The Colorado Medical Society and Boulder County Medical Society presented the Legislative Leadership Award to state Rep. Edie Hooton (House District 10) on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in recognition of her support of physicians’ health policy issues in the 2019 Colorado General Assembly – specifically her work on the Professional Review Act Sunset bill. The award presentation occurred at Breadworks Bakery & Café in Boulder.
“We were honored to recognize Representative Edie Hooton,” said Leto Quarles, MD, a family physician in Boulder, BCMS past president and BCMS representative on the CMS Board of Directors. “She is highly regarded by our society, Boulder physicians, patients and the public, and stood up for our physician members during the last legislative session to protect this critical patient safety program.”
“We value the work of Rep. Hooton and our partnership with her, and look forward to our continued work on behalf of the patients and physicians of Colorado in the 2020 legislative session,” said Judy Ladd, BCMS executive director.
Colorado’s Professional Review Act (CPRA) encourages candid peer evaluations of health care professionals, assessing their competence, quality and appropriateness of patient care in a confidential and constructive way. Professional review promotes a culture of safety between health care professionals and their patients and is consistent with the overarching goals of quality improvement, expanding access to health care and containing costs. CPRA was renewed in the 2019 legislative session despite a push from opponents to weaken it – thanks to the work of Rep. Hooton.
About the Colorado Medical Society: CMS champions health care issues that improve patient care, promote physician professional satisfaction and create healthier communities in Colorado. The society comprises more than 7,000 Colorado physicians, physicians in training, and medical students. To learn more about CMS, visit www.cms.org.
About the Boulder County Medical Society: BCMS brings into one organization the reputable and legally qualified doctors of medicine of Boulder County to promote the science and art of medicine; the betterment of public health; and the unity, harmony and welfare of the medical profession. Learn more at www.bcms.net.