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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/.

December 12, 2016

Looking Back on 2016–COPIC’s Year in Review

As another year ends, there is an opportunity to reflect back on COPIC’s commitment to the medical community and health care professionals. We are proud of the many ways we helped support efforts to improve medicine and patient safety. Here are some highlights from 2016.

  • COPIC received the highest level of accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
  • During 2016, COPIC’s Legal team responded to more than 490 inquiries from insureds and conducted over 35 presentations to help educate participants on legal topics.
  • In 2016, COPIC hosted our popular “Risky Practices” program for individuals who handle human resource responsibilities.
  • COPIC remained diligent in our efforts to monitor legislation and review bills that had the potential to impact health care.
  • The COPIC Medical Foundation provided 17 grants to help fund promising initiatives in patient safety.

To learn more, read the full “A Look Back on 2016: Our Commitment to Improve Health Care” article that appeared in the December 2016 issue of COPIC Topics.

November 28, 2016

12/31/16 Deadline to Earn COPIC Points

We are approaching the 12/31/16 deadline for eligible insureds to earn COPIC points and qualify for the preferred premium discount. Insureds 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 or by attending in-person seminars. Join us for one of our upcoming in-person seminars:

  • Dec. 6th—“The Top Ten Issues in Patient Safety & Risk Management”
  • Dec. 13th—“Difficult Clinician—Patient Encounters”
  • Dec. 20th—“Just Cause, or Just Cause”

All seminars will be held at COPIC (7351 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230) over the lunch hour from 11:15am to 12:15pm. Please visit www.callcopic.com/education for a current listing of courses and seminars.

November 21, 2016

Recent Grants from the COPIC Medial Foundation

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:

  • Physician Colleague Services for Rural ColoradoA pilot program aimed at adapting Lumunos’ existing physician well-being program to address fatigue and burnout in rural physician populations. Lumunos is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bolstering clinician resilience to combat the growing issue of professional burnout.
  • Indicated Delivery Applet for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)Grant funding will be directed towards the development and distribution of an applet (an application within the ACOG mobile app) to provide point-of-care guidance during pre- and post-delivery.
  • Bereavement Training for Labor and Delivery TeamsFunding will support one year of the Wishbone Foundation’s bereavement training programs, designed to equip labor and delivery teams with bereavement skills and tools for managing stress to help families cope with the loss of a child at birth.
  • Trauma-Informed Training for Family Practice and Pediatric PhysiciansFunding supports the Fields Foundation’s community-based trauma informed training for 500 family practice and pediatric physicians and residents to identify toxic stress in the lives of their patients and families, and provide access to resources to promote resilience and well-being.
  • Emergency Department Pilot Training ProgramThe Eating Recovery Center’s pilot program provides training and tools to help physicians identify eating disorder patients presenting to emergency departments.
  • Simulation Lab for the Women and Children’s Department at Great Plains HealthGrant funding will be used to partially fund a birthing simulator for a simulation lab in the Women and Children’s Department at Great Plains Health, a medical center in North Platte, Nebraska.
  • Education and Implementation of Iowa’s CANDOR LawThe initiative aims to expand the Iowa Medical Society’s education reach to provide statewide education and training to health care professionals on the benefits of early disclosure of adverse medical events.
  • Interpretive Services for Polk County Medical Society’s Volunteer Physician NetworkInterpretive services are required to ensure that the uninsured and underinsured patients treated by volunteer specialists, regardless of the language they speak, are able to understand their health diagnosis, treatment, and health care plan.

November 14, 2016

COPIC’s Legislative Action Center

As always, COPIC will continue to keep you aware of specific legislative priorities involving health care and alert you so you can be informed and get involved. You can always find the latest information by visiting COPIC's Legislative Action Center (www.callcopic.com/legislative). When you're on the Legislative Action Center, scroll to the bottom of the page and make sure you are signed up for the Action E-List. By doing so, you will get emails when important issues arise and have an opportunity to make your voice heard to help educate legislators.

