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December 29, 2014

Looking Back on 2014 – COPIC’s Year in Review

This past year marked COPIC Insurance Company’s 30th anniversary. Our accomplishments during this time are a result of a shared commitment to improved medicine that COPIC has among its employees, and with outside partners and insureds. Here are some 2014 highlights that exemplify this commitment:

  • A January 2014 article in Health Affairs highlighted COPIC’s 3Rs Program as a national model for “communication-and-resolution-programs” that encourage the disclosure of unanticipated outcomes to patients and proactive resolutions.
  • Several of COPIC’s physician leaders were among the international experts who served as contributors for “Patient Safety in Sur¬gery,” a new medical reference book. The book, co-authored by Philip F. Stahel, M.D. and Cyril Mauffrey, M.D. (both of Denver Health Medical Center), covers topics that reflect the focus of several education opportunities offered each year by COPIC.
  • COPIC employees organized a silent auction where proceeds helped support the opening of the new Stout Street Health Center, which provides health care services for Denver’s homeless population.
  • We expanded the eligibility criteria for our Volunteer Physician Program so that physicians covered by a different employer or carrier could apply for medical liability coverage for the uncompensated care they provide.

To learn more, read the full “Looking Back on 2014” article that appeared in the December 2014 issue of COPIC Topics.

December 23, 2014

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:

  • Optimizing Developmental Referrals in Primary Care—A quality improvement project that aims to help physicians implement research and best practices when referring children with developmental concerns. It is being overseen by Assuring Better Child Health and Development.
  • Colorado Youth Concussion Education Consortium—This group is launching an education program for health care professionals on best practices for concussion management. The program is part of the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado and will include in-person and online presentations.
  • Collaborative for Accountability After Medical Injury—The Collaborative brings together leading experts to share knowledge and support “communication and resolution” programs across the country. Funding will be used to develop a strategic plan for the organization including the creation of an online presence and a best practices toolkit.
  • Mission: Lifeline–Rural Nebraska—A three-year initiative, led by the American Heart Association (AHA), which seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments.
  • Nebraska Perinatal Improvement Collaborative (NIPC)–The Nebraska Medical Association’s new project seeks to ensure access to best quality health care for mothers and newborns. The initiative aims to reduce the impact of premature births in the state of Nebraska by engaging key stakeholders, identifying opportunities to optimize perinatal outcome, and implementing quality improvement initiatives to effect change while maximizing efficiency in resource allocation and utilization.

For more information on these and other initiatives funded by the Foundation, visit the COPIC Medical Foundation’s Grants in Action page.

December 16, 2014

FDA Update: Laparoscopic Power Morcellators

On Nov. 24, 2014, the FDA released an updated safety communication regarding the use of laparoscopic power morcellators in the removal of the uterus or fibroids. They have issued a black box warning as well as two contraindications for its use.

The boxed warning informs health care providers and patients that:

  • “Uterine tissue may contain unsuspected cancer. The use of laparoscopic power morcellators during fibroid surgery may spread cancer and decrease the long-term survival of patients. This information should be shared with patients when considering surgery with the use of these devices.”

The two contraindications advise of the following:

  • “Laparoscopic power morcellators are contraindicated (should not be used) for removal of uterine tissue containing suspected fibroids in patients who are: peri- or post-menopausal, or candidates for en bloc tissue removal (removing tissue intact) through the vagina or mini-laparotomy incision. (These groups of women represent the majority of women with fibroids who undergo hysterectomy and myomectomy.)”
  • “Laparoscopic power morcellators are contraindicated (should not be used) in gynecologic surgery in which the tissue to be morcellated is known or suspected to be cancerous.”

The full FDA press release can be viewed at: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm424435.htm

December 10, 2014

12/31/14 Deadline to Earn COPIC Points

We are approaching the 12/31/14 deadline for eligible physicians to earn COPIC points and qualify for the Preferred premium discount. Physicians who have at least 3 COPIC points at the end of the year receive the discount, which is applied to the subsequent year’s policy renewal.

