Practice Resources

The Colorado Orthopaedic Society is not just committed to our physician members, we are also committed to making sure our practices remain strong and nimble.

Below you will find resources from both COS and AAOS that you and your practice management team need to be aware of.

Resources You Need for Collaborative Agreements with Physician Assistants

Important changes have occurred to the scope of practice for physician assistants (PA). After two years of fiercely fought and failed legislative attempts, SB23-83 passed the legislature and was signed into law by Governor Polis earlier this spring. COS in collaboration with CMS secured important amendments to the bill. The new law changes how PAs practice. Instead of practicing medicine under the direct supervision of a physician, a physician assistant must now enter a “collaborative agreement” with a physician.

In addition, the legislature included the requirement for a “collaborative agreement that is a supervisory agreement” in the following circumstances:

  • All PAs practicing in Level I & II trauma designated emergency departments.
  • New PAs for their first 5,000 hours regardless of practice area (specialty).
  • PAs changing practice area (specialty) must complete an additional 3,000 hours in that new practice area.

The Colorado Board of Medicine (CMB) recently finalized regulations to operationalize the law (changing what was Rule 400 to the new Rule 1.15 [starting on page 21]). If you work with PAs, then COS encourages you to review COPIC’s excellent analysis that explains exactly how the new agreements work. COS also encourages you to utilize the collaborative practice agreement template and the performance evaluation form template that COPIC developed and is supported by both COS and CMS.

AAOS provides timely practice resources to help support you during COVID-19. Find financial options, telemedicine and coding changes.

Find information including implementation, legal, billing vendors and more in telemedicine.

View information that fits your practice regarding practice settings, regulatory items challenges and more.

How can we best support your practice with resources? Share your ideas below by sending us a message!

We are committed to not only our members but their practices, most importantly, their practice staff. We are in the process of creating a private Facebook group any member of your staff can join to provide a forum for education, communication and collaboration.

As we continue to develop a great set of resources for you and your practice, we would love to hear from you on what YOU need. Please fill out and submit the form below.