November 08, 2016

Two COPIC Board Members Receive Awards

Congratulations to COPIC Board Members Kate Paul of Denver and Dr. Peter Whitted of Omaha. Both recently received notable awards recognizing their work, contributions, and leadership within health care.

Kate Paul—2016 Bill Daniels Ethical Leader of the Year
Kate Paul, President and CEO of Delta Dental of Colorado, has been selected as the recipient of the University of Colorado Denver Business School’s 2016 Bill Daniels Ethical Leader of the Year Award. Nominees were judged for how well they embody the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles of integrity, trust, accountability, transparency, fairness, respect, rule of law, and viability. With a long and successful history of leadership in health care, and an unwavering commitment to “doing what’s right,” Ms. Paul was selected as this year’s recipient. She was presented with the award at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s State of Small Business Breakfast on November 2nd, 2016.

Dr. Peter Whitted—Nebraska Medical Association’s (NMA) Distinguished Service to Medicine Award
COPIC Board Member Peter Whitted, JD, M.D. was awarded the NMA Distinguished Service to Medicine award at the NMA’s 2016 Inaugural Banquet and Awards Ceremony. The award recognized Dr. Whitted for his life-long distinguished service to the patients and the people of Nebraska and the NMA.

November 02, 2016

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 November 2016 issue of the Financial Focus e-newsletter was emailed to subscribers on November 1st. Sign-up to have Financial Focus delivered directly to your inbox. You can also access the Financial Focus archive to view previous issues.

October 24, 2016

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.

October 19, 2016

Updated Minors and Risk Booklet for Colorado and Nebraska

An updated version of the Minors and Risk booklet is now available for both Colorado and Nebraska. This guide is designed to increase a health care professional’s understanding when legal issues involving minors arise. It includes information on key issues such as:

  • A parent’s rights and duties, and delegation of parental power.
  • Circumstances in which minors can provide informed consent for medical treatment.
  • Emergency prescriptions, care, and treatment for minors.
  • Child abuse and reporting.
  • Recommendations for common scenarios involving minors.

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. Please note: you will need to be logged in with your username and password to access the booklet.

October 10, 2016

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an annual campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The campaign asks you to reflect on your online vulnerabilities and consider how you might protect yourself, and your medical practice, from cyber threats and data breaches.

Health care is one of the top industries that consistently faces threats of data breaches (both paper and electronic files) due to the information that is collected such as social security numbers, dates of birth, and billing records. If a physician or medical practice experiences a privacy or security breach that involves protected health information or confidential data, there can be substantial financial and reputational costs. According to recent surveys conducted by the Small Business Authority, Symantec and the National Cybersecurity Alliance, the vast majority of U.S. small businesses lack a formal Internet security policy for employees, and only about half have even rudimentary cyber-security measures in place.

For more general information on cybersecurity and cyber threats, visit the National Cyber Security Awareness Month’s website. For more information on cybersecurity as it relates to the coverage provided in COPIC policies, see the Cyber Liability Coverage page on our website. You must be logged in to the COPIC website in order to access this information.

October 03, 2016

“Just Culture” Webinar for NE Insureds on 10/27

Nebraska insureds are invited to participate in COPIC’s upcoming webinar program to earn COPIC points and ensure eligibility for preferred premium status and the associated premium discount. The webinar will focus on the concept of “Just Culture” and how it can be applied in the health care setting to improve patient safety.

Webinar – “Promoting a Just Culture” (1 COPIC point)
Presenter: Dr. Dan Rosenquist
October 27th from 6 – 7pm

Please RSVP to Stephanie Heronema at (720) 858-6129 or sheronema@copic.com. If you have any questions, please contact Patty Gould at (402) 438-7600 or pgould@copic.com.