There is still time to earn COPIC points through on-demand courses. Please visit www.callcopic.com/education for a current listing of all on-demand courses. Most courses take about an hour to complete and qualify for 1 COPIC point.

December 05, 2014

COPIC Hires Laura Dixon as Director, Facility Patient Safety and Risk Management

COPIC is pleased to announce that Laura Dixon has joined the company as Director, Facility Patient Safety and Risk Management. In this role, Ms. Dixon will provide patient safety and risk management consultation and training to practitioners and staff at COPIC-insured facilities in Colorado and Nebraska. She is a registered nurse and attorney, and has more than 20 years of clinical experience in acute care facilities, including critical care, coronary care, perioperative services, and pain management.

Click here to view the press release which includes more information about Laura Dixon.

November 21, 2014

Recently Launched On-Demand Courses

COPIC recently launched two new on-demand courses, “How Doctors Think: Errors in Cognition in Medicine” and “Prevention of Health Care Acquired Conditions.” Each course is eligible for 1 COPIC point and a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Each course will take approximately 1:30 hours to complete.

"How Doctors Think: Errors in Cognition in Medicine"
This course focuses on educating and revealing to health care workers the process of how people and doctors think, and how to improve and avoid medical errors. Please click here to download a PDF promotional flyer for this Internet activity.

"Prevention of Health Care Acquired Conditions"
This course focuses on educating health care workers about hospital-acquired conditions and how to prevent them. Please click here to download a PDF promotional flyer for this Internet activity.

If you have any questions on either of these CME activities, please contact Carlos Ferreira at cferreira@copic.com or (720) 858-6129. Information on all courses and seminars can be accessed through our Education section.

November 07, 2014

2014 Nebraska Williamson Award Recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Jerry McLain of Chadron, Nebraska who was recently awarded the 2014 Nebraska Williamson Award. From his Chief of Staff duties at Chadron Community Hospital to his volunteer work in the public school system to his community involvement, Dr. McLain’s reach is both far and wide.

The COPIC Medical Foundation’s annual Nebraska Harold E. Williamson Volunteer Physician Award recognizes a volunteer physician in Nebraska 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. McLain was selected as the 2014 recipient of this award.

Read more about Dr. Jerry McLain and his volunteer work in the November 2014 Nebraska Bulletin.

October 31, 2014

DORA Issues 600 Notifications on Potential Doctor-Shopping

The following news release was distributed by Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) on 10/30/14:

DORA Issues 600 Notifications on Potential Doctor-Shopping

DENVER - Over 600 prescribers and pharmacies in the State are receiving a notification today from the Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) that a patient they treat obtained potentially dangerous amounts of controlled substances from multiple prescribers and pharmacies.

In one instance, a patient obtained prescriptions from 11 different prescribers and 10 different pharmacies within 30 days, amounting to potentially harmful quantities of potent prescription drugs. Another person obtained over 1,600 pills of oxycodone and hydrocodone from multiple prescribers and dispensers in one month.

These “push-notices” sent Wednesday are the first following enabling legislation passed this year that allows the database to send information to healthcare prescribers and dispensers (HB14-1283). Practitioners receiving a push-notice are asked to use their clinical judgment to determine the appropriate response.

“More people in Colorado now die from opioid overdoses than from drunk-driving related crashes. At a time when our state is experiencing nearly four times the number of opioid overdose deaths as we did 12 years ago, it is essential for prescribers and dispensers to have access to the information they need to make an informed decision” said Lauren Larson, Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations, part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, which administers the PDMP.

The PDMP is a statewide database of controlled substances dispensed to Colorado patients.

The push-notices are just one part of a statewide effort to reduce prescription drug abuse while protecting access for legitimate health needs. The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention (Consortium), created in 2013 by Governor Hickenlooper, is spearheading the statewide response to what has been called the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

The information is made available to prescribers and pharmacists to make more informed prescribing decisions. The database was created in 2005 to help curb doctor-shopping, a tactic used to secure prescription drugs from multiple sources for misuse, abuse or diversion, but this is the first year push-notices are authorized.

