listing of in-person seminars and on-demand courses that we offer, filter your results and register online. In addition, users can use the "My Education Profile" link to access their personal information on COPIC points earned, history of completed activities, and upcoming courses they have scheduled.

September 03, 2013


The following alert was distributed by the Nebraska Medical Association (NMA):

The NMA has recently learned of an issue that affects all physicians who use medical assistants to give injections or other medications to patients. Under Nebraska law, anyone who administers medications as a part of their job must be registered as a Medication Aide, if he or she is not licensed or certified by the state as a nurse or other health care provider. This includes all medical assistants who are employed by physicians, regardless of whether they are nationally certified or have graduated from an accredited medical assistant program.

To register as a Medication Aide, a medical assistant must demonstrate minimum competencies, including knowledge of the “5 rights”: getting the right drug to the right recipient in the right dosage by the right route at the right time. Training may be provided by a physician or other licensed health care professional.

Many physicians and office managers are unaware that their medical assistants need to register as Medication Aides or have been told erroneously that they are not required to register. In some instances, medical assistants who have been registered as Medication Aides have allowed their registrations to lapse due to incorrect information about their need to register. DHHS has set up a special registration procedure for those medical assistants who have allowed their Medication Aide registrations to lapse.

All physicians should review their practices to be certain that employees who are administering medications are registered as Medication Aides, if they are not otherwise licensed as health care professionals.

Information about the Medication Aide requirements and an on-line application is available at:

September 03, 2013

Colorectal Screening in Colorado and Cancer TED Talks--Wednesday, Oct. 2

​The Anschutz Medical Campus is hosting a free, three-session colorectal cancer program on Wednesday, October 2. The sessions include: Colorectal Cancer and Health Care Reform with John Allen, M.D., Colorectal Screening in Colorado and Colorado Colorectal Screening Program Meeting, and Cancer TED Talks, where local and national experts will present Opportunities in Cancer Health Promotion, Prevention and Survivorship-A Colorado and National Perspective. COPIC points are available for qualified attendees. Click here for more information. Register here.

May 02, 2013

Colorado Professional Review Law Update

All health care entities that conduct professional review are reminded of the important registration requirement under the Colorado Professional Review Act (CPRA). The Colorado legislature continued and revised CPRA in 2012. Under CPRA, a professional review committee (PRC) may review a health care professional’s qualifications and competence, quality and appropriateness of patient care, or professional conduct. With a few exceptions, the records of a PRC are confidential (they should not be shared with third parties) and privileged (they are not subject to subpoena or discovery, and are not admissible in any civil suit). Professional review participants and entities conducting professional review are immune from suit when acting in accordance with CPRA.

In order to continue to receive the immunity afforded under CPRA, governing boards of entities that have one or more professional review committees must register with the Division of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) by July 1, 2013. If a governing board first establishes a PRC after July 1, 2013, it must register within 30 days after approving the written bylaws, policies, or procedures for the committee.

The Professional Review registration site is now available at DORA’s website at through the following link


Click on “More Info” under the Division of Professions and Occupations section at the bottom of the page and select the “Division of Professions and Occupations” link. Select “Businesses” from the left hand column and then “Professional Review Committees” from the “business type” list. To register, select “Professional Review Committee Registration” from the left hand column. You will be asked to provide the governing board name, mailing and physical address, point of contact and alternate point of contact. One entity may have several professional review committees, but the individual committees do not need to register.

April 02, 2013

Sign-Up for Drug Alerts From PDR Network

PDR Network communicates drug alerts to physicians electronically. Register today at to receive up-to-date notices of important product safety and recall information. Other benefits of this service include:

  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunities for reviewing Drug Alerts and full FDA labels on
  • Endorsement by medical societies and liability carriers.
  • Improved patient safety which may help reduce physician liability.
  • Elimination of the delays and inefficiencies of traditional paper alerts.
  • Privacy oversight from the governing not-for-profit Board, the iHealth Alliance.
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