September 27, 2016

COPIC Medical Foundation Celebrates 25 years in Colorado

On September 20th, COPIC hosted an event to recognize the accomplishments, milestones, and people connected to the COPIC Medical Foundation in Colorado. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that is part of the COPIC Family of Companies, and it supports health care in three major ways: grant funding, the annual COPIC Humanitarian Award, and scholarships.

The idea to create a foundation was championed by Harold “Hal” Williamson, COPIC’s first external non-physician board member. In 1991, the creation of the COPIC Medical Foundation was approved by the Board. Sadly, Hal passed away in 2001, but his spirit lives on in what the Foundation has become over the years. Some of the key highlights that were celebrated include:

  • The Foundation has provided more than $6.8 million in total funding to more than 100 organizations since its inception.
  • The COPIC Humanitarian Award has been awarded to more than 20 physicians and has provided over $270,000 to nonprofits in Colorado and Nebraska. The accomplishments of these physicians range from helping establish urban clinics that care for underserved patients to tackling challenges in rural communities.
  • The Foundation provides scholarships to students in health-related areas of concentration. In Colorado, there are currently scholarship programs through the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Rocky Vista University, and Regis University. The Foundation has provided over $600,000 in student scholarships.

Visit the COPIC Medical Foundation’s website to learn more about the Foundation’s history and current activities.

September 20, 2016

2016 Nebraska Humanitarian Award Recipient – Dr. Donald Wirth

Congratulations to Dr. Donald Wirth of Grand Island, who was recently awarded the 2016 Nebraska Humanitarian Award in honor of Harold E. Williamson. Dr. Wirth was recognized and presented with the award at the Nebraska Medical Association’s Annual Meeting this past Friday, Sept. 16th.

Twenty-two years ago, Dr. Wirth and his colleagues saw the developing need for a clinic that would assist low income individuals, in Grand Island and surrounding areas, who were not eligible for health insurance. With the help of Dr. Wirth, an endowment was set up to open the Third City Community Clinic to fulfill this growing need. Following the Clinic’s opening, Dr. Wirth assumed the position of Medical Director and voluntarily served in this capacity for 10 years. Dr. Wirth also served on the Clinic’s Board during this time. He continues to volunteer at the Clinic on a regular basis.

The COPIC Medical Foundation’s annual Nebraska Humanitarian 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. Wirth was selected as the 2016 recipient of this award, and he elected to provide his grant to Third City Community Clinic.

September 14, 2016

Upcoming “Inside COPIC” Programs on Oct. 20th and Nov. 9th-10th

“Inside COPIC: An Intensive Look at the World of Patient Safety and Medical Liability” is a program in which participants learn from and interact with our leadership team. The program consists of two sessions: 1) An “Inside Look at COPIC,” which covers topics including key safety and risk principles (e.g. communication, documentation, systems failures, human factors), early reporting, claims data and trends, the 3Rs Program, elements that make a case defensible, and an overview of COPIC’s structure and resources; 2) A Claims Committee meeting to see the process we undertake to review open, de-identified claims.

Please join us at one of our upcoming “Inside COPIC” programs. The full two-session format of the “Inside COPIC” program is worth 6 COPIC points and will be offered in early November. A “combined” format of the “Inside COPIC” program, which combines the two sessions into one evening, is worth 4 COPIC points and will be offered in mid-October. Download the 2016 Inside COPIC flyer for additional details.

Combined Program: Inside Look at COPIC and Claims Committee (4 COPIC points)
Oct. 20th, 2016
5:00 to 8:30pm

Inside COPIC Day 1 & 2 (6 COPIC points)
Inside COPIC Day 1 – Inside Look at COPIC
Nov. 9th, 2016
5:30 to 8:30pm

Inside COPIC Day 2 – Claims Committee
Nov. 10th, 2016
7:30am to Noon

All “Inside COPIC” programs will be held at COPIC. Seating is limited, please register early. Registration for all “Inside COPIC” programs is available at www.callcopic.com/education. Please note that for the full two-session format of the “Inside COPIC” program, you must register for and attend both days of the program in order to earn the full 6 COPIC points.