“The PDMP push-notices help to alert healthcare practitioners when there may be a problem, and to coordinate care when a practitioner may not otherwise know someone else is prescribing to the same patient. Other states that have implemented push-notices have witnessed up to a 74% drop in doctor-shopping. Now, thanks to the General Assembly, the stakeholders and the Consortium who supported the legislation, Colorado has the ability to send this valuable information to the practitioners that need it,” said Larson.

Watch more about the PDMP, told through the eyes of a father and the healthcare practitioners that use the database: Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - A Father’s Story

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The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit askdora.colorado.gov for more information.

The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention (Consortium) was created in the fall of 2013 to establish a coordinated, statewide response to this major public health problem. The mission of the Consortium is to reduce the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs in the State of Colorado through improvements in education, public outreach, research, safe disposal, and treatment. The goal of these efforts is to prevent 92,000 Coloradans from misusing opioids by 2016. Visit www.corxconsortium.org for more information.

About Prescription Drug Abuse in Colorado: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call prescription drug overdose deaths one of the four most serious epidemics facing the nation. Colorado is no exception. The quantity of opioids being prescribed each year in Colorado is enough for every adult to take one pill every hour of every day for one entire month. Each year, overdose deaths from opioid painkillers alone number approximately 17,000 nationally and 300 in Colorado. Such deaths are now more common than alcohol-related traffic fatalities. For every 1 overdose death there are:

  • 32 people who visit Emergency Rooms due to overdose
  • 130 people who are addicted to opioids
  • 825 people who admit nonmedical use of opioids

Practitioners seeking guidance on safeguards when prescribing or dispensing powerful painkillers may view the Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids issued by the regulatory boards at DORA: visit www.dora.colorado.gov/professions. By issuing a policy that provides guidelines, not Board rules or requirements, the Boards acknowledge the importance of clinical judgment in the treatment of pain.

October 28, 2014

Upcoming CME Webinar – “Ebola Preparedness in the Outpatient Setting”

Join the Colorado Medical Society for an upcoming webinar on Ebola preparedness in the outpatient setting. All physicians (CMS member or non-members) are encouraged to attend. This webinar was developed specifically for outpatient physicians. Physicians can earn up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Registration: Click here to register.

Connie Savor Price, MD, chief of infectious diseases and medical director of infection prevention at Denver Health and Hospital, and Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD, CMS president, will lead the webinar. Physician leaders from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will also be available to answer questions specific to CDPHE policies and operations.

CDPHE, in collaboration with CMS, the Colorado Hospital Association, the Colorado Nurses Association and the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials, continues to refine statewide plans for responding to a possible case of Ebola.

October 27, 2014

Links to Ebola Resources

To help address the concern surrounding Ebola, the Colorado Medical Society (CMS) is partnering with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the state agency dedicated to protecting the health and environment in Colorado, to arm physicians with the resources they need to reassure the public and protect themselves. CMS strongly supports CDPHE’s goal of making sure that public health, health systems, health care professionals and other partners are prepared to recognize a potential Ebola case, to halt its transmission efficiently and quickly, and to protect our frontline health care providers.

CMS is working with CDPHE to develop physician education that is concise and easily accessible. One segment of this education will specifically target outpatient physicians who aren't on a hospital staff so they and their staff are prepared if a potential Ebola patient arrives for diagnosis.

Click here to visit CMS’ resource page on Ebola; it is updated often with the latest information and includes items such as:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines
  • State and national communications
  • Quick reference sheets and checklists
  • Multimedia and presentations

October 13, 2014

Upcoming Program – "Medications of Controversy"

Please join us for “Medications of Controversy,” a one-hour in-person seminar worth two COPIC points. This updated, in-person seminar educates physicians and other health care professionals on two different areas: 1) prescription opioid therapy; and 2) the medical and recreational use of marijuana. It addresses the scope of associated problems and also provides a framework for accurate diagnosis, optimal treatment and specific liability and safety risks. Practical strategies and tools will be emphasized.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • State the difference between tolerance, physical dependence and addiction.
  • Distinguish the specific liability risks in the medical treatment of pain; including misdiagnosis, overprescribing or under prescribing, overdose, abandonment, diversion and vicarious liability.
  • Review materials related to recently adopted guidelines for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain as developed by a consortium of experts and reported in the Journal of Pain.
  • Apply tools to use in prescribing in the setting of chronic pain, including opioid agreements, long-term opioid informed consent, pain specialist consultation, pain diagrams and appropriate documentation.

