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Our July 17th Atrial Fibrillation event was another great success! Guest speakers Kathleen Hayes Brown, MD, and Charles W. Stout, MD, spoke with 33 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners about the new procedure for atrial fibrillation and the long-term use of Warfarin.
 
This new procedure called the Watchman is a permanent implant that reduces the risk of stroke and the risk of bleeding that can come from the long-term use of Warfarin.
 
Thanks to our sponsor Boston Scientific, we had another free CME event offered to PCMS members and guests. Medical professionals were once again updated about a new procedure and collaborations between attendees were formed and strengthened!

PCMS members were wined and dined at our summer social on June 14, 2019. The Rusted Poppy Inn B&B provided a relaxing setting and enjoyable evening for our 12 guests. This was the second annual Wine and Dine event where members were treated to a combination of quality wines including Promesses de France Pinot Noir and Zestos Rosado. Along with the wines provided, guests were treated to a variety of cheeses, fruits, vegetables and red meat appetizers. Making food pairing recommendations for guests, our barista matched foods with selected wines to make the entire dining experience more enjoyable.

PCMS is grateful for the opportunity to provide events for our members and inspired to give our absolute best to attendees and guests. We’re empowered by members who attend and take time out of their busy schedules to create memorable moments with one another. Socializing, storytelling from the field, laughing and interesting conversations made this event well worth it and more!

The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment selected Dr. Shaun Gogarty as the 2019 Public Health Champion for displaying significant contributions to Pueblo’s public health.

“Congratulations on a well-deserved award to Dr. Gogarty. Pueblo’s public health community acknowledges Dr. Gogarty as a role model in the Pueblo community,” stated Randy Evetts, public health director at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.

A community selection committee chose Dr. Gogarty for his promotion of health and protecting the environment. Dr. Gogarty accepted the award at the monthly Pueblo Board of Health meeting in May.

Dr. Gogarty’s involvement as a role model for public health was observed in many areas

  • As a momentous figure in the local battle against substance abuse.
  • As a member of Pueblo’s Heroin Task Force who brought community members and partners to the table to collaboratively plan how to address substance abuse in Pueblo.
  • Active participant in the evolution of the Task Force to SURE (Substance Use Response Ecosystem).
  • Worked with both hospitals in Pueblo to change policies and procedures for individuals to start medically assisted treatment (MAT) when in the emergency room.
  • Instrumental in bringing MAT providers to Pueblo; increasing treatment capacity to over 2,000.
  • Provides education to any group that requests information on substance use in Pueblo County. For example, the Greater Chamber of Commerce.
  • Sits as a community representative on the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) Key Stakeholder Policy Committee; making LEAD a reality in Pueblo County.

Nominations were received from Pueblo community partners in addition to Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment’s Board of Health and health department staff members.

At PCMS, we believe in serving medical providers and creating venues of collaboration for them to connect and be educated on CME topics of need. Last night’s event Challenge for Managing COPD in Primary Care did just that.

Through interactive conversations, questions and answers, and traditional lecture-based learning the needs of medical providers were identified, and solutions were offered by guest speaker Joshiah Gordon, DO.

Real world medicine and face to face talks between speaker and attendees shed light on a few realities including:

  • approximately 24 million adults in the US have airway obstruction or COPD,
  • COPD is now the third leading cause of death in the US, and
  • Alpha-1, a potentially fatal genetic form of COPD, may be a contributor in up to 3% of all COPD cases in the US.

Providing advocacy, education and interpersonal networking while serving 22 medical providers food, drink, and good conversation in the exclusive CLINK lounge, our vision of creating a medical society whose efforts will improve the practice of medicine and life of medical professionals for the betterment of healthcare in Pueblo came alive last night!

The Colorado General Assembly adjourned Friday, May 3, after a whirlwind session that put health care law and policy in the spotlight. Despite the great opportunities and vulnerabilities for physicians, we made real gains. The hot spots were in professional review reenactment (achieved without opening the system to discoverability), the Medical Practice Act sunset (achieved with favorable changes), the opioid crisis (multiple bills achieved to address the epidemic but with a mandatory CME requirement), out-of-network reform (achieved but without our preferred payment benchmark), prior authorization reform (achieved) and more. More important, we deflected bad policies that could have made the session catastrophic for our patients. Read more in this CMS update and in the upcoming May/June issue of Colorado Medicine. I particularly want to thank our local legislator, Senate President Leroy Garcia, for his dedication and leadership this session on the Professional Review Act Sunset.

Sincerely,
Brad Roberts, MD
PCMS representative on the CMS Board of Directors