September 12, 2016

New: Enhanced Online Education Catalog

COPIC has launched a new platform for users to search, register, and participate in our available seminars and courses. You can access this at www.callcopic.com/education, and it features the following enhancements:

  • Improved user interface and search capabilities
  • Personalized recommendations on education activities
  • Ability to review on-demand courses already completed for reference purposes
  • Streamlined CME experience to submit evaluations and access certifications 24/7

This is part of our ongoing efforts to invest in technology that helps improve the services we offer our insureds.

September 06, 2016

COPIC’s 2016 Fall Conference Schedule

COPIC will be sponsoring and presenting at several conferences and events this fall in Nebraska, Colorado and Iowa. 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!

August 29, 2016

2016 Patient Safety & Risk Management Forum (10/5-10/7)

We are excited to host COPIC’s 2016 Patient Safety & Risk Management Forum, October 5-7 at the JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek. This year’s Forum offers a variety of session topics including federal, state, legal and regulatory updates; clinical patient safety and risk management presentations; and more. The Forum provides attendees from the acute and ambulatory health care settings with information, resources, and networking opportunities. Hospitals may send up to three attendees and ambulatory centers up to two.

For more details on this year’s Forum, including registration information, agenda, and schedule, visit the 2016 Patient Safety and Risk Management Forum page on our website.

August 22, 2016

COPIC Points Reminder

We are approaching the 12/31/2016 deadline to earn COPIC points to be eligible for preferred premium status on your 2016 renewal. Eligible insureds who have at least 3 COPIC points at the end of the year receive the associated premium discount. 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.
  • The following allied health professionals (AHPs) are now eligible to participate in the COPIC Points Program: Anesthesiology Assistants, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants.*

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.

*Please note that of the AHPs listed, only those who are charged an associated premium for coverage with COPIC are eligible to participate in the program. For eligible AHPs, the same participation guidelines apply.

August 17, 2016

Upcoming Nebraska Programs – Mock Trial (8/23) and Seminar Series (September)

Throughout the year, COPIC offers programs and seminars that provide insight and education on a variety of topics and issues. Nebraska insureds are invited to participate in COPIC’s upcoming Mock Trial program and/or join us at one of three Nebraska locations for our September seminar series presenting “Seeking Resiliency in Medicine.”

Mock Trial Program (2 COPIC points & 3 CME Credits)
Lincoln – Aug. 23 at the Lincoln Medical Educational Partnership
Program runs from 6:00 to 9:00pm.
Download the 2016 Nebraska Mock Trial flyer for additional details and program description.

“Seeking Resiliency in Medicine?” (1 COPIC point)
Omaha – Sept. 13 at the Omaha Marriott at Regency Cir.
Lincoln – Sept. 15 at the Embassy Suites Lincoln
Grand Island – Sept. 20 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center
All seminars run from 6:00 to 7:00pm.

To register, please contact Stephanie Heronema at (720) 858-6129 or sheronema@copic.com. Registration is also available online at www.callcopic.com/education.

August 15, 2016

2016 Safety Net Clinic Week – August 15–19

Sponsored by ClinicNET and the Colorado Rural Health Center, the 6th Annual Safety Net Clinic Week is a week-long advocacy and awareness event for Community Safety Net Clinics (CSNCs) and federally designated Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) throughout the State of Colorado. The week is devoted to educating the public and policymakers about this often underrepresented, yet vital, part of the health care safety net.

Available on the ClinicNET website is a toolkit to help clinics participate in the Safety Net Clinic Week 2016. The toolkit includes resources such as a Safety Net Clinic Week fact sheet, press release, and governmental proclamation. Click here to access the Safety Net Clinic Week 2016 toolkit.

Keep up to date on Safety Net Clinic Week 2016 by following the Safety Net Scene blog.