Date and Location:
Thursday, December 18, 2014
12:15 to 1:15pm
COPIC
7351 E. Lowry Blvd.
Denver, CO 80230

To register go to www.callcopic.com/education and select this seminar from the “In-Person” list of upcoming activities, or a contact Sunny Hessler at (720) 858-6128 or shessler@copic.com.

October 07, 2014

COPIC Points Reminders

We are approaching the 12/31/2014 deadline to earn COPIC points to be eligible for preferred premium status on your 2015 renewal and receive the associated premium discount that is awarded to physicians who have at least 3 COPIC points at the end of the year. Please note these additional details about the COPIC Points Program:

  • It occurs on a one-year cycle.
  • If participants earn more than 3 COPIC points in a given year, they can roll over excess points to apply to the subsequent year (up to a maximum of 6 points).
  • New physicians automatically receive the premium discount, but need to participate in the program during their first full year of being COPIC-insured to maintain the discount for the subsequent year.
  • The program is the same for full- or part-time physicians.

Earn COPIC points through on-demand courses or by attending in-person seminars. Please visit www.callcopic.com/education for a current listing of courses and seminars.

You can access your COPIC points history by logging into the Service Center. When you enter the Service Center, you will see the “Account Details” page, which provides a summary of your account information including your COPIC points balance. If you feel our records are inaccurate please send an email to copicpoints@copic.com with the missing information so that we can research and correct your COPIC points profile prior to year end.

September 19, 2014

Electronic Communication in Medical Practice

An updated version of the “Electronic Communication in Medical Practice” booklet (used in COPIC seminars) is now available. It includes information on key issues such as:

  • Links to risk analysis and risk management resources.
  • Overview of data security considerations for mobile devices used by medical professionals.
  • Tips for secure email and file transfers.
  • Sample template for an electronic communication (email) agreement form.

This resource is available for COPIC insureds to download under the “Practice Management Resources” section (located near the bottom of the page) on the Medical Guidelines and Tools page.

August 28, 2014

Protect Yourself by Understanding Healthcare Fraud

Program Overview:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in collaboration with the Colorado Medical Society, will host the Protect Yourself by Understanding Healthcare Fraud Symposium. The purpose of this event is to educate physicians, other healthcare providers, and administrators on how to safeguard and protect their professional identity, and their most valuable assets—their medical practice and their patients—from fraud.

Topics Include: Real-life examples of issues faced by healthcare professionals in Colorado with cybersecurity, HIPAA compliance, risks of data breeches and medical ID theft; Understanding the different audits conducted by MACs, RACs, ZPICs, MEDIC; and more!

Download the symposium flyer for full details.

Date and Location:
September 11, 2014
8:15am-4:45pm
Colorado Medical Society
7351 E. Lowry Boulevard
Denver, CO 80230

To register online for this event, visit http://protectyourself-denversymposium.eventbrite.com.

August 14, 2014

2014 CHA Patient Safety Leadership Congress

Program Overview:
Health care is in the midst of a transformation from payment based on volume to payment based on quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness. Boards of trustees and physicians are critical in leading this transformation into the new era of health care.

Download the Patient Safety Leadership Congress brochure for full details about the program including the agenda, faculty bios, registration details, and accreditation information.