August 08, 2016

Nominate a Colorado Physician for the 2016 COPIC Humanitarian Award in honor of Harold E. Williamson

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.

August 01, 2016

Earn 6 COPIC Points at the Upcoming “Inside COPIC” Program (Sept. 14-15)

“Inside COPIC: An Intensive Look at the World of Patient Safety and Medical Liability” is a program in which participants learn from and interact with our leadership team. The program consists of two sessions: 1) An “Inside Look at COPIC,” which covers topics including key safety and risk principles (e.g. communication, documentation, systems failures, human factors), early reporting, claims data and trends, the 3Rs Program, elements that make a case defensible, and an overview of COPIC’s structure and resources; 2) A Claims Committee meeting to see the process we undertake to review open, de-identified claims.

Join us for the next “Inside COPIC” program and earn 6 COPIC points.

Dates and Times:
Inside COPIC Day 1 – “Inside Look at COPIC”
Sept. 14, 2016
5:30 to 8:30pm
Day 1 Registration

Inside COPIC Day 2 – “Claims Committee”
Sept. 15, 2016
7:30am to Noon
Day 2 Registration

Location:
COPIC
7351 E. Lowry Blvd.
Denver, CO 80230

Seating is limited, please register early. To register, click on the registration link for each day, as seen above. You must register for and attend both days of the program in order to earn the full 6 COPIC points. Download the 2016 Inside COPIC flyer for program details and a listing of additional program dates.

July 27, 2016

COPIC’s Employee-Hosted Silent Auction Raises $14,000 for Healthy Learning Paths

COPIC's employee-led Community Action Team organized and hosted a silent auction in early June benefitting Healthy Learning Paths, a local nonprofit organization empowering children and their families to lead healthy lives through their Be Well, Learn Well program. Auctioning off a wide variety of employee-donated items, COPIC employees raised $14,000 for Healthy Learning Paths, easily surpassing their $10,000 goal.

"Healthy Learning Paths exemplifies innovative thinking that improves both health care and education. Their efforts highlight the important connection between healthy childhood development and chronic disease prevention in ways that resonate with kids and their families. Reinforcing healthy lifestyle choices in the classroom by focusing on the body and the mind creates a strong foundation for healthy, active lives,” explains Dr. Ted Clarke, CEO of COPIC. “COPIC is proud to support Healthy Learning Paths and how it truly makes a difference."

Read more about Healthy Learning Paths and COPIC’s philanthropy in the “COPIC and Healthy Learn Paths Connect Kids to the Power of Health” press release posted in our News Room.

July 25, 2016

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 next issue of the Financial Focus e-newsletter will be emailed to subscribers 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 19, 2016

Recent Grants Funded Through the COPIC Medical Foundation

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:

  • Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) Program—The Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) Program at the Rocky Mountain MS Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus will begin using a patient-driven self assessment process to help providers track quality-of-life changes over time, drive awareness of patient priorities, and use data collected to improve outcomes.
  • Foundational Curriculum in Quality & Safety—St. Joseph Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education program is creating a classroom based performance-improvement program called Foundational Curriculum in Quality and Safety. The curriculum will include a review of clinic safety occurrences, event reporting, and prepares residents for performance-based working environments.
  • UTI Decide—A pilot program aimed at increasing the correct diagnosis of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and decreasing incorrect diagnoses. UTI Decide will provide electronic clinical decision support in acute care hospitals and nursing homes. Funding will go toward usability testing and field testing prior to a clinical trial. This research is being done as part of the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at the University of Colorado at Denver.
  • Kidney Care Kits—The Colorado Chapter of the National Kidney Foundation will continue the Kidney Care Kits pilot program with Denver Nephrology. This program provides an additional 500 kits at all ten of Denver Nephrology’s Colorado-based offices and provides resources for patients to increase care compliance with doctor’s recommendations and best practices.

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

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