Date and Location:
Tuesday,October 28, 2014
8:00am to 5:00pm
Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street
Denver, CO 80202
303.294.1234

Registration:
Member Registration Fee (CHA and CMS)

  • 1st member registrant $325
  • 2nd and additional member registrants from the same facility $310 (use Coupon Code: ADD)

To register online for this event, visit www.cha.com. After logging on, click on “View All Events” on the website home page, then the Patient Safety Leadership Congress link. VERY IMPORTANT: Registrants must be in CHA’s database to be able to register for the program.

Deadline for registration is October 21 and space is limited.

July 22, 2014

Physician Payments Sunshine Act-Update

The 45-day review and dispute period has begun for physicians to review payment data about them submitted by drug and device manufacturers for the 2013 reporting period before it is made public. The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, part of the Affordable Care Act, created the Open Payments transparency program so consumers could review any payments or “transfers of value” made by drug and medical device manufacturers to physicians and teaching hospitals. This includes any payment categorized as consulting fees, gifts, food, travel, speaker fees, education, research and ownership/investment interests, with some exceptions. The information submitted by manufacturers for the 2013 reporting period became available for physicians to review on July 14. Physicians have until August 27, 2014 to review and dispute the accuracy of the information before it is made public September 30, 2014. Any data that is disputed, if not corrected by industry, will still be made public, but will be marked as disputed.

Physicians can register with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Enterprise Portal (Enterprise Identification Management system-EIDM) at https://portal.cms.gov/wps/portal/unauthportal/home/. Registration is voluntary, but is required here and in the Open Payments system in order to view the data reported by manufacturers.

Information and guidance about the Open Payments system is available at http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/National-Physician-Payment-Transparency-Program/Physicians.html.

The March 2014 issue of Copiscope featured the article “Physician Payments Sunshine Act: Shedding light on the new requirements,” which provides an overview of the Act (you need to be logged in with your username and password to access the article).

July 08, 2014

New PDMP Registration Requirement

Every Colorado practitioner with a current DEA registration must register with the PDMP by September 30th for advanced practice nurses and November 30th for physicians and physician assistants.

Colorado’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), which is overseen by the Colorado State Board of Pharmacy, provides a database of controlled substance prescriptions that have been dispensed by registered Colorado pharmacies. A primary goal of the PDMP is to decrease prescription drug abuse by allowing treating practitioners to discover what controlled substances have been dispensed to a patient through prescriptions by other providers.

Currently, approximately 30% of Colorado licensees eligible to access the PDMP have active PDMP accounts. In an effort to increase utilization of the PDMP, the 2014 legislature passed HB 14-1283 which mandates that all DEA-licensed providers register and maintain an account with the PDMP. The bill does not mandate use of the PDMP, although practitioners are required to disclose to patients that their identifying controlled substance prescription information will be entered into the PDMP database and may be accessed for limited purposes by specified individuals.

Mandatory registration will be effective:

  • September 30, 2014, for advanced practice nurses.
  • October 31, 2014, for dentists, veterinarians, optometrists and podiatrists.
  • November 30, 2014, for physicians and physician assistants.

To register with the PDMP, go to http://www.hidinc.com/copdmp/practitioner-pharmacist.html.

Additionally, the bill allows practitioners to designate up to three qualified and registered individuals to access the practitioner’s PDMP account for query tasks. Designees must be employed by, or under contract with, the same professional practice as the practitioner and must register with the PDMP system. Practitioners are responsible for ensuring designees are able to competently use the system and that access by the designee is limited to authorized purposes in a manner that protects the confidentiality of the information obtained from the PDMP. The practitioner is also responsible for any negligent breach of confidentiality of information obtained from the PDMP by a designee.

COPIC has received assurances from the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) that it will provide all practitioners who currently hold a DEA registration with educational materials on the registration process, as well as reminders to register.

June 19, 2014

Upcoming Program – “Colorado Opioid Epidemic Symposium”

The “Colorado Opioid Epidemic Symposium: Best Practices for Opioid Management” will provide a timely opportunity for medical, behavioral, legal, pharmacy, and case management professionals as well as representatives from our communities to (1) develop and adopt a set of concrete best practices for the management of opioids in the setting of chronic pain and (2) develop avenues to share critical information about persons at risk for serious adverse outcomes, including death, related to their abuse or misuse of opioids. This is an opportunity to begin an important dialogue among a diverse group of professionals committed to the safe dispensing of opioid therapy and the prevention of prescription drug abuse.

Symposium sponsors include Colorado Access, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Kaiser Permanente, Banner Health, University of Colorado Hospitals, the Colorado Medical Society, Colorado Health Foundation, and COPIC.

July 18-19, 2014
Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Loveland, CO.

COPIC-insured physicians will receive 2 COPIC points for attending.

For more information, download the Colorado Opioid Epidemic Symposium PDF flyer.

June 05, 2014

Upcoming Program – “Clinical Challenges in Opioid Prescribing: Balancing Safety & Efficacy”

The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Program, Peer Assistance Services, Inc. in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration presents “Clinical Challenges in Opioid Prescribing: Balancing Safety & Efficacy,” a full-day program for physicians, dentists and nurses with prescribing authority. The program will address epidemiology, legal and regulatory issues, clinical strategies for reducing the risk of opioid misuse and overdose, and managing difficult patient situations. The program will provide specific knowledge and skills associated with safe prescribing. All program participants will receive a complimentary copy of Responsible Opioid Prescribing: A Physician’s Guide by pain expert Scott Fishman, MD.

Friday, July 11th
8:30am to 4:45pm
The Cable Center, 200 Buchtel Blvd., Denver, CO 80210

COPIC-insured physicians will receive 2 COPIC points for attending.

For more information, download the Clinical Challenges in Opioid Prescribing PDF flyer.

April 30, 2014

Upcoming Mock Trial Programs in Colorado and Nebraska

COPIC’s 2014 Mock Trial programs offer a look into the courtroom proceedings during a medical liability trial. Each program presents an enactment of an actual trial. Attendees will get the chance to serve as jury members, putting forth a verdict after hearing testimony.

Colorado Location and Dates:

  • Denver - COPIC, June 11th
  • Fort Collins - Hilton Fort Collins, July 22nd
  • Boulder - Boulder Community Hospital, August 13th
  • Grand Junction - St. Mary's Hospital, October 2nd

Nebraska Location and Dates:

  • Lincoln - Bryan Medical Plaza-East Campus, June 12th

COPIC-insured physicians will recieve 2 COPIC points for attending.

All Mock Trial programs run from 6:00 to 9:00pm and include dinner. Seating is limited, please register early. To register, visit the Mock Trial course information page. Download the Colorado Mock Trial PDF Flyer or the Nebraska Mock Trial PDF Flyer for key details about this program.

April 17, 2014

CDPHE Developing Electronic Death Registration System

The CDPHE Office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics is developing an Electronic Death Registration system, per CRS 25-2-110 (1) (b), that will be utilized throughout the state by those who document medical and demographic information on a death certificate or certify (sign) death certificates. The primary purpose of an Electronic Death Registration System (EDR) is to enable the participants of death certificate completion to do so electronically. Currently, the State Registrar, Ron Hyman, plans to launch Colorado’s EDR system on January 1, 2015. The coming year will be spent on designing, building, testing, and training users for the EDR system. EDR provides for secure, online access so that decedent fact-of-death and cause-of-death information can be registered electronically. The physicians will have the option to either use the EDR system themselves or for them to assign staff (medical records, HIM, nursing staff, etc.) to do so, and then the physician will certify the information using their unique PIN. If you have questions about the EDR, please submit them to CDPHE.EDR@state.co.us.

Training for the EDR system will begin in the fall of 2014, and will include statewide ‘hands-on’ training, as well as webinar demonstrations and online overview tutorials. To find out more about the EDR system, or to keep up-to-date on scheduled training opportunities, you may access the website at http://emaps.dphe.state.co.us/vitalrecords411/edr.html or email the State Vital Statistics office at CDPHE.EDR@state.co.us.

April 11, 2014

Support for Windows XP Discontinued

​As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft discontinued support for its Windows XP operating system, putting patient information at risk for medical practices that use Windows XP. According to a recent article published by AMA Wire, “All security updates, bug fixes, patches and call center troubleshooting support will be suspended…so the continued use of the system may expose patients’ electronic protected health information (e-PHI) to risks.”

The article noted that to ensure compliance with HIPAA regulations and to protect e-PHI info, “you should upgrade your operating systems or replace your computers that store or otherwise receive, maintain or transmit e-PHI.”

If medical practices using Windows XP have not been able to address this issue by April, the article recommended that a practice’s “HIPAA risk assessment must include a well-documented plan to evaluate out-of-compliance computers and a clear plan for transitioning to a system that does provide appropriate protection, such as Windows 7 or 8. This plan should identify each computer out of compliance, where it is located in the network and the timeframe intended to replace it. All virus and security software—no matter what operating system it is running on—should be up to date.”

Link to full AMA Wire article.

March 20, 2014

Upcoming CHA Program - "Enhancing Caregiver Resilience: Managing Physician Fatigue and Burnout"

The growing consensus in recent patient safety literature reveals health care provider burnout levels are reaching a breaking point. Against the backdrop of health care reform, economic uncertainty and an increasing demand for quality care improvement, caregiver resilience is even further compromised and will continue to be challenged.

To address such issues, the Colorado Hospital Association will be presenting a one-day course on ”Enhancing Caregiver Resilience: Managing Physician Fatigue and Burnout,” specifically designed for physicians. The course covers five modules: prevalence and severity of burnout; fatigue management; mindfulness techniques; dealing with difficult colleagues; and coping with change.

Thursday, May 1, 2014
8:00am to 5:00pm
Sheraton Denver Tech Center Hotel
Greenwood Village, Colorado

COPIC insureds will receive 2 COPIC points for attendance.

For event details and registration see the "Enhancing Caregiver Resilience: Managing Physician Fatigue and Burnout" Program Brochure.​

March 07, 2014

2014 Nebraska Seminars

Throughout the year, COPIC offers seminars that provide education on important medical trends and issues. Please join us for the following seminar:

“Intensive: Risk Management for Family Practice Providers Doing Obstetrics”

Date/Time: March 20th from 6-8pm (dinner will be provided)
Location: Memorial Health Care System in Seward, Nebraska

Course Objectives:

  • Explore current trends involving obstetrics.
  • Discuss ways to minimize risk and improve patient safety while engaging in obstetric care.
  • Examine strategies to reduce poor outcomes and mitigate risk.
  • Discuss case studies and their application to the practice setting.

Registration: This seminar is open to all staff and community. COPIC insureds will receive 2 COPIC points for attendance. Seating is limited, please register early. Registration is available online at www.callcopic.com/education or contact Sunny Hessler at (800) 421-1834 ext. 6128.

​New seminars, covering a variety of topics, will be offered throughout the state beginning in mid-August. For each attended seminar, COPIC-insured physicians will receive 1 point (unless otherwise noted) toward earning their 5 percent discount under the COPIC Points Program.

For details on all upcoming Nebraska seminars see 2014 Patient Safety and Risk Management Nebraska Seminars.​

January 31, 2014

CO Professional Review—Annual Reports Due in March 2014

The Division of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) website is now available for health care entities, including group practices, to provide the annual reports required under the Colorado Professional Review Act (CPRA). The governing boards of entities conducting professional review should have registered with DORA beginning in July 2013. The annual report, due in March, must include aggregate de-identified information about the number and results of all professional review investigations conducted the previous year. For purposes of reporting, an “investigation” occurs when a health care entity or its professional review committee notifies a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse in writing that it is investigating the practitioner’s qualifications and competence, quality or appropriateness of patient care, or professional conduct. Reports may be submitted through DORA’s Professional Review Governing Board Registration site at https://www.dora.state.co.us/pls/prcweb/PRC.Logon.

For further information, click on “FAQs” at http://cdn.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/DORA-Reg/CBON/DORA/1251640549916.

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